Run by School of Human and Behavioural Sciences
10.000 Credits or 5.000 ECTS Credits
Overall aims and purpose
What do you think is the activity people spend most of their waking hours doing? Is your answer sitting? To put things in perspective, population-based studies indicate that we spend on average about 50% of our waking hours sitting. Sedentary behaviour such as sitting is linked with a multitude of adverse health outcomes such as cardiovascular diseases, hypertension, stroke, osteoporosis, depression and cancers that lead to premature mortality. Indeed, increasingly sedentary behaviour is ‘killing us softly’, which makes exercise crucial to our health and well-being across our lifespan. Throughout this course, we will explore the psychology of exercise by examining the latest research and how we can translate these understandings into simple applications to encourage people around us to engage in regular exercise.
In this course, you will explore a range of topics such as social cognitive models of exercise behaviour; the role of autonomy in exercise promotion; affective responses to exercise; exercise affect and exercise adherence; implicit social cognition; fitness and cardiovascular reactivity to stress. Besides appreciating the relevant research, this course is also focused on the applications of exercise psychology in the real world. To achieve this, students will gain first-hand experience in laboratory sessions on how to apply exercise psychology in an exercise setting. Further, assessment in this course will be based fully on the experiences in the laboratory sessions so that learning outcomes relevant to the real-life applications of exercise psychology.
Module failure that prevents you passing the year will require resit assessment and attendance at Supplementary Assessment Week (exact date TBC).
Shows in-depth understanding of the theory and evidence of wider reading/independent research. Demonstrates a strong understanding of the analysis and results. Highly accurate interpretation of the results. Insightful and critical discussion of the results.
Shows little understanding of the theory and no evidence of wider reading/independent research. Demonstrates partial understanding of the analysis and results. Lacks accuracy interpretation of the results. No insightful or critical discussion of the results.
Shows very good understanding of the theory and evidence of wider reading/independent research. Demonstrates a solid understanding of the analysis and results. Accurate interpretation of the results. Critical discussion of the results.
Understand the differences between the principle constructs in social-cognitive models.
Be able to generate questionnaire items to empirically examine the relationships between beliefs and expectancies about exercise and the adoption or maintenance of exercise behaviour.
Be able to critically assess the limitations of social cognitive models of exercise behaviour.
Demonstrate an ability to conduct a data collection, manage data in SPSS, interpret the data and write a brief research paper.
Teaching and Learning Strategy
The student is expected to devote 76 hours to private study. This will include self-study time, reading articles, preparing for lectures, coursework and formative assessments. It is suggested that the student spends at least 5 hours of effort time per 500 words for essays. Thus, a 1500 word essay represents 15 hours of effort time. Some students may need to adjust their effort time according to their Personal Learning Support Plans.
Lectures will form an important part of the teaching method. A range of topics exploring the psychology of exercise will be covered during these lectures (i.e., 11 x 2 hours).
The laboratory session will provide the student first-hand experience on how to apply exercise psychology in an exercise setting (i.e., 1 x 2 hours).
- Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
- Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
- Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
- Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
- Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
- Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
- Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
- Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
- Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
- Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team
- Mentoring - Able to support, help, guide, inspire and/or coach others
- Argument - Able to put forward, debate and justify an opinion or a course of action, with an individual or in a wider group setting
- Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others
Subject specific skills
- research and assess paradigms, theories, principles, concepts and factual information, and apply such skills in explaining and solving problems
- critically assess and evaluate data and evidence in the context of research methodologies and data sources
- describe, synthesise, interpret, analyse and evaluate information and data relevant to a professional or vocational context
- develop a sustained reasoned argument, perhaps challenging previously held assumptions
- demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication and presentation skills
- work effectively independently and with others
- take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
- self-appraise and reflect on practice
- demonstrate evidence of competence in the scientific methods of enquiry, and interpretation and analysis of relevant data and statistical outputs.
- develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.
- develop knowledge of psychometric instruments
- accurately interpret case study data
- demonstrate effective robust data collection methods
Talis Reading listhttp://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/jxh-2056.html
Biddle, S.J.H., Mutrie, N. & Gorely, T. (2015). Chapter 8: Physical activity and attitude: Active people have attitude! In S.J.H. Biddle, N. Mutrie, & T. Gorely (Eds.), Psychology of Physical activity. Determinants, well-being and interventions Third Edition, (pp.163-198). Oxon: Routledge.
Ryan, R.M. & Deci, E.L. (2007). Active human nature: Self-determination theory and the promotion and maintenance of sport, exercise, and health. In In M. S. Hagger and N. Chatzisarantis (Eds.) Self-determination theory in exercise and sport. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Dimmock, J.A. & Banting, L.K. (2009). The influence of implicit cognitive processes on physical activity: How the theory of planned behaviour and self-determination theory can provide a platform for our understanding. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 2, 3-22. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/17509840802657337
Biddle, S.J.H., Mutrie, N. & Gorely, T. (2015). Chapter 2: Psychological well-being. Does physical activity make us feel good? In S.J.H. Biddle, N. Mutrie, & T. Gorely (Eds.), Psychology of Physical activity. Determinants, well-being and interventions Third Edition, (pp.35-45). Oxon: Routledge.
Hall, E.E., Ekkekakis, P., & Petruzzello, S.J. (2005). The affective beneficence of vigorous exercise revisited. British Journal of Health Psychology, 7, 47-66.
Ekkekakis, P. Hall, E.E., & Petruzzello, S.J. (2000). Variation and homogeneity in affective responses to physical activity of varying intensities: An alternative perspective on dose-response based on evolutionary considerations. Psychology of Sport, 23, 477-500.
Biddle, S.J.H. & Batterham, A.M. (2015). High-intensity interval exercise training for public health: a big HIT or shall we HIT it on the Head? International Journal of Behavioral Nutrition and Physical Activity. 12:95. http://dx.doi.org/10.1186/s12966-015-0254-9
Forcier, K., Stroud, L., Papandonatos, G. D., Hitsman, B., Reiches, M., Krishnamoorthy, J., & Niaura, R. (2006). Links between physical fitness and cardiovascular reactivity and recovery to psychological stressors: A meta-analysis. Health Psychology, 25, 723-739. http://0-dx.doi.org.unicat.bangor.ac.uk/10.1037/0278-6188.8.131.523
Courses including this module
Compulsory in courses:
- C621: MSci Sport & Exercise Science year 2 (MSCI/SES)