Core Module Information
Module title: Psychology in Football

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES07121
Module leader: George Andronikos
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


Description of module content:

This module will provide you with an introduction to key areas of psychology related to football. Content will focus on contemporary themes that will be linked either with the individual player or the team (LO1-LO3).
More specifically the topics that will be covered in relation to individual characteristics are: arousal, stress, anxiety, personality, confidence, attention, motivation and stages of development.
Topics in relation to team characteristics will include: team dynamics, effective communication, coach-athlete relationship, team building and cohesion.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Acquire an understanding of the role of sport psychology within football

LO2: Develop an awareness and define key theoretical concepts in relation to the individual player (e.g. motivation, personality, stress)

LO3: Gain an appreciation of and define the key theories in relation to the team (e.g. group dynamics, cohesion)

LO4: Demonstrate the ability to communicate and work effectively as a team to outline a sport psychology topic

Full Details of Teaching and Assessment
2022/3, Trimester 2, BLENDED, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: George Andronikos
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
You will be taught through a combination of face-to-face workshops and online resources covering key topics of psychology in football. Online resources will cover the key theories related to development and performance in football (LOs1-3). Workshops will enable you to apply some of the theoretical concepts in practice (e.g. effect of stress on performance) (LOs 1-3).
In addition, during the workshops and through online discussion forums you will be able to receive individualised feedback on your formative assessments as well as the opportunity to work together as a team on short tasks (LO4). The practical and theoretical nature of the module enables you to demonstrate a knowledge of key theories in relation to understanding both the individual player and the team (LOs 1-3).

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment will include drop in WebEx sessions and online multiple choice quizzes. The online multiple choice quizzes will enable you to monitor your understanding and knowledge in relation to individual differences amongst footballers. You will also receive feedback which can be used to aid your preparation for the summative assessment 1.
You will have an opportunity to receive feedback on a narrated PowerPoint regarding the content, presentation skills and graphics of your materials.
The feedback from the formative assessment can be used to feedforward and guide for the summative assessment 2 which will be a group poster presentation at the end of the semester. As such, the formative assessments will enable you to be better prepared and will enhance the skills required for the summative assessments.

Summative Assessment:
You will be assessed in this module through two assessments.
Component 1 - This will comprise of a 1 hour multiple-choice quiz, will focusing on topics relating to individual differences amongst footballers (LOs 1 & 2) and you will complete this during weeks 6-8.
Component 2: You are required to produce and deliver a 20 minute group poster presentation in week 12, focusing on a topic related to psychology in football which will assess LOs 2-4. More specifically, you will have to firstly identify and describe a case study from a football context (using media reports or television coverage). From your case study you will highlight issues related to individual characteristics or team dynamics and present this in relation to the relevant literature.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 22
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 16
Independent Learning Guided independent study 162
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Class Test 50 1 & 2 7 HOURS= 01.00
Poster 50 2,3 & 4 12 HOURS= 00.00
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES07121 Psychology in Football