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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

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30
Study level

Across the UK, there are two parallel frameworks for higher education qualifications, the Framework for Higher Education Qualifications in England, Northern Ireland and Wales (FHEQ) and the Scottish Credit and Qualifications Framework (SCQF). These define a hierarchy of levels and describe the achievement expected at each level. The information provided shows how OU module levels correspond to these frameworks.

OU SCQF FHEQ
2 9 5
Study method
Distance Learning
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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

Sport and exercise psychology: a case study approach (E233) starts once a year – in October. This page describes the module that will start in October 2018. We expect it to start for the last time in October 2019.

Regulations

As a student of The Open University, you should be aware of the content of the academic 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 requirements

    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 and fitness  (E117), which is planned for October 2017, 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

    Start End England fee Register
    06 Oct 2018 Mar 2019 £1464.00

    Registration closes 13/09/18 (places subject to availability)

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    This module is expected to start for the last time in October 2019.

    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 your module has started.

    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.

    Joint loan applications

    If you feel you would be unable to obtain an OUSBA loan on your own due to credit history or affordability issues, OUSBA offers the option to apply for a joint loan application with a third party. For example, your husband, wife, partner, parent, sibling or friend. In such cases, OUSBA will be required to carry out additional affordability checks separately and/or collectively for both joint applicants who will be jointly and severally liable for loan repayments.

    As additional affordability checks are required when processing joint loan applications, unfortunately, an instant decision cannot be given. On average the processing time for a joint loan application is five working days from receipt of the required documentation.

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

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    Studying with The Open University can boost your employability. OU courses are recognised and respected by employers for their excellence and the commitment they take to complete. 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 module 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 module.  

    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 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 2019. Fees normally increase annually in line with inflation and the University's strategic approach to fees. 

    This information was provided on 18/07/2018.

    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

    A computing device with a browser and broadband internet access is required for this module. Any modern browser will be suitable for most computer activities. Functionality may be limited on mobile devices.

    Any additional software will be provided, or is generally freely available. However, some activities may have more specific requirements. For this reason, you will need to be able to install and run additional software on a device that meets the requirements below.

    A desktop or laptop computer with either:

    • Windows 7 or higher
    • Mac OS X 10.7 or higher

    The screen of the device must have a resolution of at least 1024 pixels horizontally and 768 pixels vertically.

    To participate in our online-discussion area you will need both a microphone and speakers/headphones.

    Our Skills for OU study website has further information including computing skills for study, computer security, acquiring a computer and Microsoft software offers for students.

    If you have a disability

    The OU strives to make all aspects of study accessible to everyone and this Accessibility Statement outlines what studying E233 involves. You should use this information to inform your study preparations and any discussions with us about how we can meet your needs.

    To find out more about what kind of support and adjustments might be available, contact us or visit our Overcoming barriers to study if you have a disability or health condition website.