Modules for course B6AN | MSC/SPEXPSY
MSc Sport and Exercise Psychology

This is a provisional list of modules to be offered on this course in the 2019–20 academic year.

The list may not be complete, and the final course content may be different.

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Year 1 Modules

Compulsory Modules

Semester 1

  • JXH-4002: Performance Psychology (20) Core
    Group cohesion; Collective efficacy; Leadership; Goals. Catastrophe models; Processing efficiency theory; Conscious processing hypothesis; Ironic effect theory; Attention control theory.
  • JXH-4008: Supervised Experience (20) Core
    The content of this module will be largely student specific and include activities (workshops, directed reading, client based work) that will develop the individual's personal applied support skills. The module will commence with the students completing an individual self-assessment of their current skills/knowledge base and setting personal goals to enable them to improve their applied support skills. All students will attend units (workshops) on thier ethics in research and consultancy, needs analysis and counselling skills. Discipline specific workshops will also take place. A portfolio will be developed that records activities including meetings with supervisor, workshop attendance, meetings and a plan of work with at least one client, and thoughts/evaluations of all meetings and workshops (i.e., evidence of reflective practice).
  • JXH-4023: Psychology of Effective Coachi (10) Core

Semester 2

  • JXH-4005: Exercise Psychology (20) Core
    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-4008: Supervised Experience
    The content of this module will be largely student specific and include activities (workshops, directed reading, client based work) that will develop the individual's personal applied support skills. The module will commence with the students completing an individual self-assessment of their current skills/knowledge base and setting personal goals to enable them to improve their applied support skills. All students will attend units (workshops) on thier ethics in research and consultancy, needs analysis and counselling skills. Discipline specific workshops will also take place. A portfolio will be developed that records activities including meetings with supervisor, workshop attendance, meetings and a plan of work with at least one client, and thoughts/evaluations of all meetings and workshops (i.e., evidence of reflective practice).
  • JXH-4022: Effective Coach Practice (10) Core
  • JXH-4900: Research Project (60) Core

20 credits from:

  • JXH-4003: Advance Research Skills (20) (Semester 1) Core
    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-4020: Research Methods (20) (Semester 1) Core
  • NOTE: JXH-4020 may only be taken by students who are not eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. Further, taking it WILL PRECLUDE students from applying for GBC in the future.

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  • JXH-4009: Research Project Proposal (20) (Semester 1 + 2) Core
    The aim of the unit is to synthesise knowledge and competencies gained during taught module aspects of the MSc course to produce a scholarly, in-depth critical review and proposal for a research study.
  • JXH-4021: Dissertation proposal (20) (Semester 1 + 2)
  • NOTE: JXH-4021 may only be taken by students who are not eligible for Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society. Further, taking it WIL PRECLUDE students from applying for GBC in the future.