Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Applied Sport & Exercise Psychology
Academic Year
Semester 1
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 Multi-modal applied sport or exercise psychology case study  (written, practical & oral presentation) - 5,000 words.  100%
Supplementary Assessment Students must re-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. Demonstrate advanced level knowledge and understanding of theories and principles that guide practice in applied sport and exercise psychology.

2. Demonstrate practical skills and techniques required to monitor and evaluate participants in sport performance and exercise contexts.

3. Construct critical reviews on a range of topics based on a range of information sources.

4. Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions in written and oral formats to specialist and non-specialist audiences.

5. Demonstrate an ability to self-reflect and identify areas of development.

6. Demonstrate the learning ability needed to undertake appropriate further training of a professional or equivalent nature.

Brief description

This module will introduce students to the processes – philosophical, technical, ethical, procedural – involved with applying psychological principles to resolve issues in the “real world” of competitive sport and exercise/physical activity. The module will develop the background covered in Improving Physical Activity and Sports Performance through deeper consideration of the research literature and by presenting additional theoretical frameworks and models. Thereafter, the primary focus of the module is on the application of theoretical and research knowledge in the form of psychological skills training and psychologically-informed behaviour change strategies; techniques which, on the sport side, are aimed at optimising competitive sports performance and alleviating unwanted psychological consequences of participating, and on the exercise side, are aimed at helping people to make desired behaviour changes (i.e., the desire to be more physically active). The module will help prepare students for a variety of graduate roles where an understanding of human behaviour – and how to influence it – would be beneficial.


Students will be introduced to:
- the profession/discipline/art of applied sport and exercise psychology (ASEP),
- ethical practice and research in ASEP,
- collaborative ASEP research and practice,
- professional philosophies and approaches to ASEP,
- assessing a client’s needs,
- intervention goals,
- intervention techniques,
- sport, exercise, and mental health, and
- the biological bases of behaviour.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Application of Number Quantitative data may be collected during practicals to help with their case studies.
Communication Students will evaluate information and data and develop the ability to communicate their ideas about psychology to each other and to prospective beneficiaries. These skills readily transfer to employment circumstances.
Improving own Learning and Performance The module’s practical tasks will encourage self-reflection because they demand action from the students and are implicitly evaluative – conditions which stimulate self-reflection and, when appropriately encouraged, skill development.
Information Technology In addition to using ICT during weekly tasks, the students will need to present their coursework appropriately, using IT, and this presentation will constitute a substantial proportion of the available mark for the assessment.
Personal Development and Career planning These 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.
Problem solving Weekly seminar tasks and the module assignment will assess students’ ability – individually and in small groups – to solve a variety of applied psychology “problems.” These skills readily transfer to employment circumstances.
Research skills 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 Theoretical and empirical knowledge and knowledge of the application of psychological skills training strategies and interventions. Key issues in consultancy work.
Team work Predominantly during seminars and practicals, students will work in teams to interrogate sources of information and work through problems.


This module is at CQFW Level 6