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PETE 3307 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

PETE 3307 - Psychological Aspects of Sport

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

This course develops an understanding of the psychological aspects of participation in sport. It emphasizes experiences throughout training and competition while examining research and theoretical frameworks related to performance enhancement and enjoyment in sport.

Course Outcomes:

Students who complete this course will:

  • Be able to describe the practical implications for professionals in sport or fitness and wellness settings who strive to maximize motivation and adherence to sport or exercise participation;
  • Have an understanding for the psychological principles to improving sport performance and injury recovery while avoiding burnout;
  • Be able to describe the influences and implications for addictive behaviors; and
  • Be able to apply acquired knowledge and skills, relative to sport psychology, to sport or fitness settings. 
Prerequisites & Co-requisites:


Course Topics:

Module 1: Motivation in Sport
Module 2: Overtraining and Burnout in Sport
Module 3: Psychological aspects of Injury
Module 4: Improving Performance
Module 5: Addictive Behaviors
Module 6: Group Processes
Module 7: Psychological Growth and Development in Sport 

Specific Course Requirements:
  1. Reading and studying the textbook for each chapter 
  2. Completing all assignments on time
  3. Watching 2 movies assigned by the instructor
  4. Completing the exam given over the internet
  5. Participating in class on-line discussions and group critical thinking questions
  6. Checking your email regularly 

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

The Exams will be conducted online. The exam will be timed and may consist of 4-response multiple- choice questions, fill in the blank and/or essay questions. Make-up quizzes may be granted in extreme circumstances by the instructor.


The mid-term and final exam will be administered on-line in a timed fashion with an auto-submit if the time limit is exceeded. You will be allowed 75 minutes to complete the exam. 

Makeup Exams:

Requested makeup exams may be granted, but only in the case of extreme extenuating circumstances. Requests will be evaluated on a case by case basis by the Instructor. 

Grading Procedures:

Grades will be based on knowledge and understanding of the psychological aspects of sport at the end of the course. Knowledge and understanding will be determined by :

  • Completion of assignments throughout the course.
  • Completion of the final exam.
  • Quality work on assignments, discussions, and final exam
  • Participation in chapter discussions and group critical thinking questions
  • Work submitted within the stated time periods 
Graded AssessmentsPoints
Discussions, 7 @ 10 points each70 Points
Group Critical Thinking Questions, 4 @ 20 points each80 Points
Mid-term Exam, 1 @ 100 points100 Points
Paper, 1 @ 100 points100 Points
Final Exam, 1 @ 100 points100 Points
Total Course Points450 Points


Grading Scale:
GradePercentage RangePoints Range
A100-90%450-405 points
B89-80%404-360 points
C79-70%359-315 points
D69-60%314-270 points
FBelow 60%Below 240 points


Assignments and Projects:

Motivation Paper:

In the first module a paper is assigned based on watching 2 movies. Please see full assignment description in the course module. This assignment will be accepted for full credit no later than the assigned due date. Points will be deducted for lateness (5% each day) and will not be accepted more than 2 weeks after the due date.

Discussion Topic:

For each module, the instructor will provide one discussion topic gleaned from current events in sport news coinciding with the chapter of the text. Students are expected to read, research the topic, and respond to the topic in a scholarly fashion. Along with posting your own response to the question, students should read all postings and must respond to two classmates. Following the discussion, students must summarize the class discussion and submit that in the dropbox. Students are encouraged to engage classmates in a lively, yet respectful discussion.

Discussion question responses will be posted on the discussion board and in the dropbox. All other assignments will be submitted via the dropbox. Late submissions will NOT be allowed. Each discussion question is worth 10pts.
Group Critical Thinking Questions:

These questions will be discussed in small groups (organized by instructor) and the group will submit one group answer after the discussion. Each submission is worth 20 points.

The assignment will be accepted for full credit no later than their assigned due date. Points will be deducted for lateness and will not be accepted more than 2 weeks after the due date. 

Class Participation:
Late Policy:

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017