PS363 Psychology of Sport

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PS 363 Psychology of Sport


F1A 2010 BE


Cardner, Patricia A.


Assistant Professor of Psychology


PhD, Sam Houston State University
EdD Candidate, Argosy University, Sarasota
Licensed Professional Counselor, TX

Office Location

Austin, TX

Office Hours

TTH 3:30 - 5pm and by appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

August 16, 2010 - October 10, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:10 - 7:50 PM

Credit Hours


Weinberg, R. S. & Gould, D. (2007). Foundations of sport and exercise psychology, 4th ed. Human Kinetics: Champaign, IL. ISBN: 0-73606467-2

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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:
My philosophy of teaching emphasizes student learning whether that learning occurs in a face to face format or in the online environment. One of my areas of expertise is psychology, and one of the main things that I learned from the study of psychology is that people have different learning styles. I have also learned as a result of study and experience, that students learn best when the material presented is timely and relevant and applicable. Adult students like to see the relevance of what they are studying. One way that I like to do this is by including current events and cases for discussions. Discussions are the heart and soul of effective learning. This is the one way that students get to know one another and it gives them an opportunity to learn from one another. In addition, there is a great deal of information on the web that students can use to enhance their learning. Thus, they are encouraged to use web resources for this purpose.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Develop a broad understanding of the field of exercise and sport psychology, activities in which sport psychologists engage, and an overview of the current research, theory and application in the area.
  2. Develop and understanding of psychological variables and their influence on participation and performance in sport
  3. Develop some applied knowledge of techniques used by sport psychologists
  4. Develop an understanding of the effects of participation in exercise and sports on the physical and psychological status of participants
  5. Develop an understanding of and sensitivity to individual difference variables (such as age, race, gender) that are relevant to sport psychology
Class Assessment:
Movie Analysis (1) – Core assessment; applied understanding of the psychology of sport as it relates to analyzing the psychological issues addressed in a sports themed movie. Students will be required to identify the sport psychology concepts and skills covered in class that are seen in the movie, analyze them in terms of the empirical research and offer a programmed approach to assist the main character(s) in resolving their issues. The paper should be 8-10 pages in length, double spaced, in APA format, and you will need 6-10 references in addition to your class textbook.


Cinderella Man

Million Dollar Baby

Remember the Titans

The Natural



Coach Carter

Blue Chips

A League of their Own

Chariots of Fire

Bull Durham

The rookie

Cool Runnings

The Express

What your analysis should include:

I Introduction to the movie

A. Why you picked it

B. The movie’s plot

II The psychological issues present and how you will use the information that you learned in the course to help the major characters

III Conclusion



Week Due


Total Pts


all 8






Final Exam




Core Assessment Paper







470 - 423
422 - 376
375 - 329
328 - 282
below 282

Late Submission of Course Materials:
 Any late submission will be penalized 10% of the grade - e.g an assignment worth 100 points will only be eligible to earn 90 points if it is late.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attend class promptly. Roll will be checked during each class period. It is your responsibility to make up anything missed in class and to make sure that your scheduled assignments are submitted on time.
Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them. This course will consist of class discussion, small group discussion, group work, lecture, and videos. You are expected to take part in the discussions and group work. Also, assigned readings will not always be reviewed in class, but examinations will be from both assigned readings and class discussions.
Each assignment will be turned in via the online classroom. Each assignment will be graded electronically and returned to the student via the online classroom. 
The student is expected to maintain a respectful attitude towards others at all times.  Discourteous conduct is not acceptable.  This includes name calling, yelling, cursing, etc. Professional behavior is warranted at all times. If you cannot adhere to these guidelines, you will be asked to leave the classroom.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1

Introduction to Sport Psychology & Psychological Skills Training

Week 2

Goal Setting; Self-confidence

Week 3

Arousal Regulation; Imagery

Week 4


Week 5


Week 6

Exercise and Psychological Well Being

Week 7

Adherence to Exercise

Week 8


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.

Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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