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ESC2002 : Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology (Inactive)

Semester 2 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to introduce students to the field of applied sport and exercise psychology. The content of the module focuses on the application of psychological interventions developed from a relevant psychological model or theory, to address common psychological issues/disorders experienced by individuals in sport and exercise settings, such as performance anxiety or exercise addiction. The module is devised to provide students with a thorough theoretical grounding, as well as providing the opportunity to develop practitioner skills. Issues of ethical and professional conduct in the practice of sport and exercise psychology will also be covered.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will cover a broad range of topics within applied sport and exercise psychology as outlined below;

Enhancing Performance Using Psychological Skills Training and Performance Profiling
Doping in Sport
Mental Health Issues in Athletes
Career Transitions and Career Termination
Psychosocial Antecedents of Sport Injury and Interventions for Risk Reduction
Psychology of Sport Injury Rehabilitation
Eating Disorders in Sport: From Theory to Research to Intervention

Theories and Models of Exercise Behaviour
Problems of Exercise Adoption and Adherence Across the Lifespan
Strategies for Enhancing Adoption and Adherence to Exercise
Understanding the Effect of Exercise on Well-Being and Mental Health
Exercise Addiction and Muscle Dysmorphia

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion230:0060:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture112:0022:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading112:0022:00Reading and preparation for weekly lectures and seminars
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study196:0096:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods will involve weekly lectures and independent study. The weekly lectures will provide students with an understanding of the core topics and include relevant theory and empirical content to present an overview of key information. Weekly lectures will be interactive and require students to work in small groups on practical activities, such as problem-based case studies, which will encourage group discussion, problem-solving, reflection, and collaborative learning.
Use of practical activities are also designed to enable students to develop skills in interpreting data within a theoretical framework, critical thinking, creative problem solving skills and linking theory to practice. The requirement for the student to access and interpret research will encourage enquiry based learning. In addition to the timetabled contact, students are expected to invest independent study time in directed reading of set articles and journal articles, study tasks, and reading around the subject. It is expected that students will come to lectures having completed the relevant reading and study tasks.

Assessment Methods

The format of resits will be determined by the Board of Examiners

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M50Psychological skills training intervention (1500 words)
Report1M50Physical activity/exercise intervention (1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The assessment of this module consists of two components. The first component (50%) requires students to use their knowledge and skills to make appropriate theory/model selections in order to develop and evaluate an intervention targeting physical activity/exercise behaviour tailored to a specific population (e.g., adults experiencing mental health problems). Assessment of each individual student will be based on: reporting a clear rationale for theory/model selection in relation to physical activity and exercise behaviour; an appraisal of the theory/models selected; implications for translation into practice.
The second component (50%) is a ‘real world’ application of psychological skills training. This requires the student to assess a real athlete and produce a summary of the key psychological strengths and weaknesses, and a bullet point plan of the intended intervention, which must be justified by critical reference to the literature. The student must also submit, as part of the assignment, a critical reflection on their experience of engaging with the athlete.

The above assessments will assess both the intended knowledge and skills outcomes for the module.

Reading Lists