module specification

ST5052 - Psychological Factors in Sport: Individual Differences (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Psychological Factors in Sport: Individual Differences
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
56 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
94 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Essay (2000 words)
Coursework 50%   Case Study (500 words) and Viva (15 min)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

The ST5052 module, entitled Psychological Factors in Sport: Individual Differences, focuses on the key psychological theories within the sport psychology field; such as motivation and  arousal. This module focuses on individual behaviour only.

Prior learning requirements

ST4001 ST4002 ST4003 ST4004

Module aims

The aims of this module are aligned with the qualification descriptors within the Quality Assurance Agency’s Framework for Higher Educations Qualifications.
This module aims to provide students with an understanding of key psychological theories which underpin sporting performance. Students will focus on the psychological factors which influence an individual’s sporting performance. The module aims to develop students’ communication and literacy skills to allow them to ability to write write a scientific piece of research with confidence.
This module aims to provide students with the qualities and transferable skills necessary for employment by promoting personal responsibility and effective problem solving.


Underpinning psychological theory:
Motivation; Anxiety, Arousal and Performance; Confidence and Self Efficacy
Self-Determination theory, Achievement goal theory, Attribution theory
Introduction to Coping

Learning and teaching

The basic structure to teaching and learning will involve a theory driven lecture supported by either a workshop or practical session
Lectures will cover the theoretical aspects of the module and promote discussion within the group to enhance learning. The workshops will offer students an opportunity to (i) prepare for assessments (ii) receive, and give, formative feedback on their and others’ coursework (iii) apply theoretical principles to sporting activity. The practical sessions will involve data collection and analysis.
Vocational skills and employability will be emphasised through problem solving tasks, effective working in groups and peer support.
Blended learning:  WebLearn will support all the lecture, workshops and practicals. Short formative assessments will be available on weblearn for students to test their knowledge and understanding following key lectures.

Key strategies:
Practicals- Data collection and Experiential learning
Self-directed learning- Students will be responsible for completing the directed reading and taking an active and valuable contribution to the module
Students’ study responsibilities are articulated in the FLS Staff/Student Agreement which is available via the Faculty Web site.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate factual knowledge and conceptual understanding of the field of sport psychology
2. Relate psychological theory to individual sporting performance
3. Effectively apply the principles of scientific writing

Assessment strategy

This module will be assessed at two different points through the semester : 
A discursive essay of 2000 words (50%; LO 1, 2 & 3)
A Case Study analysis (500 words) and Viva (15 minute), (50%; LO 1 & 2).

An aggregate mark of 40% or more is required to pass the module. All assessment instruments must be attempted.

There is an attendance requirement for the practical sessions


Cox, R.H. (2001) Sport psychology: Concepts and applications. 7th ed.  McGraw-Hill Education: Europe

Gill, D. and Williams, L. (2008) Psychological dynamics of sport and exercise. Human Kinetics

Heil, J. (1993) Psychology of sport injury. Human Kinetics: Champaign, Illinois.

Jones, J. G. and Hardy, L. (eds.) (1990) Stress and performance in sport. Chichester: Wiley.

Kerr, J.H. (1999) Motivation and emotion in sport: Reversal theory. 2nd ed. Psychology Press.

Thatcher, J., Day, M. and Rahman, R. (2011) Sport and exercise psychology. Learning MattersLtd.

Weinberg, R.S. and Gould, D. (2011) Foundations of sport and exercise psychology. 5th ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

The Sport Psychologist
International Journal of Sport Psychology
Journal of Sport and Exercise Psychology
Journal of Sports Sciences