HPSCI302-22B (HAM)

Advances in Human Performance Psychology

15 Points

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Division of Health Engineering Computing & Science
Te Huataki Waiora - School of Health


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Paper Description

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This paper provides an advanced understanding of how movement skills are acquired and performed, with emphasis on the role of conscious and non-conscious processes in learning, relearning and performing skills in different settings.
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Paper Structure

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Lectures, Workshops, Laboratory work
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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Independently
    • critically discuss psychological issues relevant to human movement and performance
    • design insightful studies to discover new knowledge related to human movement psychology
    • conduct experimental studies to investigate psychological aspects of human movement and performance
    • present a written report of the findings from experimental studies in a way that adheres to the scientific norms and procedures used when publishing in disciplines associated with human movement psychology
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The aim of the coursework is to provide an understanding of one type of research process that takes place when knowledge is generated in the context of human performance psychology within health, sport and human performance sciences. Each component of the assessment is designed to mimic the stages of research that precede submission of a paper to a scholarly journal for publication. Different studies that inform a topic in the literature that is relevant to human performance psychology will be identified and allocated to each student in the class. In Assessment 1, each student will be required to present an oral summary of their allocated study to the class (Oral Presentation, 15%, 3 mins) and a 1-page précis of the oral presentation/paper (Written Summary, 15%, 1-page A4). In this way the whole class will rapidly gain an understanding of a large number of focused studies in the literature. The next stage of coursework will involve group work in which students use their new knowledge to design a study that advances understanding of the field (Assessment 2, 35%). The lecturer will guide the design process until a feasible study emerges and each student will then aid data collection by acting as an experimenter when the study is conducted. The lecturer will process and analyse the data and will present it to the class. Assessment 3 will require each student to write up the class study as a research paper (35%) for publication in a scholarly journal. The lecturer will provide ‘editorial’ feedback on whether the paper reaches the standards necessary for publication.
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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Assessment 1
7 Aug 2022
11:30 PM
  • Other:
  • Presentation: In Lab
2. Assessment 2
15 Aug 2022
No set time
  • In Class: In Lab
3. Assessment 3
21 Oct 2022
11:30 PM
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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Links to required readings will be provided each week in Moodle
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Recommended Readings

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Links to recommended readings will be provided each week in Moodle
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Online Support

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All information is available in Moodle
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Lectures - 22 hours; Workshops - 6 hours; Tutorials/labs - 8 hours; Independent study - 114 hours
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Linkages to Other Papers

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Prerequisite papers: HPSCI202 or SPLS106 or PSYCH203 or PSYCH211.




Restricted papers: SPLS302, SPLS306 SDCOA306

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