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Postgraduate Course: Planning & Instruction for Performance (EDUA11040)

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 course explores current understanding of the critical components that combine towards achieving high-level performance. The course commences with the fundamental motivation that propels individuals towards achieving excellence. Performers with desire but no direction will rarely succeed and so the course then develops a logical appreciation of the role of and techniques for developing focussed goal-directed behaviours. The course then examines how the psychology of learning and instruction can inform the application of effective strategies for the development of expert skills.The concept of planning to achieve elite performance is extended to include periodised plans required to encapsulate the necessary long term perspective.
Course description In Planning & Instruction for Performance teaching and learning is research-led. Members of academic staff in the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Science (ISPEHS) who contribute to this course are all members of the Human Performance research group.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed:
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements 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.
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  31
Course Start Semester 1
Course Start Date 18/09/2017
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 10, Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10, 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:

A 4000 word essay based on a real or hypothetical performer and their performance and practice situation.
Feedback Informal Feedback - This takes place during teaching, seminars and practicals throughout the semester. Your tutor 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 - Class quiz & assignment outline

Summative feedback - Assignment Feedback
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Critically review motivational factors pertinent to human performance.
  2. Design and justify to your peers and tutors, an instructional episode designed to develop and optimise a motor skill.
  3. Demonstrate a critical understanding of pertinent theories and practices required to develop human performance.
  4. Plan and execute a significant piece of written work that extends theoretical and empirical research derived from the course.
  5. Work critically with knowledge at the forefront of the field relating to instruction and human performance.
Reading List
Collins, D., Button. A., & Richards, H. (2011). Performance Psychology: A Practitioner's Handbook. London: Elsevier.
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Graduate Attributes: Knowledge and understanding

critical knowledge and understanding of the current research evidence relating to interventions pertinent to planning & instruction for performance

critical knowledge and understanding of current recommendations for scientific practice of psychology, across domains, with an emphasis on planning & instruction for performance

specialist knowledge of assessment, needs analysis, monitoring and evaluation protocols that are required to investigate clients┐ issues in the field of planning & instruction for performance

a critical awareness of principles underpinning psychological interventions and how to apply them in the design and review of appropriate interventions for clients

a critical understanding of research methods employed within the area of performance psychology

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 planning & instruction for performance

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 research project 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

be able to recognise and evaluate the validity of diverse opinion in performance psychology, reflecting and evaluating this range and formulating justified and evidence-based ideas for application

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

Graduate Attributes: Technical/practical skills

be able to use data collection methods appropriate for their research project

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

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Course organiserDr Alan Macpherson
Tel: (0131 6)51 6647
Course secretaryMs Cristina Roman
Tel: (0131 6)51 6265
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