UWA Handbook 2017

Unit details

SSEH5475 Advanced Psychology of Sport

Credit 6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Content This unit covers topics such as the social psychology of competition, personality, arousal and emotion, stress and coping, motivation, and performance enhancement interventions. Field experiences emphasise data collection, data analysis and scientific report writing. The use of electronic databases and evaluation/synthesis of scientific information is also emphasised.
Outcomes Students are able to (1) develop an in-depth appreciation and understanding of psychological issues relevant to performance in sport and exercise settings; (2) critically evaluate applications of psychological theory to behaviour change in sport and exercise; (3) acquire practical skills in data collection, data analysis and scientific report writing; and (4) develop advanced skills in scientific information retrieval, evaluation and synthesis.
Assessment Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) a mid-semester test (30 per cent); (2) an end-of-semester examination (30 per cent); and (3) two projects (20 per cent each). Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s) Dr Ben Jackson
Unit rules
Prerequisites: enrolment in postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
Advisable prior study: a Level 1 unit in psychology, sociology or anthropology; or SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health (formerly HMES2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Exercise Science); or equivalent
Incompatibility: SSEH3375 Psychology of Sport (formerly HMES3375 Psychology of Sport)
Contact hours lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week; project work: approximately 80 hours
Unit Outlinehttp://www.unitoutlines.science.uwa.edu.au/Units/SSEH5475/SEM-2/2017

Cox, R. H. Sport Psychology: Concepts and Applications: McGraw-Hill 2012


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