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Last modified: 25 Mar 2016 11:33

Course Overview

  • an understanding and knowledge of each individual’s strengths and weaknesses, both psychologically and physically, is essential when working with people in the sporting environment;
  • looks closely at psychological and physiological issues which can impede or compromise  the beneficial effects an individual might gain from participation in sport and exercise;
  • provides insight and understanding of those issues which can affect participation in sport and exercise, seeking to provide up to date research based solutions and strategies to overcome these issues;
  • 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 4
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus None. Sustained Study No
  • Ms Laura Mahady

Qualification Prerequisites


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Course Description

This course aims to look at a number of issues which adversely affect sports people and others in both a physiological and psychological manner. The conditions to be investigated are: anorexia nervosa, bulimia nervosa, muscle dysmorphia. The relationship between exercise and obesity, general health, medication and addiction will also be studied. The aetiology of these conditions will be considered from both the psychological and the physiological perspectives, and potential therapeutic interventions will combine both approaches. Students should come to appreciate the value of a multi-disciplinary approach to dealing with health problems in any setting.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: 1 two-hour essay examination (70%) and in-course assessment (30%).

Continuous assessment comprises A practical assessment, an essay and a viva, each contributing 10%.
Resit: 1 two-hour essay examination (70%) and previous continuous assessment (30%).

Formative Assessment

- Case-study exercises with feedback in preparation for summative assessments.


- Essays will be marked with written comments. - Problem solving questions will be discussed during tutorials. - Tutorial sessions will provide feedback on course content. - Discussion based feedback on case study exercises.

Course Learning Outcomes


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