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COURSE NUMBER: PEMW153
COURSE TITLE:Introduction to Sports Psychology
DIVISION:Sciences
IAI CODE(S):
SEMESTER CREDIT HOURS:3
CONTACT HOURS:45
STUDENT ENGAGEMENT HOURS:135
DELIVERY MODE:In-Person

COURSE DESCRIPTION:
This course will cover various psychological principles associated with sport. Discussions will consist of the psychological variables which can hinder athletic performance as well as the variables which can enhance performance. Class content will also illustrate numerous psychological techniques which can enhance sport performance. The overall goal of this class is to bridge the gap between theory and real world situations. At the conclusion of the class, the student should gain a better understanding as to why athletes succeed or fail based upon theoretical principles. Students should also gain a better understanding as to which psychological techniques may help their own performance, not only in sport settings but in all performance situations (e.g., public speaking, academics).

PREREQUISITES:

NOTES: Blackboard will be used during this course; students should be proficient in using this software.


STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES:
Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
  • Understand personality differences in sport and how each may affect performance
  • Understand why athletes become anxious and understand how to regulate this anxiety
  • Understand why imagery facilitates athletic performance
  • Employ methods to bolster an athlete's confidence level
  • Know the best ways to communicate and be a team leader
  • Understand the different motivational constructs as well as how to use them to motivate athletes
  • Know how to create the most productive team environment
  • Determine whether sport can build character
  • Understand and be sensitive to gender issues in the sport domain
  • Discuss the roles media play when it comes to aggression in sports and other sport psychology topics
  • Perform short self-assessments or scenario type labs to be discussed in class
  • Demonstrate chapter concepts by doing homework assignments, projects, and exams

TOPICAL OUTLINE:
  1. Introduction to Sport Psychology
  2. Personality, Early Theories and Current Biological Perspectives
  3. Stress and Stress Management
  4. Attention and Cognitive Skills -Imagery
  5. Cognitive Approaches to Motivation
  6. Self-Perceptions
  7. Group Dynamics
  8. Midterm
  9. Social Influence
  10. Culture and Cultural Competence
  11. Final Exam

TEXTBOOK / SPECIAL MATERIALS:

Diane L. Gill, Lavon Williams, Erin J. Reifsteck. Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise 4th edition, Human Kinetics. (2000, 2008, 2017) Champaign, Illinois.

See bookstore website for current book(s) at https://www.dacc.edu/bookstore

EVALUATION:
Attendance
Exams
Final
Homework/Discussion
5 Projects
15%
30%
15%
15%
25%

A= 90%-100%
B= 80%-90%
C= 70%-80%
D= 60%-70%
F= Below 60%

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STUDENT CONDUCT CODE:
Membership in the DACC community brings both rights and responsibility. As a student at DACC, you are expected to exhibit conduct compatible with the educational mission of the College. Academic dishonesty, including but not limited to, cheating and plagiarism, is not tolerated. A DACC student is also required to abide by the acceptable use policies of copyright and peer-to-peer file sharing. It is the student’s responsibility to become familiar with and adhere to the Student Code of Conduct as contained in the DACC Student Handbook. The Student Handbook is available in the Information Office in Vermilion Hall and online at: https://www.dacc.edu/student-handbook

DISABILITY SERVICES:
Any student who feels s/he may need an accommodation based on the impact of a disability should contact the Testing & Academic Services Center at 217-443-8708 (TTY 217-443-8701) or stop by Cannon Hall Room 103. Please speak with your instructor privately to discuss your specific accommodation needs in this course.

REVISION:
Sprign 2019

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