20 credits at level HE6
1) To evaluate the relationship between sport and psychology and develop an understanding of the contribution that psychology can make to successful performance in sport.
2) To develop a critical appreciation of the role of psychology in a modern sporting context.
3) To develop a critical perspective of the application of psychological theory to sport.
4) To develop competence in the empirical investigation of psychology in sport.
1) Attention, Arousal and Anxiety: Neurophysiology of arousal; definition and measurement of anxiety and stress; the multidimensional nature and its impact on sports performance; the relationship between attention arousal and sports performance; anxiety and arousal management techniques.
2) Cognitive factors in sports performance: Relaxation; goal setting; imagery and mental rehearsal, self talk; psychological skills training and its implications for sports performance.
3) Mental toughness: Strategies to develop mental toughness to enhance performance.
4) Baseline Assessment Techniques: Performance profiling, behavioural observation and analysis, interviews, psychometric testing.
5) Psychology of optimum Sports Performance: Studies of ‘flow’ Experience.
6) Sports Psychology in practice: Ethics in psychological intervention; psychological counselling; coach-athlete interaction; a unified approach to psychological preparation for sport.
Lectures will be used to introduce students to the essential concepts and knowledge associated with particular topics. Further understanding of material will be developed through critical analysis of case studies, student projects and seminars. Additional support will be provided in the form of directed reading and tutorials.
The learning hours for this module will be made up of the following components:
Lecture 12 x 1 hour = 12
Seminar/Practical 12 x 2 hour = 24
Tutorial 2 x 3 hour = 6
Background reading 12 x 4 hour = 48
Seminar/Practical preparation 12 x 4 hour = 48
Coursework preparation 2 x 30 hour = 60
when you have successfully completed this module you will:
to demonstrate that you have achieved the learning outcome you will:
|1.||Investigate aspects of psychological theory in the context of sport.||
Identify and develop practical application of psychological theory to sport.
Identify and discuss the role of psychology in the development of successful sports performance.
|2.||Debate the application of psychological theory to sport from an appropriately critical stance.
Explain the application of psychological theory to sport.
Identify and assess the strengths and weaknesses associated with current research.
Formulate and justify conclusions.
|3.||Undertake empirical research in sport psychology||
Identify and retrieve relevant sources of information with minimal assistance.
Read and summarise complex and technical research material.
Control and determine operational levels in assisting the performer in key pre/post competition areas.
|4.||Demonstrate independence in their approach to study.||
Seek guidance and support from the module tutor where required.
Access and make use of resources beyond those published in module literature.
Communicate in a way, which is comprehensible to others.
Provide evidence (through referencing) of effective use of resources.
Develop a balanced and coherent argument using good standards of written English.
Your achievement of the learning outcomes for this module will be tested as follows:
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Before taking this module you must have successfully completed the following:
No restrictions apply.
Andersen, M.B. (2000). Doing Sport Psychology. Human Kinetics.
Bull, S (1997) A Mental Game Plan: Getting Psyched for Sport. Sports Dynamics
Butler, R.J. (1996). Performance Profiling. National Coaching Foundation.
Butler, R.J. (1996). Sports Psychology in Action. Butterworth Heinemann.
Cockerill, I. (2002). Solutions in Sport Psychology. Thomson.
Cox, R.H. (1998). Sport Psychology; Concepts and Applications. McGraw-Hill
Field, A. (2000). Discovering Statistics Using SPSS for Windows. SAGE
Gill D (2000). The Psychological Dynamics of Sport and Exercise. Human Kinetics.
Horn, T. (2002). Advances in Sport Psychology. Human Kinetics.
Hardy, L., Jones, G., and Gould, D (1996). Understanding Psychological Preparation for Sport. John Wiley and Sons.
Jackson, S.A., and Csikszentmihalyi, M. (1999). Flow in Sports. Human Kinetics.
Lenunes, A., and Nation, J.R. (2002). Sport Psychology. Wadsworth.
Orlick, T. (1998). Embracing your potential. Human Kinetics
Orlick, T. (1990). In Pursuit of Excellence: How to Win in Sport and Life Through Mental Training. Human Kinetics.
Tenenbaum, T. (2001). The Practice of Sport Psychology. Fitness Information Technology.
Williams, J.M (1993). Applied Sports Psychology: Personal Growth to Peak Performance. Mayfield Publishing Company.
Journal of Behavioural Psychology
Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Journal of Sports Sciences
Research Quarterly for Exercise and Sport
The Sport Psychologist
International Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
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