Sport and Exercise Psychology

Course Details

Course Number: KNES 4033  Section Number: 101

Fall 2011

Location: Ferguson Hall

Classroom Number: 303

Days & Times:


MW 1:00-3:00; T 8:00-11:00; 1:00-4:00

Course Attachments

KNES 4033 Sport & Exercise PsychologySyllabus   SyllabusSP11Sports.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.
  2. Students will examine pedagogical concepts and strategies (competition, cooperation, feedback, reinforcement, intrinsic motivation) that contribute to the creation of a positive learning environment.
  3. Students will explain how group processes (team dynamics, group cohesion, leadership, communication) impact performance in a physical activity setting.
  4. Students will analyze various psychological skills and techniques (arousal regulation, imagery, self-confidence, goal setting, concentration) used to facilitate learning, performance, and rehabilitation.
  5. Students will recognize and describe how exercise and physical activity enhance health and well-being across the lifespan.
  6. Students will recognize and explain how participation in sport and physical activity impacts psychological growth and development.

Course Expectations



Quizzes (25 pts each = 150 pts total)

Six quizzes will be given throughout the semester. Quizzes are associated with each of the 6 learning outcomes for the course.


True Colors Personality Self-Assessment (50 pts)

Students will complete the True Colors Personality Self-Assessment and write a reflection paper about their particular personality characteristics and the impact these characteristics have on interactions with others and the environment.


Final Essay (100 pts)

The final essay requires students to reflect back over the semester, synthesize information, and apply concepts, strategies and skills to a performance situation.

Grading Standards


                A             270-300 pts         90%

                B             240-269 pts         80%

                C             210-239 pts         70%

                F              < 210      pts



Submission Format PolicyNote: 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

• Do not abuse the opportunity to make-up missed work.

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

Students are expected to attend class.

Other Policies


• Keep cell phones, laptops, and other technology that distracts from full class participation to a minimum.

• Give your best when participating in class activities.

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.