This unit (AHE3125) will provide the student with an understanding and critical analysis of the role of psychological principles in exercise from an applied perspective. It will enable students to understand how to plan and anticipate outcomes of evidence based physical activity/exercise interventions. This unit utilises psychological theory to explain causes and correlates of exercise adherence and exercise avoidance. The unit builds on Exercise and Sport Psychology (SCL1003) to examine psychological interventions, and demonstrate the utility of exercise psychology models in enhancing adherence to exercise programs for the clinical treatment of patients or clients. Within the unit students will develop an evidence-based exercise intervention. Facilitators and barriers to participation are also explored.

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SCL1003 - Exercise and Sport Psychology

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Synthesise knowledge to devise an evidence-based, theoretically sound exercise/physical activity program in order to prevent and/or rehabilitate (injuries, disorders and diseases);  
  2. Investigate and apply psychological theories to improve the effectiveness of an exercise program for health, increase the likelihood of exercise adherence, and/or reduce sedentary behaviour in a range of settings, including community and rehabilitation settings;  
  3. Analyse the benefits of exercise/physical activity, particularly benefits for mental health;  
  4. Collaborate with others to produce a persuasive, professional presentation which details an evidence -based exercise/physical activity intervention  


Assessment type Description Grade
Test Online Quizzes x 3 20%
Presentation Collaborative presentation 30%
Report Individual report 50%

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