Sports Psychology for Coaches - 2017

Unit summary


  • Level of Study: Postgraduate
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Print Only
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 14 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP
  • Availability for 2016: Sess 2
  • Availability for 2017: Sess 2
  • Assessment: Assignment 1 - Reflective Paper 1 (20%) , Assignment 2 - Reflective Paper 2 (20%) - Learn more

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2017 Fees
Domestic 2,563.00
International 2,813.00

The unit introduces students to the fundamental principles of psychology as applied to the area of sport coaching. Issues relevant to coaches and athletes involved in the optimisation of individual and team performance are considered. The unit focuses on the application of psychological techniques to enhance athletic performance, which will allow students to work effectively with individuals in exercise and sport settings.

At the completion of this unit student will be able to:

  1. develop knowledge and an understanding of psychological skills used by sport coaches to enhance athlete performance
  2. demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the role of psychology in sport and exercise
  3. use appropriate techniques to identify and understand the specific needs of individuals in athletic settings.
  • Assignment 1 — Reflective Paper 1 (20%)
  • Assignment 2 — Reflective Paper 2 (20%)
  • Assignment 3 — Reflective Paper 3 (20%)
  • Assignment 4 — Reflective Paper 4 (20%)
  • Online Discussion (20%)

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PES7209 — Sports Psychology for Coaches

This unit addresses the following topics.

1Coaching communication
2Mental skills training
3Goal setting
4Imagery, visualisation and relaxation
5Self talk
6Ways of enhancing motivation
7Energy management
9Stress management
10Self confidence
11Mental plans
12Mental skills training programs

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Embedded Multimedia
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Online assignment submission
  • Web links

This unit is not currently a requirement for any courses, but may be eligible for credit.

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
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