Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology is a fundamental element in empowering learning, well-being and athletic performance of different individuals and teams. This course introduces students to various fundamental constructs that impact on adherence, participation and performance in sport, exercise and physical activity. The content provides a basic overview of key concepts that help to recognise, explain and interpret human behaviour within sport, exercise and physical activity settings. The course will provide students with an ability to recognise the broad and inter-linked influences that psychological factors have within sport, exercise and physical activity settings. Students will need to demonstrate an ability to interpret and modify such factors to enhance one’s performance and wellbeing. By the end of this course, students will develop sound understanding of key concepts in Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology and will be able to identify and apply evidence-based behavioural techniques needed to increase exercise adherence, improve health and fitness, and performance needs.
Availability2021 Course Timetables
- Semester 1 - 2021
On successful completion of the course students will be able to:
1. Describe the role of exercise, physical activity and sport in mental health and wellbeing, and best practices in the delivery of health, exercise and performance advice (ESSA 13.2.2);
2. Explain and interpret behavioural theories in relation to common social determinants of health that influence health, physical activity, exercise and sport for individuals and groups/teams (ESSA 13.2.1 & 13.2.3);
3. Identify and analyse psychological factors and behavioural strategies that influence and predict participation and adherence to exercise, physical activity, sport and performance settings (ESSA 13.2.4);
4. Select and employ the appropriate methods and tools, including professional and communication skills, to evaluate client’s needs and monitor their progress towards achieving realistic goals in exercise, physical activity, sport and performance settings (ESSA 13.2.5);
5. Identify, interpret and apply behavioural strategies in relation to client’s needs, preferences and goals in an exercise, physical activity, sport and performance setting (ESSA 13.2.5).
- Personality, motivation, self and exercise adherence and sports performance
- Individual and group, psychological factors affecting sport, exercise, wellbeing and performance
- Evidence-based behavioural strategies and mental skill training
- Psychological growth and development through sport and exercise
- Practical skills and assessment in sport, exercise, physical activity and performance
- Diversity, inclusion and cultural competencies
EXSS1080 or PSYC1010 or PSYC1030
Quiz: Online quizzes
Report: Client Report
Presentation: Individual Presentation
In order to pass this course, each student must complete ALL of the following compulsory requirements:
General Course Requirements:
- Tutorial: There is a compulsory attendance requirement in this course. - Students must attend 80% of the tutorial sessions.
Online 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
These contact hours are for delivery of the course in a semester term. For a summer/winter term the lectures will be delivered online, compressed into a shorter term. The total hours of lecture content will remain the same.
Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
These contact hours are for delivery of the course in a semester term. For a summer/winter term the tutorials will be delivered compressed to the shorter term. The total hours of tutorials will be the same.
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