Sport and Exercise Psychology

Kingston University

Course Description

  • Course Name

    Sport and Exercise Psychology

  • Host University

    Kingston University

  • Location

    London, England

  • Area of Study

    Behavioral Science, Psychology, Sport and Leisure Sciences

  • Language Level

    Taught In English

  • Prerequisites

    Successful completion of introductory university level sports science theory or equivalent

  • Course Level Recommendations


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    Hours & Credits

  • Credits

  • Recommended U.S. Semester Credits
  • Recommended U.S. Quarter Units
  • Overview

    Course Content:

    The module seeks to introduce fundamental psychological constructs and how they
    impact upon our understanding of human behaviour and learning in sport and exercise
    environments. Such constructs include personality, motivation, anxiety, stress as well as
    the learning and performance process.

    Autumn Semester content summary: an introduction to theories of motor control and
    motor learning. Measurement and testing in sport and exercise psychology with
    regards to skill acquisition- focusing on Perception and attention, neurological bases of
    human movement, memory and learning.

    Spring Semester content summary: an introduction to the theories of sport and
    exercise psychology, discussing how psychological variables influence behaviour with
    focus on personality, the self, motivation, anxiety and stress.

    Topics covered may include:
    ? The growth and development of sport and exercise psychology as a discipline
    ? Methods used to conduct sport and exercise psychology research
    ? The role of the self in sport and exercise, how this develops and impacts upon
    wellbeing and performance
    ? The differing theories of personality development and the role it plays in sport and
    ? The different perspectives on the motivation in sport and exercise and the influences
    this has on individuals and groups
    ? Theories of arousal, stress and anxiety and how they might impact upon
    sport/exercise environments
    ? The role of psychology in the uptake and maintenance of physical activity
    ? The role of exercise in maintaining/improving psychological health
    ? Competing perspectives pertaining to motor control and skill acquisition
    ? The role of perception and attention in the ability to learn and perform motor skills
    ? Types and classifications of different types of motor skills
    ? The role and functionality of memory and its impact on acquiring and performing
    sport skills
    ? The role of neurological systems in the control of human movement
    ? Differing approaches to understanding learning in the sports environment.

    Teaching: Lectures, seminars and practical sessions

    ? Exam: In-class test (30%)
    ? Coursework: Two written assignments (70%)
    ? Lab Report (50%)
    ? MCQ (50%)
    ? Coursework (50%)
    ? MCQ (50%)

    Study Option 1 = Whole Year
    Study Option 2 = Autumn
    Study Option 3 = Spring/summer

Course Disclaimer

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Please note that some courses with locals have recommended prerequisite courses. It is the student's responsibility to consult any recommended prerequisites prior to enrolling in their course.


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