The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020

Course handbook


Exercise and sport psychology is a fundamental element in empowering learning, optimal performance and well-being of athletes. This course introduces students to various fundamental constructs that impact on participation and performance in exercise and sport. The content provides a basic overview of key concepts that help to recognise, explain and interpret human behaviour within exercise and sport settings. The course will provide students with an ability to recognise the broad and inter-linked influences that psychological factors have within exercise and sport 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 exercise and sport psychology and will be able to identify and apply essential psychological factors needed to enhance performance and increase exercise adherence.

Availability2020 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2020

Learning outcomes

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

1. Describe the role of exercise and sport in mental health and wellbeing, and best practices in the delivery of health and exercise advice.;

2. Explain key theoretical perspectives in relation to individual human behaviour and group/team participation and performance within exercise and sport setting;

3. Identify and describe psychological factors and strategies that influence and predict participation and adherence to exercise and physical activity;

4. Select and employ the appropriate methods and tools used to collect data and analyse human behaviour within the exercise and sport settings;

5. Identify, interpret and apply theoretical principles, psychological factors and basic techniques to practice settings to influence exercise and/or sport participation, adherence and performance


  • Personality, motivation, self and sports performance
  • Individual, psychological factors affecting sport and exercise
  • Group factors influencing performance
  • Psychological skills training
  • Exercise and psychological well-being
  • Psychological growth and development through exercise and sport
  • Practical skills and assessment in 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: Examination: Formal

In Term Test: In class examination

Essay: Essays

Compulsory Requirements

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

Contact hours


Online Activity

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.