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HL20476: Sport and exercise psychology

[Page last updated: 15 October 2020]

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2020/1
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • coursework (2000 words) (CW 100%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites:
Description: Aims:
To allow students to develop a critical understanding of the application of mental skill development to the sport performance spectrum. An understanding of the academic background to the subject matter will be acquired leading to the description and analysis of information relevant to the subject area.

Learning Outcomes:
At the end of this unit students will be able to:
* identify the key factors contributing to athletes being psychologically prepared for performance;
* synthesise knowledge relevant to the psychological support of the athlete;
* devise strategies for both training and competition;
* reflect and evaluate the outcome of intervention;
* develop appropriate problem based learning skills to deal with everyday issues faced by the coach.


* communication;
* application of number;
* information technology;
* basic management skills.


* theories and models of personality, motivation, self-efficacy, arousal and concentration;
* concepts and variables thought to influence the development of movement skills; will include skill acquisition, theories of learning, leadership and group size and structure;
* concepts underpinning mental training, such as goal-setting, arousal and attentional control and mental practices and their application in practice and competition scenarios;
* action plans dealing with issues such as routines, relaxation and imagery.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL20476 is Compulsory on the following programmes:

Department for Health