EXERSCI 304 : Sport Psychology


2021 Semester Two (1215) (15 POINTS)

Course Prescription

Examination of psychological factors affecting behaviour and performance in exercise and sport. The individual performer is the major consideration, but group influences on individual performance are also considered.

Course Overview

This course provides an introduction to the study of psychology as it relates to human behaviour and performance in sport settings. During the course, we will examine how practice and competition environments give rise to psychological states (e.g., motivation, anxiety, fatigue) that impact on motor learning, visuo-motor control and sport performance. In addition, we will review evidence for the use of several psychological skills (e.g., arousal regulation, attention control, goal-setting, imagery, thought control) and apply models of psychological skills training to design evidence-based interventions that aim to improve performance in individual athletes and sport teams.

Course Requirements

Prerequisite: EXERSCI 204 or SPORTSCI 204, or 45 points passed at Stage II or III Restriction: SPORTSCI 304

Capabilities Developed in this Course

Capability 1: Disciplinary Knowledge and Practice
Capability 2: Critical Thinking
Capability 3: Solution Seeking
Capability 4: Communication and Engagement
Capability 5: Independence and Integrity
Graduate Profile: Bachelor of Science

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course, students will be able to:
  1. Illustrate how psychological factors influence motor control and performance in sports (Capability 1)
  2. Recognize different psychological skills and explain how a psychological skills training program may help to optimize individual and team performance in sports (Capability 1)
  3. Synthesize evidence and apply knowledge about psychological factors and performance to design evidence-based sport-psychological interventions (Capability 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5)


Assessment Type Percentage Classification
Mid-Term Test 10% Individual Test
Intervention Project Reports 30% Individual Coursework
Intervention Project Presentation 10% Individual Coursework
Final Exam 50% Individual Coursework
Assessment Type Learning Outcome Addressed
1 2 3
Mid-Term Test
Intervention Project Reports
Intervention Project Presentation
Final Exam

Key Topics

The course is divided in 4 modules, including: 

  1. Motivation, motor-learning and control (weeks 1-2)
  2. Psychological factors (weeks 3-6)
  3. Psychological skills (weeks 7-10)
  4. Team performance (weeks 11-12)

Special Requirements

All assessments need to be completed in order to pass the course.

Workload Expectations

This course is a standard [15] point course and students are expected to spend 10 hours per week involved in each 15 point course that they are enrolled in.

For this course, you can expect [24] hours of lectures, [10] hours of tutorials, [36] hours of reading and thinking about the content and [80] hours of work on assignments and/or test preparation.

Delivery Mode

Campus Experience

Attendance is expected at scheduled activities including selected tutorials to complete components of the course.

Lectures will be available as recordings. Other learning activities including tutorials will not be available as recordings.

The course will not include live online events.

Attendance on campus is not required for the exam.

Course lectures are scheduled as a standard weekly timetable (one 2-hour lecture per week). Tutorial sessions (2 hours each) are scheduled in weeks 2, 5, 7, 10 and 12.

Learning Resources

Required course literature:
1. Weinberg, R. & Gould, D. (2019). Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology (7th Edition). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics
2. Selected journal articles

Student Feedback

During the course Class Representatives in each class can take feedback to the staff responsible for the course and staff-student consultative committees.

At the end of the course students will be invited to give feedback on the course and teaching through a tool called SET or Qualtrics. The lecturers and course co-ordinators will consider all feedback.

Your feedback helps to improve the course and its delivery for all students.

Feedback for the year 2020 has been very positive (83% student satisfaction). Based on last year's feedback additional time will be spend this year to consider application of knowledge (e.g. intervention design - see learning outcome #3).

Digital Resources

Course materials are made available in a learning and collaboration tool called Canvas which also includes reading lists and lecture recordings (where available).

Please remember that the recording of any class on a personal device requires the permission of the instructor.

Academic Integrity

The University of Auckland will not tolerate cheating, or assisting others to cheat, and views cheating in coursework as a serious academic offence. The work that a student submits for grading must be the student's own work, reflecting their learning. Where work from other sources is used, it must be properly acknowledged and referenced. This requirement also applies to sources on the internet. A student's assessed work may be reviewed against online source material using computerised detection mechanisms.


The content and delivery of content in this course are protected by copyright. Material belonging to others may have been used in this course and copied by and solely for the educational purposes of the University under license.

You may copy the course content for the purposes of private study or research, but you may not upload onto any third party site, make a further copy or sell, alter or further reproduce or distribute any part of the course content to another person.

Inclusive Learning

All students are asked to discuss any impairment related requirements privately, face to face and/or in written form with the course coordinator, lecturer or tutor.

Student Disability Services also provides support for students with a wide range of impairments, both visible and invisible, to succeed and excel at the University. For more information and contact details, please visit the Student Disability Services’ website http://disability.auckland.ac.nz

Special Circumstances

If your ability to complete assessed coursework is affected by illness or other personal circumstances outside of your control, contact a member of teaching staff as soon as possible before the assessment is due.

If your personal circumstances significantly affect your performance, or preparation, for an exam or eligible written test, refer to the University’s aegrotat or compassionate consideration page https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/academic-information/exams-and-final-results/during-exams/aegrotat-and-compassionate-consideration.html.

This should be done as soon as possible and no later than seven days after the affected test or exam date.

Learning Continuity

In the event of an unexpected disruption we undertake to maintain the continuity and standard of teaching and learning in all your courses throughout the year. If there are unexpected disruptions the University has contingency plans to ensure that access to your course continues and your assessment is fair, and not compromised. Some adjustments may need to be made in emergencies. You will be kept fully informed by your course co-ordinator, and if disruption occurs you should refer to the University Website for information about how to proceed.

Level 1: Delivered normally as specified in delivery mode. Level 2 / 3 / 4: All teaching activities and assessments are delivered remotely.

Student Charter and Responsibilities

The Student Charter assumes and acknowledges that students are active participants in the learning process and that they have responsibilities to the institution and the international community of scholars. The University expects that students will act at all times in a way that demonstrates respect for the rights of other students and staff so that the learning environment is both safe and productive. For further information visit Student Charter https://www.auckland.ac.nz/en/students/forms-policies-and-guidelines/student-policies-and-guidelines/student-charter.html.


Elements of this outline may be subject to change. The latest information about the course will be available for enrolled students in Canvas.

In this course you may be asked to submit your coursework assessments digitally. The University reserves the right to conduct scheduled tests and examinations for this course online or through the use of computers or other electronic devices. Where tests or examinations are conducted online remote invigilation arrangements may be used. The final decision on the completion mode for a test or examination, and remote invigilation arrangements where applicable, will be advised to students at least 10 days prior to the scheduled date of the assessment, or in the case of an examination when the examination timetable is published.

Published on 23/06/2021 04:29 p.m.