EHR109 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Behaviour (8)

This subject introduces students to a broad range of psychological theories and research related to human behaviour in sport and exercise settings.

Students will explore how psychological factors influence individual involvement and performance in sport, exercise, and physical activity settings. Students will examine how participation in sport, exercise, and physical activity influences the psychological factors of the individuals involved, as well as analyse the complex interaction between individuals and their environment. This subject provides students with the ability to acquire skills and knowledge about sport and exercise psychology that can be applied as a coach, teacher, personal trainer, exercise leader, sports psychologist, sports rehabilitator, sports administrator or sports journalist.


Session 1 (30)
On Campus
Bathurst Campus
Port Macquarie Campus
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: EHR109. 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 Exercise Science, Sport and Health

Enrolment Restrictions

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science students

Bachelor of Exercise and Sport Science (Sport Management) students

Bachelor of Sport Media students 

Diploma of Exercise Studies students  

Bachelor of Health Science (Food & Nutrition) students 

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • be able to analyse and explain key psychological factors influencing participation and performance in sport and exercise;
  • be able to explain and critically analyse the complex interaction between individuals and the sport and exercise setting;
  • be able to analyse and explain key psychological outcomes of participation and performance in sport and exercise;
  • be able to synthesise, evaluate and use selected theoretical and applied approaches to explain sport and exercise behaviour;
  • be able to demonstrate their competency in reading, writing, critically analysing, comprehending and discussing sport and exercise psychology literature.


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • Overview and introduction to sport and exercise behaviour
  • Understanding the participant:
  • Personality and sport/exercise behaviour;
  • Arousal, anxiety, stress and sport/exercise behaviour;
  • Motivation and sport/exercise behaviour;
  • Understanding the sport and exercise setting/environment:
  • Feedback and reinforcement;
  • Competition and cooperation;
  • Group and team dynamics;
  • Leadership and communication
  • Introduction to exercise adherance.
  • Psychological outcomes of sport and exercise participation:
  • Sport/Exercise and well-being/mental health;
  • Youth Sport/Exercise and psychological development;
  • Athletic injuries and psychological recovery;
  • Addiction to exercise, athletic burnout and their prevention;
  • Aggression in sport and implications for practice.

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of EHR109 in Session 1 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Critical thinking questions (chapters 1-5, 2019)
Online test
Mini-essays on psychological outcomes

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.