SSEH4664 Exercise and Health Psychology

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Sport Science, Exercise and Health [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
This unit focuses on the psychology of injury rehabilitation and the psychological aspects of exercise, both in terms of the adoption/maintenance of exercise behaviours and the consequences of exercise for mental health. The unit is conducted in a seminar format. Students examine relevant academic literature, present information to the class and summarise their research in a written format. Students also conduct motivational interviewing and solution focused coaching workshops based on case studies and on health coaching practicum.
Students are able to (1) become familiar with contemporary issues in rehabilitation, exercise, and health psychology; (2) develop an in-depth understanding of a specific research area within this field; (3) master presentation skills for communicating research findings to a professional audience; and (4) develop skills in health coaching.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) a group workshop; (2) an individual paper; and (3) health change coaching practicum. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Sandy Gordon
Unit rules
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510);
the Master of Health Science (71540);
the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520);
honours in the Faculty of Science
Contact hours
The lectures, laboratories and seminars will occur in two 3-week intensive blocks (at the beginning and end of semester), leaving a 8-week space in between for industry placements. These intensive teaching blocks will require your presence on campus full time.
Unit Outline
Semester 1_2019 [SEM-1_2019]
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  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.