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Programme and Module Handbook

Undergraduate Programme and Module Handbook 2023-2024 (archived)

Module PSYC3617: Sport & Exercise Psychology

Department: Psychology

PSYC3617: Sport & Exercise Psychology

Type Open Level 3 Credits 10 Availability Available in 2023/24 Module Cap 45 Location Durham


  • 60 credits from Level 2 Psychology module


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None.


  • The aim of this module is to introduce students to key concepts, methodologies and theoretical approaches applied in sport and exercise psychology


  • Sport & Exercise Psychology (example topics: motivation; anxiety, stress & performance; attention & concentration; skill acquisition; interventions for enhancing performance, team cohesion, psychology of injury, exercise & mental health)

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Detailed knowledge of sport and exercise psychology including current theory, evidence, and research methods
  • In-depth knowledge of some specialist sub-areas of applied psychology
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Ability to review critically and consolidate understanding of a coherent body of psychological knowledge and apply it appropriately
Key Skills:
  • Good written communication skills
  • Good IT skills in word processing, data manipulation, and data presentation
  • Ability to work independently in scholarship and research within broad guidelines

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

  • Knowledge and understanding is developed through the weekly two hour sessions involving a variety of learning modes including lectures, video based material, and student presentations
  • This knowledge will be assessed in the summative assignment, and the written examination. These assessments will be essay based, providing students with the opportunity to demonstrate their abilities to appraise and apply empirical evidence and theoretical claims in a critical manner
  • Preparations for the summative assignments will promote student abilities to locate, read and evaluate a body of evidence. Feedback is provided for the summative assignments
  • All modes of teaching are designed to promote critical evaluation of evidence and arguments, to adopt different theoretical positions, and to interpret empirical work in terms of theory. These abilities are assessed via written assignments. Feedback is provided for the summative assignments.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Lectures / Seminars 10 1 per week 2 20
Preparation and Reading 80
Total 100

Summative Assessment

Component: Summative Essay Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Summative Essay 2500 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

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