Sport & Exercise Psychology - SPOR5690

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Module delivery information

Location Term Level1 Credits (ECTS)2 Current Convenor3 2024 to 2025
Spring Term 5 15 (7.5) Christopher Fullerton 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.
Topics include:
Individual differences and personality
Attributions and perceived control
Exercise behaviour
Emotions in sport
Attention and focus
Group dynamics
Goal setting
Psychophysiology in sport and exercise


Contact hours

Total contact hours: 24
Private study hours: 126
Total study hours: 150

Method of assessment

Written coursework (2,750 words) (100%)

Indicative reading

Andersen, M.B. (2000). Doing Sport Psychology. UK: Human Kinetics
Biddle, S.J.H. & Mutrie, N. (2006). Psychology of physical activity determinants, well-being and interventions. London: Routledge.
Buckworth, J. & Dishman, R.K. (2002). Exercise psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Lavallee, D., Williams, J.M., & Jones, M.V. (2008). Key readings in sport and exercise psychology. New York: McGraw-Hill.
Taylor, J. & Wilson, G. (2005). Applying sport psychology. Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics.
Weinberg, R.S., & Gould, D. (2007). Foundations of Sport and 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:

Discuss and apply psychological theories relating to sport and exercise
Discuss the influence of cognitive and social psychological factors that influence behaviour in a sport and exercise environment
Discuss the theoretical principles of sports and exercise psychology underpinning applied practice
Discuss and apply knowledge of psychological concepts to 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 information technology: through the compilation of a written assignment (including word processing and internet searches).
Demonstrate communication and presentation skills – evidenced by the ability to communicate learning in coursework.
Demonstrate problem solving – achieved through the ability to interpret theoretical concepts appropriately.
Plan and manage learning - through completing self-directed study necessary to successfully meet the requirements for this module.


  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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