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HL20417: Motivation and cognition for sport & physical activity

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: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • assignment (3000 words) (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take HL20413
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
The aim of this unit is to introduce students to contemporary approaches of the study of human motivation in achievement contexts such as sport and education by:
* Introducing them to key theoretical frameworks in the current study of motivation.
* Demonstrating how such theoretical frameworks have important practical implications.
* Exposing them to current ideas and research surrounding the above frameworks.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
* Understand and explain current theoretical approaches to motivation.
* Appreciate the role that individual differences and social influences play in the development of motivation.
* Discuss the relative strengths and weaknesses of current approaches to motivation.
* Apply their knowledge of motivational theory to practice.


* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g., essays) 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. A
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines. A
* Ability to work independently. F
* Effective oral communication skills. F/A

The following topics will be covered:
a) Competence motivation: Understanding how contemporary frameworks of motivation view competence as a fundamental human need that is central to the development of motivation through the lifespan.
b) Achievement goal models of motivation: Introducing achievement goal models. Gaining an appreciation of how individuals' cognitive understanding of competence can be central to their motivational development.
c) The role of the motivational climate and social influences: Introducing ideas and research implicating significant others, culture, and society into the development of motivational orientation.
d) Self-determination theory: A wide reaching framework having implications for understanding motivation in achievement domains such as sport, education, and health.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL20417 is Optional on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences (Year 2)
  • UHHL-AKB11 : BA(Hons) Sport & Social Sciences with Professional Placement (Year 2)

* 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.
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