Applied Exercise Psychology

Unit code: AHE3125 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park
SCL1003 - Exercise and Sport Psychology
(Or equivalent to be determined by unit coordinator)


This unit 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.

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;
  3. Analyse and understand the mental health benefits of exercise/physical activity; and
  4. Collaborate with others to produce a persuasive, professional presentation which details an evidence-based exercise/physical activity intervention.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Test
Grade: 20%
Online Quizzes x 2
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 30%
Collaborative, group oral presentation on an exercise intervention
Assessment type: Report
Grade: 50%
Individual written report on an exercise intervention

Required reading

Selected readings will be made available via the unit VU Collaborate site.

As part of a course

This unit is studied as part of the following course(s):

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