COLLEGE OF MEDICINE AND HEALTH
Medicine, Nursing and Allied Health Professions

Module

Current Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology

Module titleCurrent Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology
Module codeSHSM023
Academic year2020/1
Credits30
Module staff

Dr Sam Vine (Lecturer)

Dr Kirsty Brock (Lecturer)

Dr Lisa Price (Convenor)

Duration: Term123
Duration: Weeks

9

Number students taking module (anticipated)

15

Description - summary of the module content

Module description

For the first part of this module you will gain an advanced understanding of the relationship between physical activity and mental health. Areas of study will include mood and anxiety, and depression. You will gain an understanding of the dose-response relationship and will study how evidence for the effects of exercise on mental health is created..

The second part of this module will provide you with up-to-date information and a critical review of current issues in Sport Psychology, such as visuo-motor control (quiet eye), motor learning and performance under pressure. You will gain an understanding of how research is carried out to understand mechanisms and develop theories relating to these topics; as well as an awareness and understanding of how interventions can be developed to support motor learning and skilful performance.

The module is suitable for students with a wide range of backgrounds, but ideally you should have some understanding (at undergraduate level) of processes involved in behaviour change (particularly physical activity, and the nature of psychological well-being). A wide range of quantitative and qualitative papers are critically considered so a sound background in research methods would also be desirable. Students from disciplines other than sport and exercise science are welcomed, particularly as we will discuss applications to a range of domains (including sport, rehabilitation, paediatric populations, military settings and laparoscopic surgery).

Module aims - intentions of the module

The aim of this module is to give you an opportunity for advanced critical analysis of issues and debate related to sport and exercise psychology.

Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs)

ILO: Module-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 1. Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the topics in both exercise and sport psychology
  • 2. Comprehensively explain the underlying effects of interventions designed to either promote good mental health through exercise, or support skilful performance of motor skills

ILO: Discipline-specific skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 3. Develop a grant proposal
  • 4. Develop an appropriately rationalised and detailed research design
  • 5. Interpret data, elucidate principles and draw detailed theoretical conclusions
  • 6. Critically evaluate current research and apply this to practical applications in applied settings

ILO: Personal and key skills

On successfully completing the module you will be able to...

  • 7. Communicate critical reports through oral presentation and class debate
  • 8. Learn independently with self-direction and originality
  • 9. Link theory to practice

Syllabus plan

Syllabus plan

Topics covered within the module include:

  • Exercise Psychology
    • Intro to module & PA and Depression
    • Critique of depression literature
    • Anxiety and stress
    • Positive mood states
       
  • Sport Psychology
    • Quiet eye and quiet eye training
    • The BPSM: Challenge vs Threat
    • Flow and attention
    • Focus of the attention and the OPTIMAL model
    • Dual tasking and motor learning

Learning and teaching

Learning activities and teaching methods (given in hours of study time)

Scheduled Learning and Teaching ActivitiesGuided independent studyPlacement / study abroad
332670

Details of learning activities and teaching methods

CategoryHours of study timeDescription
Scheduled Learning and Teaching33Lectures and small group work
Guided Independent Study67Tutor directed assignments
Guided Independent Study200Preparation for weekly lecturers through reading and ELE tasks

Assessment

Formative assessment

Form of assessmentSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Vlog10 minutes1-8Written/oral

Summative assessment (% of credit)

CourseworkWritten examsPractical exams
10000

Details of summative assessment

Form of assessment% of creditSize of the assessment (eg length / duration)ILOs assessedFeedback method
Grant proposal502500 words1-3, 5-8Written
Research proposal502500 words1-2, 4-8Written

Re-assessment

Details of re-assessment (where required by referral or deferral)

Original form of assessmentForm of re-assessmentILOs re-assessedTimescale for re-assessment
Grant proposalGrant proposal1-3, 5-8August/September assessment period
Research proposalResearch proposal1-2, 4-8August/September assessment period

Re-assessment notes

Deferral – if you miss an assessment for certificated reasons judged acceptable by the Mitigation Committee, you will normally be either deferred in the assessment or an extension may be granted. The mark given for a re-assessment taken as a result of deferral will not be capped and will be treated as it would be if it were your first attempt at the assessment.

Referral – if you have failed the module overall (i.e. a final overall module mark of less than 50%) you will be required to sit a further examination. If you are successful on referral, your overall module mark will be capped at 50%.

Resources

Indicative learning resources - Basic reading

Exercise Psychology

  • Cooney GM, Dwan K, Greig CA, Lawlor DA, Rimer J, Waugh FR, McMurdo M, Mead GE. Exercise for depression. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews2013, Issue 9. Art. No.: CD004366. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD004366.pub6.
  • Ekkekakis, P. (Ed)(2013). Handbook on Physical Activity and Mental Health. New York; Routledge. 2013.
  • Teychenne et al., (2020) Do we need physical activity guidelines for mental health: What does the evidence tell us? Journal of Physical activity and mental Health, 18, https://doi.org/10.1016/j.mhpa.2019.100315

Sport Psychology

  • Land, M.F. (2009). Vision, eye movements, and natural behavior. Visual Neuroscience, 26, 51-62.
  • Vickers, J.N. (2007). Perception, cognition and decision training: The quiet eye in action. Champaign IL: Human Kinetics.
  • Wilson, M. (2008). From processing efficiency to attentional control: A mechanistic account of the anxiety-performance relationship. International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, 1, 184-201.

Indicative learning resources - Web based and electronic resources

Module has an active ELE page

Key words search

Anxiety, depression, affect, addiction, exercise, sport, skill acquisition, motor learning, quiet eye, visuomotor control, anxiety, stress, mental health, psychological well-being, exercise, clinical psychology, health behaviour change

Credit value30
Module ECTS

15

Module pre-requisites

None

Module co-requisites

None

NQF level (module)

7

Available as distance learning?

No

Origin date

21/08/2012

Last revision date

13/07/2020