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Unit Overview

This unit emphasises the psychological and social correlates of involvement in physical activity, sport, and other health behaviour. Topics include communication in sport and exercise, self-presentation, exercise and well-being, health-related persuasion, aggression, spectator psychology, and exercise motivation.
6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 core unit in the Exercise and Health; Sport Science, Exercise and Health major sequences
  • Level 2 elective
Students are able to (1) learn about the effects of competitive and cooperative environments; (2) identify the factors associated with group identification and aggression; (3) understand the influence of group dynamics on performance; (4) learn about key predictors of exercise behaviour and adherence; (5) appreciate that health behaviour can be governed by non-conscious processes; (6) understand the influence of sport and exercise on psychological health; (7) understand the factors that influence relationship functioning in sport and exercise settings; (8) acquire skills in the collection and interpretation of research data; (9) develop presentation and communication skills; and (10) appreciate different persuasion techniques to encourage health behaviour.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) examinations; (2) tutorial presentation and participation; and (3) coaching tutorial series report. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Student may be offered supplementary assessment in this unit if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Timothy Budden
Unit rules
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week; tutorials: average 1 hour per week
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  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit, one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook one week prior the commencement of study. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Information on essential textbooks will also be made available on the Essential Textbooks. This website is updated regularly in the lead up to semester so content may change. It is recommended that students purchase essential textbooks for convenience due to the frequency with which they will be required during the unit. A limited number of textbooks will be made available from the Library in print and will also be made available online wherever possible. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus.