The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019

Course handbook


This course provides students with an introduction to the important issues within the field of exercise and sport psychology. Students will explore the psychological and emotional factors that can influence a person's adoption and adherence to physical activity. Furthermore, the psychological factors that can influence the performance of an athlete as an individual or within a team will be explored. The course is designed to highlight the psychological and emotional factors that influence athletic and physical performance and the impact that exercise and sport has on a person's psychological well-being. Additionally, students will be taught psychological strategies and techniques that can be implemented to prevent or enhance the impact of these psychological and emotional factors in the exercise and sport context.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Replacing course(s)

This course replaces the following course(s): SPOR2030. Students who have successfully completed SPOR2030 are not eligible to enrol in EXSS2030.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the psychological and emotional factors that influence exercise and sport performance;

2. Identify the factors that influence and strategies to enhance an individual's adoption and adherence to physical activity;

3. Identify the psychological factors that influence the professional/client relationship for an exercise practitioner;

4. Describe how to optimise the psychological factors that influence sports performance;

5. Apply psychological enhancement strategies and techniques within the exercise and sporting environment;

6. Cooperate successfully as part of a research group.


  • Personality and Sports Performance
  • Motivation and Self-confidence
  • Arousal, Stress and Anxiety
  • Group and Team Dynamics
  • Psychological Skills Training
  • Exercise and Psychological Well-being
  • Exercise Adoption and Adherence
  • Psychology of Injury and Overtraining
  • Addictive Behaviours in Physical Activity
  • Psychological Growth and Development through Exercise and Sport


This course replaces SPOR2030. If you have successfully completed SPOR2030 you cannot enrol in this course.

Assumed knowledge

PSYC1030 General Psychology; or PSYC1020 Psychology Introduction II

Assessment items

Formal Examination: Examinations: Formal *

Presentation: Oral Group Presentations

Participation: Group Tutorial Participation and Contribution

Essay: Essays

In Term Test: Mid-Semester Examination

* This assessment has a compulsory requirement.

Compulsory Requirements

In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:

Course Assessment Requirements:

  • Formal Examination: Minimum Grade / Mark Requirement - Students must obtain a specified minimum grade / mark in this assessment item to pass the course. - Students maust gain a mark of at least 40% in the final formal examination

Contact hours



Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term


Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term