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Module

PSY3039 : Clinical Sport & Exercise Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2020/21
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Tracy Donachie
  • Lecturer: Mr Max Stone
  • Owning School: Psychology
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

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
Depression
Schizophrenia
Anxiety Disorders

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

Teaching Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials62:0012:00Non-synchronous online
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion160:0060:00Case Study and formative assessment
Structured Guided LearningAcademic skills activities81:008:00Non-synchronous online - student activities and quizzes
Guided Independent StudyDirected research and reading92:0018:00Reading and preparation for weekly lectures
Structured Guided LearningStructured non-synchronous discussion32:006:00Non-synchronous online - Q and A discussion
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery12:002:00Synchronous online - drop in for draft feedback
Guided Independent StudyIndependent study188:0088:00N/A
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesModule talk32:006:00Synchronous online
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

The teaching methods encourage students to take an active role in their learning experience. Synchronous online sessions are used to set expectations at start of the module, impart information, and provide students with an opportunity to ask questions and take part in activities. Structured guided learning activities will include viewing pre-recorded lectures, completing quizzes and activities, and contributing to discussion forums. Non-synchronous online module material cover the key points of the topic in question, help students to develop an understanding of lecture material, and direct the students to the relevant reading. The additional activities give the students the opportunity to apply the lecture material particularly in relation to case studies and will also help students to develop the skills needed to complete the assessment. Guided independent study will involve reading journal articles on each of the main topics to help students prepare for lectures and assessment. Students are expected to be independent, critical and pragmatic, taking more responsibility for their own learning and skill development (characteristic of Stage 3).

Assessment Methods

Please note that module leaders are reviewing the module teaching and assessment methods for Semester 2 modules, in light of the Covid-19 restrictions. There may also be a few further changes to Semester 1 modules. Final information will be available by the end of August 2020 in for Semester 1 modules and the end of October 2020 for Semester 2 modules.

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

Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Report1M100Case Study (1500 words)
Formative Assessments
Description Semester When Set Comment
Case study1MFormative: case study draft (1500 words)
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

Summative assessment of this module consists of one component:

The main component (100%) 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 Synchronous Online lectures and discussion boards 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). Students will also have the opportunity to submit a draft of the case study assessment for formative feedback.


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.

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