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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC2115 Social Psychology of Sport and Exercise

10 creditsClass Size: 120

Module manager: Dr Alison Divine

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24


SPSC1216Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

Module replaces

SPSC2114 Applied and Social Psychology of Sport and Exercise 1

This module is not approved as a discovery module


The module aims to provide students with an understanding of social 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 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.

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.


-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

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours84.00
Total Contact hours16.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)100.00

Private study

- Reading for lectures and practicals: 24 hours
- Preparation for coursework: 30 hours
- Preparation for examination: 30 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

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
PresentationGroup presentation assessed in weeks 7-1125.00
In-course AssessmentPerformance mark for individual contribution to presentation15.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)40.00

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
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 60.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)60.00

15 MCQs and 4 short answers

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/04/2023 14:48:33


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