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EXSC 210 Sport and Exercise Psychology

This course will provide students with the opportunity to study human behavior in sport and exercise settings.  It is designed
to provide students with information about research in the field of sport psychology as well as practical knowledge to become
a more effective fitness instructor, athlete, athletic administrator, physical educator, personal trainer, or coach.  It will examine
theories of individual personality and explore the social phenonena associated with sport participation.


Credits            3
Prerequisites   None
Instructor        Rebecca V. Eng
Office               ST 149
Phone              (443) 285-1080

Overall Course Objectives / Major Course Topics / Course Format / OrientationCourse Requirements / Texts and Materials / Exams

Statement on General Education and Liberal Learning

A liberal education prepares students to lead ethical, productive and creative lives and to understand how the pursuit of lifelong learning and
critical thinking fosters good citizenship.  General education courses form the core of a liberal education when higher education curriculum and
provide a coherent intellectual experience for all students by introducing the fundamental concepts and methods of inquiry in the areas
of mathematics, the physical and natural sciences, the social sciences, the arts and the humanities,
and composition.  The course is part of the general education core experience at Howard Community College.

Overall Course Objectives

 Upon completion of this course students will be able to:

  • Describe the psychological factors that influence involvement and performance in sport and exercise settings.
  • Identify psychological characteristics associated with successful exercise and athletic performance.
  • Explain how mental skills are utilized in exercise and sport.
  • Demonstrate practical skills and knowledge of exercise and sport psychology that can be applied to athletes, coaches, personal trainers, and exercise leaders.
  • Identify the special problems that are frequently encountered in sports including injuries, eating disorders, substance abuse, and overtraining.

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Major Course Topics

  • Psychological concepts that impact performance
                     Arousal, Stress and Anxiety
  • Competition and Cooperation
  • Group/Team Dynamics and Cohesion
  • Leadership and Communication skills
  • Psychological skills for improving performance
                     Psychological Skills Training
                       Arousal regulation
                       Goal setting
  •  Exercise and Psychological Well-Being
  • Exercise Adherence
  • Athletic Injuries and Psychology
  • Addictive and Unhealthy Behaviors
  • Burnout and Overtraining
  • Children and Sport Psychology
  • Aggression in Sport
  • Character Development and Good Sporting Behavior

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Course Format

  • This class is not self-paced and the course material is sequential.
  • Does not require scheduled on-campus meetings.  However, unit and final exams will be administered through the Test Center and will require students to come to campus during the week in which the exam is assigned.
  • Does not require real-time chats.
  • Is designed in 14 learning modules, each module corresponding to one or more chapters in the textbook and focusing on a specific area of Sport and Exercise Psychology.  for each module the student will watch the associated video found on the texbook website, read the associated one or more chapters in the textbook, review the module tutorial, complete the assignments, and take the quiz for each module following modules 5 and 11, the student will take unit exams, and at the completion of the topic modules, the student will take a cumulative final exam.


This course has no required fact-to-face orientation.

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Course Requirements

Review the 'What you should know before you register" section of the Distance Learning home page

Reading Assignments:  It is recommended that students complete the readings before other course component.

Tutorials:  14 online tutorials, corresponding to the content in one or more chapters int he text book.

Web Assignments:  Students will be given assignments that relate to the materials presented in the learning modules and textbook chapters.

Writing Assignments:  Students will be asked to complete 3 papers to show application of concepts presented in the text.

Quizzes:  Students will complete 14 quizzes, each covering 1 learning module.

Final:  Students will complete a comprehensive final.

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Texts and Materials

Textbook information:  To visit our bookstore's online sales site, please visit and follow the instructions for selecting textbooks.

Technical Requirements and Plug-Ins:

Review the Technical Requirements link above. The following plug-ins are required for this course:

  • Acrobat Viewer
  • Flash
  • Internet Explorer
  • PowerPoint Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft PowerPoint
  • QuickTime
  • Real Player
  • Windows Media Player
  • Word Viewer, if you don’t have the full version of Microsoft Word

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Students will take 14 online quizzes, and 2 unit exams and a cumulative final on-campus or proctored at an acceptable institution. All quizzes and the final will consist of multiple-choice and will be timed.  The unit exams may consist of matching, multiple-choice, short answer, and essay questions.

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If you have any questions or comments about this class, please send a message to

Rebecca V. Eng,

Last updated 20-May-10

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