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Department for Health, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

HL20042: Psychological dynamics of sport

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Intermediate (FHEQ level 5)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 50%, EX 50%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take HL10036
Click here for further information Description: Aims & Learning Objectives:
To examine the psychological dynamics of structured sport environments and sports teams, in an attempt to understand those factors that contribute to, and inhibit successful performance. On completion of this unit, students should be able to examine and understand:
* The effects of competitive and co-operative sport environments upon performance and behaviour.
* The current theoretical and methodological issues that underpin the study of the sports environment.
* The contributing factors to the psychological dynamics of the sports team.
* The role of the sport psychologist in the provision of interventions to enhance team productivity.

Understanding Sport Environments: Positive and negative effects of competition and co-operation; sport oreintation and motivational climates; social factors influencing the competitive process (e.g. crowd / audience, home advantage, etc); leadership and coaching dynamics.
Personal and Situational Influences Upon Team Dynamics: A conceptual framework for the study of sports teams; team cohesion and performance; social loafing and productivity losses; collective efficacy and team performance.
Applied Interventions: Team goal setting, psychological profiling of teams / squads; team building techniques; fostering communication; developing role clarity; enhancing leadership.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

HL20042 is a Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB01 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Full-time) - Year 2
  • UHHL-ACB04 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement & Study Abroad (Full-time with Combined Placement) - Year 2
  • UHHL-AKB04 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 2
  • UHHL-AAB02 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 2

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.