PSYC12050 - Applied Health and Sports Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Health and Sports Psychology are applied and growing fields within the discipline of psychology. They share a common goal of assisting individuals, groups, and high performing teams to optimise their health, functioning and performance. In this unit you will be introduced to the theory and research behind the skills and interventions that are commonly implemented with clients in applied health (e.g. the promotion of health behaviours, applied behaviour change, stress and coping) and sports settings (e.g. motivation and goal setting, recovery and burnout, sports injury rehabilitation). Consistent with the scientist-practitioner approach, you will apply behaviour change principles to the development and evaluation of an intervention for a personal health behaviour or habit. You will use your oral communication skills to present the results of this evaluation, and your written communication skills to discuss an important topic within health and sports psychology to a wider non-academic audience.


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

24 credit points including PSYC11010 or PSYC11009 OR 48 credit points including ESCC12003 in CG85.

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 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

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. Presentation 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 82.14% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 20.44% 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: SUTE Unit Comments
Students indicated that the assessment pieces were ambiguous and vague.
To achieve clarity regarding assessment requirements, video explainers detailing the requirements of each assessment will be provided. Additional resources for each assessment will be provided.
Action Taken
Individual video explainers were developed for each assessment task to explain in further detail what is required from the task.
Source: SUTE Unit Comments
Students indicated that having a different lecturer each week immediately from Week 1 made it challenging and did not help the overall flow of the unit.
The lecture schedule will be amended to increase greater flow in the delivery of content across lecturers.
Action Taken
The majority of the live workshops were run by one lecturer in 2023 to support the continuity of the unit content.
Source: Student feedback via SUTE
Students indicated that the assessment feedback was sometimes unclear or vague.
To achieve clarity regarding assessment feedback, the lecturer will provide a general feedback video so students can contextualise their individual feedback.
Action Taken
Source: Student feedback via SUTE
Students enrolled in the Sports and Exercise Science course who were completing this unit reported that the content was directed mostly at psychology students.
To ensure the relevance of the content in this unit is made clearer to the sports and exercise science students, the lecturer will include more examples of how the theory and content relates to real-world sports science scenarios.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Explain the application of key psychological principles to health and sports psychology.
  2. Critically analyse the influence that psychological factors have on the behaviour, performance, and level of participation of both individuals and groups in health, sport and exercise environments.
  3. Apply scientific understanding of evidence-based research in the fields of health and sports psychology.

This unit will help achieve several of the graduate competencies required by the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC). Namely:

  • Competency 1.1: Comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach covering the specific topics of (i) the history and philosophy underpinning the science of psychology and the social, cultural, historical and professional influences on the practice of psychology; (ii) individual differences in capacity, behaviour and personality; (iii) psychological health and well-being; and (vii) motivation and emotion.
  • Competency 1.2: Apply knowledge and skills of psychology in a manner that is reflexive, culturally appropriate and sensitive to the diversity of individuals.
  • Competency 1.3: Analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicate these in written and oral formats.
  • Competency 1.6: Demonstrate self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
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
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10