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2023/24 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

SPSC3318 Exercise and Psychological Health

10 creditsClass Size: 75

Module manager: Dr Shaunna Burke

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2023/24

Pre-requisite qualifications

Background in Sport Psychology, (e.g. SPSC 1216 and 2214) or passed at least Level 1 of a Psychology undergraduate degree.

This module is not approved as a discovery module


Learning outcomes
On completion of the module students will be able to:
- Critically analyze research in the field of exercise and health psychology;
- Describe the key theoretical models underpinning behaviour change;
- Demonstrate an understanding of how exercise is used as an intervention to promote psychological health;
- Critically review the maladaptive consequences of exercise on psychological health;
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of exercise prescription from a psychological perspective;
- Qualitatively analyse experiences of sedentary behaviour and provide recommendations to enhance exercise adherence.


In this module, students will explore a variety of topics related to exercise and psychological health.

These will include:
- exercise and quality of life;
- exercise and self-perceptions;
- mood and exercise;
- models of exercise behaviour;
- strategies and interventions to enhance exercise adherence;
- dose-response debate;
- exercise dependence;
- body image and eating disorders in sport and exercise.

Many of these will be analysed in relation to the 'normal' population and a clinical population (eg clinically depressed or anxious individuals).

Teaching methods

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

Private study

- 3 hours reading per lecture: 30 hours
- Poster preparation: 25 hours
- Essay preparation - 25 hours
- Self-directed learning: 4 hours.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Formative feedback from seminar (weeks 2-5)
- Poster and video presentation feedback (week 10).

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
In-course AssessmentPoster and video presentation100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

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.

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

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


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