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Module Title
Principles of Sport and Exercise Psychology

sport psychology; stress and performance; motivation; self confidence; exercise behaviour models

SCQF Points15
ECTS Points7.5
CreatedApril 2010
ApprovedJune 2010
AmendedJune 2012
Version No.1

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Prerequisites for Module

None (in addition to course entry requirements).

Corequisite Modules


Precluded Modules


Aims of Module

This module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of fundamental psychological concepts and principles underpinning sport and exercise performance.

Learning Outcomes for Module

On completion of this module, students are expected to be able to:

1. Define key concepts in sport and exercise psychology.
2. Describe key theories and models in sport and exercise psychology.
3. Explain sport and exercise psychology theories and models.
4. Identify and explain differences in the key theories and models of sport and exercise psychology.

Indicative Module Content

Personality; Confidence; Motivation; Stress; anxiety; arousal; Group dynamics; Leadership; Behaviour change; Health and wellbeing.

Indicative Student Workload

Contact Hours

Full Time

Directed Study

Online Activities

Private Study



Mode of Delivery

Lectures followed by student-led seminars, with additional online activities and directed study.

Assessment Plan

Learning Outcomes Assessed
Component 1 1,2,3,4


Indicative Bibliography

1.WEINBERG, R.S. and GOULD, D., 2015. Foundations of Sport and Exercise Psychology. 6th ed. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
2.COX, R.H., 2012. Sport Psychology: Concepts and Applications. 7th ed. New York: McGraw-Hill.
3.ALLEN, M. and McCARTHY, P. 2014. Psychology Express: Sport Psychology. Harlow, UK: Pearson.
4.BIDDLE, S.J.H., MUTRIE, N., and GORELY, T. 2015. Psychology of Physical Activity: Determinants, Well-Being and Interventions. 3rd ed. Oxon: Routledge.

Additional Notes

A pass will not normally be awarded for this module unless the student has attended a minimum of 80% of all learning opportunities.

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