Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology | Abertay University

Contemporary Issues in Sport and Exercise Psychology


This module builds upon the foundational theoretical knowledge of sport and exercise psychology and addresses advanced and contemporary topics to provide a more in−depth and current perspective of theory and research in the field.


The aim of this Module is to provide the student with an in−depth understanding and critical analysis of the most current and advanced topics within the sport and exercise context.

Learning Outcomes

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

1.  Describe and critically appraise contemporary sport and exercise psychology literature.

2.  Identify major methodological and measurement strategies associated with the study of specific topics in sport and exercise psychology.

3.  Discuss the major implications for practice of contemporary issues in sport and exercise psychology.

4.  Discuss the major implications for research of contemporary issues in sport and exercise psychology.

Indicative Content

1 Motivation and emotion

e.g. self−determination, stress appraisals and coping, burnout, mindsets.

2 Cognitive sport psychology

e.g. attentional processes, reinvestment theory

3 Sport, exercise psychology and health

e.g. exercise dependence and addiction; psychology and injury; PA, sedentary behaviours and psychosocial health

4 Social sport and exercise psychology

e.g. the physical self, communication, coach−athlete relationship

Statement on Teaching, Learning and Assessment

The module is designed to explore both theoretical issues and practical considerations of current advanced topics in sport and exercise psychology. Students will be presented with a number of current topics as well as optional topics that will be integrated as much as possible in the sessions to meet students’ interests. Teaching will be delivered through a combination of lecture and tutorials which will introduce you to the most current key concepts and theories in the field. The sessions will include interactive group activities which will encourage problem−solving, collaborative learning, and reflection and where you will have the chance to discuss the relative merits of specific theories, assessment tools and empirical research in this subject area. 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. Teaching and learning strategies focus on developing students skills. Assignments will assess depth of knowledge. This is formally tested through means of an essay that will require students to critically analyse a relevant topic in depth. In addition to the core text, weekly readings will allow students to be fully prepared and engage confidently in tutorials activities, by sharing knowledge and experiences and reflecting on them in a collaborative environment.

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Total 200
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Supervised Practical Activity 0
Unsupervised Practical Activity 0
Assessment 44
Independent 120

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 2018/19 , and may be subject to change for future years.