Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Psychology of physical activity and health.
Academic Year
Semester 2
Reading List
Other Staff

Course Delivery



Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment Literature Review  1500 Words  50%
Semester Assessment Mini-qualitative Report  1500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Literature Review  1500 Words  50%
Supplementary Assessment Mini-qualitative Report  1500 Words  50%

Learning Outcomes

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

Provide a critical appreciation of the relationship between sport and exercise activities and interventions in a range of groups in various settings

Demonstrate the interaction between psychology and biological processes.

Demonstrate advanced level knowledge and understanding of theories and principles that underpin the study of physical activity

Communicate information, ideas, problems and solutions relating to qualitative data for academic audiences

Brief description

Psychological well-being and health are linked to being active. In effect, being active can both reduce the risk of ill-health and be a form of treatment for psychological conditions such as anxiety, stress and depression. Thus, understanding the link between physical activity and psychological health is a primary focus of this module. It will entail the biological underpinning of psychological (ill-)health as well as learning how to use psychological theories to promote physical activity.




Indicative contents include:
• Aims and principle of exercise psychology
• Exercise for well-being and health
• Correlates of physical activity
• Arousal, Stress and anxiety
• Motivation
• Attitude
• Confidence / Self-efficacy
• Group dynamics

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Adaptability and resilience Students will be provided with academic and skill challenges during practical sessions and completion of assessment
Co-ordinating with others Arranging and recruiting participants, including explaining the interview and conducting the interviews.
Creative Problem Solving Developing a theory-based approach to better understand people’s views about being active
Critical and analytical thinking Merging research from two rather distinct field of science: psychology and biology
Digital capability Producing reports in Word, Transcribing software and recordings
Professional communication The basics of writing a scientific report in the form of qualitative journal article
Real world sense Doing interviews with people to generate the data for the mini-qualitative report
Reflection Self, peer and lecturer feedback during contact hours
Subject Specific Skills Designing a semi-structured interview, producing a qualitative report


This module is at CQFW Level 4