Module details for 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

Teaching and Learning Work Loads

Teaching and Learning Method Hours
Lecture 12
Tutorial/Seminar 24
Practical Activity 0
Assessment 44
Independent 120
Total 200

Guidance notes

SCQF Level - The Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework provides an indication of the complexity of award qualifications and associated learning and operates on an ascending numeric scale from Levels 1-12 with SCQF Level 10 equating to a Scottish undergraduate Honours degree.

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 2021/22 , and may be subject to change for future years.