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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

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Module Title Sport and Exercise Psychology 1: Sport Psychology
Module Code SS204
School School of Health & Human Performance
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Laura Langton
Semester 2: Laura Langton
Autumn: Laura Langton
Module TeachersAnna Donnla O'Hagan
Laura Langton
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

This module serves to introduce the student to the role of psychology in optimising performance in sport. Specifically, applied psychological issues faced by sports performers will be explored in conjunction with specific performance enhancement techniques. After undertaking this module, students should have further developed their understanding of relevant theoretical perspectives and methods necessary to assess and manage selected psychological challenges within a sport setting.

Learning Outcomes

1. Summarise key psychological theories and models from the area of sport psychology
2. Enhance understanding of the psychological techniques which can be employed to improve performance
3. Demonstrate an understanding of how psychological theory can be applied with various athlete populations

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Laboratory12No Description
Independent Study89No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities


Stress and Anxiety


Injury prevention and management


Needs Analysis


Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Short Answer Questions25-min in-class short answer quiz15%Week 5
Assignment2,000-word written assignment on a specific case study50%Week 11
Group presentation15-min group presentation on a specific case study35%Week 12
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Moran, A. P., & Toner, J.: 2017, Sport Psychology. A Critical Introduction, 3rd, Routledge, London,
  • Weinberg, R. S., & Gould, D.: 2015, Foundations of Sport & Exercise Psychology, 6th, Human Kinetics, Champaign, IL,
  • Kremer, J. & Moran, A. P.: 2008, Pure Sport: Practical Sport Psychology, Routledge,
  • Moran, A. P.: 2004, Sport and Exercise Psychology. A Critical Introduction, Routledge, London,
Other Resources

59861, website, American Psychological Association – Division 47 (Exercise and Sport Psychology), 0, Website, http://www.apadivisions.org/division-47/index.aspx, 59862, website, Association for the Advancement of Applied Sport Psychology, 0, Website, http://www.aaasponline.org, 59863, website, Association for Applied Sport Psychology (ASSP), 0, Website, http://www.appliedsportpsych.org/, 59864, website, British Association for Sport and Exercise Sciences, 0, Website, http://www.bases.org.uk/Home, 59865, website, European Federation of Sport Psychology, 0, Website, http://www.fepsac.com/, 59866, website, International Society of Sport Psychology, 0, Website, http://www.issponline.org/, 59867, website, North American Society for Psychology of Sport and Physical Activity, 0, Website, http://www.naspspa.org/, 59868, website, 0, Website,
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Date of Last Revision31-JAN-12

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