SHE Level 2
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M2C825413
Module Leader Bryan McCann
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Introduction to Applied Psychology, Foundations of Psychology or equivalent

Summary of Content

The aim of this module is to provide and further develop knowledge of key theoretical approaches, constructs, and domain specific topics in the applied professions of Sport and Exercise Psychology and Health Psychology. The expectation is that students will acquire a deeper and more critically sound knowledge of major theories, issues and debates in both of these areas and appreciate the tensions between science and practice. Whilst there will be domain specific content for both Sport and Exercise Psychology and Health Psychology students should be able to appreciate that there are natural synergies between the two professional domains. This will provide a strong foundation for higher level learning in these areas and, in particular, the Level 4 applied modules.


For Sport and Exercise Psychology the focus will be on real-world practice of both sports performance enhancement and the psychology of physical activity and sedentary behaviour. Such topics as motivation and goal-setting, attitudes towards physical activity, concentration and focus in sport performance, emotion in sport and exercise contexts including evidence for exercise on prescription, and clinical issues such as exercise dependence, injury. However, the syllabus will stay responsive to expertise and flexible enough to adjust to shifts in contemporary debates, issues. The Health Psychology component of the module will focus on a number of areas of psychology that are important in the health domain. There will be particular focus on attitudes that underpin health behaviour change; the role of psychological factors and the use of theoretical models in predicting health and wellbeing; health promotion and applying psychology to specific health issues (e.g. pain experiences, long-term illnesses, smoking cessation; the relationship between stress, coping and illness, and physical activity and wellbeing).

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of Health Psychology (via collaborative group project)2. Demonstrate knowledge of the theoretical underpinnings of Sport and Exercise Psychology (via essay)3. Apply knowledge of Sport and Exercise Psychology and Health Psychology to the consideration of real world issues (via essay). 4. Evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of major theoretical approaches to understanding behaviours, cognitions and emotions in a range of applied fields. (via collaborative group project and essay) 5. Demonstrate an understanding of the fundamental skills of an applied psychologist (including an appreciation of evidence-based interventions and practical skills) (via essay).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Core material will be delivered in 22 x 1 hour lectures with 12x2 hour accompanying seminars designed to support student learning. The purpose of the seminars is to offer practical skills based learning opportunities and support course assessment. Therefore, the seminar allocation will invite students to process and critique the course content and focus on the continuing development of academic skills, such as critical reading and writing, research database information management, and research process awareness.

Indicative Reading

Sport & Exercise Psychology Allen, M., & McCarthy, P. (2014). Sport Psychology. Pearson. Biddle, S. J. H., & Mutrie, N. (2015). Psychology of physical activity. Determinants, wellbeing and interventions. Routledge. Hagger, M., & Chatzisarantis, N. (2005). The Social Psychology of Exercise and Sport. Open University Press. Moran. A. (2012). Sport and Exercise Psychology: A Critical Introduction. Routledge. Health Psychology Lazarus, R.S. & Folkman, S. (2000) Stress, Appraisal and Coping. Springer Publishing. Morrison, V. (2012). An Introduction to Health Psychology. (3rd Ed) Essex: Pearson Education Limited. (e version) Naidoo, J & Wills J. (2016). Foundations for Health Promotion, 4 th edition (Public Health and Health Promotion). Elsevier. Ogden, J. (2012). Health Psychology-A Textbook. (5 th Ed). Berkshire: Open University Press. (e version)

Transferrable Skills

1. An understanding of the key issues in each of the applied topics and an ability to synthesise and evaluate empirical literature in a critical manner. 2. Responsibility for independent learning with regard to key issues covered during lectures and seminars. 3. Development of competence in task, time and information management.

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 15.00
Independent Learning (FT) 137.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Course Work 01 n/a 50.00 35% Collaborative Group Project - Health Psychology Specific
Course Work 02 n/a 50.00 35% Essay - Sport and Exercise Specific (1500 words)