SSEH4664 Exercise and Health Psychology

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Honours option in Sport Science, Exercise and Health [Bachelor of Science (Honours)]
Content
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.
Outcomes
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.
Assessment
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)
Dr Ben Jackson
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
enrolment in the Master of Exercise Science (52510); or the Master of Health Science (71540); or the Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology (73520); or 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.
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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.