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Session: 2021/22

Last modified: 22/10/2021 12:52:39

Title of Module: Psychology of Sport

Code: SPOR09029 SCQF Level: 9
(Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework)
Credit Points: 20 ECTS: 10
(European Credit Transfer Scheme)
School:School of Health and Life Sciences
Module Co-ordinator:Rosie   Arthur

Summary of Module

This module will focus on the application of psychological theories within the context of sport. Through the introduction and evaluation of key psychological theories and principles, the module aims to facilitate a contemporary understanding of human behaviour in sport.

The course will feature social, cognitive and behavioural approaches to demonstrating and developing an understanding of the psychological factors which influence athletes and sport performance.

This module incorporates pre-recorded online lectures and asynchronous learning activities combined with live online tutorials and workshops to provide a sound underpinning in psycho-social issues in support of future professional practice. Within the learning environment there are many opportunities for interaction and discussion with peers and lecturers.

Module Delivery Method
Face-To-FaceBlendedFully Online
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Term used to describe the traditional classroom environment where the students and the lecturer meet synchronously in the same room for the whole provision.

Fully Online
Instruction that is solely delivered by web-based or internet-based technologies. This term is used to describe the previously used terms distance learning and e learning.

A mode of delivery of a module or a programme that involves online and face-to-face delivery of learning, teaching and assessment activities, student support and feedback. A programme may be considered “blended” if it includes a combination of face-to-face, online and blended modules. If an online programme has any compulsory face-to-face and campus elements it must be described as blended with clearly articulated delivery information to manage student expectations

Campus(es) for Module Delivery
The module will normally be offered on the following campuses / or by Distance/Online Learning: (Provided viable student numbers permit)
Paisley:Ayr:Dumfries:Lanarkshire:London:Distance/Online Learning:Other:




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Term(s) for Module Delivery
(Provided viable student numbers permit).
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Learning Outcomes: (maximum of 5 statements)

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

L1. Analyse the psychological determinants of behaviour in a sport setting.

L2. Evaluate the intra- and inter-personal variables which influence an individual’s athletic performance.

L3. Apply psychological theoretical explanations and interventions to sport contexts.

Employability Skills and Personal Development Planning (PDP) Skills
SCQF Headings During completion of this module, there will be an opportunity to achieve core skills in:
Knowledge and Understanding (K and U) SCQF Level 9.

Critically evaluate contemporary research and the application of research to practice in different settings.
Understand the interaction between variables

Practice: Applied Knowledge and Understanding SCQF Level 9.

Apply theories and principles to real world sport and exercise contexts

Use a selection of the principal skills, techniques, practices and/or materials associated with a subject/discipline

Generic Cognitive skills SCQF Level 9.

Identify and analyse routine professional problems and issues

Undertake critical analysis,evaluation and/or synthesis of ideas, concepts, information and issues

Communication, ICT and Numeracy Skills SCQF Level 9.

use a range of IT applications to support and enhance work

interpret, use and evaluate numerical and graphical data to achieve goals

Autonomy, Accountability and Working with others SCQF Level 9.

Exercise autonomy and initiative in some activities at a professional level

Take some responsibility forthe work of others and for a range of resources

Practice in ways which take account of own and others’ roles and responsibilities

Pre-requisites: Before undertaking this module the student should have undertaken the following:
Module Code:
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Co-requisitesModule Code:
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* Indicates that module descriptor is not published.

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Learning and Teaching
Learning and teaching in this module will predominately comprise online asynchronous lectures and learning activities and online workshops and tutorials. Synchronous online sessions will be formulated to encourage interaction and discussion whilst still presenting the framework of essential theory. Activities will employ both group and individual work, informal presentations and simulated practical situations in order to ensure students are able to apply their learning to a professional context.
Learning Activities
During completion of this module, the learning activities undertaken to achieve the module learning outcomes are stated below:
Student Learning Hours
(Normally totalling 200 hours):
(Note: Learning hours include both contact hours and hours spent on other learning activities)
Asynchronous Class Activity20
Tutorial/Synchronous Support Activity8
Laboratory/Practical Demonstration/Workshop2
Independent Study170
200 Hours Total

**Indicative Resources: (eg. Core text, journals, internet access)

The following materials form essential underpinning for the module content and ultimately for the learning outcomes:


Horn, T.S & Smith A, L. (2019) Advances in Sport and Exercise Psychology. Human Kinetics. Leeds, UK.

(**N.B. Although reading lists should include current publications, students are advised (particularly for material marked with an asterisk*) to wait until the start of session for confirmation of the most up-to-date material)

Engagement Requirements

In line with the Academic Engagement and Attendance Procedure, Students are defined as academically engaged if they are regularly engaged with timetabled teaching sessions, course-related learning resources including those in the Library and on Moodle, and complete assessments and submit these on time.

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Supplemental Information

Programme BoardSport and Exercise
Assessment Results (Pass/Fail) No
Subject PanelSport & Exercise L7-11
ModeratorLiz Carlin
External ExaminerP Swinton
Accreditation Details
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Assessment: (also refer to Assessment Outcomes Grids below)
Assessment 1. Class test. (Weighting 50% LO 1,2, 3)
Assessment 2. Submission of a piece of coursework (Weighting 50% LO 1, 2, 3)
(N.B. (i) Assessment Outcomes Grids for the module (one for each component) can be found below which clearly demonstrate how the learning outcomes of the module will be assessed.
(ii) An indicative schedule listing approximate times within the academic calendar when assessment is likely to feature will be provided within the Student Handbook.)

Assessment Outcome Grids (Footnote A.)

Component 1
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
Class test (practical)check markcheck markcheck mark501

Component 2
Assessment Type (Footnote B.) Learning Outcome (1) Learning Outcome (2) Learning Outcome (3) Weighting (%) of Assessment ElementTimetabled Contact Hours
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Combined Total For All Components100% 1 hours

A. Referred to within Assessment Section above
B. Identified in the Learning Outcome Section above

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  1. More than one assessment method can be used to assess individual learning outcomes.
  2. Schools are responsible for determining student contact hours. Please refer to University Policy on contact hours (extract contained within section 10 of the Module Descriptor guidance note).
    This will normally be variable across Schools, dependent on Programmes &/or Professional requirements.

Equality and Diversity
This module is appropriate for any student. The learning activities include oral and written work, including the assessments, and where required appropriate student support will be put in place.
UWS Equality and Diversity Policy
(N.B. Every effort will be made by the University to accommodate any equality and diversity issues brought to the attention of the School)

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University of the West of Scotland is a Registered Scottish Charity.

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