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Resilience and Decision Making (10011.1)

Level: Level 3 - Undergraduate Advanced Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Sport and Exercise Science


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  • Semester 1, 2019, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (189146) - View
  • Semester 1, 2018, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (179900) - View
  • Semester 1, 2017, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (164007) - View
  • Semester 1, 2016, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (155971) - View

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The unit aims to provide the student with a critical understanding of how psychology can be applied to sport in order to manage both the self and others in an elite sport environment. Unit material will include such issues as the performance environment, developing mental toughness, stress and coping, and group dynamics. Attention will also be given issues around reflective practice and evidence-based psychology. The concepts of resilience and decision-making will be applied at both the individual level (self, leader) and group level (teams, units).

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Analyse the ways that athletic performance can be managed by individuals, leaders and teams;

2. Generate a coherent account of the mental skills required to manage the self and others;

3. Evaluate a number of psychological characteristics in relation to creating resilient athlete, leaders and teams; and

4. Appropriately apply concepts from contemporary research in sport psychology concerning resilient athletes, leaders and teams.

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Contact Hours

An average of 1 hour per week lecture or equivalent (online or in person); 1 hour per week practical/tutorial work (online or in person); and 2 hours per week independent research and learning.


10012 Sport and Exercise Psychology.



Assumed Knowledge

The unit assumes prior knowledge of research methods including basic inferential statistics. The unit also assumes familiarity with basic concepts in psychology such as differences between traits/attributes, intrapersonal considerations, and group factors.

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