Health, Physical Education And Recreation | Psychological Foundations of Exercise and Sport (3 cr)
K525 | 6508 | Raglin
Graduate standing or permission of instructor
Meets for 2 hours and 30 minutes one time per week.
This course will present a broad survey of topics from the field of sport
psychology. Basic and applied issues will be addressed with an emphasis on
findings derived from empirical research. The course will cover topics
concerning various psychological aspects of sport performance. When
applicable, psychological research will be integrated with findings from
other areas of exercise science such as exercise physiology. Issues in the
area of exercise and mental health will also be addressed, including
research on recreational exercisers.
20% Multiple Choice/Short Quizzes. (10% each for a total of 20% of the
class grade). There will be two quizzes, each consisting of one to two
essay questions on topics recently discussed in class. Quiz schedule.
20% Article reviews and critiques (a total of 4, each worth 5% of the final
grade). Thirty-five percent of the final grade will be based on class
participation and article reviews. You will be expected to keep up with the
reading assignments and actively participate in discussions. Class
attendance is crucial and students with poor attendance may be asked to drop
The discussion and critique of selected research articles will be lead by
teams of two students. The team will be expected to present an overview of
the introduction, related research, and purpose of the investigation. The
team will also be responsible for presenting a summary of the methods, major
findings, and discussion. Teams will be encouraged to critically evaluate
any aspect of the investigation. This may result in proposing alternative
explanations for the results of the study. Students will complete and turn
in a review from these articles. These reviews will be graded and returned.
The overhead will be available for presentations. It may be helpful to copy
figures or tables from a study or to create your own. You may also wish to
hand out outlines or overviews of the article in review. I can arrange to
have material copied for you given enough lead time.
20% Short Assignments - Twenty percent of the class grade will be comprised
of several short assignments, the specific content of which will be
determined later in the semester. These assignments may include library
research, short presentations, or reviews of sport psychology videos.
40% Final review paper or project - Thirty-five percent of your total class
grade will be based on a final writing assignment. Each student may choose
to write a 5-7 page paper (not including references) involving either a
review on a specific topic related to exercise and mental health, or an
article based on an original research project. Each student will also make
a 15-20 minute presentation which will consist of an overview of the paper.
Later on during the semester a more detailed description concerning the
format and content of the final paper will be circulated.