SP5006 - Psychological Determinants in Sport, Exercise and Health

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What will I learn on this module?

This module is designed to emphasise and evaluate the main theoretical principles that explain the key psychological determinants of behaviour in sport, exercise and health settings. You will learn about the key topics and contemporary research areas within sport, exercise and health psychology settings. You will develop the necessary analytical skills needed to make decisions with regards to the selection, justification and evaluation of key psychological factors that impact upon behaviour.

How will I learn on this module?

A range of teaching styles are utilised to enhance your knowledge acquisition and comprehension. Lectures will provide you with the basic conceptual framework and core material for syllabus topics. The lectures are complemented by a seminar programme, which focuses on the application of theoretical principles to evaluate psychological determinants of behaviour. Seminar sessions also incorporate the use of problem-based case studies to generate group discussion and to enable you to develop creative problem-solving skills. You are encouraged to engage in independent study, in particular reading of journal articles, in order to further your knowledge base and develop critical thinking.

How will I be supported academically on this module?

Resources to support your learning will be available via the e-learning portal, including lecture slides, related supplementary materials and links to journal articles to enhance learning and application of research. You will have the opportunity to work in small groups with tutor support to analyse and evaluate real world data and case studies.

What will I be expected to read on this module?

All modules at Northumbria include a range of reading materials that students are expected to engage with. The reading list for this module can be found at: http://readinglists.northumbria.ac.uk
(Reading List service online guide for academic staff this containing contact details for the Reading List team – http://library.northumbria.ac.uk/readinglists)

What will I be expected to achieve?

Knowledge & Understanding:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Discuss and evaluate theories underpinning the psychological determinant behaviour in sport, exercise or health settings;

Intellectual / Professional skills & abilities:
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:

1. Work effectively with a client to identify the key psychological determinants of their behavior in a sport, exercise or health context

Personal Values Attributes (Global / Cultural awareness, Ethics, Curiosity) (PVA):
On successful completion of the module you will be able to:
1. Follow appropriate ethical procedures when working with a client in sport, exercise or health context.

How will I be assessed?

Summative Assessment

The module assessment is an evidence based client report (100%) which details and explains the key psychological determinants of the client’s behavior in a sport, exercise or health context. (MLO’s 1,2,3)

Formative Feedback
Formative feedback is provided in the seminars to supplement your summative assessment. You will be provided with the opportunity to practice identifying and interpreting psychological determinants of behaviour. Directed tasks will require you to demonstrate your understanding of the application of psychological models and theories in relation to sport, exercise or health behaviour.





Module abstract

Sport and exercise psychology is a very popular sub-discipline of psychology. It is concerned with understanding the psychological factors which impact upon sporting performance and exercise participation, and also how sport and exercise participation can have a positive impact on our psychological wellbeing. This module is designed to provide you with the opportunity to understand how sport psychologists analyse and assess athletes’ behavior in relation to performance. In addition, you will learn how exercise psychologists understand peoples motives to engage or disengage in health related behaviours, such as physical activity. The module will provide you with the opportunity to work with a client to apply your knowledge to a real world setting.

Course info

UCAS Code C600

Credits 20

Level of Study Undergraduate

Mode of Study 3 years full-time

Department Sport, Exercise and Rehabilitation

Location City Campus, Northumbria University

City Newcastle

Start September 2020

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