PS363 Psychology of Sport

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PS 363 Psychology of Sport


SP 2013 HO


Johnson, Andrew T.


Professor of Psychology

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Office Hours

M & W (9a-10a, 12-1:30p), F(9a-10a)

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Class Days


Class Time

10:00 - 10:50 AM



Credit Hours



Cox, R. (2012). Sport Psychology: Concepts and Applications (7th Ed.). New York:  McGraw Hill - ISBN: 978-0-07-802247-0

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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 educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning, focusing on student engagement.  Lectures, demonstrations, participation activities, readings, group work, class discussion, examinations, writing, and use of the Internet and technology are significant components of this learning process.  Students will be required to analyze, criticize, synthesize course material and apply it to their own lives.

  Instructor Learning Outcomes

  1. Define and apply sport psychology vocabulary.
  2. Critically analyze sport psychology concepts, theories and ethical issues.
  3. Apply psychology of sport concepts to one's life and circumstances
  4. Effectively gather, evaluate, and communicate about psychology of sport issues
Class Assessment:

Course Assessment:  A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course.  Students will be assessed on performance on exams, and writing assignments.

 Written Assignments:

Game Profile:

This assignment is a one-slide PowerPoint presentation of game and should consist of the following components: Name(s), Date and Place of Origin, Creator, Overview, Image, Reference. This assignment is to be submitted to the eCompanion Dropbox and is worth 20 points.

 Sport Profile:

This assignment is a one-slide PowerPoint presentation of a sport and should consist of the following components: Name(s), Date and Place of Origin, Creator, Overview/ Information (for example – numbers of participants or if there is a hall of fame, certification, etc.), Image, Reference. This assignment is to be submitted to the eCompanion Dropbox and is worth 20 points.

 Personality Profile:

The purpose of this assignment is to apply the concepts of chapters 2 and 3 (Personality and Motivation) to self.  Students have the task of creating a description of their sport personality by reference to psychological scales and inventories, e.g., International Personality Item Pool –

 This assignment due Friday Feb 8th to eCompanion Dropbox by midnight and is worth 30 points.

 Core Assessment (Case Study Set):

 The Core Assessment for the course is a set of two case studies for a specific sport.  One of these case studies will be for a publicly prominent sports figure.  The other case study will be for an individual who the student knows and will gather the information via personal interview.  The Case Studies will gather information pertaining to: career preparation and training, personality factors, motivation, social context (family, friends, team and area), adversity, achievements and failure (handling success and failure), emotion, career and career termination.

 The Case Studies will be presented in a written paper in APA formatting (6th ed.)

 This paper is due Monday April 1st to the eCompanion Dropbox and is worth 100 points.

 The last week of the course, students will present a summary of their case studies to the class. The presentation is due at the time of presentation and should also be submitted to the Dropbox on or before the day of presentation.  The presentation is worth 20 points.

 Papers should be double-spaced typed with 1-inch margins and in 12pt Times New Roman.


Chapter Quizzes:

There will be a total of 16 chapter quizzes. The chapter quizzes are available in the eCompanion course.  They consist of 10 multiple-choice questions from the respective chapter and students have 30 minutes to complete each. Chapter quizzes may be taken once. This assessment component is worth a total of 160 points.  Please check the eCompanion course for the availability of the quizzes.

 Final Exam:

The final exam for this course is taken during finals week is worth 100 points.  It consists of 75 multiple-choice questions (drawn from the chapter quiz question pools) and 25 points related to short-answer questions. The short-answer question set will be provided to the students before the exam. 

 Make-ups for the exams will be given only to those who have scheduled a test time before that exam. Note: the questions and format of make-up exams may be different than regular exams.





Written Assignments



Game Profile



Sport Profile



Personality Profile



Core Assessment






Chapter Quizzes (16)



Final Exam








The course grade is determined by the total number of points from the assignments and exams. Grades will be based on percentage cutoffs, i.e., 90% = A, 80% = B, 70% = C, 60% = D, & 59% less 

Points (total = 450)


405 - 450


360 – 404


315 - 359


270 - 314


Below 270


Late Submission of Course Materials:

No late assignments or quizzes will be accepted.  Just like in various games and contests, once the buzzer sounds, the opportunity for points is over.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

I expect all students to arrive on time and remain in the classroom except for emergencies.  No food or drink is permitted in the classroom. Turn your cell phones off or to vibrate and use of camera phones is prohibited.

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. 

Submission of papers written for other classes is not acceptable.  I expect that each paper you submit in this class is a unique paper created by you.  Violation of this will result in a zero for the assignment.  Additional information will be posted in the eCompanion course site.


Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

(The Instructor reserves the right to amend this Schedule based on the progress of the course and the needs of the students.)





Assignments/ Exams


Jan 14

Foundation and Personality

1, 2

Sign up for Game and Sport Profiles via discussion thread in eCompanion course

 Chap 1 Quiz


Jan 21

Monday Jan 21st - No Class - Martin Luther King Jr





Chap 2 Quiz


Jan 28



Chap 3 Quiz


Feb 4

Goal Perspectives


Chap 4 Quiz

Personality Profile due – Friday Feb 8th to Dropbox by midnight


Feb 11

Attention/ Concentration


Chap 6 Quiz


Feb 18

Monday Feb 18th - No Class - President's Day


Feb 20

Anxiety, Stress, and Mood


Chap 7 Quiz


Feb 25

Cogn & Behavioral Interventions


Chap 9 Quiz


Mar 4

Goal Setting


Chap 10 Quiz


Mar 9-17

Spring Break - No Classes


Mar 18

Imagery/ Hypnosis & Psych Skills Training

11/ 12

Chap 11 Quiz/ Chap 12 Quiz


Mar 25

Aggression & Violence


Chap 13 Quiz


Mar 29

Friday March 29th - No Class – Good Friday


Apr 1

Audience/ Self-Presentation & Team Cohesion

14/ 15

Chap 14 Quiz / Chap 15 Quiz

Case Studies (CA) due by midnight


Apr 8



Chap 17 Quiz


Apr 15

Injuries & Career Termination


Chap 18 Quiz


Apr 22

Neg Aspects of Sport & Exercise


Chap 19 Quiz


Apr 29

Case Study Presentations


May 6

Final Exam -  Monday May 6th, 10:15 am - 12:15 pm

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

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