Course Information Undergraduate prospectus

Psychology of Sport

Course summary

Course code: PSYC1012
Level: 6
Credits: 15
School: Education and Health
Department: Psych., Social Wk and Counsell.
Course Coordinator(s): Karl Steptoe

Specification

Pre and co requisites

N/A

Aims

The course is designed to help students explore the field of Sport Psychology, including relevant methodology and current issues of interest to practitioners within the field. The main aims of the course are to:
• Provide students with a basic familiarity of the core issues within Sport and Exercise Psychology.
• Familiarise students with the methodology used to study the core issues within Sport and Exercise Psychology.
• Familiarise students with the process of becoming a Chartered Sport Psychologist.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this course a student will be able to:
1 Describe and critically evaluate the core topics within Sport Psychology.
2 Understand the various roles adopted by Sport Psychologists.
3 Critically evaluate the main psychological theories surrounding sporting performance.
4 Critically evaluate the main psychological theories surrounding the enhancement of sporting performance.
5 Critically evaluate the various methodologies that have been used to investigate the relationship between sporting performance and a variety of psychological variables.

Indicative content

Historical and Conceptual Issues within Sport, Exercise and Performance Psychology; the roles of motivation, anxiety, attention, aggression, cohesion and leadership within elite performance; exercise psychology; psychological factors in the susceptibility to and recovery from athletic injury.

Teaching and learning activity

Lecture, Seminar.

Assessment

Essay - 100%
LO - 1,2,3,4,5
Numeric grading
Pass mark - 40%
2500 words
Students must provide one needs analysis and case formulation from a choice of three sport and exercise case examples.

Nature of FORMATIVE assessment supporting student learning:
In class case studies
Research critique
Structured class debates (mental skills training)