PSYC13025 - Applied Sports Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit examines sports psychology as a theoretical and applied discipline. In this unit, you will learn psychological theories, concepts, practical skills and intervention techniques that can be applied to sport. This will provide you with an understanding of how psychological factors impact involvement, enjoyment, and performance in sport. Throughout this unit you will have the opportunity to develop and apply practical skills and interventions in a real world sporting context.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 3
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

Successful completion of 96 credit points (16 units). 


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 - 2020

Term 1 - 2021 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. Online Quiz(zes) 15%
2. Presentation 45%
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 1 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 65.71% 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: Moodle & Email
Assessment Requirements Students wanted further clarification with the literature review component of Assessment 2.
An additional information session will now be included in week 4 of Term.
Action Taken
Additional information was provided in Week 4. Further information was also provided in the lead up to the literature review component due date.
Source: Student Feedback ("Have your say")
One student provided feedback regarding the relevance of the textbook. A suggested alternative is to follow the approach used by the PSYC13023 Educational Psychology (HT1, 2019) of creating a reading list tool with the CQUniversity library called Leganto, offering current resources on the weekly topics opening up alternative assessment options.
The textbook is designed to provide students with the most up to date and applied relevance to the field of Sports Psychology. Each chapter is written specifically by the leading experts in that specific Sports Psychology field. At the end of each chapter there are a list of relevant articles for additional reading. Further to this, the structure of this unit is to encourage students to pursue many of their own interests and take a student centered learning approach such that they engage with contemporary sports psychology research. It is recommended that additional resources are included to better facilitate a student-centered learning approach.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

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

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
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
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment
1 - Online Quiz(zes)