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EXMS 242 Sport & Exercise Psychology (3 credits)
Instructor Information:
Dr. Jeremy Sibold, ATC
email
phone
: 802-656-5242
Course Description
:
EXMS 242 (3cr)
 
is designed to explore the psychological effects and implications of participationin sport and exercise. Emphasis and overviews of personality and behavioral dynamics of sport, the psychologicalchanges associated with exercise, assessment in sport psychology, performance enhancement, motivation, anxiety, group processes, and psychological factors regarding sport and exercise adoption, maintenance, and enjoyment of sport andexercise will be explored. Pre requisite: PSYC 001
Course Policies:
This course is delivered
online
. For many students, this may be the first, or among the first experienceswith an entirely online learning environment. There are several critical policies for this type of learning environment:1)
 
The student must operate independently and be disciplined with regard to course progress.2)
 
The student must plan to check in online at least once daily to stay up to date with announcements, updates, etc.3)
 
Readings and other support activities (i.e., video clips, etc) are critical to course progress and student success.4)
 
Grading includes both graded assignments, as well as participation credit (discussion boards, etc). Participation inonline interactions must be conducted in a respectful, professional, and ethical manner. No disrespectful comments or interactions will be tolerated, and may result in the lowering of grades, or failure of the course.5)
 
Academic integrity is paramount. In online learning, we all make sacrifices with regards to control of the learningenvironment. In online coursework, there is a very high level of student independence. The student must respect andadhere to all academic integrity policies of the institution, and any decisions regarding issues related to academicintegrity will adhere to institutional policy (available at:http://www.uvm.edu/policies/student/acadintegrity.pdf .  6)
 
Students with disabilities: Please alert me to any special needs that you may have and I will assist and accommodateyour needs in any way I can, in accordance with institutional policy (See: http://www.uvm.edu/access/ ) . 7)
 
Selling, sharing, recording, copying, or any other use of course materials is strictly prohibited per the studenthandbook. All materials are copyright to the course instructor, or authors of the material. Posting of course materialto social media sites, or other online communities is prohibited, except as approved or required by the professor.8)
 
If you miss a test, case study, deadline or any other activity, and the absence is unexcused, you MAY NOT make upwork. If you notify me PRIOR to the deadline in question you may complete the work EARLY, NOT LATER.
9)
 
I will respond to email within 24 hours. I will check voicemail sparingly and respond the most efficient way I can.
 Required Resources:
Textbook 
:
Weinberg & Gould, Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 5th ed. 2007
ISBN# 0736083235
 
***
Additional readings as assigned by instructor*** (Readings will be in course materials folder on Blackboard)
Technology: All students are required to have regular (daily) computer access, and must have access to high speedinternet connectivity throughout the course.
Objectives & Outcomes
: At the end of this course, the student should be able to:
 
Explore information regarding psychological theories and application to sport and exercise.
 
Explore psychological factors related to exercise, adoption, maintenance, and motivation in sport.
 
Explore research and theory on goal setting, PST, and other applied topics in sport psychology.
 
Explore current research in the field and apply it to their individual areas of the allied health arena
 
 
Grading
The final grade is determined by the total number of points accumulated on the various courseassignments. Out of fairness, grades will not be rounded, though I will be fair and reasonable. Thegrading scale is as follows:
 
(93
 – 
100%) A (73-76%) C(90-92%) A- (70-72%) C-(87
 – 
89%) B+ (67-69%) D+(83-86 %) B (63-66%) D(80-82 %) B- (60-62%) D-(77
 – 
79%) C+ (<60%) F
Grade Breakdown
 
Discussion Board Interactions 4 @ 10 pts each = 40 ptsCase Study Response 3 @ 20 pts = 60 ptsWorksheets 2 @ 10 pts each = 20 ptsSelf-Assessment & Reflection 1 @ 10 pts = 10 ptsCritical Application Questions 4 @ 15 pts each = 60 pts
TOTAL = 190 ptsDiscussion board:
For each module, there is a discussion board worth 10 pts. For these posts, I am grading using a rubricthat is looking for depth of thought, connection of your discussion to course materials, and thorough discussion of thetopic/question. You should also comment meaningfully on at least two of your peers' discussion board posts in each moduleto get full credit for the discussion board each week. Each week, discussion board posts, and peer comments are due: by 5:00PM on last day of Module.
Case Study Responses:
For modules 2-4, there is a case study due each week, worth 20 points each. For each, you are torespond to the case response and any prompts with concise, but thorough, evidence based interventions. For example, youshould not simply list what you would prescribe for an exercise intervention for a client with anxiety problems. You will begraded carefully on the specificity, depth, and support you give for your recommendation(s). Back up everything you canwith references that include the textbook, research articles, or other legitimate, refereed resources (i.e., NOT Wikipedia etc).If you are not sure what references are credible, please feel free to communicate with me about them and I am happy to helpyou decide. Due: by 5:00 PM on last day of Module.
Worksheets
: There are two worksheet assignments worth 10 points each. These are basic worksheets designed to conveyand reinforce skills and/or concepts that you would use in applied settings. These make good items to complete after, or insome cases while doing the reading for the module. If you can complete these comfortably, then you are probably ready totackle the more applied critical application question(s), case studies etc. Due: by 5:00 PM on last day of Module.
Self Assessment & Reflection:
In Module 2, you will be asked to complete a psychosocial assessment that consists of a fewsport psychology assessments and a content based self reflection. Details will be included with the assignment onBlackboard, but will need to be content specific and focused. In short, you will be asked to look at your scores on theassessments, and then respond to a series of prompts that ask you to reflect back on your athletic/sport past and address howthose psychosocial constructs may have interacted to affect your success/failure etc. This is worth 10 points. Due: by 5:00PM on last day of Module.
Critical Application Questions:
In each module, there is a critical application worth 15 points. These are specific andcontent focused questions where you are asked to address a particular concept or question in light of the course content. Thisabsolutely needs to show clear connection to course concepts, theories, etc. It also should not be opinion, but be based onevidence in readings associated with the module. Due: by 5:00 PM on last day of Module.
Course Schedule
The course will be delivered online, and consist of several learning modules. Dates, deadlines,assignments, and other important information for each will be available online on the course website. Dates and times aresubject to change by the instructor and will be listed on the Blackboard Course Calendar.
POLICY FOR EXCUSED ABSENCES:Religious Holidays
: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second full week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permitstudents who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work. Other absences should be brought to the attention

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