SHE Level 4
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code MHC825427
Module Leader Lesley-Anne Macrae
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • B (January start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Normally Introduction of Applied Psychology or equivalent and Applied Practice in Sport, Exercise and Health Psychology or equivalent.

Summary of Content

This module builds on content introduced in levels 1 and 2. It requires a critical and analytical approach to theory, evidence and intervention implementation in both sports performance and exercise environments. A critical approach to issues surrounding the research-base within Sport and Exercise Psychology as well as awareness of tensions between research and practice in this professional context will supplement key topics, which will keep apace with current practice as professional standards. Focus on specialist topics such as clinical issues, inclusion in sports participation, coaching and athlete wellbeing as well as topics which align with current practice and policy will add to this critical approach.


An indicative syllabus is: group processes/group dynamics and teams issues, coaching, exercise adoption and adherence, emotion and mental health in context of physical activity, confidence in both exercise settings and in sport performance settings, sport and identity, sport and inclusion, clinical issues is sport and exercise. Cognizance will be taken of on-going developments and debates in the training and practice of Sport and Exercise Psychology to ensure the syllabus is kept current and relevant.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, the student should be able to:1. An ability to critically appraise major theories, which underpin sports performance and engagement in physical activity (assessed by Exam).2. An ability to synthesize complex information for public dissemination and knowledge transfer (assessed by info-graphic).3. An ability to critically appraise and apply best practice in Sport and Exercise Psychology to solve a range of complex problems in sports and or physical activity contexts and issues (assessed by Exam).

Teaching / Learning Strategy

This module will make use of one two-hour lecture block each week. This period will take the form of an adaptive mix of didactic and student-led teaching approaches. There will be a series of two-hour seminars across the 12week trimester. Students will form small learning pods / communities to support each other through the execution of seminar activities and research information exchange. They will take an active part in placing quality evidence-based material for their learning pods onto the VLE for exchange and discussion during seminars. At this level there will be an expectation that students will demonstrate a capacity for higher order thinking and criticality, independent learning and originality of thought when engaging in course material and coursework elements. The assessment is focused on problem-based case study scenarios, which allow a student to demonstrate application of theory and evidence-based practice from a critical perspective. Students will be responsible for digesting and disseminating best practice in sport and exercise via public engagement. A built-in reading week will facilitate coursework preparation and time-management.

Indicative Reading

Biddle, S. J. H., Mutrie, N., & Gorely, T. (2015). Psychology of Physical Activity: Determinants, Well-being and Interventions . London. Routledge Barker, J., McCarthy, P., Jones, M., & Moran, A. (2011). Single-case research methods in Sport and Exercise Psychology. London, New York. Routledge. Hanrahan, S., Andersen, M., & Dawsonera. (2010). Routledge handbook of applied sport psychology : A comprehensive guide for students and practitioners . Abingdon, England ; New York: Routledge. Hemmings, B., Hodder, T. (2009). Applied Sport Psychology: A case-based approach . Oxford. Wiley Sports Rexts Series. Roberts, G. C., & Treasure, D. C. (2012). Advances in Motivation in Sport and Exercise (3rd edition). Champaign, IL: Human Kinetics. Papaioannou, A., Hackfort, D. (2014). Routledge Companion to Sport and Exercise Psychology : Global Perspectives and Fundamental Concepts ( International perspectives on key issues in sport and exercise psychology). Routledge. Journals: The Lancet, Journal of Physical Education, Recreation and Dance, Journal of Physical Activity and Health, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, The Sport Journal, Journal of Sports Sciences, Athletic Insight, Psychology of Sport & Exercise, International Review of Sport and Exercise Psychology, Sport and Exercise Psychology Review

Transferrable Skills

Literature searching and information management; creativity and innovation; dissemination of scientific research and practice, multi-media presentation skills, synthesizing and analysing evidence; critical dialogue; public speaking skills; problem-solving, application of psychological research and theory formulate creative solutions to real-world scenarios; advanced communication and writing skill; initiating and managing relationships with key stakeholders; public engagement

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Seminars (FT) 24.00
Independent Learning (FT) 104.00
Lectures (FT) 24.00
Assessment (FT) 48.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 70.00 35% Two Hour Formal Examination
Coursework 1 n/a 30.00 35% Info-graphic