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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2005-2006 (archived)


Department: APPLIED SOCIAL SCIENCES (SPORT) [Queen's Campus, Stockton]


Type Tied Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2005/06 Module Cap None. Location Queen's Campus Stockton
Tied to C600


  • None.


  • Health Promotion, Dissertation, Sport & Exercise Physiology III, Sociology of Sport.

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • On completion of the module students should have acquired a relevant knowledge and understanding of the psychological theories and intervention techniques related to optimising competitive performance in sport, enhancing participation in exercise and sport, and supporting general psychological well being.


  • The content of the module focuses on psychological skills and intervention techniques.
  • These skills and techniques are studied with respect to their application in three domains: performance enhancement in sport, behaviour change towards enhanced participation in exercise and sport, and the enhancement of psychological well-being, especially in relation to injury and stress.
  • The module also involves coverage of the basic principles of counselling communication, with a special emphasis on motivational interviewing techniques.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Students should be able to explain the influence of key psychological factors in achieving optimal performance in sport,
Subject-specific Skills:
  • critically evaluate theoretical models and research underpinning the application of psychological techniques for the purpose of enhancing performance, participation and well-being
  • justify the application of specific psychological techniques in addressing performance, participation or stress-related problems,
  • plan implement and evaluate a basic intervention programme of mental skills and/or behaviour change strategies.
Key Skills:
  • demonstrate knowledge of effective and sensitive communication skills and appraise their own mastery of these skills

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

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Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures 1 weekly 1 23
Seminar 1 fortnightly 1 9
Practicals 1 fortnightly 1 12
Preparation and Reading 156
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Paper Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
3500 word paper 100%
Component: Case study report Component Weighting: 50%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
3500 word case study report 100%

Formative Assessment:

Assignment: 1000 - 1500 words (optional).

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University