module specification

SP5062 - Sport Psychology: Group Dynamics and Human Interaction (2022/23)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2022/23
Module title Sport Psychology: Group Dynamics and Human Interaction
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Human Sciences
Total study hours 150
9 hours Assessment Preparation / Delivery
108 hours Guided independent study
33 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
Coursework 50%   Analysis of video clips (1500 words)
Group Presentation 50%   Group presentation (5-6 minutes per individual)
Running in 2022/23

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

Module summary

The module aims to provide students with an understanding of key psychological theories which underpin sporting performance and participation itself. As a progression from the Autumn sport psychology module students will focus on developing an understanding of how those performing or participating in sport either facilitate or inhibit the performane of others. This will involve considering areas of human communication, team cohesion and social interaction in sport, as well as exploring the manner in which we are affected by being in the preence of other people.

The module encourages an appreciation of how to work effectively in a team setting and also aims to develop students’ communication and literacy skills to allow them the ability to write a scientific piece of work with confidence. All 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


Group dynamics and processes (LO1, LO2, LO4)

Social facilitation (LO1, LO2, LO4)
Home advantage (LO1, LO2, LO4)
Teamwork (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)
Leadership (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)
Communication (LO1, LO2, LO3, LO4)
Life transitions (LO1, LO2, LO4)
Ethics in sport (LO1, LO2, LO4)
Working with special groups (children) (LO2, LO4)

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

1. Demonstrate factual knowledge and understanding of group sport psychology
2. Relate psychological theory to real life performance and participation
3. Work competently as a member of a group
4. 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) will invite students to select three video clips from a list provided and then to analyse from a sport psychology perspective. Video clips will be a mix of sporting action and/or sporting interviews, giving opportunity to analyse either visual action or spoken word. Each of the three analyses is expected to be approximately 500 words.

Assessment (002) will ask the students to present in a group situation (groups to consist of 3-4 students). The presentation will be a journal article which is relevant to any module topic covered in the Spring semester. The presentation time will be a maximum 5-6 minutes per individual, with overall time dependent on group size. This assessment will specifically allow students to demonstrate communication skills in a team situation.