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HL20452: Contemporary issues in sport & 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: 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:
  • 3000 word assignment (CW 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 develop students understandings of the ways in which academic and practical understandings of sport and exercise psychology are important in preparing students for certain careers in sport, exercise, health and physical activity. The unit aims to do this by:
* Enhancing understanding of the theoretical assumptions underpinning mental skills.
* Increasing their awareness of ethical issues in applied sport and exercise psychology.
* Increasing their awareness of the link between theory, practice and the professions through addressing contemporary issues likely to be faced within the career pathways that underpin the programme.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
* Understand a range of mental skills and their theoretical underpinnings.
* Appreciate ethical issues that may arise during the consultancy process.
* Appreciate the importance of the link between theory and practice in applied sport and exercise psychology.
* Apply their knowledge of sport and exercise psychology to a range of professions (not limited to the sports industry, teaching, coaching, exercise prescription, fitness and health professions).


* Comprehensive and scholarly written communication (e.g., essays) F/A
* Concise, effective written communication F/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 F/A
* Ability to produce work to agreed specifications and deadlines F/A
* Ability to analyse athletes' needs T/F/A
* Ability to provide theoretically driven response interventions to specific athlete needs F/A.

The following topics will be covered:
a) An examination of a variety of mental skills, constructs and techniques (including goal setting, self-talk, imagery, self-efficacy and relaxation) and the theoretical basis for their function.
b) Ethical issues in sport and exercise psychology.
c) The relationships between sport and exercise psychology and relevant professions
d) Examination of the theoretical and practical input sport and exercise psychology knowledges can bring to contemporary social issues: such as psychology and children's physical activity, prescription of physical activity for illness and health impairments, psycho/social determinants of bodily disorders, self esteem and body image, and sports performance.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL20452 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.
* 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.