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Module JXH-4002:
Performance Psychology

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

20 Credits or 10 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr James Hardy

Overall aims and purpose

"Stress and performance", "Mental Toughness" and "Group dynamics", are the main theoretical areas that underpin this module. The aims of this module are to allow students to understand the theories related to these areas, and to apply sport psychology theory to real-life situations. For example, students will be expected to apply mental toughness interventions to stress and performance issues.

Course content

Attention Control Theory; Mental Toughness, Resilience, Personality, Individual differences in Mental Toughness, Group cohesion; Collective efficacy; Leadership; Goals; Team Work, Team Building, Group conflict.

Assessment Criteria

C- to C+

Adequate answer to the question, largely based on lecture material. No real development of arguments.


Reasonably comprehensive coverage. Well organised and structured. Good understanding of the material.


Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area clarity of argument and expression. Depth of insight into theoretical issues.

Learning outcomes

  1. To develop and demonstrate a critical understanding of the theories and topics covered during the course.

  2. To apply sport psychology theories to real-life examples (including the identification of issues and the implementation of interventions, critical reviews, recommending future avenues for research).

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
COURSEWORK Applied intervention or critical review 50
CASE STUDY Essay 2 Dr James Hardy 50

Teaching and Learning Strategy


This is a double module. A double module involves up to 200 hours of student study. These 200 hours include all contact time with staff, private study time, and assessments. Outlined below is an approximate guide for the allocation of these 200 hours. This guide is intended to help students allocate the necessary time to various aspects of the module.

Lecture contact time (10 lectures/workshops @ 4 hours/lecture) 40 hours

Required reading (70 hours)

Two case studies (2 case studies @ 45 hours/exam) 100 hours


Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • 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
  • 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
  • plan, design, execute and communicate a sustained piece of independent intellectual work, which provides evidence of critical engagement with, and interpretation of, appropriate data
  • apply knowledge to the solution of familiar and unfamiliar problems
  • 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
  • project manage and execute practical activities using appropriate techniques and procedures whilst demonstrating high levels of relevant skills
  • 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.
  • communicate succinctly at a level appropriate to different audiences.
  • develop knowledge of psychometric instruments
  • accurately interpret case study data
  • develop justifiable and/or evidence-based interventions


Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses:

Optional in courses: