Core Module Information
Module title: Performance Psychology

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

Module code: SES09128
Module leader: Hollie Fountain
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

There are no pre-requisites for this module to be added

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: Discuss and evaluate appropriate qualitative and/or quantitative methods of understanding the psychological needs of your athletes.

LO2: Demonstrate an understanding of the theories and principles associated with psychological skill development amongst athletes.

LO3: Apply 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 1, FACE-TO-FACE, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: FACE-TO-FACE
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Hollie Fountain
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning approach will be achieved via a combination of face-to-face contact in lectures and tutorials, as well as and online learning resources. Face-to-face contact will facilitate group interactions and peer learning, as well as key skills associated to conducting needs analysis 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 and those from the face-to-face contact 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 an outline of your work-to-date (10 minutes). 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 receive feedback on your work, and feed this forward into your 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 your athlete profiling (30%, 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 (40%, LO2, 3). The final summative (submitted in week 13 – 1500 words) will also include evaluation and reflection on the process of conducting a needs analysis and the potential barriers/pitfalls that could be faced (30%, LO4). Each summative assessment will be enhanced by feedback provided from the previous submission.

When considered as a whole, the summative 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.

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 , WORDS= 1000
Project - Written 40 2 & 3 10 , WORDS= 1500
Reflective Log 30 4 13 , WORDS= 1000
Component 1 subtotal: 70
Component 2 subtotal: 30
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES09128 Performance Psychology