Core Module Information
Module title: Performance Psychology

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES09122
Module leader: Hollie Fountain
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science


Description of module content:

Within this module you will be introduced to numerous methods (both qualitative and quantitative) that will help you as a practitioner to assess the psychological needs of an athlete. The content will offer in-depth insight into psychological skills (such as goal setting and imagery) that can benefit athletes, including the theories and principles that guide practice to develop these skills. You will be introduced to a wide range of academic literature associated with psychological skills training and designing individualised athlete interventions.

Throughout this module you will develop your ability to problem solve through reflection on theory and your own practice. Module content will introduce you to methods of structured reflection and evaluation. The content will foster student discussion and interaction in relation to developing athletes’ psychological skills in their applied contexts.

Learning, which occurs as a result of engaging in taught content as well as your experiences and application of knowledge within the workplace, is critically analysed, evaluated and recorded to demonstrate continued professional development (CPD).

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
LO1: Evaluate the appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative methods of understanding the psychological needs of your athletes.
LO2: Compare and evaluate the theories and principles associated with psychological skill development amongst athletes.
LO3: Apply knowledge of relevant theories and principles to accommodate athlete’s needs within your sport.
LO4: Use models of reflection to critically reflect upon the processes of assessing athlete’s needs and planning interventions in your own sporting context.

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: Russell Martindale
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module is a student-centred learning module, which will be tailored based upon the identified athlete needs within your own applied context.

A blended learning approach will be achieved via a combination of face-to-face contact and online learning resources. Face-to-face contact will facilitate group interactions and peer learning, as well as key skills associated to conducting needs analyses and designing psychological interventions for athletes (LO1, 2, + 3). Online learning resources will provide additional content which can be accessed based on individualised needs. These resources will provide you with information associated to completing a needs analysis (LO1, 2, + 3), designing interventions with athletes (LO 3), theory associated with psychological skills (LO2 + 3), as well as academic skills such as professional communication, evaluation and reflection (LO4).
A Moodle presence will enable tutor- and student-led online discussions throughout the course of the module to facilitate your learning and engagement.

Formative Assessment:
A formative assessment will be completed in week 5, where you will present (10 mins) your work-to-date. The content of the presentation will focus on the needs analysis conducted with a single athlete, identifying potential aims/objectives of the intervention to be proposed (LO1 + 3). This formative assessment will allow you to get feedback on your work, and feed this forward into their summative assessments.

Summative Assessment:
Three summative assessments are included in this module. Firstly a 1000 word needs analysis with an individual athlete will be submitted in week 7. This will focus on giving both an athlete and sport overview, as well as presenting the findings from their athlete profiling (LO1). This will be followed by a second 1000 word document (submitted in week 10) which will be a proposed intervention based on your needs analysis. The objective of this proposal is to show both theoretical and applied understanding of psychological skills training (LO2 + 3). The final summative assessment will be a 1000 word evaluation and reflection on the process of conducting a needs analysis and the potential barriers/pitfalls that could be faced (LO4). The final assessment will be submitted in week 13. Each summative assessment will be enhanced by feedback provided from the previous submission.

When considered as a whole, the three assessments will form an athlete case study and intervention plan which should clearly demonstrate your application of theoretical understanding, and reflections on effective practice within your specific performance environment. The structure of the summative assessments (3 x 1000 words) has been designed to complement your professional status, giving you time to work on shorter more specific tasks, and receive feedback on work that ultimately builds into a larger portfolio of work.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Online Guided independent study 32
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 156
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Project - Written 30 1 7 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Project - Written 40 2 & 3 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Reflective Log 30 4 1 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

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