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Module

SES1005 : Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2021/22
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adam Coussens
  • Lecturer: Dr Max Stone
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus
Semesters
Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0

Aims

This module aims to introduce students to the area of sport and exercise psychology. The module provides an overview and an examination of psychological factors which influence individual and group behaviour in sport and exercise. The module also aims to critically examine, evaluate, and apply psychological principles, theory, and research within sport and exercise. Practical and ethical issues in sport and exercise psychology will also be examined.

Outline Of Syllabus

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

Learning about Participants
•       Motivation
•       Arousal, Stress and Anxiety

Understanding Sport and Exercise Environments
•       Competition and Cooperation
•       Feedback, Reinforcement, and Intrinsic Motivation

Group Processes
•       Group and Team Dynamics
•       Group Cohesion
•       Leadership
•       Communication

Improving Performance
•       Arousal Regulation
•       Self-Confidence
•       Concentration

Enhancing Health and Well Being
•       Exercise and Psychological Well Being
•       Exercise Behaviour and Adherence
•       Athletic Injuries and Psychology
•       Addictive and Unhealthy Behaviours
•       Burnout and Overtraining

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture82:0016:00PIP lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials32:006:00Non-Synchronous online - Pre recorded lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00Preparation ahead of examination. covering learning materials from semester one.
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion181:0081:00Reading around lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching11:001:00Sync online seminar
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching41:004:00PIP Seminars
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00Students can work in their group to prepare for the group presentations.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Synchronous online drop-in session for students to discuss lecture content and assessments.
Total200:00
Teaching Rationale And Relationship

Weekly lecture materials will provide students with an understanding of the core topics and include relevant theory and empirical content to present an overview of the key information. They may also comprise of directed reading and problem-based case studies. There will be opportunities to generate group discussion and to enable students to develop skills in interpreting data within a theoretical framework, critical thinking, creative problem solving skills, and an ability to link theory to practice.

The seminars will follow on from discussions and materials covered in the lecture materials. The students will first peer-mark each other’s work, before having some general feedback and guidance on the question.

Scheduled learning and teaching activities: timetabled activities with a member of staff present, may be either in a physical or virtual teaching space, that run synchronously.

Structured guided learning: Structured learning and teaching activities developed by staff to support and scaffold student engagement with the module learning, but where the activities are undertaken by students or groups of students without direct staff supervision/participation.

Assessment Methods

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

Exams
Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Written Examination901A75Invigilated MCQ exam, 60 questions in total
Other Assessment
Description Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Oral Examination1M25PIP oral presentation - Groups 4 - 6 10 minute presentations with 5 minutes of questions
Assessment Rationale And Relationship

The unseen multiple choice exam will be used to assess knowledge, independent learning and understanding of
material relevant to the module.

The oral presentation will be by a small group of students (4-6).
Students will be assessed on: 1) personal presentation style, 2) contribution to the group, 3) quality and relevance of content. A single categorical mark per student will be derived from these scores. This oral presentation will partially assess knowledge outcomes and significantly assess the skill outcomes –research, team working and communication and presentation skills.

These assessments are based on having students practice, experience, and be assessed on skills that are relevant in their future work (i.e. presenting, communicating, and answering questions with the use of resources).



Public Health Contingency:

Written Examination: 24-hour period online exam, 90 minutes with 60 MCQ’s
Presentations: Synchronous online

Reading Lists

Timetable