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SR3021: SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY (2014-2015)

Last modified: 28 Jun 2018 10:27

Course Overview

  • an understanding of human psychological factors can be key to working successfully with people;
  • this is the first of two courses designed specifically to look at psychological factors likely to affect individuals and their performance in the sporting environment;
  • looking closely at a few influential psychological factors, the course provides research driven insights and strategies designed to benefit professionals and participants within the sporting and exercise community;
  • wider transferrable skills such as employment preparation; data analysis and presentation, are interwoven strands aimed at developing graduate attributes and employability

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 3
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Ms Laura Mahady

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Course Description

1. Introduction: the rise of, and demand for, Sports Psychology.  Personality. A definition. Theories. The measurement of personality. The relationship between sport and personality.

2. Sport and Aggression. Aggression on and off the sports field. Factors which increase the likelihood of aggressive behaviour, and measures which can be taken to tackle aggression and antisocial behaviour.

3. Leadership & Coaching. The role of the coach. The personality and leadership style of the coach. The coach-athlete relationship. Coaching for children, novices and elite athletes.4

4. The Sports Team. Define team. Group cohesion. Measuring cohesion. The impact of cohesion on sporting performance.

5. Adherence to Exercise Programmes. Limitations. Strategies to improve adherence: goal setting, exercising with others, intrinsic vs extrinsic rewards.

Contact Teaching Time

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Teaching Breakdown

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Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 one and a half-hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (3,000 word essay) (30%). Resit: 1 one and a half-hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (essay) (30%).

Formative Assessment

Formative Essay. 3,000 words. Review of journal article: oral presentation of review with question and answer session.


Essays will be marked with written comments. Problem solving questions will be discussed during tutorials. Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. Students are given general feedback on performance following presentation of journal article review.

Course Learning Outcomes


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