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Postgraduate Course: Stress: Coping and Control (EDUA11038)

Course Outline
SchoolMoray House School of Education CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThis module focuses on what happens to performance when people are under stress and what can be done to maintain performance. By considering the transactional nature of stress and the significant interaction of emotion and individual differences students are expected to develop a perspective that is appropriate for application in different environments and with different individuals. Current theory and empirical research are considered throughout the unit to help students understand how and why effective coping can be achieved through psychological intervention.
Course description This course is research-led. Members of academic staff in the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Science (ISPEHS) who contribute to this course are members of the Human Performance research group.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 9, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 9, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 2, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) Assessment Tasks and Contexts

Students will be required to complete:

Task 1 (Weighting 20%)
1200 word critical appraisals of relevant research paper.

Task 2 (Weighting 80%)
3000 word (max) assignment on coping.
Feedback Informal Feedback - This takes place during teaching, seminars and practicals throughout the semester. Your tutors will comment on your understanding of the ideas covered in the course, and may give you specific advice regarding your progress. Such feedback is intended to help you understand what your strengths and development points are, and to enable you to take informed responsibility for your learning and progression.

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

Formative feedback - Is received on class-based tasks.

Summative feedback - is delivered twice in the course giving students the opportunity to act on feedback from a low-stakes assignment and apply it to a piece of work that comprises a larger percentage of their overall grade.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Analyse the effects, mechanisms and performance consequences of the stress process.
  2. Explain and evaluate the role of self-regulation and its influence on coping with stress to maintain performance.
  3. Examine the interaction between relevant individual differences and coping strategies.
  4. Devise and present an integrated, individualised intervention programmes designed to develop coping ability.
Reading List
Collins, D., Button, A., & Richards, H. (2011). Performance Psychology: A Practitioner's Guide. London: Elsevier.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Knowledge and understanding:

critical knowledge and understanding of the current research evidence relating to interventions pertinent to stress, coping & control

specialist knowledge of assessment, needs analysis, monitoring and evaluation protocols that are required to investigate clients issues in the field of stress, coping & control

Graduate Attributes: Research and Enquiry:

search for, access, critically analyse, evaluate and synthesise relevant literature in order to develop their knowledge and understanding relating to stress, coping & control.

critically question current issues in performance psychology and question applied recommendations and how they relate to pertinent challenges facing the profession (e.g., development needs vs. performance).

identify and evaluate typical research methods employed in psychological research

plan and execute a significant substantive piece of work including undertaking data collection and analysing data systematically

Graduate Attributes: Personal and intellectual autonomy

be independent learners who take responsibility for their own learning, and are committed to professional development, self-evaluation and self-improvement

be able to exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in academic activities, including decision making on the basis of independent thought

Graduate Attributes: Skills and abilities in communication

be able to communicate using oral and written methods to specialists (e.g., psychologists, managers & coaches in performance settings, client groups) and non-specialist audiences (e.g., performers, research participants)

be able to use communication as a means for collaborating and relating to others including staff, fellow students, research participants

be able to engage in critical discussion demonstrating listening skills, effective use of evidence and own experience to support assertions, and clear articulation of points

Graduate Attributes: Personal effectiveness

have the confidence to make informed decisions relating to problems and issues in applying psychology to performance domains

be able to identify and manage risks appropriately

be able to transfer knowledge, skills and abilities from one professional context to another (e.g., business, emergency services, sport, military)

Be able to effectively work collaboratively with others (e.g. peers, staff, research participants, client groups)

Graduate Attributes: Technical/practical skills

be able to use appropriate data collection methods

be competent in the use of word-processing, spreadsheets and presentation
software to analyse data and prepare communications effectively through oral and text based approaches

Special Arrangements Entry requires a good honours degree in a relevant discipline such as psychology, sport and exercise psychology, organisational behaviour, or sport science.

Where an applicant does not meet these requirements consideration may be given to other equivalent academic qualifications and significant professional training and experience.
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Course organiserMr Hugh Richards
Tel: (0131 6)51 6092
Course secretaryMs Cristina Roman
Tel: (0131 6)51 6265
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