Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Foundations in Exercise Psychology
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 1 x 1 hour lecture per week
Practical 1 x 1 hour practical session per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 2,000 word group assignment requiring students to develop a Scientific Brochure based on a topic from those studied in the module  30%
Semester Exam 2 Hours   written examination  70%
Supplementary Exam 2 Hours   written examination  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

Demonstrate knowledge of major psychological, physical and social consequences of physical (in)activity.

Demonstrate core knowledge of key theories and concepts in exercise psychology.

Identify basic strategies that may be used to enhance adherence to physical activity and exercise.


There is now substantial evidence to support the view that physical activity is associated with psychological, physical and social health. However, only persistent participation in physical activity can bring about these changes. Exercise psychology involves the study of attitudes, cognitions and behaviours that relate to physical activity and the outcomes of exercise participation. Students need some fundamental understanding of these concepts and theories in order to effectively facilitate health through physical activity.

Brief description

The module will introduce students to a range of theories and research in exercise psychology. The main aims of the module are to present an overview of key theories in exercise psychology and facilitate a fundamental understanding of how these relate to physical activity practice.


The content of the module is based on the psychological, physical and social benefits that can evolve from exercise participation. Adopting a lifespan perspective the content develops an understanding of physical activity importance to well-being through childhood, adolescence, adulthood and old age. Theories and strategies are studied to understand the psychology of exercise including themes such as self-perceptions, body image, motivation and adherence, anxiety and quality of life.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Interpretation of research articles.
Communication Group assignment - The ability to communicate knowledge and ideas in a written format. Practical sessions.
Improving own Learning and Performance Group assignment.
Information Technology Group assignment.
Personal Development and Career planning Group assignment.
Problem solving Lectures/Practicals - Small group problem-solving exercises.
Research skills Group assignment
Subject Specific Skills N/A
Team work Group assignment. Practical sessions.


This module is at CQFW Level 4