Psychology for Sport and Exercise


The overall purpose of this module is to develop students’ understanding of the core concepts of sport and exercise psychology and how these apply to real world environments. This will be achieved by explicitly addressing students’ knowledge of affect, behaviour and cognition within relevant contexts. They will examine intrapersonal and interpersonal factors and explore how these factors both shape and are shaped by involvement in sport and exercise.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an understanding of the core concepts of sport and exercise psychology.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Demonstrate an understanding of core psychological processes related to sport and exercise.

2.  Explain psychological concepts that underpin performance at the individual level.

3.  Explain psychological concepts that underpin team processes.

4.  Review, interpret and present data collected from appropriate psychological tests.

Indicative Content

1 Identifying psychological issues in sport and exercise

Students will look at how identify and discuss variety of psychological issues in sport. They will need to consider what these are and how they can be grouped (e.g., positive/negative experiences, mental skills etc.)

2 Fundamentals of sport and exercise psychology

Students will explore the core concepts of sport and exercise psychology. Examining the interaction of affect, behaviour and cognition and identifying how they manifest in sport and exercise contexts.

3 Individual factors

Students will learn about key individual factors that influence how individuals act and react. This will include topics such as personality, motivation, anxiety and attention.

4 Group processes

Students will learn about key group factors that influence how individuals act and react. This will include topics such as communication, social climate and group dynamics.

5 An introduction to pychological skills

Students will be introduced to core psychological skills training and learn how they are applied and their limitations.

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing students’ skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes. This module particularly focuses on the aspect of the Intellectual; understanding how the subject is evolving while critically evaluating information and identifying information gaps. The aspect of Professional is also focused on; problem solving, tackling complex issues, and focused on continued learning and professional development. A significant proportion of contact time will be provided in the form of small group discussions and practical activities where students will relate taught materials to their own experiences in sport and exercise. This focus on self−directed learning and students own experiences will encourage the application of knowledge to real life situations and the ability understand and evaluate the links between the two. Assessment will focus on not just the content knowledge but will be delivered in a mode that emphasises the ability to apply psychology in a research environment, exploring data collection, analysis and presentation.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 14
Tutorial/Seminar 14
Supervised Practical Activity 12
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 30
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 2019/10 , and may be subject to change for future years.