Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 8 X 2 HOUR LECTURE
Seminars / Tutorials 8 X 2 HOUR TUTORIAL


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written critical review and synthesis of research 3000 words  50%
Semester Exam Oral presentation of a critical review of specific research  50%
Supplementary Assessment Repeat failed component  100%

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this module students should be able to:

Demonstrate an in depth understanding of contemporary theory and research in exercise and health Psychology.

Critically evaluate and synthesise research and theory within exercise and health psychology.

Make informed judgements about the professional and practical application of exercise and health psychology research.


The role of psychological factors in optimising and managing health and in determining the adoption, maintenance and effects of exercise is now well established and well documented. These include: relationships between exercise and mental and physical health and well-being, in both clinical and non-clinical populations; psychological factors that will deter or encourage an individual to exercise, such as self-perception, and, psychological frameworks and interventions that can be employed to manage and modify exercise and health related behaviours. An understanding of the role of key psychological factors through exposure to contemporary research that addresses these topics is therefore critical for exercise and health scientists. The purpose of this module is to provide students with critical understanding of key contemporary theoretical frameworks and research in exercise and health psychology.

Brief description

This module is focused on developing students’ knowledge base of key contemporary exercise and health psychology research topics. Students will be expected to engage with material at an appropriate level requiring critical analysis and synthesis of research and theory.


Indicative content includes:

The module will cover material at a postgraduate level and will include reference to relevant underpinning theories and current research within this area. Indicative content will reflect both staff areas of research expertise and areas of contemporary relevance, for instance:

Behaviour change and optimising exercise adherence
Psychological parameters of exercise and health in clinical and non-clinical populations
Psychological factors involved in weight management and the physical self
Psychological responses to exercise

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number
Communication Written and oral communication.
Improving own Learning and Performance Independent study, but not specifically assessed.
Information Technology Use of IT packages and research databases (Word, Powerpoint). Use of presentation media assessed in oral presentation.
Personal Development and Career planning
Problem solving
Research skills Critical analysis of research.
Subject Specific Skills
Team work Group work to complete module study activities.


This module is at CQFW Level 7