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Unit Summary

Unit type

UG Coursework Unit

Credit points

12

AQF level

7

Level of learning

Introductory

Unit aim

Provides an understanding of behavioural theory within the physical activity arena as applied to individuals, groups and special populations. The fundamentals of human behaviour will provide a theoretical background on which to interpret an understanding of the psychological factors that underlie and sustain participation in performance based activities and exercise and health related domains.

Unit content

Physical Activity and Exercise Behaviour:

Psychological benefits of exercise

Exercise and improved mental health

Exercise adherence and determinants


 

The Evolution of Psychology:

The development of Psychology

Research and professional aspects

 


Research in Psychology:

The scientific approach

Experimental research

Descriptive and correlational research

The role of statistics


 

Biological basis of behaviour:

Communication in the nervous system

Organisation in the nervous system

The brain and behaviour

Heredity and behaviour

Evolutionary basis of behaviour


 

Personality: Theory, Research and Assessment:

Nature of personality

Psychodynamic perspectives

Behavioural perspectives

Humanistic Perspectives

Biological Perspectives


 

Learning:

Classical Conditioning

Operant Conditioning

Observational Learning

Self Control through Behaviour Modification


 

Motivation and Emotion:

Theories and concepts

Motivation of hunger and eating

Sexual motivation and behaviour

Achievement

Theories of emotion


 

Development across the lifespan:

Prenatal development

Childhood

Adolescence

Adulthood

 

Stress, coping and health:

The nature of stress

Health impairing behaviour

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

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On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Identify the fundamentals of human behaviour
2 Recognise the psychological factors that influence physical activity participation and the concurrent influence of participation in physical activity on psychological factors
3 Demonstrate understanding of current research on the influences that psychological factors have on participation in physical activity for individuals, groups and special populations
4 Develop the academic skills of understanding scholarly literature, writing and oral presentation
5 Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of academic integrity and academic writing, including knowledge of the SCU policy on academic integrity and academic misconduct

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Identify the fundamentals of human behaviour
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
    • GA7:
  2. Recognise the psychological factors that influence physical activity participation and the concurrent influence of participation in physical activity on psychological factors
    • GA4:
  3. Demonstrate understanding of current research on the influences that psychological factors have on participation in physical activity for individuals, groups and special populations
    • GA3:
    • GA4:
  4. Develop the academic skills of understanding scholarly literature, writing and oral presentation
    • GA3:
    • GA6:
    • GA7:
  5. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of academic integrity and academic writing, including knowledge of the SCU policy on academic integrity and academic misconduct
    • GA3:

Prescribed texts

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