Applied Sport Psychology


This module builds upon the theoretical and knowledge of sports psychology and introduces aspects of applied sports psychology in the sport and performance context.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with the ability to discuss the role of psychological skills in sport and critically analyse the development of psychological skills training programmes to improve sport performance.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Describe and critically appraise sports psychological literature related to performance enhancement.

2.  Discuss the application of psychological principles in the sports context

3.  Identify and integrate psychological interventions strategies to particular sport performance-related scenarios.

Indicative Content

1 Sports psychology context and practice

Role/s of the sports psychologists; contexts and different perspectives on the work of a sports psychologist.

2 Planning and developing interventions

The needs analysis process; empowerment; ownership and motivation; assessment of efficacy.

3 Psychological skills training

Theory and research of goal setting, relaxation, energisation, imagery, positive self talk, pre-performance and performance routines. Performance enhancement contexts; injury prevention and rehabilitation contexts



Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

This module aims at providing students with the ability to critically analyse of the role of psychological principles in sport from an applied perspective within the sport and performance context. The ultimate outcome will consist on students’ ability to construct a detailed psychological skills intervention programme to help a particular athlete or team deal with performance difficulties. The module will be organised in lectures and tutorials. Lectures will provide the background knowledge of proposed contents. Contents will be further explored in the tutorials, which will encourage problem− solving, collaborative learning, and reflection. Practical activities will be used so students can learn by manipulating concepts in an active process. Finally, independent study will encourage self−determination and the development of independent learning, in which students will actively construct their own knowledge. Sessions will be conducted under a strong enquiry−based learning environment. Practical experience of common psychological skills techniques will be emphasised. Also, observation of videos will be used to demonstrate the role of the sport psychologist, and analysis of case studies will develop students’ ability to critically identify, evaluate and integrate knowledge in context. Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing students’ skills in accordance with Abertay graduate attributes. Students build on researching and application skills. Knowledge and application of contents is formally tested. Assessment will test both depth and width of knowledge. An exam will cover a wide range of topics and assess level of understanding commensurate with level of study. A case−study will assess depth of knowledge by requesting students to develop a psychological skills training programme for a given scenario. This assessment strategy requires students to identify a problem and a suitable methodology. This activity also challenges the students to manage their unde

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

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