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HL10360: Introduction to sport and exercise psychology

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2014/5
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Certificate (FHEQ level 4)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: EX 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Examination (EX 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to introduce students to the academic field of sport and exercise psychology by:
a) Introducing students to key theory relating to motivation, confidence, anxiety, group processes, personality, and exercise psychology.
b) Demonstrating how such theory may have important implications for sport, physical activity and exercise.
c) Exposing them to current ideas and research related to the socio-psychology of sport, health, exercise and physical activity.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
a) Identify and explain selected psychological constructs and theories and discuss their application to sport, health, physical activity and exercise
b) Identify and understand the implications of individual differences to teaching, coaching, and participation in sport and exercise.
c) Illustrate how group and social processes can influence thoughts and behaviours in sport and exercise contexts.


* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g., essays) T/F/A
* Concise, time-bound and effective written communication (e.g., briefings/exams) A
* Ability to select, summarise and synthesise written information from multiple sources F/A
* Ability to develop rigorous arguments through precise use of concepts and models F/A
* Ability to relate theory to practice T/A
* Ability to select and use appropriate ideas to produce a coherent response to a pre-set question T/A
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines F
* Ability to work independently F

The following topics will be covered:
a) Trait and biological approaches to personality
b) Behavioural approaches to personality
c) Contemporary approaches to motivation
d) Confidence and self-efficacy
e) Models of anxiety in sport psychology
f) Aggression in athletes and spectators
g) Basic theories of group dynamics
h) Exercise adherence
i) Exercise and depression
j) The application of music in sport and exercise.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL10360 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Year 1)
  • UHHL-AKB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 1)

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2014/15 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2015/16 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2014/15.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.