PS363 Psychology of Sport

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PS 363 Psychology of Sport


FA 2010 HO


Monchusie, Petunia


Adjunct Professor


Ph.D. University of Kansas, Kansas
M.S. Counseling Psychology, University of Kansas
M.S. Management, University of Saint Mary, Kansas

Office Hours

10.00AM - 10.00PM CDT

Daytime Phone

(913) 685-4614


Web Page

Semester Dates

August 16th, 2010 to December 10th, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

8:00 - 8:50 AM


Junior Level standing and PS 101

Credit Hours



The following book is required for this course: LeUnes, A. (2007). Sport Psychology, (4th ed.).  Psychology Press, New York and Hove. ISBN: 978-0-8058-6266-9

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Course Description:
PS363 Psychology of Sport: Overview of psychological theory and research as it relates to sports and exercise at both the individual and group levels. 3:0:3 Prerequisitie;PS101

Educational Philosophy:

A variety of instructional methods may be used depending on the content area. These include but are not limited to readings, lectures, multimedia, cooperative/collaborative learning, performances, quizzes, dialogues, examinations,, demonstrations, projects and presentations, speeches, debates, , internet, videos, web site, and learning experiences outside the classroom. Methodology will be selected to best meet the student’s needs.

Tell me, and I will forget.

Show me, and I may remember.

Involve me, and I will understand

Confucius, 450 B.C.

My training and experience have shown me that students learn best when they are active participants in the learning process and the exploration of ideas, issues, and contradictions.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. 1. Identify the concepts of psychology as it relates to sport and exercise  (program competency 1,3)
  2. 2. Define key theories, behavioral principles, and social psychological dimensions relevant to psychology of sport (program competency 1, 2)
  3. 3. Analyze, synthesize, critically examine and evaluate psychology of sport literature (program competency #2, 4)
  4. 4. Critically analyze issues related to experiences and problems involved in the different athletic populations ( program competency1, 2,3, 5, 6,7, 8)
  5. 5. Demonstrate proficiency in the use of APA style. (program competency #1, 4, 7)
Class Assessment:

1. Weekly Outside Research Paper

You are required to turn in a one page summary of an empirical research study on that particular week’s topic. You will attach your summary page to the research article, to be graded. These research articles will be discussed in class on a weekly basis. These articles will come from each of the following areas of studies: anxiety, motivation, audience effect, and aggression, personality and or personality assessments. Each Friday during week 3-7 articles will be turned in. No late assignments will be accepted.

During week 3 turn in research article on Anxiety; Week 4- Motivation; Week 5- Audience Effect, Week-6 Aggression, week 7- Personality and or Personality Assessment. Papers must be written in APA style. I will give you an example in class. Each outside research paper will be worth up to 20 points.

Newspaper clippings, magazines, Wikipedia clips etc. will not be accepted. Please view appropriate website under text book area.



Points Possible

Summarize an empirical research study


Provide  the research article


Discuss how Main Points relate to Identified Textbook Materials




2.    Group: Debates

During the August 27 class period, students will be asked to divide up into groups. Each week will have two groups (A and B) presenting a stand on a controversial issue. Sometimes you will have to establish an argument that is the opposite to what you actually believe which might be challenging. However it is important to look at the issue for another perspective to assist us in developing more effective critical thinking skills.

1. Should Performance Enhancement Drugs be legalized at the professional level of sport?  

2. Role conflict: Should more Male teams be eliminated in order to add female teams to be incompliance with Title IX?

3. Can over demanding parents influence the children‘s sport progress?

4. Should male and female coaches be treated the same and therefore receive equal pay for coaching the same     sports teams?

5. Should running addiction be part of the DMS-IV and be viewed as a psychological disorder? 

      1st debate and paper due on 10/29/2010

      2nd debate and paper due on 11/5/2010

      3rd debate and paper due on 11/12/2010

      4th debate and paper due on 11/19/2010

      5th debate and paper due on 12/3/2010

Each week A group members and B group members will turn in two separate group assignments depending on the position they will take. The paper must be typed and will consist of 5 page double spaced paper (APA). You will be graded on the following rubric:


Points Available

Group assignment reflects an understanding of topic and presents a good argument for the position taken


Group Assignment reflects insight into topic and the question asked of peers was thought-provoking


Demonstrates the ability to evaluate and analyze and not simply report the information


Reliable outside information was used to support position and the source was documented


Statements were supported


Grammar and spelling


Total points


Please use scholarly articles for your references. Each group will provide the rest of the class with a one page outline of the key points of your arguments. Allow at least 20 minutes for each side.  Each group debate will be worth up to 20 points  

    Quizzes and Exams:
Exams will be based on the course materials covered up to that point. All quizzes and exams will consist of
Multiple-choice items and will be conducted during regular class periods. The quizzes will prepare studentsfor the midterm examination. Each quiz will be worth up to 25 points.
Quiz 1 will include all the material covered in Chapter 1 through to 4; Quiz 2 will include all material covered in Chapters 5 through to 8; Quiz 3 will include all material covered in Chapters 9 through to 12; Quiz 4 will include all material covered in Chapters 13-16.
The Mid-Term examination will include all the material covered in Chapter 1-Chapter 18. The midterm will be worth up to 200 points.

The final examination will be a take home examination and will include Chapter 19-Chapters 28. The Final Exam will be worth up to 200 points.

Core Assessment:

Empirical Research Paper:  All Park University courses are required to include a Core Assessment in order to measure the specific Departmental Learning Outcomes for each course.  The Core Assessment for PS 363 involves writing a 10-page research paper using empirical research and the APA format. The paper provides an opportunity to explore important research in Sport Psychology.

During the August 27th class period, students will be asked to choose a topic related to a psychological problem, which impairs the athlete/coach/ exercise participant’s performance. The topic must be approved by the instructor. This assignment will give you the opportunity to research, analyze, and evaluate evidence-based interventions which are designed to help the individual address difficulties that are affecting their sport experience. You will apply the theories and concepts you have learned throughout the term. This paper must include a description of the problem you are researching, the causes of the problem, theories speaking directly to the issue, multicultural features, prevalence, assessments, and recommended treatments. You will type a 10 page double spaced paper (APA style) on any one of the Sport Psychology topics covered in the textbook. Your references must include at least 10 different full-text scholarly articles found in sport and exercise and psychology related journals (paper and electronic). You can use databases like PsychInfo, PsychArticles, etc.

You will have to do an in class presentation on your paper. You may want to use a PowerPoint slideshow for your presentation of the research paper. You need to turn in your paper on the day that you do your presentation. This paper accounts for 200 points of the 950 points available in this course. 

Research paper must be 10 pages double spaced (APA format). For APA format see the following websites:

Academic Support Center

·         Paper is to reflect college-level work. Check grammar and spelling and proofread all your work.

·         Your research needs to use empirical research that is found in research journals. The following are not acceptable articles:

·         News paper articles

·         Wikipedia

·         Web articles

·         Psychology Today, USA Today, Psychiatric Times, Gale Encyclopedia, Harvard Mental Health Letter

Research Paper Grading Rubric

50 points—APA Format

Points Received

Title page



Page numbers and Margins

Documentation in body of paper

Reference page

References in Alphabetical order

APA format used for documentation?

All sources documented correctly according to APA style

All references listed on Reference Page cited in the text



50 points—Required References

Points Received

Do references include predominantly sources from actual research studies from empirical research journals as outlined in the expectations for Research Paper?


50 points--Content

Points Received

Did paper follow the expected format as described in the Research Paper thread e.g. a description of the problem, the causes of the problem, theories, multicultural features, prevalence, assessments, and recommended treatments?

Length—10 pages of text


50 points--Content     

Development and support for statements







Assessment Activity

Point total

Midterm Exams


Final Exams




Weekly Outside Research


Core Assessment


Debate Group Assignment


Class Activity & Participation






The course is determined by the total number of points from the assignments and exams.

Total Points = 950










         569 and Below



Late Submission of Course Materials:

Any assignment turned in after the date it is due can be given up to half credit for that assignment. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:


In addition to attendance, class participation is expected and fundamental to the success of this course. Students will receive credit for attending all class sessions and appropriately participating in discussions and dialogue. Contribution to a healthy learning environment depends on the following:

1.   Students are expected to arrive on time and remain in the class except for emergencies.

2.  Students are expected to come to class with the readings completed

3.   Students are expected to have a non defensive learning attitude, challenge yourself to learn, working on your own and as a team, and learn to question

      2.   No food or drink is permitted in the classroom except water in a closed container.

3.   Computers make writing and revising much easier and more productive. Students must recognize though that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink and hard drives crash. Students must be responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

4.   Cell phones are to be turned off and placed out of sight. Students are not to leave class to answer calls. No text messaging during class.

5.   Laptop computers can be used to take notes for the class.  Browsing the internet, instant messaging, Emailing, etc. will not be acceptable during class.  Using your laptop for activities other than taking notes will result in the loss of the use of your computer.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Weeks & Dates






Week 1

Aug 16-Aug 20

Class Orientation


Introduction to Sport psychology

Read Chapter 1

Professional Issues in Sport Psychology

Read Chapter 2

Week 2

Aug 23-Aug 27

Sport History: Antiquity through the Renaissance and the Age of Enlightenment 

Read Chapter 3

History of Sport and Sport Psychology in the US

Read Chapter 4

Behavioral Principles

Read Chapter 5

Quiz 1

Divide students into groups for the debate and assign topics and positions

Week 3

Aug 30-Sept 3

Anxiety and Arousal

Read Chapter 6

Anxiety Reduction: Classical Conditioning and Operant Learning Applications

Read Chapter 7

Outside Research Article (Anxiety) due on 9/3

Week 4

Sept 8 –Sept 10

Anxiety Reduction: Cognitive Learning Techniques

Read Chapter 8

Motivation: Attribution Theory and Need Achievement

Read Chapter 9

Quiz 2

Outside Research Article (Motivation) due on 9/10

Week 5

Sept 13 –Sept 15

Motivation: Locus of Control and Self-Theory

Read Chapter 10

Social Psychology of Sport: Audience Effect

Read Chapter 12

Outside Research Article (Audience Effect ) due on 9/17

Week 6

Sept 20–Sept 24

Aggression: Dimension and Theories

Read Chapter 13

Quiz 3

Aggression: Violence in Selected Sport populations

Read Chapter 14

Outside Research Article on (Aggression) due on 9/24

Week 7

Sept 27 – Oct 1

Personality and Psychological Assessments

Read Chapter 15

Psychological Assessments in Sport Psychology

Read Chapter 16

Outside Research Article on Personality or Assessments)due on 10/1

Week 8

Oct -Oct

Minority Athletes

Read Chapter 17

Quiz 4

High-Risk Sport

Read Chapter 18


Week 9

Oct 18 –Oct 22

The Elite Athlete


Injured Athletes

Read Chapter 19

Week 10

Oct 25-Oct 29

Doping in Sports

Read Chapter 20

Debate: Should Performance Enhancement Drugs be legalized at the professional levels of sport?

Group Project due 10/29

Week 11

Nov 1-Nov 5

The Female Sport Experience: Historical and Physiological Issues

Read Chapter 21

The Female Sport Experience: Socialization, Psychological Variable and other Issues

Read Chapter 22

Debate: Role conflict: Should more Male teams be eliminated in order to add female teams to be incompliance with Title IX?

Group Project due 11/5

Week 12

Nov 8- Nov 12

Youth Sport: Motives for Participation and Withdrawing

Read Chapter 23

Youth Sport: Stress and Other Issues

Read Chapter 24

Debate: Can over demanding Parents influence the children ‘s sport progress?

Group Project due 11/12

Week 13

Nov15 - Nov 19

The Coach: Roles, Communication, and Psychological Variables

Read Chapter 25

Youth Female, and Minority Coaches: Coach Burnout

Read Chapter 26

Debate: Should the plain fields be leveled by treating male and female coaches the same and therefore receive equal pay for coaching the same sports teams?

Group Project due on 11/19

Week 14

Nov 22- Nov 24

Exercise Psychology: Physical Fitness, Adherence, and Effective benefits

Read Chapter 27

Exercise Psychology : Running Addictions

Read Chapter 28

Week 15

Nov 29-Dec 3

Exercise Psychology: for Senior Citizens

Exercise Psychology: For People with Mental Health Disorders

Read Chapter 28

Debate: Should running addiction be part of the DMS-IV and be viewed as a psychological disorder? 

Group Project due on 12/3

Week 16

Dec 6 –Dec 10

Paper and Presentations

Papers due on day of Presentation


Handout on 12/3

Due on 12/10

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life. Park University students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

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Additional Information:












Exceeds Expectation (3)


Up to 100% of points


Meets Expectation




Up to 100% of points



Does Not Meet Expectation (1)


Up to 100% of points


No Evidence



Up to 100% of points




           Outcomes 1, 2



Accurately use 5 or more psychology of sport concepts 




Accurately use 4 psychology  of sport concepts



Accurately use 1-3  psychology of sport concepts 




Uses no psychology of sport terms accurately




           Outcomes 2,3,4



Correctly apply 3 or more relevant theories




Correctly apply 2 relevant theories



Correctly applies 1 relevant theory





Correctly applies 0 relevant theories



Analysis & Evaluation  Outcomes 2,3,4




Cites 10 research articles, compare the different perspectives, and shows how the findings support the solutions



Cites 7 research articles, compare the different perspectives and shows how the findings support the solutions



Cites 4 research articles, compare the different perspectives and shows how the findings support the solutions 



Fails to provide any evidence from research articles 




           Outcomes 2,3,4




Integrates information from relevant sources to form a coherent evaluative statement about the intervention program/topic; offering more than 2 suggestions to improve sport experience



Integrates information from relevant sources to form a coherent evaluative statement about the intervention program/topic; offering more 2 suggestions to improve sport experience





Integration of information from relevant sources to form an evaluative statement about the intervention  program/topic is either not relevant or is incoherent 



No evidence of integration of information OR no evidence of an evaluative statement about the intervention program/topic 



Whole Artifact      


Outcome 6                                                                                                                                                                                          



Artifact displays professional writing and utilizes correct APA format.  More than 10 empirical sources in the paper



Professional writing displayed and APA format is generally followed (1 error: cover page, abstract, running head, internal citations, headings, references, etc).  10 empirical sources. 



Professional writing problems (e.g., excessive quoting, lack of proofreading, informal language, lack of organization) and/or 2 or more APA errors: cover page, abstract, running head, internal citations, headings, references, etc.) or less than 10 empirical sources. 



The research paper does not contain all the sections included and does not meet the expectations category.



Other Literacy’s-Cultural Implications


Outcomes 4




Integrates 2 or more relevant cultural implications 



Integrates 1 relevant cultural implication 



Mentions only irrelevant cultural implications 



No mention of cultural implications 



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