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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2022-2023 (archived)


Department: Sport and Exercise Sciences


Type Open Level 1 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap 140 Location Durham


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Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • Provide students with a basic knowledge and understanding of the field of sport and exercise psychology, including familiarity with major theories, intervention strategies, and methods of data collection.
  • Prepare students with sufficient understanding of the body of knowledge of sport and exercise psychology to effectively deal with psychological content offered at Levels 2 and 3.


  • The module will introduce students to the study of the psychological aspects relevant to participation, performance, and wellbeing in sport and exercise settings. The module will be structured around three core blocks of knowledge:
  • The individual. This block will explore individual-level factors influencing participation, performance, and wellbeing. Indicative content includes: concepts of anxiety, motivation, confidence and self-esteem, attention/concentration.
  • The Environment. This block will focus on the social psychology of sport and exercise. Indicative content will include leadership and group dynamics.
  • The Challenges. This block will focus on contemporary 'hot topics' in sport and exercise psychology (eg injury, burnout, stigma etc). The focus centrally will be on how psychology can help understand and address these issues.

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Demonstrated a basic understanding of psychological theory and research in sport and exercise contexts.
  • Demonstrated a basic understanding of some of the challenges of sport and exercise psychology research, theory and practice.
  • Demonstrated an understanding of common methods of data collection in sport and exercise psychology.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Demonstrated a basic ability to apply sport and exercise psychology to identify solutions to applied problems.
Key Skills:
  • Self-directed learning; critical thinking; application of theoretical and research knowledge to applied problems.

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

  • Staff-led content, including individual and group-based activities, will provide general outlines of the concepts and theories and to direct students to relevant literature;
  • Interactive group activities serve to provide students with opportunities to more fully engage with the theoretical concepts, and to gain experience with psychological measurements and application of interventions. Time will be devoted to familiarising students with the structure and terminology of research communications in Sport and Exercise Psychology;
  • Assessment will entail a three hour MCQ examination;
  • The examination will test the breadth of students' knowledge and understanding of the relevant theories and concepts addressed in the module.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Interactive lectures/workshops 20 Weekly 1 20
Interactive seminars 8 4 per term (1 & 2) 1 8
Preparation and Reading 172
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Examination Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Examination 3 hours 100% Yes - summer

Formative Assessment:

Series of learning tasks, including mock MCQs, related to each topic block (6 per year)

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