SSEH5475 Advanced Psychology of Sport

6 points
(see Timetable)
Semester 2UWA (Perth)Face to face
This unit introduces students to (1) concepts relating to anxiety, stress, and coping in sport; (2) different perspectives on what makes up someone's ‘personality', and how personality is relevant in sport and exercise; (3) information about the nature and scope of self-perceptions in sport and exercise; (4) work on the relationship between arousal and performance; (5) mental toughness, choking, and resilience in sport; (6) the nature of motivation and confidence in sport and exercise; (7) issues related to self-control and self-regulation; and (8) psychological concerns and problems associated with sport and exercise involvement.

Experiences in data collection, data analysis, and personal reflection are used to supplement lecture material. The use of electronic databases and evaluation/synthesis of scientific information is also emphasised.
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.
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (1) an examination component (comprising a mid-semester examination and a final examination); (2) a group-based research project (journal article); and (3) an individual reflective essay. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Dr Ben Jackson
Unit rules
enrolment in postgraduate study in Sport Science, Exercise and Health
Advisable prior study:
a Level 1 unit in psychology, sociology
SSEH2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Sport, Exercise and Health (formerly HMES2270 Psychosocial Aspects of Exercise Science);
SSEH3375 Psychology of Sport (formerly HMES3375 Psychology of Sport)
Contact hours
lectures/tutorials: 3 hours per week; project work: approximately 80 hours
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