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Course Details

Course Code: PSYC460 Course ID: 3616 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

Students will examine human behavior in a sport and exercise setting. They will understand that enhancing individual performance is a primary objective of sport psychology. Students will learn how to create a psychological skills training program, which incorporates theories of anxiety reduction, imagery training, and self-efficacy. Current theoretical perspectives of personality factors in exercise and sport, why people exercise, what motivates an individual, exercise/sport adherence, stress, anxiety, and arousal, and the psychological effects of exercise and sport will be investigated. Students will learn the key features of effective goal setting, and apply this understanding to their own professional development.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon completion of this course of study, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe typical views of motivation and the fundamentals of achievement motivation to guide practice and performance.
  2. Assess the major sources of anxiety and stress, and how and why arousal and anxiety-related emotions affect performance.
  3. Create a psychological skills training program.
  4. Develop effective goal-setting principles and a comprehensive goal-setting program.
  5. Explain the effects of exercise on anxiety, depression, and psychological well-being.

For a description of specific evaluation requirements for each assignment and forum, please review the rubric in each assignment area. In addition, a forum rubric example is available in your Resource section.

NameGrade %
Forums 25.00 %
Week One Forum 3.13 %
Week Two Forum 3.13 %
Week Three Forum 3.13 %
Week Four Forum 3.13 %
Week Five Forum 3.13 %
Week Six Forum 3.13 %
Week Seven Forum 3.13 %
Week Eight Forum 3.13 %
Quizzes 30.00 %
APA Documentation 3.33 %
Week One Quiz - Psychological make-up 3.33 %
Week Two Quiz 3.33 %
Week Three Quiz - Stress, Anxiety & Arousal 3.33 %
Week Four Quiz 3.33 %
Week Five Quiz 3.33 %
Week Six Quiz 3.33 %
Week Seven Quiz - Exercise and Well-being 3.33 %
Week Eight Quiz 3.33 %
Issues Analysis paper 20.00 %
Week Seven Paper 20.00 %
Assignments 25.00 %
Week Two Assignment 8.33 %
Week Four Topic Proposal 8.33 %
Week Five Assignment 8.33 %

Required Readings:

See Course Outline

Additional Resources:

In the Lessons Link there are additional course articles, and up to date APA handouts.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

North American Society of Sports Management

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.