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PSY3039 : Clinical Sport & Exercise Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2019/20
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Gary Robinson
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0


This module aims to introduce students to the field of clinical sport and exercise psychology. The content of the module focuses on the use of physical activity in the prevention, management and treatment of mental health conditions, such as depression and schizophrenia, as well as the application of psychological interventions derived from psychological models or theories to address a number of mental health challenges commonly experienced by individuals in sport and exercise settings, such as eating disorders and exercise addiction. The module is devised to provide students with a thorough theoretical grounding and an insight into the practice of clinical psychology within sport and exercise settings.

Outline Of Syllabus

Students will cover a broad range of topics as outlined below;

Physical Activity and the Prevention, Management and Treatment of Mental Health Conditions
Anxiety Disorders

Mental Health Challenges in Sport and Exercise Settings
Exercise Addiction
Muscle Dysmorphia Disorder (“Bigorexia”)
Eating Disorders
Substance Misuse
Depression and Suicidality

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion230:0060:00Essay and Case Study
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00N/A
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading102:0020:00Reading and preparation for weekly lectures
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study1100:00100:00N/A
Teaching Rationale And Relationship


Assessment Methods

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Essay1M50Essay (1500 words)
Report1M50Case Study (1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative assessment of this module consists of two components;

The first component (50%) is an essay (1500 words) that will require the student to critically evaluate the efficacy of physical activity as a treatment for a range of mental health conditions. The essay is used to assess knowledge, independent learning and understanding of material relevant to the module, the ability to integrate this material and to communicate it clearly in writing, as well as the ability for critical thought and originality of approach. In addition, the essay assesses the skills of analysis and reasoning (Intended Knowledge Outcome 1; Intended Skill Outcome 1 & 2).

The second component (50%) is a case study (1500 words) that will provide students with a real life scenario from a sport or exercise setting concerning an individual experiencing a significant mental health condition that is having an ongoing negative effect on their psychological health and well-being. The case study is intended to ensure that the students can utilise their theoretical knowledge in an applied context to design and evaluate the outcome of a psychological intervention based upon an appropriate psychological theory/model. (Intended Knowledge Outcome 2 & 3; Intended Skill Outcome 2 &3).

The module will also afford students the opportunity for formative feedback. Discussions will take place in lectures and during active learning exercises enabling students to gain verbal feedback from both the module leader as well as their peers, concerning their theoretical knowledge and understanding of core concepts and communication skills (Intended Knowledge Outcome 1, 2 & 3; Intended Skill Outcome 1, 2, & 3).

FMS Schools offering Semester One modules available as ‘Study Abroad’ will, where required, provide an alternative assessment time for examinations that take place after the Christmas vacation. Coursework with submissions dates after the Christmas vacation will either be submitted at an earlier date or at the same time remotely.

The form of assessment will not vary from the original.

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