Psychology of Sport, Exercise and Skill Acquisition
The module will provide an introduction to the area of sport and exercise psychology. Central concepts such as personality, attributions, aggression, motivation, arousal, anxiety and stress will be examined with reference to their implications for sport and exercise behaviour. The nature and development of groups and the influence of group dynamics on individual behaviour will be introduced. Cognitive processes involved in skill acquisition and performance, and the relationships between sport, exercise and health and wellbeing will be examined.
Key Studies in Sport and Exercise Psychology
This module provides an introduction to research methods in sport and exercise psychology. Through a combination, of lectures, seminars, and practical experiences, you will explore the strengths and limitations of different methodological approaches to examining psychological and behavioural processes in sport and exercise. Learning to analyse and interpret both qualitative and quantitative data will also strengthen your appreciation of the research process from inception to dissemination.
The module examines a range of factors which influence the competitive sport performance of both individual athletes and teams. Psychological phenomena currently addressed on the module include individual motivation, confidence and anxiety and such social psychological processes as group motivation and cohesion, the nature of the group environment and the components of effective leadership.
Psychology of Exercise and Health
This module examines a number of the psychological factors associated with the adoption of and adherence to active lifestyles. Specific attention is paid to the cognitive and affective consequences of participation in exercise programmes, and the impact of these on health and wellbeing. An additional topic currently explored is the motivational effects of music in exercise settings.
Applied Sport Psychology
This module provides you with a rich understanding of the processes involved in developing, delivering and evaluating a sport psychology intervention. A critical consideration of the evidence base for sport psychology alongside an understanding of the practical techniques and processes commonly used by sport psychologists will equip you with a well rounded perspective about the perils and promise of applied sport psychology.
Sport and Exercise Psychology in Critical Perspective
The module covers a range of topics and issues central to psychology, from a critical standpoint. The included topics will reflect the ongoing and dynamic research taking place within the section, and will facilitate a sceptical and scientific approach to the nature of psychology applied to sport, exercise and the physical domain.
Likely optional modules
Contemporary Themes in Sport and Exercise Psychology
The module encourages you to explore and examine contemporary issues in sport and exercise psychology and critically apply them to a wide range of scenarios. Within seminars, students currently present and explain an observed behaviour that may relate to psychologically relevant topics such as confidence, motivation and aggression. The module focuses upon contentious aspects of psychological theories and encourages you to reflect upon your own perspective in relation to such issues.
Orientation to Higher Education and Research in the Sport and Exercise Sciences
The aim of this module is to facilitate a smooth transition into Higher Education (HE) and the challenges it presents by building on your pre existing skills, enabling you to become more independent and self managed in your approach to study, learning and time management.
The module also aims to facilitate the development of skills and techniques used in the study of sport and exercise. It will identify a variety of methods by which research is conducted in the sport and exercise sciences and will provide the opportunity for you to develop a scientific approach to your studies.
This module aims to provide insight into some of the factors which influence the acquisition and performance of perceptual and motor skills in sport. You will develop an understanding of selected cognitive and ecological methodologies to skilled performance. These theoretical approaches to skill acquisition will be used to critique the design and organisation of current coaching practice.
Research Methods and Career Skills Development
You will explore alternative approaches to research within the sport and exercise sciences, and the philosophies and practices associated with each. The research process will be explored from conceptualisation through to presentation. Accordingly, you will develop an understanding of how to design research, collect, analyse, and interpret data, and present research in an appropriate manner. This module develops your ability to critically evaluate and conduct research in sport and exercise science and provides the conceptual underpinnings for a third year individual study.
Applied Exercise and Health Psychology
The module explores the current perspectives and contemporary research in the psychology of exercise and health field. You will examine the potential for effective behaviour change interventions in the exercise domain. The module currently involves topic areas such as the psychology of exercise addiction, exercise and pregnancy, and eating behaviours. The module explores the impact of exercise behaviour on the holistic health of individuals, communities and the population.
Psychology of Sport Coaching
The module will examine the processes and principles of coaching both adults and children in sport. You will gain significant theoretical and practical experience of different approaches to coaching practice and the application of coaching ideologies in a variety of sports. The module examines coaching research and current issues in coach behaviour, currently including such topics as the coach-athlete relationship, coaching styles, modes of communication, and motivational climates.
EITHER Individual Research Project OR Applied Research Study
These two modules offer you the opportunity to undertake an indepth study of a particular topic or issue related to themes in Sport and Exercise Psychology. You will be able to build upon the knowledge, understanding and skills developed so far in the course and further explore the use of quantitative and/or qualitative research methodologies, as appropriate in the specific subject area of your choice.