The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental principles underpinning the psychology of sport and exercise. The content of the lectures traces the historical development of the discipline culminating in its establishment as an independent field of academic study. The module also provides an overview of the main areas of sport and exercise psychology. The learning outcomes listed below represent the minimum that is expected of a first year student of sport and exercise psychology but students should realise that they should do their own reading from the recommended texts.

Learning Outcomes:
To pass this module a student needs to be able to:
1. demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the main branches of psychology and their application to sport and exercise;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of Freudian Behavioural and Existential psychology to a broad range of sport and exercise topics especially in coaching and training;
3. describe how psychology may be used to improve sports performance;
4. formulate and present ideas and arguments, using scientific evidence including findings from academic resources for example books and journal papers;
5. use the key skills of retrieval of information, communication identifying and solving problems.