Module title: Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

SCQF level: 08:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES08103
Module leader: Steven Young
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


2020/1, Trimester 2, FACE-TO-FACE,
Occurrence: 002
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Steven Young
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The lecture programme aims to develop your ability to problem solve through reflection on theory and practice. The practicals aim to develop your discussion and interaction in the context of real life situations and introduce quantitative research methods through practice. The assessment, aimed to develop a practical and theoretically driven approach to sport and exercise psychology will assess the design and group write up of an experiment in one of the three named areas: Exercise Psychology; Sport Psychology. You will also be asked to develop and defend a poster. This allows an explicit focus on the definitions of sport and exercise psychology and discussion around the scientific study of sport and exercise behaviour (LO1), where contemporary approaches to the application of psychology to sport contexts are outlined and discussed (LO2), and contemporary approaches to exercise behaviour are identified and examined (LO3). Finally, the practical nature of the course and coursework assessment enables the students to conduct simple mixed study design data collections, examining sport exercise and/or motor control research questions (LO5).


Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment occurs through the use of a range of techniques including revision /review questions or check lists at the end of lecture sessions, poster presentation and oral defence, and quizzes used to test lecture material at the start of new sessions.

Summative Assessment:
Summative assessment (C1) includes an individual lab report, 2,000 words, based on your data collection during practical sessions, to be submitted between week 8 and 10.
A second summative assessment ( 2) will comprise of an online (digital) multi choice 2 hour exam.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 24
Face To Face Practical classes and workshops 18
Independent Learning Guided independent study 90
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 68
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Laboratory report 50 1,2,3,4 10 , WORDS= 2000
Class Test 50 1,2,3, 4 14/15 HOURS= 02.00
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

This module will provide an introduction to students in the main areas in sport and exercise psychology. The content will focus on key contemporary themes including: motivation, personality and individual differences in sport, exercise motivations and barriers, linking self-perceptions and attitudes to exercise behaviour. In addition, student will develop their understanding of the application of both quantitative and qualitative research methods.

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Define sport and exercise psychology and discuss the scientific study of sport and exercise behaviour
LO2: Discuss contemporary approaches to the application of psychology to sport contexts
LO3: Examine contemporary approaches to exercise behaviour
LO4: Conduct mixed methods research techniques (qualitative and quantitative) to examine sport and exercise

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