The aim of this module is to advance students' understanding of the psychology of sport and exercise. The content of the lectures builds upon the knowledge gained in the first year module by exploring in more depth the theoretical explanations of psychological phenomena in sport and exercise. It explores a diverse literature which includes issues about skills, research methodology, mood and about achieving behaviour change. The learning outcomes listed below represent the minimum that is expected of a second year student of sport and exercise psychology; it is the intention of the staff working on this module to stimulate the development of more advanced student learning skills.
To pass this module a student needs to be able to:
1. evaluate sport and exercise participation and achievement using psychological perspective, theories and models;
2. explain differences between ability and skill;
3. describe individual differences in skilled performance;
4. describe and evaluate theories of motor development;
5. describe the relationship between skill, motor development and maturation;
6. explain how emotions effect performance and how performance effects emotions;
7. explain the role of cognition on emotions and performance;
8. measure selected aspects of emotion and cognition among athletes and exercisers;
9. explain the behavioural antecedents of exercise non-adherence;
10. describe strategies used to change behaviour including motivational interviewing;
11. explain the importance of mood in sport and exercise;
12. demonstrate competence in retrieval, analysis and interpretation of published information.
- Module Supervisor: Paul Freeman