Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Semester 1
Other Staff

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Lecture 2 x 1 hour lecture per week
Practical 1 x 1 hour practical session per week


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment A group poster providing an analysis of psychological influences on peak performance in a selected sport  33%
Semester Assessment 2,000 word essay  34%
Semester Exam 3 Hours   Critical analysis of research project  Same for supplementary exam  33%
Supplementary Exam 3 Hours   Open book essay under exam conditions.  This essay will encompass sport and exercise science issues   100%

Learning Outcomes

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

1. Identify the major psychological constructs relevant to peak performance in sport
2. Identify the major psychological constructs relevant to participation in exercise
3. Apply these constructs in both sport and exercise contexts
4. Demonstrate a knowledge of relevant methodological tools such as questionnaires and laboratory experimentation
5. Interpret and evaluate relevant research findings
6. Work in a group to produce an analysis of peak performance in a selected sport

Brief description

This module has two themes: the psychology of maximizing sports performance and the psychology of optimizing participation in exercise for the benefit of health. The module provides a theoretical framework for students to develop an understanding of relevant psychological constructs and apply these in sport and exercise contexts. For sport, examples include anxiety management, group dynamics, performance profiling and psychological skills training. For exercise, examples include motivations and barriers, stages of change, self-esteem and intervention strategies. Some themes common to both contexts will include eating disorders, goal setting and adherence. The ability to critically evaluate empirical evidence is developed through the appraisal of research abstracts. Practical work will include laboratory experimentation and the use of psychological questionnaires.


1. Provide a theoretical framework of relevant psychological constructs
2. Develop the application of these constructs to applied situations in sport and exercise
3. Develop the ability to critically appraise research evidence
4. Develop competence in the use of tools such as questionnaires and laboratory experimentation

Reading List

General Text
Biddle, S., Fox, K and Boucher, S (2000) Physical Activity and Psychological Well-being London: Routledge Primo search Biddle, S.J.H. and Mutrie, N. (2001) Psychology of Physical Acitivity: Determinants, well-being and interventions. London: Routledge Primo search Buckworth, J. and Dishman, R.K. (2002) Exercise Psychology Champaign II. Human Kinetics Primo search Bull, S.J., Albinson, J.G. and Shambrook, C.J. (1996) The mental game plan: getting psyched for sport Sports Dynamics. Primo search Cox, R.H. (2002) Sports psychology: concepts and applications 5th ed Brown and Benchmark, N.Y Primo search Fox, K. (1997) The Physical Self: From Motivation to Well-being Champaign, II: Human Kinetics Primo search Gill, D.L. (2000) Psychological dynamics of sport and exercise 2nd ed Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search Hardy, L, Jones G. and Gould, D. (1996) Understanding Psychological Preparation for Sport: Theory and Practice of Elite Performers Wiley, Chicester Primo search Murphy, S.M. (1995) Sport psychology interventions Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search Roberts, G.C. (1999) Learning experiences in sport psychology 2nd Ed Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search Weinberg, R.S. and Gould, D. (2007) Foundations of sport and exercise psychology 4th ed Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL Primo search Williams, J. (2007) Applied sport psychology: personal growth to peak performance 5th edition London, Mayfield Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 5