1 x 2-hour workshop weekly
1 x 30-minute on-line lecture weekly
1 Admission into BSHPA-Bachelor of Sport, Health and Physical Activity
1a Admission into BLITTSPC-Bachelor of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching)
1b Admission into BLITTSPCG-Bachelor of Letters (Sports Performance Coaching) (Graduate Entry)
1c Admission into BEXS-Bachelor of Exercise Science
1d Admission into BEXSMCEXP-Bachelor of Exercise Science, Master of Clinical Exercise Physiology
2 Admission into BBSC-Bachelor of Behavioural Science (Psychology)
2a Admission into BPS-Bachelor of Psychological Science
2b Admission into BPSY-Bachelor of Psychology (Honours)
3 PSYC1102 - Psychology 1B
Must Satisfy: (((1 or 1a or 1b or 1c or 1d)) or ((2 or 2a or 2b) and 3))
Assignments; Tests; Practical work.
Topic description

To influence participation and performance in sport, sport coaches require a grounded understanding in sport psychology. This topic introduces students to the social-psychological factors which impact participation and performance expertise, with a particular focus on motivational climates and cognition. Drawing on empirical evidence, students will gain a theoretical and practical understanding of the psychology of participation and performance in sport.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Explore the social psychological research and theories that facilitates participation and performance in sport
  • Introduce theoretical and empirical work on participation, performance and expertise in sport
  • Examine the developmental aspects and learning conditions that allow individuals to maintain participation and reach expert levels of performance in sport
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Explain the importance and differentiate between several types of sporting activities and their contexts on participation and performance
  2. Illustrate how environmental factors shape participation and development, including the roles of contextual factors, such as relative age and birthplace effects, and social agents such as parents, coaches and peers
  3. Adapt the topic content to propose practical applications of Sport Psychology for athletes, parents, coaches and sport providers

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

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Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


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Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

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  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.