Sport & Exercise Psychology

Course Details

Course Number: KNES 4033  Section Number: X20

Spring 2012

Location: Ferguson Hall

Days & Times:


Course Attachments

KNES 4033 Syllabus  Syllabus SP12.pdf


MSU Faculty Member
Dr. Julie Wood   
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Course Objectives
  1. Students will describe how various factors and interrelationships (personality, motivation, arousal, stress, anxiety) impact individual and group behavior and performance in the context of sport and exercise.


  1. Students will examine pedagogical concepts and strategies (competition, cooperation, feedback, reinforcement, intrinsic motivation) that contribute to the creation of a positive learning environment.


  1. Students will explain how group processes (team dynamics, group cohesion, leadership, communication) impact performance in a physical activity setting.
  2. Students will analyze various psychological skills and techniques (arousal regulation, imagery, self-confidence, goal setting, concentration) used to facilitate learning, performance, and rehabilitation.


  1. Students will recognize and describe how exercise and physical activity enhance health and well-being across the lifespan.


  1. Students will recognize and explain how participation in sport and physical activity impacts psychological growth and development.

Course Expectations

Learning Outcome 1

                  60 pts    Exam 1

                  50 pts    True Colors Paper


Learning Outcome 2

                  40 pts    Exam 2

                  50 pts    Critical Thinking Questions


Learning Outcome 3

                  80 pts    Exam 3

                  50 pts    Group Process Assessment


Learning Outcome 4

            120 pts       Exam 4

                  50 pts    Comparison of Psychological Techniques


Learning Outcome 5

                  80 pts    Exam 5

                  50 pts    Case Study


Learning Outcome 6

                  60 pts    Exam 6

                  50 pts    Position Paper


* Exams are multiple choice.

Grading Standards

A               665-740 pts

                  B               591-664 pts

                  C               517-591 pts

                  F                < 517      pts

Submission Format Policy

Submit as word doc through blackboard assignment tool

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Not accepted

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements


Other Policies
  • All assignments must be submitted as word docs.


2.     All assignments must be uploaded through the assignment tool.


3.     Assignments typed into the response box, attached to email, or hand-delivered will not be accepted.


4.     Late assignments and exams will not be accepted.


5.     There are no "do overs" or extra credit.


6.     You must complete your assignments on your own. Any submission that appears similar to another person’s paper will result in a grade of 0 for that assignment.


7.     Blatant cheating or plagiarism will result in dismissal from the class with a grade of F.


* Copying text directly from any document, including the textbook, is considered plagiarism.


* Copying and pasting material from the Internet is considered plagiarism.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.