Sport & Exercise Psychology - SPOR5690

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Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2021 to 2022
Spring Term 5 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:
- Individual differences and personality
- Attributions and perceived control
- Exercise behaviour
- Motivation
- Emotions in sport
- Attention and focus
- Group dynamics
- Leadership
- Communication
- Goal setting
- Psychophysiology in sport and exercise


Contact hours

2 hour lecture and 1 hour seminar a week

Method of assessment

This module will be assessed by coursework in the form of an essay which is worth 100% of the module mark.

Indicative reading

Biddle, S.J.H. & Mutrie, N. (2006). Psychology of physical activity determinants, well-being and interventions. London: Routledge.
Buckworth, J., Dishman, R.L., O'Connor, P.J., & Tomporowski, P. (2013). Exercise psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Gill, D. L., & Williams, L. (2008). Psychological dynamics of sport and exercise. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Weinberg, R.S., & Gould, D. (2015). Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.

See the library reading list for this module (Canterbury)

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Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the module students will be able to:
1. Discuss and apply psychological theories relating to sport & exercise
2. Discuss the influence of cognitive and social psychological factors that influence behaviour in a sport & exercise environment
3. Discuss the theoretical principles of sports psychology underpinning applied practice
4. Discuss and apply knowledge of psychological concepts to group and individual behaviour in sport & exercise environments


  1. Credit level 5. Intermediate level module usually taken in Stage 2 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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