Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology - SPOR3440

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) Megan Judge checkmark-circle


This module provides students with an introduction to sport and exercise psychology. This includes the learning and performance process, as well as approaches and responses to various sport and exercise situations. Indicative content includes:
• Sport and Exercise Psychology in Action
• Motor Learning and Performance
• Feedback
• Attention and Concentration
• Personality and Individual Differences
• Motivation
• Self-Confidence and Self-Efficacy
• Arousal, Stress and Anxiety
• Group and Team Dynamics


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 20
Private study hours: 130
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

In-class test – 20% (45 minutes)
Examination – 80% (2 hours)

Indicative reading

Gill, D.L. and Williams, L. (2008). Psychological dynamics of sport and exercise. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Schmidt, R.A. and Wrisberg, C.A. (2008). Motor learning and performance. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Weinberg, R.S. and Gould, D. (2015) Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

See the library reading list for this module (Medway)

Learning outcomes

The intended subject specific learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate knowledge of psychological theories relating to sport and exercise
Discuss how cognitive and social psychological factors can influence behaviour in a sport and exercise environment
Demonstrate knowledge of group and individual behaviour in sport and exercise environments

The intended generic learning outcomes. On successfully completing the module students will be able to:

Demonstrate communication and presentation skills.
Demonstrate interactive and group work skills.
Demonstrate the ability to plan and manage learning skills.


  1. Credit level 4. Certificate level module usually taken in the first stage of an undergraduate degree.
  2. ECTS credits are recognised throughout the EU and allow you to transfer credit easily from one university to another.
  3. The named convenor is the convenor for the current academic session.
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