Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology 2023-24
School Of Human And Behavioural Sciences
Module - Semester 1 & 2
Sport and exercise psychology topics that will be covered in this module include: "stress, anxiety, arousal", "historical perspectives on stress and performance", "positive emotion", "social interdependence theory", "psychological profiling", "psychological skills", "achievement motivation", "embodied perception and cognition".
-threshold -D- to C+. The work only demonstrates knowledge of key areas/principles and there is limited evidence of originality or of background study. The work contains some irrelevant material and weaknesses in structure. Arguments are presented but they lack coherence. The work contains factual/computational errors with little evidence of problem solving. There are weaknesses in the standard of the presentation and its accuracy.
-good -B- to B+. Work displays sound knowledge and understanding but with some limitations. There is evidence of background study. The work had a defined and logical structure but with some weaknesses in the way in which arguments are presented. There is some original interpretation and demonstration of links between topics. The work is presented carefully with accurate communication and few factual or computational errors.
-excellent -A- and above. Work displays comprehensive knowledge and detailed understanding, reflecting extensive background study. The work is highly focussed, well structured, logically presented and with defended arguments. The work contains original interpretation and sensible links between topics are developed. The work is presented to a high standard with accurate communication and no factual or computational errors.
- Demonstrate an understanding of the theories describing the relations between anxiety, arousal, attention, positive emotions and performance.
- Describe theory and research related to key topics in sport and exercise psychology.
- Identify the outcomes of key research papers on foundational topics in sport and exercise psycholohgy
- Recognise how to apply theory and research to practical situations.
A critical essay describing a core theory from the module and relevant research, and applying the theory to real-life. For example, the essay might ask you to describe research relating to: a) the positive effects that working in a team can have on the performance of individual members; b) the negative effects that operating in a team can have on the performance of individual members; and c) the sort of strategies a psychologist might employ to try and optimize individual performances in team settings.
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)
Mid-term MCQ. MCQ questions on the key theories and research papers covered in the module so far.
Exam (Centrally Scheduled)
A series of short answer / short essay questions on the key theories and research papers covered in the module.