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SES1005 : Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • Offered for Year: 2023/24
  • Module Leader(s): Dr Adam Coussens
  • Lecturer: Dr Rachel Stocker
  • Owning School: Biomedical, Nutritional and Sports Scien
  • Teaching Location: Newcastle City Campus

Your programme is made up of credits, the total differs on programme to programme.

Semester 1 Credit Value: 20
ECTS Credits: 10.0
European Credit Transfer System


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 issues in sport and exercise psychology will also be discussed.

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
•       Self-Confidence
•       Concentration

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

Teaching Methods

Teaching Activities
Category Activity Number Length Student Hours Comment
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion180:0080:00Preparation ahead of examination. covering learning materials from semester one.
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesLecture102:0020:00PIP lectures
Structured Guided LearningLecture materials12:002:00Non-Synchronous online - Pre recorded lectures
Guided Independent StudyAssessment preparation and completion181:0081:00Reading around lectures
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesSmall group teaching51:005:00PIP Seminars
Scheduled Learning And Teaching ActivitiesDrop-in/surgery21:002:00Synchronous online drop-in session for students to discuss lecture content and assessments.
Guided Independent StudyStudent-led group activity110:0010:00Students can work in their group to prepare for the group presentations.
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

Description Length Semester When Set Percentage Comment
Digital Examination901A75Invigilated MCQ exam, 60 questions in total - PIP
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).

Students studying on BSc (Hons) Sport and Exercise Sciences must submit all module assessment components and obtain an overall mark of 40 or above to pass the module – see the programme regulations and handbook for further detail.

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