Introduction to Sport & Exercise Psychology - SPOR3440

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Autumn Term 4 15 (7.5) CARLA MEIJEN checkmark-circle


The module aims to provide students with knowledge and understanding of human responses and adaptations to sport and exercise. Using a psychological approach, students acquire knowledge and understanding of sport and exercise performance and exercise adherence to promote health. Lectures and seminars provide forums for discussion and understanding of cognitions, affect and behaviour and the complex interactions between these. A key module aim is to provide an understanding of the application of theory to real ‘applied’ situations within sport and exercise settings.
A synopsis of topics included in this module are:
- Introduction to sport and exercise psychology
- The learning and performance process
- Feedback
- Attention and concentration
- Personality and individual differences
- Motivation
- Self-confidence
- Arousal, stress and anxiety
- Social facilitation and audience effects
- Sport and exercise psychology in action


Contact hours

1 hour lecture per week and a 1 hour seminar per week

Method of assessment

100% coursework will assess this module in the form of an in-class test.

Indicative reading

Gill, D.L., & Williams, L. (2008). Psychological dynamics of sport and exercise. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Schmidt, R.A., & Wrisberg, C.A. (2008). Motor learning and performance. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

Weinberg, R.S., & Gould, D. (2007) 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

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
12.1 Show knowledge of psychological theories relating to sport & exercise
12.2 Show knowledge of cognitive and social psychological factors that influence behaviour in a sport & exercise environment
12.3 Show knowledge of the theoretical principles of sports psychology underpinning applied practice
12.4 Show knowledge of group and individual behaviour in sport & exercise environments


  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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