Sport and Exercise Psychology

The details
Sport, Rehabilitation and Exercise Sciences (School of)
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 4
Thursday 03 October 2019
Saturday 14 December 2019
21 February 2020


Requisites for this module



Key module for

BSC C600 Sports and Exercise Science,
BSC C602 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C606 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Placement Year),
BSC C611 Sports and Exercise Science (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C603 Sports Therapy,
BSC C604 Sports Therapy (Including Placement Year),
BSC C605 Sports Therapy (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C607 Sports Performance and Coaching,
BSC C608 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C609 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Placement Year),
BSC C614 Sports Performance and Coaching (Including Foundation Year)

Module description

The content of the lectures traces the historical development of the discipline culminating in its establishment as an independent field of academic study. The module also provides an overview of the main areas of sport and exercise psychology. The learning outcomes listed below represent the minimum that is expected of a first year student of sport and exercise psychology but students should realise that they should do their own reading from the recommended texts.

Module aims

The aim of this module is to introduce students to the fundamental principles underpinning the psychology of sport and exercise.

Module learning outcomes

To pass this module a student needs to be able to:

1. demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of the main branches of psychology and their application to sport and exercise;
2. demonstrate an understanding of the importance of Freudian Behavioural and Existential psychology to a broad range of sport and exercise topics especially in coaching and training;
3. describe how psychology may be used to improve sports performance;
4. formulate and present ideas and arguments, using scientific evidence including findings from academic resources for example books and journal papers;
5. use the key skills of retrieval of information, communication identifying and solving problems.

Module information

No additional information available.

Learning and teaching methods

8 x 1 hour and 8 x 2 hour lectures plus one revision class before MCQ and one revision class before summer exam; 4 x 3 hour practicals or equivalent


  • Memmert, Daniel; Baker, Joseph; Bertsch, Claudia. (2010-06) 'Play and practice in the development of sport-specific creativity in team ball sports', in High Ability Studies. vol. 21 (1) , pp.3-18
  • Swann, Christian; Moran, Aidan; Piggott, David. (2015-01) 'Defining elite athletes: Issues in the study of expert performance in sport psychology', in Psychology of Sport and Exercise. vol. 16, pp.3-14
  • Williams, A. Mark; Ford, Paul R.; Eccles, David W.; Ward, Paul. (2011-05) 'Perceptual-cognitive expertise in sport and its acquisition: Implications for applied cognitive psychology', in Applied Cognitive Psychology. vol. 25 (3) , pp.432-442
  • Güllich, Arne. (2014-11-17) 'Many roads lead to Rome – Developmental paths to Olympic gold in men's field hockey', in European Journal of Sport Science. vol. 14 (8) , pp.763-771
  • Helsen, Werner; Starkes, Janet. (1999) 'A multidimensional approach to skilled perception and performance in sport', in Applied Cognitive Psychology. vol. 13 (1) , pp.1-27
  • Joseph Baker. (2018) 'Innate talent in sport: Separating myth from reality', in Current Issues in Sport Science (CISS).
  • (no date) The role of deliberate practice in the acquisition of expert performance..
  • Anders Ericsson, K. (2008-11) 'Deliberate Practice and Acquisition of Expert Performance: A General Overview', in Academic Emergency Medicine. vol. 15 (11) , pp.988-994

The above list is indicative of the essential reading for the course. The library makes provision for all reading list items, with digital provision where possible, and these resources are shared between students. Further reading can be obtained from this module's reading list.

Assessment items, weightings and deadlines

Coursework / exam Description Deadline Weighting
Coursework   Draft essay     0% 
Coursework   Essay     100% 
Exam  110 minutes during January (Multiple Choice) 
Exam  120 minutes during Summer (Main Period) (Main) 

Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
33% 67%


Coursework Exam
33% 67%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Ruth Lowry, email:
Dr Ruth Lowry, Dr Paul Freeman, Dr John Mills, Prof Ian Maynard, Dr Ed Hope, Dr Mike Rogerson
School Undergraduate Office, email: sres (Non essex users should add to create the full email address)



External examiner

No external examiner information available for this module.
Available via Moodle
Of 78 hours, 20 (25.6%) hours available to students:
58 hours not recorded due to service coverage or fault;
0 hours not recorded due to opt-out by lecturer(s).


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