Modules for course C6AD | MRES/SPEPS
MRes Sport and Exercise Psychology

These are the modules currently offered on this course in the 2019–20 academic year.

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • JHB-4000: Research Project (120)
  • JXH-4003: Advance Research Skills (20)
    The module comprises three parts: Part A: Quantitative research design Using an experiential and flipped teaching format, students will read a series of scientific papers to develop their critical understanding of research design, including formulating a question, generating a hypothesis, study designs, sampling methods, ensuring validity and reliability, and good dissemination practices. Both original investigations and review studies will be included. Part B of this module covers material relevant to the analysis of group differences and regression analyses using quantitative methods. Specific content includes: Single factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Two factor analysis of variance with and without repeated measures; Single factor and two factor multivariate analysis of variance (with and without repeated measures); Doubly repeated measures analysis of variance; Analysis of covariance; Follow-up procedures for all of the above; Assumptions underpinning all of the above and available options for dealing with violations to these assumptions. Regression based analyses: simple and multiple linear regression; curvilinear regression; mediation and indirect effects; moderated hierarchical regression; moderated mediation. Part C: Qualitative research methods and analysis. The qualitative part of the module will address the different philosophical positions underpinning quantitative and qualitative research; qualitative research data collection methods, including interviews, focus groups and observational methods; and qualitative data analysis, including thematic content analysis, grounded theory and discourse analysis.
  • JXH-4014: Presentations in statistics (10)
    This independent study based module will enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of a statistical procedure of their choosing (following consultation with the staff member responsible for the module). Towards this end, students will cover (i) relevant background issues, (ii) when to use utilize particular statistical tests, (iii) how to conduct statistical testing via appropriate software, (iv) how to correctly interpret computational output, and (v) how to present the findings following analysis. Students will learn about these themes through a “learning by teaching” paradigm via the progressive development of a podcast.
  • JXH-4015: Peer reviewing scientific (10)
    This independent study based module will enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of the peer review publication process. Consequently, students will work closely with a supervisor to perform an initial review of a paper previously submitted (and subsequently published) research article. Following this review, the student will follow the paper along the peer review process. Consequently following discussion of their review with the supervisor, the students will be required to adequately address concerns which have been raised. Collectively this will mean that the student will cover a contemporary research topic in a highly focused and in-depth manner gaining a comprehensive understanding of how to prepare their own manuscripts (e.g., research proposal, dissertation) and how to evaluate the research of others. In order to place their highly specialized knowledge into a more holistic perspective students will also attend the School’s research seminar series.

Semester 2

  • JHB-4000: Research Project
  • JXH-4014: Presentations in statistics
    This independent study based module will enable students to gain a comprehensive understanding of a statistical procedure of their choosing (following consultation with the staff member responsible for the module). Towards this end, students will cover (i) relevant background issues, (ii) when to use utilize particular statistical tests, (iii) how to conduct statistical testing via appropriate software, (iv) how to correctly interpret computational output, and (v) how to present the findings following analysis. Students will learn about these themes through a “learning by teaching” paradigm via the progressive development of a podcast.
  • JXH-4015: Peer reviewing scientific
    This independent study based module will enable students to gain an in-depth understanding of the peer review publication process. Consequently, students will work closely with a supervisor to perform an initial review of a paper previously submitted (and subsequently published) research article. Following this review, the student will follow the paper along the peer review process. Consequently following discussion of their review with the supervisor, the students will be required to adequately address concerns which have been raised. Collectively this will mean that the student will cover a contemporary research topic in a highly focused and in-depth manner gaining a comprehensive understanding of how to prepare their own manuscripts (e.g., research proposal, dissertation) and how to evaluate the research of others. In order to place their highly specialized knowledge into a more holistic perspective students will also attend the School’s research seminar series.

Optional Modules

20 credits from:

  • JXH-4002: Performance Psychology (20) (Semester 1)
    Group cohesion; Collective efficacy; Leadership; Goals. Catastrophe models; Processing efficiency theory; Conscious processing hypothesis; Ironic effect theory; Attention control theory.
  • JXH-4005: Exercise Psychology (20) (Semester 2)
    This module will examine some of the major theoretical and practical issues in applied exercise psychology. Specifically, the following topics will be explored: the role of mental skills and confidence in exercising regularly; self-discrepancies; barriers and motivators for exercise; motivation and motivationally supportive environments; and counselling for exercise behaviour change. In addition, a student-led approach will be adopted with students researching and verbally presenting material on a chosen topic. Teaching will comprise lectures, seminars and group work.
  • JXH-4019: Psych of Injury & Rehab (10) (Semester 2)
  • JXH-4022: Effective Coach Practice (10) (Semester 2)
  • JXH-4023: Psychology of Effective Coachi (10) (Semester 1)