ESSC12007 - Applied Exercise and Sport Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit builds on content from previous semesters and further develops the student's appreciation of the growing body of knowledge in applied sport and exercise psychology. Students will be able to describe the role of sport and exercise psychology in success and enjoyment in sport and exercise. Students will gain knowledge and skills in searching, analysing, and reviewing and evaluating research literature, and presenting work in written form using established guidelines for writing in the area of psychology. Students will be able to describe the concepts associated with psychological determinants of exercise behaviour. Lecture information will be supplemented with laboratory and project-based research.


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 ESSC12003 Exercise and Sport Psychology

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

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2023

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 15%
2. Written Assessment 25%
3. Practical and Written Assessment 50%
4. Presentation 10%

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 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 20% 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: Staff feedback
There is a clear link between lecture content and assessment tasks.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator attempt to maintain a clear link between lecture content and assessment tasks.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator continued to maintain a clear link between lecture content and assessment tasks by ensuring all lecture content was directly linked to each assessment task.
Source: Informal student email
The written research report is very challenging but really helps our understanding of developing a research question and study.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator modify lecture content to help students to be able to successfully generate a novel research idea and develop a scientifically sound research study.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator added more examples of proper study designs when discussing the faults of studies analysed during lectures.
Source: Self-reflection
There was the use of references from articles that were not peer reviewed in assessments.
It is recommended that the unit coordinator attempt to better reinforce knowledge acquired in previous units within the CG85 course about appropriate sources of information to use in assessments.
Action Taken
The unit coordinator drew more attention to examples of improper referencing in studies analysed during lectures.
Source: Student feedback
The structure and content of weekly lectures is a great exercise in critical thinking and how to write a good research paper.
The unit coordinator will attempt to continue to help develop the critical thinking skills of students by providing students with required knowledge during lectures then challenging students to apply the learned knowledge in following lectures and practical assessment tasks.
Action Taken
Source: Self-reflection
Students have weekly readings and are provided with a series of short answer questions about the readings but participation rates are low.
The unit coordinator will attempt to provide multiple choice questions during some weeks to assess if it increases student engagement in regard to answering questions about weekly readings.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of behavioural strategies in various exercise and sport contexts.
  2. Search, analyse and critically evaluate scientific literature relating to sport and exercise psychology.
  3. Demonstrate the ability to conduct and evaluate an introductory research project relating to exercise and sport psychology.
  4. Demonstrate written and oral presentation skills for effective communication to a range of audiences using established guidelines.

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