Psychology of Exercise and Health


This module addresses the determinants and consequences of in physical activity as well as interventions to increase participation and decrease sedentary behaviours.


The aim of this Module is to: 1. Develop a critical understanding of current issues in health and exercise psychology, with respect to the theory and measurement of determinants and outcomes of physical activity; 2. Identify factors that may affect physical activity interventions among different populations.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this module the student should be able to:

1.  Critically examine the psychological principles which underpin physical activity participation, and physical inactivity.

2.  Explain the relationships between physical activity and mental health, well−being and quality of life.

3.  Identify a variety of psychological interventions to particular individual and community−related scenarios.

Indicative Content

1 Psychological determinants of exercise

Exercise motivation; self−competencies; social physique anxiety; attitudes and beliefs about health.

2 Psychological outcomes of exercise

Mechanisms and hypotheses; self−esteem; mood enhancement through activity; harmful psychological effects of exercise.

3 Models of health behaviour

Health belief model, Attitudinal−based theories, Self− efficacy and competence−based theories, Self− determination, transtheoretical model.

4 Physical activity promotion

Individual/group and community interventions.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 18
Practical Activity 6
Assessment 34
Independent 130

Guidance notes

Credit Value – The total value of SCQF credits for the module. 20 credits are the equivalent of 10 ECTS credits. A full-time student should normally register for 60 SCQF credits per semester.


We make every effort to ensure that the information on our website is accurate but it is possible that some changes may occur prior to the academic year of entry. The modules listed in this catalogue are offered subject to availability during academic year 2019/20 , and may be subject to change for future years.