Sport and exercise psychology: developing the confident and motivated performer ADED11449

  • Academic Session: 2019-20
  • School: Short Courses
  • Credits: 0
  • Level: Level 1 (SCQF level 7)
  • Typically Offered: Summer
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

The course will begin by defining sport and exercise psychology and demonstrating the power of the mind in shaping performance. The topic of motivation will then be discussed and techniques to enhance motivation will be demonstrated. The psychological states commonly known as 'The Zone' and 'Choking' will then be investigated and explained using video clips of brain activity. Finally, techniques to optimise performance and overcome performance barriers will be explored.


Block 4

2 days for 5 hours per day

Thursday 11 June  & Friday 12 June 2020, 10.00-16.00

Requirements of Entry


Excluded Courses






Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? No

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non-Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

This course aims to:

■ Explore psychological states experienced by sports performers in competition

■ Introduce students to psychological techniques that can be used to enhance performance and well-being.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of this course students will be able to:

■ Describe and explain different psychological states experienced by sports performers in competition

■ Recognise some of the tools that sport psychologists use

■ Have an understanding of when such tools might be appropriately applied

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits