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Durham University

Faculty Handbook 2022-2023

Module Description

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Department: Sport and Exercise Sciences


Type Open Level 3 Credits 20 Availability Available in 2022/23 Module Cap Location Durham


  • SPRT 1261 Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology and/or SPRT 2271 Advanced Sport and Exercise Psychology


  • None

Excluded Combination of Modules

  • None


  • To develop comprehensive knowledge and critical understanding of the application of psychological sciences (theory and research) to sport performance and physical activity/health contexts.
  • To develop a critical awareness of the strengths and limitations of applying psychological theories and research to complex and dynamic, and often politicised, delivery contexts, organisations and communities.
  • To develop an understanding of, and an ability to apply, key skills required for a range of complex psychological consultancy.


  • This module builds on and extends the sport and exercise psychology knowledge and skills offered in years one and two. The content of the module focuses on the application of psychological sciences within complex and dynamic, and often politicised, consultancy contexts. These strategies are studied with respect to their application in sport (including learning from other high-performance contexts) and exercise (including learning from other health contexts). Attention will also be given to issues of ethical and professional conduct in the practice of sport and exercise psychology (with a particular focus on working with challenging and/or clinical populations).

Learning Outcomes

Subject-specific Knowledge:
  • Demonstrated the ability to critically apply psychological theory and research to sport and exercise contexts.
  • Demonstrated an advanced and critical understanding of the challenges of applied psychological practice in complex and dynamic delivery environments.
Subject-specific Skills:
  • Engaged in the planning and design of an educational workshop, informed by evidence and theory.
Key Skills:
  • Demonstrated advanced (i.e. effective, sensitive) communication skills.

Modes of Teaching, Learning and Assessment and how these contribute to the learning outcomes of the module

  • Staff-led content, including individual and group-based activities, will serve to provide general outlines of the applied concepts and theories, and to direct students to relevant literature;
  • Interactive group activities (seminars/workshops) serve to develop a critical understanding and application of consultation techniques and skills, and to provide opportunities to critically reflect on research and its application;
  • Independently, students will be required to invest time in directed reading, research activities, group-based activity preparation, and study tasks.
  • Assessment is structured around a real-world consultation activity, designing an educational workshop to address a specific issue or problem associated with sport performance/exercise participation in a team, organisational or community context. Students will be asked to prepare an accompanying justification statement outlining their approach to the instructional design and delivery of the educational workshop, including its tailoring to the targeted context.
  • A formative tutorial will allow students to prepare for their summative from both a process and learning perspective. Students will have the opportunity to prepare a 'storyboard' of their workshop content and instructional design. They will receive feedback on these plans and their proposed approaches to participant learning.

Teaching Methods and Learning Hours

Activity Number Frequency Duration Total/Hours
Interactive lectures 16 weekly 1 hour 16
Interactive seminars/workshops 6 3 per term 2 hours 12
Preparation and Reading 172
Total 200

Summative Assessment

Component: Assignment Component Weighting: 100%
Element Length / duration Element Weighting Resit Opportunity
Workshop preparation (presentation slides), with justification statement 2,000 words 100%

Formative Assessment:

Formative feedback is offered in a 1 x 20 minute tutorial. Students will have the opportunity to prepare a 'storyboard' of their workshop content and instructional design. They will receive feedback on these plans and their proposed approaches to participant learning.

Attendance at all activities marked with this symbol will be monitored. Students who fail to attend these activities, or to complete the summative or formative assessment specified above, will be subject to the procedures defined in the University's General Regulation V, and may be required to leave the University

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