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This course will provide an introduction to basic sport psychology theories and techniques used for maximising performance and satisfaction in sport and physical activity. It will allow students to apply appropriate sport psychology techniques and examine the implications of these for sport coaches and the sporting environment.
Sport Psychology is the study of how psychological factors affect sporting and exercise performance. This includes psychological skills training, motivation, personality, attention and perception, group dynamics, aggression, injury and mental well-being - with an emphasis on their application in athletic and coaching settings.We will address questions such as:- Why do teams perform better when playing at home than away?- Why are left-handed athletes over represented in some sports?- Why are teams that wear black penalised more heavily than teams that wear red?Course components include:- Identify the role of the sport psychologist / mental skills trainer- Understand the relationship between psychological processes and sporting performance
1. Identify and discuss the role of the sport psychologist/mental skills trainer.2. Demonstrate an understanding of theory behind psychological skills training.3. Demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between psychological processes and sporting performance.4. Demonstrate the selection and application of appropriate sport psychology techniques.5. Recognise limitations in terms of the application of sport psychology techniques.
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attributes specified below:
Critically competent in a core academic discipline of their award
Students know and can critically evaluate and, where applicable, apply this knowledge to topics/issues within their majoring subject.
Students must attend one activity from each section.
Weinberg, Robert S. , Gould, Daniel;
Foundations of sport and exercise psychology;
Human Kinetics, 2011.
JournalsJournal of Exercise and Sport PsychologySports CoachNew Zealand CoachQuestJournal of Applied Sport PsychologyThe Sport Psychology
All forms of cheating and dishonest practice are taken seriously and penalties will result. Students should refer to General Course and Examination Regulation J: Dishonest Practice and Breach of Instructions.
Grading ScaleGrade GPA Value MarksA+ 9 90 – 100A 8 85 – 89.99 A- 7 80 – 84.99B+ 6 75 – 79.99B 5 70 – 74.99B- 4 65 – 69.99C+ 3 60 – 64.99C 2 55 – 59.99C- 1 50 – 54.99D 0 40 – 49.99E -1 0 – 39.99A pass is 50 marks and over.
Due to the carefully planned learning progressions within courses and the workshop type nature of most on-campus classes, all on-campus students are expected to attend all sessions. Distance students should watch recorded sessions, and interact with other material provided by their lecturer shortly after it is made available through LEARN or other methods. This will ensure that you do not miss vital information which will allow you to make sense of the course content. If you are going to miss on-campus classes you are expected to email the course lecturer, catch up on missed work through classmates, view recordings, readings and other supplementary material provided. In special cases, the course lecturer may provide additional support for you.
Students will be asked to complete course evaluations, and will have the opportunity to provide feedback during their courses. Surveys are conducted electronically and are confidential. The College of Education, Health and Human Development will conduct regular graduate surveys.
All course assessments in the Bachelor of Sport Coaching are internally moderated. A sample of your work may be used as part of this moderation process. Regular examiners meetings monitor the distribution of final grades in courses and adjustments are made if necessary to ensure reasonable consistency and comparability of course grades.
An assessment is late if it is handed in after the due date, without a formal extension. If an assessment is submitted after the due date, 5% will be deducted from the final grade for every day the assessment is late. No assessments will be accepted after a period of 3 days after the due date, unless an extension has been granted.
The Award regulations for the Bachelor of Sport Coaching can be found within the UC Calendar. The UC calendar is available online at:http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/publications/calendar.shtmlThe specific Award regulations for the degree can be found at: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/regulations/award/bspc_regs.shtmlThe College of Education Health and Human Development assessment guidelines, which contain specific information regarding the College grading scale, late work, extensions, submission of work, reconsideration of grades, Special Consideration procedures, academic integrity, and moderation of assessment can be found at:http://www.education.canterbury.ac.nz/documents/brochures_2016/Assessment-Guidelines-for-Students.pdfThe specific assessment details for each course, including assessment dates, can be found on the Courses, Subjects and Qualifications website: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/courses
All written assessment tasks and presentations must be referenced according to APA convention. (Information relating to APA referencing can be obtained from both the Central and Education Libraries.) Most assignments must be submitted online. Online submission requires students to formally acknowledge that what they are submitting is their own work. Hardcopy submissions must be accompanied by a completed cover sheet (available from the course lecturer).
Students who cannot complete assessments by the due date should discuss their situation with the course lecturer Where circumstances are known in advance, the student should discuss these with the course lecturer at least one week days prior to the assessment due date. In circumstances where this is not appropriate, the student should discuss their situation with the course lecturer as soon as possible.
To pass this course you are required to gain an overall average grade of C- (50%) or better across all assessments. No resubmissions are available for this course.
Students wishing to apply for Special Consideration should refer to this link for further information: http://www.canterbury.ac.nz/exams/special-consideration.shtml
If you are wishing to apply for partial exemption from assessment in a course (e.g. if you are repeating a course and you have have previously passed one or more assessments from within the course, and do not wish to write this assessment again) you may apply for this using the form: Application for Partial Exemption from Assessment
Electronic Submission via LEARN (all on campus and distance students)All students must submit their assessment via the online assessment system in the Learn (Moodle) class site, on or before the due date. All submitted assessment work will be screened by the software Turnitin, to check for plagiarism. There is opportunity for students to submit a draft report to monitor levels of plagiarism prior to the final submission for marking.It is the responsibility of the students to check their Internet access and ability to submit their work via the online system. Any technical difficulties should be notified well in advance of the due date so that assistance can be provided or alternative arrangements can be negotiated. If you require assistance, please email firstname.lastname@example.org, or phone 03 369 5000.Hard Copy Submission for On-Campus StudentsWhere your course lecturer requires a hardcopy submission, on campus students’ assignments are to be submitted with a cover sheet to the Sport & Physical Education office, (behind the Rec Centre) by 5.00pm, or by the time directed by the course lecturer, on or before the due date. Please use the drop box placed at the entrance to School office. Distance students will receive specific instructions from their course lecturer. Marked assignments will be returned directly from the lecturer.
Domestic fee $746.00
International fee $3,038.00
* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.
For further information see
School of Health Sciences.