Unit description

Provides an understanding of behavioural theory within the physical activity arena as applied to individuals, groups and special populations. The fundamentals of human behaviour will provide a theoretical background on which to interpret an understanding of the psychological factors that underlie and sustain participation in performance based activities and exercise and health related domains.

Unit content

Physical Activity and Exercise Behaviour:

Psychological benefits of exercise

Exercise and improved mental health

Exercise adherence and determinants


The Evolution of Psychology:

The development of Psychology

Research and professional aspects


Research in Psychology:

The scientific approach

Experimental research

Descriptive and correlational research

The role of statistics


Biological basis of behaviour:

Communication in the nervous system

Organisation in the nervous system

The brain and behaviour

Heredity and behaviour

Evolutionary basis of behaviour


Personality: Theory, Research and Assessment:

Nature of personality

Psychodynamic perspectives

Behavioural perspectives

Humanistic Perspectives

Biological Perspectives



Classical Conditioning

Operant Conditioning

Observational Learning

Self Control through Behaviour Modification


Motivation and Emotion:

Theories and concepts

Motivation of hunger and eating

Sexual motivation and behaviour


Theories of emotion


Development across the lifespan:

Prenatal development





Stress, coping and health:

The nature of stress

Health impairing behaviour

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Session 1

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment


Teaching method
Lecture on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Exam: closed book10%
Exam: closed book40%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

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