|Delivery length / details
|4 x 1 Hour Practicals
|1 x 1 Hour Tutorial
|11 x 1 Hour Lectures
|5 x 1 Hour Seminars
|1 x 2 Hour Workshop
|Assessment length / details
|Written essay 1 (500 words)
|Poster presentation - A3 size (600 words max)
|Written essay 2 (1000 words)
|Students must take elements of assessment equivalent to those that led to failure of the module.
On successful completion of this module students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate advanced level knowledge and understanding of theories and principles in sport psychology.
2. Appropriately evaluate sources of information.
3. Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions in written &/or oral formats to specialist &/or non-specialist audiences.
4. Gather and use information from a range of sources.
The main aim of the course is to provide an introductory examination of the key psychological factors that affect – and are a consequence of – sport performance. This module will inspire students to include psychology alongside physiology and biomechanics in their developing conception of the sport and exercise sciences. The module will introduce students to key concepts in sport psychology through the consideration of relevant theories, seminal and key research studies in this area and, where appropriate at this level, practical application.
Personality and sport: individual differences in the sporting experience.
Motivation for sport practice and competition.
Character development in and through sport.
Sports team dynamics: we do not participate in a vacuum!
Arousal, stress and emotions.
Self-confidence and self-efficacy for sport.
Mock ‘coaching practice’ conference (poster presentations).
Introduction to psychological skills training: psychological techniques > psychological skills > psychological qualities.
Psychological skills training (e.g., arousal regulation, imagery, goal-setting, and attentional skills).
Module re-cap and a look forward to year two.
|Application of Number
|Performance data will be collected and analysed to test research hypotheses that students generate.
|Students will evaluate information and data and develop the ability to communicate their ideas about sport psychology to each other. These skills readily transfer to employment circumstances.
|Improving own Learning and Performance
|Students will peer-assess their classmates' posters – an opportunity to learn about best practice and reflect on their own practices. Students will receive feedback on assessment components 1 and 2 which they will be expected to act on for 3 and 4, although this will not be explicitly assessed.
|Students will use various presentation software for their coursework and Microsoft Excel to answer basic questions of data they will collect.
|Personal Development and Career planning
|PDP skills are implicit in the nature of the module – they will be given ideas about potential career paths and they will develop personal skills that will be helpful whatever path they ultimately take, psychological or otherwise.
|Weekly seminar/practical tasks and the module assignments will assess students' ability – individually and in small groups – to solve a variety of sport psychology "problems." These skills readily transfer to employment circumstances.
|Students will develop these skills through set tasks that relate to and are designed to consolidate their understanding of the taught content. These skills readily transfer to employment circumstances.
|Subject Specific Skills
|Research design, data collection, hypothesis generation, basic data analysis and interpretation.
|A variety of team-based tasks will be included in the module.
This module is at CQFW Level 4