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SR3321: SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY II (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 second 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. Motivation: definitions. Achievement motivation. The need for achievement. How achievement can guide performance. Intrinsic motivation, extrinsic motivation. Factors which can effect and increase motivation. Factors which can impede motivation. Gender differences.

2. Attitudes. The formation of attitudes. Attitudes and behaviour. Measuring attitudes. Changing attitudes. Stereotyping and discrimination in sport. Female athletes. Black athletes.

3. Arousal. Measuring arousal. Drive theory and the inverted 'U' hypothesis. Anxiety alleviation. Cognitive interventions.

4. Adherence to Exercise Programmes. Limitations. Strategies to improve adherence.

5. Sports Injuries: psychological factors which influence susceptibility to injury and recovery from injury. The role of life events, stress, coping mechanisms. Remaining motivated, injury rehabilitation

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 (essay 3,000 words) (30%).

Resit: 1 one and a half-hour essay examination (70%) and previous in-course 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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