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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.

GA1: Intellectual rigour, GA2: Creativity, GA3: Ethical practice, GA4: Knowledge of a discipline, GA5: Lifelong learning, GA6: Communication and social skills, GA7: Cultural competence
On completion of this unit, students should be able to: GA1 GA2 GA3 GA4 GA5 GA6 GA7
1 Identify the fundamentals of human behaviour Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline Cultural competence
2 Recognise the psychological factors that influence physical activity participation and the concurrent influence of participation in physical activity on psychological factors Knowledge of a discipline
3 Demonstrate understanding of current research on the influences that psychological factors have on participation in physical activity for individuals, groups and special populations Ethical practice Knowledge of a discipline
4 Develop the academic skills of understanding scholarly literature, writing and oral presentation Ethical practice Communication and social skills Cultural competence
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 Ethical practice

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

  1. Identify the fundamentals of human behaviour
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  2. Recognise the psychological factors that influence physical activity participation and the concurrent influence of participation in physical activity on psychological factors
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  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: Ethical practice
    • GA4: Knowledge of a discipline
  4. Develop the academic skills of understanding scholarly literature, writing and oral presentation
    • GA3: Ethical practice
    • GA6: Communication and social skills
    • GA7: Cultural competence
  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: Ethical practice

Prescribed texts

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Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.