The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2020
Course code



10 units


2000 level

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.



  • Summer 2 - 2020
  • 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 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: Examination: Formal

In Term Test: In class examination

Essay: Essays

Contact hours



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 lectures may be delivered as face to face compressed in to the shorter term or blended with online lectures combined with face to face to face workshops.


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