BESC2911 Psychology of Peak Performance - archive

Bachelor Course Unit

BESC2911 Psychology of Peak Performance

Level: 3rd year

Credit points: 3

Prerequisites: Foundations of Positive Psychology

Unit description

This unit is an elective within the course and provides a comprehensive understanding of the psychological factors associated with peak performance. It will cover 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 key psychological factors associated with peak performance
  • identify and utilise motivational factors
  • examine and adjust beliefs to support performance development
  • identify and describe the relationship between arousal, anxiety and activation and performance
  • develop performance improvement plans
  • demonstrate the application of performance enhancement techniques and strategies
  • demonstrate an understanding of performance psychology applications across a variety of domains
  • critically analyse performance coaching research
  • evaluate the effectiveness of coaching skills in practice
  • demonstrate an understanding of career transitions

Unit content

  • Introduction to Peak Performance Coaching
  • Stress and Performance Relationship
  • Goal Setting for Peak Performance
  • Motivation
  • Beliefs and Feedback Systems
  • Self-Confidence
  • Self-Regulation
  • Enhancing Focus
  • Mental Imagery
  • Emotional Intelligence
  • Performance Across Contexts
  • Peak Performance in Groups

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9.75 hours per week.

Assignment summary



Word count


Academic Essay




Professional Report




Graduate attributes

The following graduate attributes will be developed in this unit:

  • Knowledge of the framework of counselling theory, and a foundational understanding of the major theories of counselling
  • Understanding of the appropriate application of counselling skills in a range of contexts and circumstances
  • Understanding what constitutes ethical practice in counselling interactions
  • The ability to effectively and appropriately apply the micro and macro skills of counselling
  • The ability to recognise major transition points in human development and major forms of mental illness and know when and how to appropriately refer clients

Recommended text

No assigned textbook.

Relevant journals

Australian Journal of Psychology
British Journal of Psychology 
Cognitive Behavior Therapy
Cognitive Therapy and Research
Human Performance
International Journal for Coaching in Organizations
International Journal for Mentoring and Coaching
International Journal of Evidence Based Coaching and Mentoring
International Coaching Psychology Review
Journal of Human Stress
Journal of Personality
Journal of Sport Behavior
Journal of Sports Sciences

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. Please refer to for full details of the Academic Misconduct Policy.


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