PSY315 Sport and Exercise Psychology (8)

This subject will present an overview of the theory and practice of sport psychology. Theoretical material will address theories and research which apply psychological constructs and methods to the understanding of sport and exercise. Practical classes and exercises will address psychophysiological assessment and research, and include an ongoing casework project.
Students should note that this subject does not contribute to an Australian Psychological Society accredited major in psychology.

Subject Outlines
Current CSU students can view Subject Outlines for recent sessions. Please note that Subject Outlines and assessment tasks are updated each session.

No offerings have been identified for this subject in 2018.

Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Psychology

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to demonstrate an understanding of major theories of psychology, as they apply to aspects of sport and exercise, especially motivation, arousal and stress, planning and organisation, leadership, group interactions, injury and rehabilitation, and aggression
  • be able to apply psychological methodology to the analysis and evaluation of planning and performance by individuals and groups engaged in sport
  • be able to plan and implement behaviour change programmes for individuals and groups to enhance participation, performance and satisfaction in sport and exercise


This subject will cover the following topics:

- interaction, play and aggression in developmental psychology - gender differences in exercise psychology - the social psychology of team behaviour - the social psychology of leadership - principles of motivation - rituals and superstitions in sport - attention, concentration and performance in sport - principles of behaviour change applied to sport motivation, training and performance - exercise and well-being through the lifespan - psychophysiology of stress and arousal - psychophysiology and evaluation of cardiovascular functioning - stress and health management in sport and exercise - life stress and sport participation - research methodology in sport psychology - clinical practice in sport psychology - psychology of injury - sport and exercise as therapy - sport and exercise in rehabilitation of the brain injured person - professional issues in the practice of sport psychology


Current Students

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Prospective Students

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The information contained in the 2018 CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: August 2018. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.