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Unit Overview


Students are introduced to the field of coaching and positive psychology and their history, scope and practice in Australia, and are acquainted with training, practice and research skills that are related to sport, exercise and health settings. Students are also familiarised with the psychological principles and mental skills that can enhance performance at all age and ability levels in a variety of performance environments. Students have the opportunities to present and coach mental skills to peers and receive constructive and critical feedback.

6 points
Not available in 2023UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 elective

Students are able to (1) acquire knowledge related to coaching psychology and positive psychology theory, history, scope and practice in Australia; (2) develop training, practice and research skills related to coaching psychology; (3) understand the psychological principles and mental skills that enhance performance; (4) acquire skills and abilities in methodologies to conduct independent research in coaching psychology; and (5) demonstrate the skill in using frameworks for 1:1 coaching.


Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a group workshop; (2) coaching practicum and assignment; and (3) a final examination. 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 Ben Jackson
Unit rules
Successful completion of
one Unit(s) SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health
or level 2 Unit(s) PSYC2xxx
or prior approval
Advisable prior study
a Level 1 unit in psychology, sociology
or anthropology
Contact hours
lectures 1 hour per week
tutorials 2 hours per week for 7 weeks from week 1

Cox, E. et al. The Complete Handbook of Coaching, 2nd edn: Sage 2014

Williams, J. M., ed. Applied Sport Psychology: Personal Growth to Peak Performance, 6th edn: Mayfield 2010

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