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BSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • PPP-1001: Psychology as a Science (10)
    Recommended reading for this module is as follows: Dienes, Z. (2008). Understanding Psychology as a Science. London: Pan-McMillan. ISBN: 9780230542310 Gleitman, H., Reisberg, J., & Gross, D. (2010). Psychology (8th Edition). New York, US: W W Norton & Company. ISBN: 9780393116823 British Psychological Association. (2004). Guidelines for minimum standard of ethical approval in psychological research. http://www.bps.org.uk/the-society/code-of-conduct/code-of-conduct_home.cfm Goldacre, B. (2009). Bad Science. UK: Harper Perennial. ISBN: 978-0007284870
  • PRP-1001: Research Methods I (20)
    Recommended reading for this module is as follows: American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D. C.: Author. Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics using SPSS, 4th Ed.. London: Sage Howitt, D. & Cramer, D (2010). Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, 3rd Ed. Harlow: Pearson
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    PCC-1002: Research Methods I (Cym) (20)
    Dyma'r deunydd darllen a argymhellir ar gyfer y modiwl hwn: American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D. C.: Author. Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics using SPSS, 4th Ed.. London: Sage Howitt, D. & Cramer, D (2010). Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, 3rd Ed. Harlow: Pearson
  • JXH-1017: Human Physiology (20)
    The aim of this module is to provide the students with core knowledge of human physiology necessary to understand the physiological saspects of exercise and sport covered in subdequent modules (SSHES) and to understand human disease processes (BioMedSci). The students are also introduced to the acute physiological responses to exercise and pathophuysiological mechanisms in disease as tools for better understanding human physiology and as a foundation for future modules.
    or
    JXC-1017: Ffisioleg Dynol (20)
  • JXH-1027: Psychomotor Behaviour (20)
    This module covers sports psychology, motor control, and biomechanics and applies them to understand human performance considered from a number of theoretical perspectives. Topics to be covered will include confidence, stress, psychological skills, visual perception, memory, attention, stages of information processing, factors influencing reaction time, movement preparation and execution.
    or
    JXC-1027: Ymddygiad Seicomodurol (20)

Semester 2

  • PRP-1002: Research Methods II (20)
    Recommended reading for this module is as follows: American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D. C.: Author. Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics using SPSS, 4th Ed.. London: Sage Howitt, D. & Cramer, D (2010). Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, 3rd Ed. Harlow: Pearson
    or
    PCC-1004: Research Methods II (Cym) (20)
    Dyma'r deunydd darllen a argymhellir ar gyfer y modiwl hwn: American Psychological Association (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association. Washington, D. C.: ⁠ Awdur. Field, A. (2013). Discovering Statistics using SPSS, 4ydd Arg.. London: Sage Howitt, D. A Cramer, D (2010). Introduction to Research Methods in Psychology, 3ydd Arg. Harlow: Pearson
  • PPP-1005: Brain & Mind (10)
    Recommended reading for this module is as follows: Carlson N. R. Physiology of Behaviour (10th Edition) London: Allyn and Bacon. ISBN 9781408227992
  • JXH-1017: Human Physiology
    The aim of this module is to provide the students with core knowledge of human physiology necessary to understand the physiological saspects of exercise and sport covered in subdequent modules (SSHES) and to understand human disease processes (BioMedSci). The students are also introduced to the acute physiological responses to exercise and pathophuysiological mechanisms in disease as tools for better understanding human physiology and as a foundation for future modules.
    or
    JXC-1017: Ffisioleg Dynol
  • JXH-1027: Psychomotor Behaviour
    This module covers sports psychology, motor control, and biomechanics and applies them to understand human performance considered from a number of theoretical perspectives. Topics to be covered will include confidence, stress, psychological skills, visual perception, memory, attention, stages of information processing, factors influencing reaction time, movement preparation and execution.
    or
    JXC-1027: Ymddygiad Seicomodurol

Optional Modules

20 credits from:

  • PPP-1002: Stress & Distress (10) (Semester 1)
    Reading List Health Psychology. Core text: Morrison, V., & Bennett, P. (2012). An Introduction to Health Psychology (3rd ed.). Essex: Pearson. The first edition of this text will be suitable. Clinical Psychology. Core text: Kring, A. M., Johnson, S. L., Davison, G. C., & Neale, J. M., (2010/2012). Abnormal Psychology (11th/12th ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley. Previous editions of the core text and other Abnormal Psychology texts will be suitable.
  • PPP-1003: Scientific Writing & Comm I (10) (Semester 1)
    Recommended reading for this module is as follows: American Psychological Association. (2010). The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition).Washington, DC: Author. The general online handbook: Essay Writing Guide; APA & Writing Research Reports; Edit, acknowledgements & choosing resources. Further reading materials and guidance will be provided in class and additional resources will be accessible on Blackboard.
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    PCC-1001: Scientific Writing & Comm I(C) (10) (Semester 1)
    Dyma'r deunydd darllen a argymhellir ar gyfer y modiwl hwn: American Psychological Association. (2010). The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th Edition). Washington, DC: Awdur. Y llawlyfr ar-lein cyffredinol: Arweiniad ar Ysgrifennu Traethodau; APA ac Ysgrifennu Adroddiadau Ymchwil, cydnabyddiaethau a dewis adnoddau. Bydd deunyddiau darllen pellach yn cael eu darparu yn y dosbarth a bydd adnoddau ychwanegol i'w cael ar Blackboard.
  • PPP-1007: Learning to be Happy (10) (Semester 2)
    Recommended reading for this module is as follows: Carr A (2003) Positive Psychology: The Science of Happiness and Human Strengths. Brunner-Routledge ISBN-10: 1583919910 Miltenberger, R.G. (2007). Behaviour Modification: Principles and Procedures. (5th edition). Wadsworth. (4th edition also fine). can be brought by chapter.
  • JXH-1018: Sports Sci career studies (10) (Semester 1)
    By examining a number of contemporary issues, students will learn how to identify and respond to the moral, ethical, legal and health and safety considerations that underpin best practice in the sports and exercise domain. Issues such as the use of drugs in sport, competition, child protection and safety policies will be analysed. Students will discuss how professionals and performers might meet their legal, moral and ethical responsibilities in the issues under consideration and what the different consequences might be if these obligations are or are not met.
  • JXH-1020: Biomechanics (10) (Semester 2)
    In this module you will be introduced to fundamental aspects of biomechanics as applied to sport and exercise. As a results the following concepts and issues will be covered: • Definitions of biomechanics units of measurement • Vectors • Linear and Angular Kinetics and Kinematics • Laws of Motion • Projectiles • Work, Power, Energy • Introduction to motion analysis • Application of biomechanics in sports and exercise. The module will consist of 11 lectures and 1 laboratory practical session, and optional seminar/enhancement classes.
  • MSE-1023: Anatomy for Sport Science (10) (Semester 2)
  • JXH-1028: Physical Activity & Health (10) (Semester 2)
    This module will examine a variety of factors that relate to physcial activity and health which will be expanded upon in subsequent years of study. The broad aims of the module are: 1. To understand the relationship between regular physical activity and health outcomes. 2. To understand the differences in the effects of physical activity on fitness across age, gender and different population groups. 3. To examine physical activity patterns, determinants of exercise behaviour and barriers to exercise. 4. To be aware of the major principals behind physical activity, health promotion and adherence to exercise.
  • JXH-1040: Introduction Applied SS (10) (Semester 1)
    This module provides students with an introduction to aspects of sports science which are relevant to National Governing Bodies' coaching qualifications. Module content will include reflective practice skills and core aspects of sports science of relevance to the coaching of sport skills. That is, applied elements of sprots psychology (e.g., motivation and goal setting), permormance physiology (e.g., training and dietary planning), and skill acquisition (e.g., feedback) will be covered. Lectures will introduce and develop students' understanding of theoretical concepts whereas seminar/practical sessions will help to transfer this knowledge into the practical sports coaching domain. In order to foster a deeper level of understanding of the material covered in the module you will be allocated into groups in the first lecture. Your group will focus on one specific sport and the coaching requirements /demands of that specific sport. Wherever possible each lecture will contain opportunities to discuss the content of the lecture in the context of your specific sport. There will also be occasional homework assignments to complete within your group. In the penultimate week of the semester you will be asked to prepare a ten minute group presentation on a coaching plan for your sport that makes reference to applied principles of sport psychology and skill acquisition. The group presentation will be worth 60% of your final mark.
    or
    JXC-1040: Cyflwyno Gwyddorau Chwaraeon (10) (Semester 2)
  • Students are advised to take a semester 2 module in order to get a good credit balance across the semesters.

Year 2 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • PPP-2010: Social Psychology (10)
    ONE of the following textbooks will provide you with a basic overview of the topic to support your learning through this course. However, please remember that it is expected that you will read original papers (research or review articles from peer reviewed journals) rather than relying on the textbook whenever possible. Please refer to the word documents that accompany each lecture to see a comprehensive list of original sources in the reference sections – consider these references as your reading lists for each topic. Sutton, R. & Douglas, K. (2013). Social Psychology. London: Palgrave MacMillan. ISBN-10: 0230218032 ISBN-13: 978-0230218031 Hogg, M.A. & G.M. Vaughan. (2011). Social Psychology 6th Edition. London: Prentice Hall. ISBN-10: 0273741144 ISBN-13: 978-0273741145 Please note that the most recent edition of the above textbook is preferred, but the previous edition (5th) is acceptable Aronson, E. (2008). The Social Animal 10th Edition. New York: Worth. ISBN-10: 1429203161 ISBN-13: 978-1429203166
  • PPP-2012: Cognitive Psychology (10)
    Ashcraft, M. H., & Radvansky, G. A. (2010). Cognition. NJ, US: Pearson Education. ISBN 10: 0-13-508168-8 ISBN 13: 978-0-13-508168 Core textbook for the whole module Baddeley. A, D. (1999). Essentials of Human Memory. Hove, England: Psychology Press. ISBN 0863775454 (pbk.) 0863775446 Alternative core textbook for the topic of Memory Styles, E. A. (1997). The Psychology of Attention. Hove UK: Psychology Press. ISBN 0863774652 (PBK) 0863774644 Alternative core textbook for the topic of Attention Goldstein, E.B. (1999). Sensation and Perception. Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing. ISBN 0534346804 (alk. paper) Alternative core textbook for the topic of Perception Harley, T. (2009). Talking the talk. Hoboken: Taylor & Francis Alternative core textbook for the topic of Language; ~15 hard copies available in the library, also available as an e-book. The author’s The Psychology of Language textbook offers more advanced coverage of the same topics, for those who wish to delve deeper.
  • JXH-2016: Research Methods (20) Core
    The purpose of this module is for students to understand research processes in sport, health, and exercise sciences covering Computational Statistics and Research Methods.
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    JXC-2016: Dulliau Ymchwill (20) Core
  • JXH-2020: Motor Control & Learning (10)
    The purpose of the module is to provide students with an understanding of the processes undelying the control and learning of human movement from a behavioural perspective. This module will cover research and theoretical issues on various topics in motor control and learning such as information processing and factors affecting reaction time; attention and movement control; central and sensory contributions in motor control; multi-limb coordination; stages of learning; organization of practice sessions; and the frequency and form of augmented feedback. The application of research findings and theoretical constructs to practical situations will be discussed.
  • JXH-2037: Exercise Psychology (10)
  • JXH-2041: Project Proposal (20) Core or
    JXC-2041: Cynnig Prosiect Ymchwil (20) Core

Semester 2

  • PPP-2011: Developmental Psychology (10)
    Recommended reading for this module is as follows: Shaffer, D.R., & Kipp, K. (2012). Developmental Psychology: Childhood and Adolescence. (9th Ed.) International Edition. London: Thompson. (Previous edition is also acceptable as they cover much the same ground.) Additional reading will be made available to students through Blackboard. Required reading for each lecture topic will be presented in class.
  • PPP-2013: Biological Psychology (10)
    Reading List All readings Carlson (10th edition) – Physiology of Behavior K & W=Kolb and Whishaw Fundamentals of Human Neuropsychology, 6th edition (in parenthesis page numbers from the 5th edition)
  • JXH-2022: Psychology of Sport Perf (10)
    This module we will consider factors that may affect sport performance and how these may be assessed. Lectures, with small group work will form the basis for the module. Theoretical content will be presented and discussed along with the practical significance of specific theories for performacne enhancement. Group work will be used in a variety of ways including problem solving in relation to set scenarios and solution generation. Regular use of the module's Blackboard site (e.g., MCQs, reading) will be advantageous to effective learning as would consistent lecture attendance. Lectures will be on Tuesday 9 - 11am in the Main Hall except week 2 (see schedule). Lectures start Tuesday 27th September. They will normally last approx. one and a half hours. In order to foster a deeper level of understanding of the material covered in the module you will be asked to submit personal reflections related to the topics covered within the module. Each of the 3 reflections should be no more than one page (approx. 300 words) and include references (and a bibliography on a separate page). Reflections are to be submitted by noon one week following the completion of the respective topics. For the specific topics and deadlines please refer to the table at the end of this outline. A personal reflection should express your ideas and thoughts relevant to the topic under consideration. That is, you should include information dealing with: (a) whether your own experiences with the topic are inline with theory/research, (b) if they are not in agreement with theory/research, (b) if they are not in agreement with theory/research, how so and/or why?, (c) is the topic even applicable to your (sporting) life?, (d) if not, why not?, (e) are there any issues/points raised that you can make use of in the future? and (f) any interesting/eye-opening/doubtful issues/points raised? Each reflection will be no more than one page double line spaced (font size 12) of written text with an accompanying reference section (refer to your Student Handbook concerning correct reference style). A title for each reflection should inform the reader of the topic reflected upon. Given the limited space for your reflections it may help not to attempt to reflect, at a more general level, on overall topics (e.g., anxiety) but rather, at a much more specific level (e.g., catastrophic drops in performance, MAT's predictions for cognitive anxiety), as this will provide you with much greater focus.
  • JXH-2036: Applied Sport Psych (10)
    This module aims to introduce issues that are apparent in applied sport psychology. As well as mental skills sessions, this module will also focus on some of the processes involved in applied sport psychology (e.g., approaches to consultancy and performance profiling).
    or
    JXC-2036: Seicoleg Chwaraeon Cymhwysol (10)
  • JXH-2041: Project Proposal or
    JXC-2041: Cynnig Prosiect Ymchwil

Year 3 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • JXH-3001: Research Project (40)
    The aim of this module is to allow studnets to complete a research project in an area of mutual agreement with their supervisor in the school of sport, health and exercise sciences. Students will have the opportunity to produce an original piece of research work and integrate knowledge and skills developed previously durning the course at undergraduate level (e.g. research methods).
    or
    JXC-3001: Prosiect Ymchwil (40)
  • JXH-3026: Perception & Action (10)
    Class time will consist of a combination of lectures and seminar discussions. There will be one laboratory session that will be scheduled out of lecture time. A timetable for labs will be posted. There will be on small-group seminar hour to be scheduled out of lecture time.
  • JXH-3031: Stress & Performance (10)
    The module explores research and theoretical standpoints within the field of stress and performance. Real life stress and performance case studies that the lecturer has encountered with athletes will be explored at depth within the module content. Class time will consist of a combination of lectures, individual exercises, group discussions and formative assignment practice.
    or
    JXC-3031: Straen a Pherfformiad (10)
  • JXH-3033: Research in Psychological Skil (10) or
    JXC-3033: Ymchwil mewn Sgiliau Seicolego (10)

Semester 2

  • JXH-3001: Research Project
    The aim of this module is to allow studnets to complete a research project in an area of mutual agreement with their supervisor in the school of sport, health and exercise sciences. Students will have the opportunity to produce an original piece of research work and integrate knowledge and skills developed previously durning the course at undergraduate level (e.g. research methods).
    or
    JXC-3001: Prosiect Ymchwil
  • JXH-3034: Personality & Ind Diffs (10)
    Early theories (psychodynamic theories and derivaties) and later theories of personality, including different methods of assessment and application, self theories (e.g., self determination, self discrepancy), the Big Five, the Giant Three; specific personality traits (e.g., neuroticism, narcissism, perfectionism, optimism) in relation to sport and exercise performance; body-centre personality theories and their relation to sprot and exercise performance and health; "high-risk" sports, including affect/emotion regulation and individual differences in sensation seeking and risk-taking.

Optional Modules

40 credits from:

  • PPP-3002: Stress Anxiety, and Health (20) (Semester 2)
  • PSP-3002: Evolution & Human Soc Beh (20) (Semester 1)
    Reading List Required texts are: The Selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, and The Mating Mind, by Geoffrey Miller Students will be provided with reading lists for each lecture. Other required and recommended readings include approximately 0-4 journal articles per week, all freely available through the university library website. Students may find the book In Your Face, by David Perrett helpful for the second half of the course.
  • PPP-3003: Brain Develop & Degeneration (20) (Semester 1)
    The aim of this module is to provide students with first-hand experience of conducting psychological research. This will further develop their skills in experimental design, data-collection, analysis and interpretation. It allso allows students the opportunity to develop their planning, organisational and team-working abilities, and their expertise at collating and reviewing literature. By the end of this module students will have produced an original piece of research work in the form of their final-year project, and will have presented this work in the form of a mini conference.
  • PSP-3003: Organisational Psychology (20) (Semester 1)
    Reading List Bransford, J. D., Brown, A. L., & Cocking, R. R. (2000). How People Learn: Brain, Mind, Experience, and School. Washington D. C: National Academy Press. Gorbis, M. (2013). The Nature of the Future (Chapter 4 – available through the library). New York: Free Press. Halpern, D. F. & Hakel M. D. (2002). Applying the science of learning to university teaching and beyond. New Directions for Teaching and Learning, 89 (special edition).
  • PCP-3005: Consumer & Applied Psychology (20) (Semester 2)
    Readings Possibly Required (still TBD): Blackwell, R.D., Miniard, P.W., & Engel, J.F (2006). Consumer Behavior, 10th edition. International Student Edition. Mason, Ohio: Thomson Higher Education. ISBN: 0324271972 Possibly Required (still TBD): Case studies (About 1 per week – mostly included in required text). Scientific Papers (About 1 per week - distributed during the course). Recommended: Strunk and White, The Elements of Style. Available for ~£6 or online at: http://www.bartleby.com/141/
  • PHP-3006: Topics in Illness & Disability (20) (Semester 2)
    Recommended reading for this module is as follows: Morrison V & Bennett P (2012). An Introduction to Health Psychology, 3rd ed. London: Pearson/Prentice Hall. In addition to this textbook empirical papers shall be provided in a reference list each week, which will be drawn from research articles published in academic journals. These will be available through the library or via the module Blackboard site.
  • JXH-3037: App Sport Sci of Elite Perf (10) (Semester 2)
    This module will include: Training theory and advanced training techniques of the elite performer; Physiological assessment of performers; Issues in doping in elite performance; Preparation for competition.
  • JXH-3047: Disability Sport & Rehab (10) (Semester 2)
  • JXH-3048: Exercise for Clinical Populati (10) (Semester 1)
  • JXH-3050: Skill Acquisition (10) (Semester 1)
    Class time will consist of a combination of lectures, individual exercises and group discussions.