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Sport and exercise psychology: a case study approach

In this module you will explore common psychological issues in sport and exercise, and learn to recognise situations where psychological theory can be applied in real-life cases. Research summaries are used alongside case studies to help you engage with recent literature. You’ll cover some of the key topics in sport and exercise psychology such as: anxiety; self-confidence; concentration; group dynamics; the psychology of injury; exercise dependence; and mental skills training used by psychologists. This module is suitable if you have a general interest in sport and exercise psychology, or are working in the field in roles such as exercise instruction or sports coaching.

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Module

Module code
E233
Credits
30
Study level
OU SCQF FHEQ
2 9 5
Study method
Distance Learning
Module cost
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Entry requirements
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What you will study

The module comprises five study topics:

Introduction to sport and exercise psychology – This is an introduction to the field of sport and exercise psychology and the approach used in the rest of the module.

Psychological issues affecting performance – In this topic you will investigate how performance is affected by individuals’ responses to stressful situations. You will also view stress, anxiety and confidence issues in the context of sports competition and everyday life case studies.

Adherence and group dynamics – You’ll consider theories about how participants can be encouraged to stick to training programmes; and behaviour in group or team situations. Group and team activity is often particularly complex compared to dealing with individual participants.

Special topics in sport and exercise psychology – There are some options for you to choose to study in this study topic. The choices on offer are ‘concentration in sport’; ‘psychological aspects of sports injury’; ‘exercise dependence and body image’; and ‘exercise and mental health’.

Psychological skills training – In this final topic you will consider the psychological skills that are applied in the field by professional sport and exercise psychologists. You will focus on four key techniques – imagery, positive self-talk, goal-setting and relaxation strategies.

The study topics will be supported by a study guide, text book, website and a DVD containing a range of audio and video material. Most of the study guide is in print, but part is online. The online guide will direct you to electronic materials and case study related activities. This will be underpinned by tuition that will include active involvement with your tutor and access to an online forum with other students.

Vocational relevance

The interpretation of case studies will build increased awareness and knowledge of psychological issues in sport and exercise that should influence the approach of those working in the sector. This may enhance, with research-based evidence, the more intuitive approaches and solutions adopted by sports coaches, exercise instructors and athletes towards psychological problems they may encounter.

This module forms part of the Foundation Degree in Sport and Fitness and, in Scotland, the Diploma of Higher Education in Sport and Fitness.

Teaching and assessment

Support from your tutor

You will have a tutor who will help you with the study material and mark and comment on your assignments, and who you can ask for advice and guidance. If you are new to the OU, you will find that your tutor will be particularly concerned to help you with your study methods. Contact with your tutor will be through the following methods:

  • online tutorials, which we strongly encourage you to participate in since most students find these extremely useful
  • online forum in your tutor group
  • personal email or telephone.

Contact us if you want to know more about study with The Open University before you register.

Assessment

The assessment details for this module can be found in the facts box above.

You will be expected to submit your tutor-marked assignments (TMAs) online through the eTMA system unless there are some difficulties which prevent you from doing so. In these circumstances, you must negotiate with your tutor to get their agreement to submit your assignment on paper.

Future availability

The details given here are for the module that starts in October 2015. We expect it to be available once a year.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the Module Regulations and the Student Regulations which are available on our Essential documents website.

Course work includes:

3 Tutor-marked assignments (TMAs)
End-of-module assessment
No residential school


Entry

There are no formal qualification requirements for this module. However, it is an OU level 2 module and builds on OU level 1 study. It is not essential but you may wish to study the knowledge-based module Introduction to sport, fitness and management (E112) and/or the work-based module Working and learning in sport and fitness (E113) before studying E233.

There are no requirements concerning your level of fitness to take the module and there are no activities that require any sort of exercise.

If you have any doubt about the suitability of the module, please speak to an adviser.

Register

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03 Oct 2015 Mar 2016 £1350.00

Registration closes 10/09/15 (places subject to availability)

Register

You may need to apply for some payment or funding options earlier. Please check the Fees and Funding information or contact us for information.

This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2017.

Additional Costs

Study costs

There may be extra costs on top of the tuition fee, such as a laptop, travel to tutorials, set books and internet access.

If you're on a low income you might be eligible for help with some of these costs after you register.

Ways to pay for this module

Open University Student Budget Account

The Open University Student Budget Accounts Ltd (OUSBA) offers a convenient 'pay as you go' option to pay your OU fees, which is a secure, quick and easy way to pay. Please note that The Open University works exclusively with OUSBA and is not able to offer you credit facilities from any other provider. All credit is subject to status and proof that you can afford the repayments.

You pay the OU through OUSBA in one of the following ways:

  • Register now, pay later – OUSBA pays your module fee direct to the OU. You then repay OUSBA interest-free and in full just before your module starts. 0% APR representative. This option could give you the extra time you may need to secure the funding to repay OUSBA.
  • Pay by instalments – OUSBA calculates your monthly fee and number of instalments based on the cost of the module you are studying. APR 5.1% representative.

Read more about Open University Student Budget Accounts (OUSBA).  

Employer sponsorship

Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU qualifications are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to achieve one. They also value the skills that students learn and can apply in the workplace.

More than one in ten OU students are sponsored by their employer, and over 30,000 employers have used the OU to develop staff so far. If the qualification you’ve chosen is geared towards your job or developing your career, you could approach your employer to see if they will sponsor you by paying some or all of the fees. 

  • Your employer just needs to complete a simple form to confirm how much they will be paying and we will invoice them.
  • You won’t need to get your employer to complete the form until after you’ve chosen your modules.  

Credit/debit card

You can pay part or all of your tuition fees upfront with a debit or credit card when you register for each module. 

We accept American Express, Maestro (UK only), Mastercard, Visa/Delta and Visa Electron. 

Mixed payments

We know that sometimes you may want to combine payment options. For example, you may wish to pay part of your tuition fee with a debit card and pay the remainder in instalments through an Open University Student Budget Account (OUSBA).

For more information about combining payment options, speak to an adviser or book a call back at a time that is convenient to you.


Please note: your permanent address/domicile will affect your fee status and therefore the fees you are charged and any financial support available to you. The fees and funding information provided here is valid for modules starting before 31 July 2016. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees. 

This information was provided on 25/05/2015.

What's included

A study guide, module textbook, DVD, online assessment guide and study planner, and website.

You will need

The facility to play a DVD.

Although it is not essential, we recommend that you have a broadband internet connection for this module in order to get the most out of the website activities and to participate in online tutorials.

Computing requirements

You will need a computer with internet access to study this module as the study materials and activities are accessible via a web browser. Any other computer-based activities you will need to carry out, such as word processing, using spreadsheets, taking part in online forums, and submitting files to the university for assessment, are specified in the module materials. If any additional software is needed for these tasks it will either be provided or is freely available.

We recommend either of the following:

  • Windows desktop or laptop computer running Windows 7 or later operating system
  • Macintosh desktop or laptop computer running OS X 10.7 or later operating system.

A netbook, tablet, smartphone or Linux computer that supports one of the browsers listed below may be suitable. The screen size should be at least 1024 (H) x 768 (W) pixels. If you intend to use one of these devices please ensure you have access to a suitable desktop or laptop computer in case you are unable to carry out all the module activities on your mobile device.

We recommend a minimum 1 Mbps internet connection and any of the following browsers:

  • Internet Explorer 9 and above
  • Apple Safari 7 and above
  • Google Chrome 31 and above
  • Mozilla Firefox 31 and above.

Note: using the latest version for your browser will maximise security when accessing the internet. Using company or library computers may prevent you accessing some internet materials or installing additional software.

See our Skills for OU study website for further information about computing skills for study and educational deals for buying Microsoft Office software.

If you have a disability

Written transcripts of any audio components and Adobe Portable Document Format (PDF) versions of printed material are available. Some Adobe PDF components may not be available or fully accessible using a screen reader and scientific, diagrammatic or foreign language materials may be particularly difficult to read in this way. Other alternative formats of the study materials may be available in the future.

Part of this module is delivered online and includes interactive computer activities, tutorials and online forums. If you use specialist hardware or software to assist you in operating a computer or the internet and have any concerns about accessing this type of material you are advised to contact us about support which can be given to meet your needs.

If you have particular study requirements please tell us as soon as possible, as some of our support services may take several weeks to arrange. Find out more about our services for disabled students.