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SPHS505 - Sport Psychology

Course Details

Course Code: SPHS505 Course ID: 4237 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Graduate

Sport Psychology is the scientific study of how individuals behave in sport and exercise, and the practical application of that knowledge to performance enhancement strategies. Students in this course will investigate human behavior patterns in sports and exercise settings. Human behavior is complex, dynamic, and social. There are no easy answers when you try to determine why people behave in a certain fashion. However, this course will focus on interpreting and applying fundamental behavioral tendencies related to biological and psychological models of personality structure, motivational orientations, psychological interventions, and social dynamics. In addition, students will create useful psychological interventions that demonstrate their ability to distinguish the need for normal sport enhancement strategies from serious psycho/physical behaviors that require other professionally trained experts. Psycho/social relationships to sport performance will be analyzed. Behavior management strategies, modeling, aggression, and group dynamic models will be critiqued as students design philosophies that guide training and intervention strategies.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
03/30/20 - 09/04/20 09/07/20 - 11/01/20 Summer 2020 Session D 8 Week session
04/27/20 - 10/02/20 10/05/20 - 11/29/20 Fall 2020 Session B 8 Week session
05/25/20 - 10/30/20 11/02/20 - 12/27/20 Fall 2020 Session I 8 Week session
06/29/20 - 12/04/20 12/07/20 - 01/31/21 Fall 2020 Session D 8 Week session
07/27/20 - 01/01/21 01/04/21 - 02/28/21 Winter 2021 Session B 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

After completing this course students will be able to:

1. Analyze the relationship between Attentional control, focus, and performance.

2. Differentiate between how intrinsic and extrinsic rewards can be used for performance enhancement.

3. Design a comprehensive goal-setting program for individuals and teams.

4. Create solutions to challenges sport participants experience with stress, anxiety, and arousal.

5. Create a psychological skills training program.

NameGrade %
Assignments 35.00 %
Week Two Assignment 11.67 %
Week Four Assignment 11.67 %
Week Six Assignment 11.67 %
Forums 40.00 %
Wk-1 Forum- Getting Your Attention & Intro 5.00 %
Wk-2 Forum Control of Energy 5.00 %
Wk-3 Forum Confidence and Self-Worth 5.00 %
Wk-4 Forum Goal-setting 5.00 %
Wk-5 Forum Developing a Pre-performance Routine 5.00 %
Wk-6 Forum Results and Attributions 5.00 %
Wk-7 Forum intrinsic motivation and self-determination 5.00 %
Wk-8 Forum PST Training 5.00 %
Final Group Project 25.00 %
Week Eight Assignment (1) (1) 25.00 %

Required Course Textbook:

No Textbook is required

Required Readings:

Each week required readings will be from scholarly journal articles, websites, and lecture notes.

See Course Outline

Additional Resources:

In the Course Lessons there are required course articles, websites, and videos.


In addition to the required course texts the following public domain Websites are useful. Please abide by the university’s academic honesty policy when using Internet sources as well. Note web site addresses are subject to change.

Site Name

Website URL/Address

The OWL at Purdue

APA Style Homepage

North American Society of Sports Management

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.