Module Title:Sports Psychology
Language of Instruction:English
Credits: 5
NFQ Level:8
Module Delivered In 2 programme(s)
Teaching & Learning Strategies: Sports Psychology will be taught in three theory classes of one hour duration for 12 weeks. The theory classes will include lectures, Q&A, group discussion, case studies, and guest lecturers where appropriate. The lecture classes will include interactive learning activities and formative assessment tasks such as discussions, quizzes, and case studies. Independent student learning time will be used for preparation for classes, review of class materials and activities, and work associated with assessment tasks
Module Aim: To promote an understanding of the major psychological determinants of human behaviour in sports performance
Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to:
LO1 Synthesise the psychological factors that determine sport and exercise performance and outline the theories underlying these processes
LO2 Critique and apply psychological concepts and skills for the enhancement of performance, including when clinical referral may be necessary
LO3 Identify the role of psychology in injury and rehabilitation
Pre-requisite learning
Module Recommendations

This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is recommended before enrolment in this module.

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Incompatible Modules
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Co-requisite Modules
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This is prior learning (or a practical skill) that is mandatory before enrolment in this module is allowed.
Successful completion of year 3 or equivalent

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Section 1
Introduction to sport psychology
Section 2 Factors Affecting Performance
Personality and the Athlete, Motivation & Participation, Arousal & Anxiety, Concentration in Sport, Confidence, Self - Efficacy
Section 3 Group Processes
Group and Team Dynamics, Leadership
Section 4 Improving Performance
Intervention strategies – Arousal Adjustment, Stress Management, Increasing Intrinsic Motivation, Visualisation, Imagery, Goal Setting
Section 5 Effects of Sport on Well Being
Injury & Illness (coping, rehabilitation), Burnout
Assessment Breakdown%
Continuous Assessment60.00%
End of Module Formal Examination40.00%
Continuous Assessment
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Essay Paper on the use of a specific psychological intervention strategy to enhance sport performance e.g. goal-setting, self-talk, stress management etc. 2 30.00 n/a
Case Studies Psychology Case study 1,2,3 30.00 n/a
No Project
No Practical
End of Module Formal Examination
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Assessment Date
Formal Exam 2 hour exam 1,2,3 40.00 End-of-Semester

SETU Carlow Campus reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 12 Weeks per Stage 3.00
Estimated Learner Hours 15 Weeks per Stage 5.93
Total Hours 125.00

Module Delivered In

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
CW_SASPS_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Sport and Exercise Science 8 Mandatory
CW_SASAC_B Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Strength and Conditioning 8 Mandatory