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2020 unit offering information will be available in September 2019

Unit aim

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

Learning:

  • 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
  • Achievement
  • Theories of emotion

Development across the lifespan:

  • Prenatal development
  • Childhood
  • Adolescence
  • Adulthood

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

  • Weiten, W, 2017, Psychology: Themes and Variations and Applications, 10th edn, Wadsworth Cengage Learning, Belmont, California.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

Coffs Harbour

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay40%
Presentation20%
Exam: closed book40%

Gold Coast

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay40%
Presentation20%
Exam: closed book40%

Lismore

Teaching method
Lecture online 1 hour (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 2 hours (12 weeks)
Assessment
Essay40%
Presentation20%
Exam: closed book40%
Notice

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Fee information

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