Title Sport and Exercise Psychology
Credit rating 20
Prerequisites SY100 Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Type of module Taught module, two semesters
Aims The aims of this module are:
1. To develop students' knowledge of a range of psychological theories
relevant to sport & exercise.
2. To introduce the student to some applications of psychological theories to
the sport/exercise contexts.
3. To develop students' understanding of the scientific process involved in
Learning outcome/objectives By the end of the module each student should be able to:
1. Identify & explain core concepts, theoretical tenets and research findings
in sport/exercise psychology.
2. Outline & explain the applications of psychological theories to
3. Report & discuss the findings of small research projects conducted in
Content Stress and Anxiety, Psychology of Injury, Burnout & Overtraining;
(for contact time and non-contact time) Participation Motivation, Achievement Goal Orientations, Attributions,
Intrinsic Motivation, Aggression; Exercise motivation and adherence;
Psychological effects of exercise; Exercise and Personality; Theoretical models
of exercise behaviour; Team Dynamics, Cohesion, Leadership, Psychological
Teaching and learning strategies 22 x 1 hour lectures and 10 x 2 hours seminars (44 hours)
Reading and exam preparation (104 hours)
Learning support Cox, R.H. (1994). Sport psychology: Concepts and applications (3rd edition).
(include full details of up to 8 titles) Dubuque, IA: Brown and Benchmark
Roberts, G.C., Spink, K.S. & Pemberton, C.L. (1999). Learning experiences in
sport psychology (2nd ed.). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Weinberg, R.S. & Gould, D. (1999). Foundations of sport and exercise psychology
(2nd edition). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Willis, J.D. & Campbell, L.F. (1992). Exercise psychology. Champaign, IL:
Assessment task Exam 70 % - students complete at the end of each semester a 90 minutes exam
(LO1 & LO2).
Course work 30% - students complete, in pairs, four written reports (text one
A4 sheet) from a choice of five projects associated with this module in each
Students are required to gain a mark equivalent to at least 30% in each of the
assessment tasks, with an overall average of at least 40%.
Assessment criteria 1. Exam criteria: ability to identify, outline, explain, compare, summarise and
illustrate core concepts, theoretical tenets, research findings and applied
2. The reports should include the following: research question, data table,
analysis of results, answers to set questions. Students should be able to a)
evaluate their findings in relation to the hypothesis and previous research
and b) reflect upon the applied value of their results.
Brief description of module content This module focuses on developing an understanding of selected theoretical
and/or aims for publicity aspects of sport/exercise psychology and motor control and their relevance to
Area examination board to which Sport & Exercise Science
Module team/authors/co-ordinator Monica Dorobantu (co-ordinator), Bill Filby, Sarah Hardcastle
Semester offered Semesters 1 and 2
Site where delivered Eastbourne
Date of first approval September 1999
Date of last revision September 2000
Date of approval of this version September 2001
Version number 3
Replacement for previous module SY260 Sport Psychology and SY280 Exercise Psychology
Field for which module is Sport and Exercise Science
acceptable and status in that field
Course(s) which module is BSc Sport and Exercise Science: Required
acceptable and status in course BA(QTS) and BA(LPA): Permitted
Departmental home Chelsea School
External examiner(s) Andy Smith / Tudor Hale