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Sport and Exercise Psychology (EXS201)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Sport and Exercise Psychology seeks to respond to a paradox of Western culture; the well-established benefits of regular exercise and the persistence of many to a sedentary lifestyle. This unit will introduce a key component of sport and exercise psychology: motivation. Students will learn how to apply key psychological principles to increase exercise participation and adherence. Additionally, students will explore motivation and performance in (elite) sport.
Unit Learning Outcomes 1. Define and explain key psychological theories relevant to exercise and sport.
2. Demonstrate understanding of key psychological factors and theories by applying them to exercise and sport settings
3. Critically evaluate exercise psychology literature.
4. Demonstrate basic academic skills, literature search, writing, oral communication, and critical analysis.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours; Tutorials: 2 hours.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures and required readings will provide students with the necessary knowledge and understanding of exercise psychology. The tutorials are designed to apply information to case studies, personal experiences, etc.
Assessment Assessment for the unit captures the knowledge and the practical experiences. Assessments include a written reflection, group presentation, final exam, and quiz.
Prerequisites Nil.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed CHI224/EXS224 Sports Psychology may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Previously 2016: 'Sports Psychology'
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Bachelor of Science (Psychology Major) (BSc) [New in 2017]
Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSportExSc) [New in 2018]
Human Behaviour [New in 2019]
Psychology (BA)
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Sport and Exercise Science + Clinical Exercise Physiology (BSportExSc)+(GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2018]
Sport and Exercise Science + Psychology (BSportExSc)+(BSc) [New in 2018]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Health Education Minor Teaching Area
Human Behaviour
Appears in these Minors Sport Psychology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Fleur van Rens
Lecturer Sports Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2380
e: Fleur.vanRens@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.005 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
Unit Contacts

MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Fleur van Rens
Lecturer Sports Psychology

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 2380
e: Fleur.vanRens@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.2.005 - Social Sciences, Murdoch Campus
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