Core Module Information
Module title: Psychological Interventions for Sport Performance Enhancement

SCQF level: 11:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: SES11101
Module leader: Duncan Mascarenhas
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Sport Exercise and Health Science

There is no prerequisite for this module

Description of module content:

You will evaluate recent theoretical developments in the main psychological factors influencing sport performance; self –efficacy / sport confidence, motivation, stress and performance, mental rehearsal and attention. You will examine the role of emerging concepts in positive psychology; mental toughness, hardiness and dispositional optimism. The emphasis in the module is application so you will develop your knowledge and understanding in a broad performance enhancement context. This will be achieved through the use of case study material, role play and extensive practical experience. You will gain an insight into the role of the British Association of Sport and Exercise Sciences (BASES) and the British Psychology Society (BPS) in the training and accreditation of professional sport psychologists.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Evaluate the relationship between performance enhancement psychology in sport and therapeutic applications.
LO2: Practise different methods of assessing performers’ mental training needs.
LO3: Integrate theory and practice in designing performance enhancement intervention packages.
LO4: Use reflective practice to assess the effectiveness of performance enhancement interventions.
LO5: Examine ethical and practical issues integral to effective service delivery in sport psychology.

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: Duncan Mascarenhas
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
The learning and teaching will comprise lead lectures and seminar-type activities for practical sessions. You will be required to debate, present, and evaluate current sport psychology research. Learning outcome one will be addressed through a seminar debate examining the relationship between applied sport psychology and counselling psychology. Learning outcome two will be addressed through a practical role play session. Learning outcome three considers the development application of performance enhancement theory. This will be structured to provide a progression both of theoretical concepts and intervention skills. Formative assessment will be based upon tutor and peer feedback during seminars, and Moodle discussion forums. Learning outcomes four and five will be introduced through lead lectures but practiced and learned as through practise. Course material is also available through POD and VOD cast, thus enabling students to develop a wider range of IT skills. Web based e-learning (Moodle discussion board tools) will be used to facilitate debate and discussion regarding directed readings.

Formative Assessment:
Formative assessment is presented in seminar work, peer discussion and case study tutorials. Formative feedback is an integral part of the use of case study and simulation exercises with structured debriefing in this module. Students learn in small groups, presenting information about their cases to each other in the form of a professional case meeting. Each case presentation lasts for 15 – 20 minutes and is immediately followed by 15 minutes for reflection and tutor led debriefing and commentary. The tutor and peer debriefing provides immediate feedback on the students’ performance and is constructed as a learning conversation (Denning 2010) to explore the issues that emerged from the case. The students are encouraged to analyse aspects of their performance, including competence in assessment and intervention design skills, application of evidence based practice, situational awareness, team working and problem solving skills. Simulation scenarios therefore provide opportunities for students with different learning styles, especially those who are more responsive to learning by doing, by observing and by reflecting on practice.

Summative Assessment:
You will have a structured summative assessment; through two assessment points; firstly an oral presentation/assessment of practical work (week 10), supported by a portfolio of evidence; where you will be assessed on two aspects of practical service delivery; firstly the assessment of psychological needs of a client performer [LO1 &2] and secondly on the delivery of an intervention [LO3] (week 12). The second summative assessment is a critical and reflective review of the support service you provided to your client [LO 4 & 5] (week 14).

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 10
Face To Face Seminar 20
Online Guided independent study 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 158
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Oral Presentation 30 1 & 2 10 HOURS= 00.20, WORDS= 0
Oral Assessment 20 3 12 HOURS= 0.10, WORDS= 0
Reflective Log 50 4 & 5 14 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Component 1 subtotal: 50
Component 2 subtotal: 50
Module subtotal: 100

Indicative References and Reading List - URL:
SES11101 Performance Interventions in Sport Psychology