EXMS 242

Sport & Exercise Psychology

(3 credits)
email: jsibold@uvm.edu phone: 802-656-5242

Instructor Information: Dr. Jeremy Sibold, ATC

Course Description: EXMS 242 (3cr) is designed to explore the psychological effects and implications of participation
in sport and exercise. Emphasis and overviews of personality and behavioral dynamics of sport, the psychological changes 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 and exercise 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 experiences with an entirely online learning environment. There are several critical policies for this type of learning environment: 1) 2) 3) 4) The student must operate independently and be disciplined with regard to course progress. The student must plan to check in online at least once daily to stay up to date with announcements, updates, etc. Readings and other support activities (i.e., video clips, etc) are critical to course progress and student success. Grading includes both graded assignments, as well as participation credit (discussion boards, etc). Participation in online 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. Academic integrity is paramount. In online learning, we all make sacrifices with regards to control of the learning environment. In online coursework, there is a very high level of student independence. The student must respect and adhere to all academic integrity policies of the institution, and any decisions regarding issues related to academic integrity will adhere to institutional policy (available at: http://www.uvm.edu/policies/student/acadintegrity.pdf. Students with disabilities: Please alert me to any special needs that you may have and I will assist and accommodate your needs in any way I can, in accordance with institutional policy (See: http://www.uvm.edu/access/ ) . Selling, sharing, recording, copying, or any other use of course materials is strictly prohibited per the student handbook. All materials are copyright to the course instructor, or authors of the material. Posting of course material to social media sites, or other online communities is prohibited, except as approved or required by the professor. If you miss a test, case study, deadline or any other activity, and the absence is unexcused, you MAY NOT make up work. If you notify me PRIOR to the deadline in question you may complete the work EARLY, NOT LATER. I will respond to email within 24 hours. I will check voicemail sparingly and respond the most efficient way I can.


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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 speed internet 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


The final grade is determined by the total number of points accumulated on the various course assignments. Out of fairness, grades will not be rounded, though I will be fair and reasonable. The grading scale is as follows:
(93 – 100%) (90-92%) (87 – 89%) (83-86 %) (80-82 %) (77 – 79%) A AB+ B BC+ (73-76%) (70-72%) (67-69%) (63-66%) (60-62%) (<60%) C CD+ D DF

Grade Breakdown
Discussion Board Interactions Case Study Response Worksheets Self-Assessment & Reflection Critical Application Questions TOTAL 4 3 2 1 4 @ @ @ @ @ 10 pts each 20 pts 10 pts each 10 pts 15 pts each = = = = = = 40 pts 60 pts 20 pts 10 pts 60 pts 190 pts

Discussion board: For each module, there is a discussion board worth 10 pts. For these posts, I am grading using a rubric that is looking for depth of thought, connection of your discussion to course materials, and thorough discussion of the topic/question. You should also comment meaningfully on at least two of your peers' discussion board posts in each module to get full credit for the discussion board each week. Each week, discussion board posts, and peer comments are due: by 5:00 PM 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 to respond to the case response and any prompts with concise, but thorough, evidence based interventions. For example, you should not simply list what you would prescribe for an exercise intervention for a client with anxiety problems. You will be graded carefully on the specificity, depth, and support you give for your recommendation(s). Back up everything you can with 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 help you 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 convey and reinforce skills and/or concepts that you would use in applied settings. These make good items to complete after, or in some cases while doing the reading for the module. If you can complete these comfortably, then you are probably ready to tackle 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 few sport psychology assessments and a content based self reflection. Details will be included with the assignment on Blackboard, but will need to be content specific and focused. In short, you will be asked to look at your scores on the assessments, and then respond to a series of prompts that ask you to reflect back on your athletic/sport past and address how those psychosocial constructs may have interacted to affect your success/failure etc. This is worth 10 points. Due: by 5:00 PM on last day of Module. Critical Application Questions: In each module, there is a critical application worth 15 points. These are specific and content focused questions where you are asked to address a particular concept or question in light of the course content. This absolutely needs to show clear connection to course concepts, theories, etc. It also should not be opinion, but be based on evidence 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 are subject 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 permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work. Other absences should be brought to the attention

of the instructor PRIOR to the absence whenever possible. If I receive notification and approve the absence (i.e. athletic participation, medical needs etc) the absence will not detract from your grade.

Students with disabilities: Please alert me to any special needs that you may have and I will assist and accommodate your needs in any way I can. Please also con the ACCESS staff for any other assistance at : http://www.uvm.edu/access/?Page=info/info.html&SM=info/infosubmenu.html

OTHER POLICY STATEMENTS: 1. If a student is involved in or caught cheating or plagiarizing, he/she will receive a ZERO for the assignment and will be subject to the academic misconduct policies and procedures per the institution. THERE ARE ABSOLUTELY NO EXCEPTIONS TO THIS RULE. 2. Recording of class (audio or vido/picture/cameraphone) is PROHIBITED in ALL cases without instructor approval! 3. Course content and Materials are the sole property of the instructor. The UVM intellectual property policy can be found at: http://www.uvm.edu/policies/general_html/intellectualproperty.pdf Sale of course content/materials etc will be considered a breach academic integrity and will be handled per the university academic misconduct policy. 4. If you miss a test, quiz, case study, or any other activity and the absence is unexcused, you MAY NOT make up work. If you notify PRIOR to the item in question you may complete the assignment EARLY, NOT LATER.