Unit description

Provides students with knowledge of the concepts of Exercise Psychology. Theory provides an understanding of the psychological skills that can be utilised for working with physical activity and health and fitness participants, within both general and special populations. Exercise adherence will be highlighted, with a theoretical underpinning of current interventions and motivational strategies.

Unit content

  • Foundations and Basic Concepts of Exercise Psychology
  • Behaviour Modification
  • Exercise and Mental Health
  • Affect, Mood and Emotion
  • Anxiety
  • Class Test
  • Self Esteem
  • Depression
  • Determinants of Exercise and Physical Activity - This is to be completed as private study
  • Theories of Behaviour Change
  • Interventions to Change Physical Activity 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 2

  • Buckworth, J, Dishman, RK, O’Connor, PJ & Tomporowski, P, 2013, Exercise Psychology, 2nd edn, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL.
  • Weiten, W, 2013, Psychology: Themes and Variations , 9th edn, Wadsworth, Belmont, CA.
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 book20%
Exam: closed book30%

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

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Fee information


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