Module Title:Sport and Exercise Psychology 1
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: This module will be delivered via a three hour lecture per week. This theory class will include lecture, Q&A, group discussion, presentations and other teaching and learning strategies as appropriate.
Module Aim: The aim of this module is to introduce students to the core topics, underlying theories and basic psychological constructs in sport and exercise psychology.
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Explain the major concepts studied in psychology (e.g. personality, motivation, stress, attention, memory, learning, perception), including how they have developed and evolved.
LO2 Relate and apply psychological concepts to the sport and exercise setting
LO3 Identify interventions that may be used by sport and exercise psychologists to improve performance and increase participation in sport and exercise.
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Introduction to Sport and Exercise Psychology
History and evolution of sport and exercise psychology. Role of a sport and exercise psychologist.
Concepts, Definitions and Policies of Health, Wellness and Health Promotion
Basic psychological concepts
Introduction to different areas within sport and exercise psychology such as personality, motivation, arousal, anxiety, stress, attitudes, confidence, leadership, group dynamics, physical activity and health psychology
Factors Influencing Health (Social, Psychological, Physical, Environmental and Cultural); Healthy Lifestyles; Effect of Media on Health
Applied Sport and Exercise Psychology
Introduction to psychological skills training (e.g. goal setting, imagery, self-talk etc.)
Foundations of Psychological Theories, Behavioural Science and Relationships to Health Behaviour
The Effect of Exercise on; Stress; Mood; Anxiety; Depression; Cognitive Function; Sleep; Pain; Self - Esteem
Approaches to Behaviour Change; Theories, Motivation, Goal-Setting, Exercise and Specific Target Groups (Older Adult, Youth, Disability etc)
Factors Influencing Exercise Behaviour: Adherence/Drop-out; Benefits of Exercise, Well-being, Addictive & Unhealthy Behaviours
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment50.00%
End of Module Formal Examination50.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Project Introduction to Sports Psychology Project 2,3 50.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam End of Year Exam 1,2,3 50.00 End-of-Semester

ITCarlow reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture Every Week 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours Every Week 6.00
Total Hours 9.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_BBSMC_B Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Sport Management and Coaching 7 Elective
CW_BBSBC_B Bachelor or Arts (Honours) in Sport, Business and Coaching 7 Elective