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Undergraduate Course: Sport Science 2B: Kinesiology & Sport Psychology (SPRT08024)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education and Sport CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 2 Undergraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis is a 2-part course covering two key disciplines within Sport Science: Kinesiology and Sport Psychology. Both parts of the course have their own teaching, learning and assessment.

Course description PART 1 - Kinesiology
In Kinesiology, the structure and function of the musculoskeletal system will be considered. Knowledge of this is required to analyse the methods by which human movement is performed. The course will include theoretical and laboratory based tasks and practical kinesiological analysis of selected sporting movements. This is assessed by an EXAM contributing 60% of the overall Sport Science 2B mark.

PART 2 - Sport psychology
In sport psychology the focus is on individual aspects of sport performance. Topics addressed will include emotional, anxiety/arousal, attention, control mechanisms and their evaluation, and coping. Within this element of the course students will be introduced to relevant theoretical approaches, together with applied techniques and implications for practice which accrue. Students will be encouraged to develop their understanding of research issues and the research process associated with this area. This is assessed by an ASSIGNMENT contributing 40% of the overall Sport Science 2B mark.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs 0
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  72
Course Start Semester 2
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 26, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 6, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 5, Feedback/Feedforward Hours 5, Formative Assessment Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 152 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 60 %, Coursework 40 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Kinesiology Exam 60%
Sport psychology Assignment 40%

To pass the course an overall mark of 40% or over is required and all assessment items must be passed separately with a mark of 40% or over; there is no compensation of marks.
Feedback Formative Feedback


For most weeks of teaching there will be the opportunity to discuss set topics covered in class. In addition, students will get several opportunities to practice unseen exam questions from past papers as homework. The course tutor will then review the attempts at the questions and discuss these in the class in relation to detailed cohort feedback given to previous cohorts of students.

Sport Psychology:

Students are given two formative class quizzes issued over LEARN halfway through the course and towards to the conclusion of the course. The answers to the quiz are posted a week following the quiz itself. Students are also offered the opportunity to discuss a detailed plan of their assignment in advance of the published deadline.

Throughout the course as a whole the students are encouraged to use a discussion forum in LEARN. Any questions posted by students about teaching, learning and assessment are be responded to by the course tutors for everyone to see.

Detailed cohort feed-forward from previous cohorts of students is provided for all assessments on this course.

Summative Feedback

Kinesiology: Individual mark & Cohort Feedback will be published following the exam diet.

Sport psychology: Detailed feedback on the submitted assignment is posted on Turn-it-in.

Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)2:00
Resit Exam Diet (August)2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Develop understanding of major bones and muscle groups in relation to the facilitation of physical activity.
  2. Develop understanding of the biomechanical principles in relation to human movement.
  3. Develop skill in investigating professional level performance issues in applied sport science.
  4. Evaluate and synthesise pertinent scientific literature relating to sport psychology.
  5. Interpret data resulting from assessment techniques in sport psychology.
Reading List
A detailed and comprehensive reading list is available on the Sport Science 2B: Kinesiology & Sport Psychology LEARN pages. Typically reading material issued on a week-by-week basis - unless learning adjustments are in place.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills This course addresses 11 of the 20 graduate attributes developed on the BSc Applied Sport Science degree


(1) Search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesize information from literature in order to answer research questions in sport and exercise sciences.
(2) Interpret data collected or reported in sport, physical activity and exercise studies
(3) Develop logical arguments surrounding issues within sport science, physical activity and exercise

(4) Be independent learners who can take responsibility for their own learning

(5) Be able to communicate clearly using oral and written methods, including posters, presentations, essays, web pages, in order to critique, negotiate, create or communicate understanding
(6) Be able to use communication as a means for collaborating with and relating to others including staff, other students and research participants.
(7) Be able to engage in critical discussion demonstrating listening skills, effective use of evidence and their own experiences to articulate points and defend their own assertions

(8) Have developed their organisational, time management and decision-making skills
(9) Be able to transfer knowledge and ideas between different contexts within sport, exercise and health

(10) Be able to use the test, measurement and analysis tools appropriate to sport, physical activity and exercise, including for example laboratory or field tests.
(11) Be able to present data and report research findings according to standard scientific conventions
Special Arrangements There are limited places available to take this course as an outside elective and non-sport science programme specialist students wishing to enrol should first contact the Course Secretary to ascertain availability.
Keywordssport science kinesiology anatomy psychology
Course organiserDr Georgios MacHtsiras
Tel: (0131 6)51 6589
Course secretaryMr Pawel Horyszny
Tel: (0131 6)51 6571
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