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SPEX204 Psychology of Sport and Exercise

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.

Paper title Psychology of Sport and Exercise
Paper code SPEX204
Subject Sport, Physical Education and Exercise
EFTS 0.15
Points 18 points
Teaching period Semester 2 (On campus)
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $1,141.35
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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

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Semester 2

Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system


Stream Days Times Weeks
A1 Tuesday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Thursday 09:00-09:50 28-34, 36-41
Friday 11:00-11:50 29-34, 36-41