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HL40486: Psychology of sport and performance excellence

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
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: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 60%, OR 40%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 60% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • Oral Examination (OR 40% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take HL30055
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
This unit aims to provide students with an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the psychology of sport and performance excellence.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit, the students will be able to:
* Discuss and critically evaluate the psychological research pertaining to elite performance in sport and other performance contexts
* Appreciate the theoretical principles that underpin the complexity of psychosocial dynamics in high performance across domains
* Justify the rationale for an evidence-based approach to sport and performance psychology practice
* Critically appraise and synthesise the social-cognitive processes through which high performers operate
* Discuss the challenges associated with achieving a high performance environment and performance excellence
* Apply knowledge gleaned from theory and research findings to design psychological support programmes to facilitate quests for optimum performance and demonstrate originality in this process
* Transfer knowledge from the field of sport psychology to other performance domains (e.g., business).


* communication skills (facilitated/assessed);
* numeracy skills (facilitated);
* information technology (facilitated, assessed);
* working as part of a group (taught/facilitated);
* problem-solving skills (facilitated)
* working independently (facilitated/assessed);
* personal development planning (facilitated);
* reflective practice (facilitated)
* knowledge and subject-specific skills (taught/facilitated/assessed).

The unit is based on the rapidly developing academic discipline and professional practice of performance psychology, which has emerged from the application of sport psychology to other performance domains. Some of the high performance domains that will be examined in this unit include: sport, business, military and armed services, performing arts, education, emergency and medical services, extreme environments, aviation and space, and entertainment.
* What is sport and performance excellence?
* Individual psychological processes in performance
* Social psychological processes in performance
* Performance leadership and management
* High performance environments
* Problem based learning: Formative feedback week
* Stress, emotions and performance
* Mental toughness and psychological resilience
* The assessment of excellence and talent identification
* Organizational consultancy and case studies in performance psychology.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL40486 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Year 4)
  • UHHL-ACM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement and Study Abroad (Year 5)
  • UHHL-AAM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study year abroad (Year 5)
  • UHHL-AKM01 : MSci(Hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Year 5)