BESC2911 Psychology of Peak Performance

Bachelor Course Unit


Bachelor of Counselling (Coaching): 200 or 300

Bachelor of Applied Social Science: 200

Associate Degree of Applied Social Science: 200

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: none

Unit Description

This unit is an elective within the course and provides a comprehensive understanding of the psychological factors associated with peak performance. It covers the coaching of psychological skills and practice necessary to enhance performance that can be applied across a range of industry sectors. Students will gain an understanding of the different forms of motivation, stress and pressures that impact on behaviour and performance. Students will then learn how to assess, develop and implement a coaching skills training program designed to enhance performance. The unit includes an experiential component that involves the application of coaching skills to personal performance goals. The unit will also examine the impact of related issues such as group dynamics and managing career transitions.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to: 

  • Describe and analyse the key psychological factors associated with peak performance;

  • Critically review the literature on high performance and performance coaching. 

  • Demonstrate the application of performance enhancement techniques and strategies;

  • Develop and implement a coaching plan for improving and sustaining peak performance; drawing on performance psychology principles; 

  • Evaluate the effectiveness of a coaching plan to create and sustain peak performance. 

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

Please refer to the document available here. 


The required text book for this unit  can be found by viewing the School of Counselling textbook list by selecting the course and trimester at the following link:

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Unit information may be subject to change prior to the teaching trimester commencing. Once term has commenced please review the Unit Outline in your class space to ensure your trimester study plan is correct.