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    An introduction to the influence of social psychological variables on participation and performance in sport and exercise and the influence of that participation on the psychological characteristics of participants.

    About this paper

    Paper title Psychology of Sport and Exercise
    Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
    EFTS 0.15
    Points 18 points
    Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
    Domestic Tuition Fees ( NZD ) $1,173.30
    International Tuition Fees Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.
    72 points
    PHSE 205
    Schedule C
    Arts and Music, Science

    Professor Ken Hodge (

    Teaching staff

    Course Co-ordinator and Lecturer: Professor Ken Hodge

    Paper Structure

    This paper covers seven modules/topics:

    • Introduction to the psychology of sport & exercise
    • Understanding participants in sport & exercise
    • Understanding sport & exercise environments
    • Understanding exercise motivation and psychological well-being
    • Understanding group and team processes
    • Enhancing performance; mental skills training
    • Facilitating psychological growth and development

    Weinberg, R. & Gould, D. (2019). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (7th Edition). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. OR

    Weinberg, R. & Gould, D. (2015). Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology (6th Edition). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

    Graduate Attributes Emphasised
    Lifelong learning, Communication, Critical thinking, Self-motivation, Teamwork.
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    Learning Outcomes

    Students who successfully complete this paper will:

    • Understand how social psychological variables influence participation and performance in sport and exercise settings
    • Understand how participation in exercise and sport influences the psychological development of the individual player/participant
    • Use practical skills and knowledge about sport and exercise psychology which you can apply as an exerciser, sportsperson, exercise leader, personal trainer, coach, or teacher


    Semester 2

    Teaching method
    This paper is taught On Campus
    Learning management system


    Stream Days Times Weeks
    A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
    Thursday 09:00-09:50 29-35, 37-42
    Friday 11:00-11:50 29-35, 37-42
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