ESSC12003 - Exercise and Sport Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with an understanding of behavioural theories that form the foundation of exercise and sport psychology. You will also learn about the role of exercise, physical activity, and sport in mental health and wellbeing. Upon completion of this unit you will be able to describe factors that influence exercise adherence, goal setting, and participation in physical activity. Further, you will develop introductory counselling and communication skills which will enable you to deliver effective behaviour modification strategies to individuals or groups in exercise or sport settings.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Pre-requisite: ESSC11001 Physical Activity, Fitness, and Health

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2023

Term 1 - 2024 Profile
Mackay City

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Portfolio 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 80.00% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 29.85% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: Student feedback
Posting the lectures from the previous year allowed students to get ahead when time allowed.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator make an attempt to post lectures from the previous year given the core content is equitable between years and the lecture video/sound quality from the previous year is of good quality.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator continued to post lecture notes and lecture videos from the previous year to allow students to get ahead when time allowed.
Source: Student feedback
Students noted the the teacher is very interactive and relatable even over video conferencing.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator attempt to keep the lecture content interactive, practical, and relatable.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator kept the lecture content interactive, practical, and relatable.
Source: Student Feedback
Students enjoyed the use of stories in lectures to aid their understanding of unit concepts.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator attempt to keep stories as part of the lecture content.
Action Taken
Source: Student Feedback
A theme emerged in which students stated the unit taught them lessons that will help their career in teaching and their personal life.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator attempt to keep the unit relevant to students in regard to helping their personal and professional life.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply behavioural theories that relate to exercise and sport psychology.
  2. Describe and implement effective goal setting to increase exercise adherence.
  3. Demonstrate counselling and communication skills expected of an exercise and sport science professional.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
6 - Information Technology Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
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