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2020/21 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC2315 Social and Applied Psychology of Sport and Exercise

20 creditsClass Size: 90

Module manager: Dr Alison Divine

Taught: Semesters 1 & 2 (Sep to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2020/21


SPSC1216Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Module replaces

SPSC 2314 Applied and Social Psychology of Sport and Exercise 2

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The module aims to provide students with an understanding of social and applied psychology in the domain of sport and exercise. Building on the introductory topics covered at level 1, this module focuses on the application of theory and empirical research to explain behaviour in sport and exercise contexts. The first part of the module focuses on the application of theory and empirical research to explain how thoughts, emotions and behaviours of individuals are influenced by social-psychological factors. These include the characteristics of the group environment and other group members, as well as processes that operate at a distinctly group level such as cohesion and communication. The second part of the module focuses on sport psychology as an applied discipline. This includes an emphasis on consultancy and ethical issues, theories of motivation and performance, and common psychological techniques used in sport.

Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students should be able to;
- Explain key concepts and theories associated with group dynamics in sport;
- Examine the influence of personal and group attributes on group behaviour;
- Apply psychological theories associated with group dynamics to in order to understand interpersonal processes and group behaviour in sport;
- Explain consultancy and ethical issues relevant in an applied sport psychology setting;
- Apply psychological theories of motivation and performance in order to understand the emotions, thoughts and behaviours exhibited in sport;
- Evaluate the effectiveness of common psychological skill techniques in sport using empirical research.


-Group composition
-Group cohesion
-Collective efficacy
-Leadership and group development
-Coach-athlete relationships
-Family influences in youth sport
-Enhancing interpersonal relationships
-Social-cultural influences on interpersonal processes

- Consultancy and ethical issues
- Psychological skills I
- Psychological skills II
- Optimising athlete motivation
- Burnout
- Emotion regulation
- Injury rehabilitation
- Career transitions

Teaching methods

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours168.00
Total Contact hours32.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

- Reading for lectures and practicals: 48 hours
- Preparation for coursework: 30 hours
- Preparation for examination: 60 hours
- Student directed: 15 hours
- Student self-directed: 15 hours

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Students' progress will be monitored by completion of assignments and informal monitoring during lectures and practical sessions.
- Additional tutorials will be available to those students wanting extra assistance.

Methods of assessment

Due to COVID-19, teaching and assessment activities are being kept under review - see module enrolment pages for information

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationGroup presentation assessed in weeks 7-1125.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)25.00

This is a compulsory pass element on the module. You will not gain credits if this is not completed successfully. Failure to complete this work to pass standard will result in a V code being appended to the final module mark.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Open Book exam48 hr 00 mins35.00
Open Book exam48 hr 00 mins40.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)75.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 13/11/2020 08:19:16


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