FUNDAMENTALS OF SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY - 2018/9

Module code: BMS2064

Module Overview

This module introduces students to the fundamental ideas and practices of sports psychology.  It is intended as an introduction though it assumes some familiarity with basic concepts delivered in the first year of the programme.

Module provider

School of Biosciences and Medicine

Module Leader

FIFE-SCHAW CR Prof (Psychology)

Number of Credits: 15

ECTS Credits: 7.5

Framework: FHEQ Level 5

JACs code: C813

Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A

Module Availability

Semester 1

Prerequisites / Co-requisites

Successful completion of PSY1016

Module content

Indicative content includes:

• Motivation
• Competitive anxiety, arousal, stress and coping with these
• Attention and concentration
• Emotions
• Self-confidence
• Factors influencing Team dynamics – cooperation and cohesion – group processes
• Enhancing communication
• Skills training
• Visualisation and focus
• Goal setting
• Professional practice as a sports psychologist

The small scale research study will introduce students to qualitative research methods and the design, execution and analysis of a study

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting
Coursework COURSEWORK - RESEARCH METHODS REPORT 25
Examination EXAMINATION - ESSAY QUESTIONS - 90 MINUTES 75

Alternative Assessment

In the event that a student is unable to take part in the research project they will be asked to write a critical evaluation of a research paper. 

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy

The assessment is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their ability to critically engage with academic literature. Their ability to critically review the literature and to assess the quality and quantity of evidence in psychology. The assessment will also allow students to demonstrate their ability to present clear, coherent and concise arguments to an academic audience. The research report is used to summarise the students’ ability to conduct and report a small qualitative research project.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:


One 90 minute unseen essay format examination (75%) (in formal semester exam period)
One research methods report (25%, 6 pages using formatted template) due ~ week 9-10


Formative assessment and feedback

Throughout the module students will receive verbal feedback in question and answer sessions linked to the lectures.


Written Feedback on research methods report
Dialogue between students and staff in lectures and tutorials
Generic written feedback on examinations
Use of electronic voting in some lectures

Module aims

  • To provide students with an in-depth knowledge and critical understanding of the psychological preparation of sports performers
  • Give students familiarity with the work of the key figures in sports psychology
  • Give students the skills to critically evaluate research in sport psychology
  • Provide students with the skills to critically discuss the implications of key findings relating to sport psychology
  • Provide students with a basic understanding of qualitative research methods

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
001 Describe and understand the contribution that psychological concepts can make to elite performance KC
002 Understand the effects of competitive and co-operative sport environments upon performance and behaviour K
003 Understand and describe the major theoretical and methodological issues that underpin the study of sports performance K
004 To critically evaluate the theoretical frameworks in relation to the available evidence C
005 Describe and understand the psychological dynamics of the sports team K
006 Understand the role of the sport psychologist in the provision of interventions to enhance performance KP
007 The psychological theories and research pertaining to elite performance in competitive sport.
008 Explain the rationale for an evidence-based approach to sport psychology KC
009 Understand how to assess the individual needs of an athlete and link these to recommendations and interventions. K
010 To design, run, and analyse a small scale qualitative research study CPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 118

Lecture Hours: 22

Laboratory Hours: 10

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

• Give students familiarity with the thinking and writing of the key figures in sports psychology
• Provide students with the foundational knowledge to enable them to describe key theories used in sport psychology.
• Give students the skills to critically evaluate these theoretical perspectives and the empirical evidence that tests them.
• Provide students with the skills to critically discuss the implications of key findings relating to sport psychology
• Provide students with a basic understanding of qualitative research methods
• Enable students to develop, demonstrate and apply research skills by engaging with key aspects of the research process such as recruitment; data collection, analysis and report writing.

The learning and teaching methods include:

• Lectures of 2hrs duration for 11 weeks
• Five practical tutorial classes of 2 hours duration
• Use of Surrey Learn discussion board facility

Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.

Reading list

Reading list for FUNDAMENTALS OF SPORTS PSYCHOLOGY : http://aspire.surrey.ac.uk/modules/bms2064

Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Sport and Exercise Science BSc (Hons) 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 40% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2018/9 academic year.