Exercise and Sport Psychology

Unit code: SCL1003 | Study level: Undergraduate
(Generally, 1 credit = 10 hours of classes and independent study.)
Footscray Park


Sport and exercise professionals are increasingly recognising the importance of sport and exercise psychology in their work in an exercise/sport setting. This unit aims to help sport and exercise professionals understand the psychological factors that influence participation and performance in sport and exercise, and equip them with the fundamental skills needed to teach and apply interventions to promote and enhance the knowledge, participation, performance, growth and wellbeing of sport and exercise participants. Furthermore, this unit will encourage sport and exercise professionals to focus on their own self-awareness and professional growth.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

  1. Examine the discipline of sport and exercise psychology and advocate its importance for sport and exercise participation and performance;
  2. Apply sport and exercise psychology knowledge to the investigation and solution of problems;
  3. Working collaboratively locate and apply appropriate psychological interventions to enhance participation, performance, growth and wellbeing;
  4. Apply communication techniques that are appropriate to a range of contexts relevant to sport and exercise psychology and demonstrate written and oral communication skills; and
  5. Participate in an academic community through reflective and critical engagement and understanding of principles of academic integrity.


For Melbourne campuses

Assessment type: Project
Grade: 15%
Locate a topical problem
Assessment type: Project
Grade: 25%
Preparation of a summary statement (600 words)
Assessment type: Presentation
Grade: 35%
Group presentation
Assessment type: Review
Grade: 25%
(a) Peer review of presentations - 15% (b) Peer review of group member contributions - 10%
Assessment type: Other
Grade: 0%
Evidence of completion of the Academic Integrity Modules

Required reading

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

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