Introduction to Sport Psychology

SPO10002 12.5 Credit Points Hawthorn


  • One semester / teaching period

Contact hours

  • 36 hours

On-campus unit delivery combines face-to-face and digital learning.




Alternative Tertiary Entry Program: Students who have passed SPO00001 are exempted from taking this unit and must select another unit in its place with advice from a Course Advice Specialist. 

Aims and objectives

This unit will introduce fundamental principles involved in research and practice within Sports Psychology. The primary objective is to facilitate the understanding of how psychological factors influence involvement and performance in sport and exercise settings. The unit will explore such topics as personality, competition and cooperation, motivation, and group cohesion and dynamics in sport and exercise.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to:
1. Critically evaluate psychology theory and research findings relevant to sport psychology.
2. Explain key concepts and theories from a number of content areas including personality, motivation, anxiety/arousal, community engagement, groups and teams.
3. Apply theoretical perspectives from sport psychology in real world contexts.
4. Critique research methodologies used within sport psychology, and develop an awareness of research ethics.
5. Integrate information from various sources concerning topics and problems related to sport psychology, and communicate the results of these investigations in a logical and clear manner.
6. Demonstrate an increased understanding of your own behaviour, mental processes and experiences and the behaviour of others.