Gwybodaeth Modiwlau

Module Identifier
Module Title
Improving Physical Activity and Sport Performance
Academic Year
Semester 2
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Due to Covid-19 students should refer to the module Blackboard pages for assessment details

Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Written laboratory report  based on data generated during the module (2000 words)  50%
Semester Assessment Online quizzes  delivered via Blackboard following practicals (1.5 hours)  30%
Semester Assessment Practical assessment of biomechanical techniques  (0.5 hours)  20%
Supplementary Assessment Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module  100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Apply knowledge and understanding of the inter-disciplinary combination of biomechanics and psychology to solve a physical activity or sport performance problem.

2. Demonstrate advanced level knowledge and understanding of theories and principles that underpin the study of physical activity and sport performance.

3. Demonstrate the practical skills and techniques required to monitor and evaluate participants using appropriate psychological and biomechanical analyses.

4. Construct a critical review of appropriate topics based on a range of information sources.

5. Use a range of computer packages to analyse data and produce reports.

6. Demonstrate time management and the ability to appropriately prioritise tasks.

Brief description

Multidisciplinary collaboration is important in the sport, exercise and health sciences; this is increasingly true of scientific research and especially true of the various applications of these branches of science, e.g., physical education, scientific athlete support, physiotherapy, cardiac rehabilitation, etc.
This module will apply psychological and biomechanical principles across the physical activity spectrum, from increasing physical activity of the currently inactive, to improving performance of the elite athlete. Through a blend of classroom-based and hands-on learning, you will learn about monitoring physical activity and performance and apply interventions. Improving physical activity and sports performance helps you on your journey to apply all that you are learning to different sub-populations, such as the elderly, clinically obese, injured exerciser, or team-sport athlete.


Module introduction.
Introductions to the domains of performance psychology and performance analysis.
Performance psychology and its importance and impact across career stages and the lifespan (i.e., young elite athlete vs inactive elderly).
Measurement of physical activity and human movement.
Personality and its involvement in sport, exercise and health behaviour.
Mid-module review; group and individual progress and assessment-focused tutorials.
Pressure, emotions, stress and coping in sport.
Injury in different populations, and the consequences for sport, exercise and general physical activity.
Motivation for sport training, competition, exercise and a physically active lifestyle.
Overtraining syndrome and burnout.
Module review and future (career) prospects.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Calculations associated with practical work and quizzes; analysis of data.
Communication Presentation of processed data; written laboratory report.
Improving own Learning and Performance Feedback from quiz performance designed to stimulate self-reflection; as should peer feedback about data collection procedures during practicals.
Information Technology Using computers to collect and process data during practical work; literature search.
Personal Development and Career planning Module review and evaluation of future prospects.
Problem solving Developing an individualized intervention; real-time problem solving during data collection practicals.
Research skills Practical laboratory work; report preparation research.
Subject Specific Skills Applying a multi-disciplinary approach; use of biomechanics laboratory equipment; interpretation of psychological data.
Team work Data collection.


This module is at CQFW Level 5