module specification

SP5052 - Sport Psychology: Controlling Individual Performance and Exercise (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Sport Psychology: Controlling Individual Performance and Exercise
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
10 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
107 hours Guided independent study
33 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Essay (2000 words)
Practical Examination 50%   Viva exam (15 minute) based on initial written case study analysis (500 words)
Running in 2022/23

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Wednesday Morning

Module summary

This module elaborates on the key theories in sport psychology, covering a wide range of sport psychology topics and the mental skills used within those topics. Psycholgical issues relating to individual behaviour patterns are favoured are studied in detail. The impact of psychological factors on both participation and performance are studied.

The module aims to provide students with an understanding of key psychological theories which underpin sporting performance and participation itself. Students will focus on the psychological factors which influence an individual’s sporting behaviour, whether it be in competition, training or general participation. The module aims to develop students’ communication and literacy skills to allow them the ability to write a scientific piece of work with confidence. Most mental skills developed in sport psychology are directly transferable therefore students are given qualities necessary to advance in many other areas of life.

Prior learning requirements

Available for Study Abroad? NO


Personality (LO1, LO2, LO3)
Anxiety, Arousal and Stress (LO1, LO2, LO3)
Coping mechanisms (LO1, LO2, LO3)
Aggression in sport (LO1, LO2, LO3)
Confidence (LO1, LO2, LO3)
Motivation (LO1, LO2, LO3)
Imagery (LO1, LO2, LO3)
Exercise and wellbeing (LO1, LO2, LO3)

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

The basic structure to teaching and learning will involve a theory driven lecture supported by an interactive practical seminar. Lectures will provide the essential theoretical base, whereas seminars offer students the opportunity to discuss this knowledge and its relevance to practice. Reflective practice is a continuous element as an important employability strand and driving force in personal development.

Learning outcomes

LO 1: Demonstrate factual knowledge and conceptual understanding of sport psychology
LO 2: Relate psychological theory to individual sporting performance
LO 3: Effectively apply the principles of scientific writing

Assessment strategy

Assessments have been designed to provide students with a diverse range of tasks that maintain interest and encourage engagement. This breadth also ensures the development of a greater number of key skills pertinent to employability. The even dispersion of assessments across the year ensures a manageable workload.

Assessment (001) is an essay format with a choice of titles to allow the student to explore in depth an area of sport psychology which appeals to them. Theory to support the assessment will be delivered in the first 3-4 weeks of the module, allowing ample time to select a title and research the topic in detail.

Assessment (002) will introduce students to the process of needs analysis and intervention. A choice of short case study options will be offered. Part one of the assessment requires a 500 word needs analysis of the case study subject(s). Part two of the assessment will be a 15-minute (maximum) viva exam where the students will be questioned in more detail on their written response.