Courses & Units

The Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity ESP368


The application of psychological principles within physical activity settings has increased dramatically in recent years. Athletes, coaches, teachers, and allied health professions have come to recognise that adherence to psychology principles in the development of their educational programmes results in improved outcomes for the participant and stakeholder. This unit builds knowledge by focusing on how certain psychological theories pertinent to individual differences, motivation, and group dynamics can be used to enhance the outcomes of physical activity based interventions.


Unit name The Psychology of Sport & Physical Activity
Unit code ESP368
Credit points 12.5
College/School College of Arts, Law and Education
Faculty of Education
Discipline Education
Coordinator Doctor Vaughan Cruickshank
Available as an elective? No
Delivered By University of Tasmania


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 26/2/2024 22/3/2024 15/4/2024 2/6/2024

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Learning Outcomes

  • Identify, describe, and critically evaluate the influence of neurocognitive processes on behaviour in sport and physical activity
  • Analyse and apply psychological theories to explain outcomes of attempts to participate in sport and physical activity.
  • Collect, analyse, and interpret data to construct an evidence-based behaviour program for a teaching or coaching intervention to support the adoption of active living.
  • Apply and evaluate key psychological concepts to practical situations in the sport and physical activity fields.

Fee Information

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AssessmentPortfolio (20%)|Case Study (35%)|Product (45%)
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