Postgraduate Course: Peak Performance (EDUA11041)
|Moray House School of Education
|College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)
|SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
|Available to all students
|This course focuses on the behaviours and cognitive processes required to achieve peak performance. The course commences by analysing the psychological states that are linked to optimal performance and the psychological characteristics that have been associated with high performers. The course also examines the process of change and theories of attention and imagery which have been strongly identified as components of elite performance. To provide an applied emphasis within the course the techniques and approaches to develop attention, imagery and other relevant skills are reviewed and evaluated.
This teaching and learning is research-led. Members of academic staff the Institute for Sport, Physical Education and Health Science (ISPEHS) who contribute to this course are all members of one or more of the following research groups hosted by ISPEHS: (1) Physical Activity for Health Research Centre (PAHRC), (2) Edinburgh Sports Research, (3) Human Performance and Aquatics and (4) Physical Education Research Forum (PERF).
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
| 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2017/18, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 10,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 10,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
|A case study of a hypothetical intervention with a high performer in a domain of their choice (4000 words):
Discuss the process of change, the needs, and issues of a performer in a selected domain
Explain how psychological interventions can be applied and evaluated to enhance the attainment of peak performance
|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.
Discussion forum - 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.
Cohort feedforward - Detailed cohort feed-forward from previous cohorts of students is provided for all assessments on this course.
Formative Feedback - We utilise a range of different formative feedback methods such as de-briefs on student activities, tutor meetings, and peer feedback.
Summative Feedback - A detailed assignment feedback report is provided in accordance with the assignment specification and criteria.
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Demonstrate a critical understanding of the principal theories, concepts and principles associated with peak performance
- Apply knowledge, skills and understanding in applying contemporary peak performance research and techniques to high performers
- Deal with complex issues in peak performance and make judgements and decisions that are informed by the forefront developments in human performance science
- Use a wide range of routine and advanced interpersonal skills to communicate with peers and high performance specialists (as appropriate) and undertake critical evaluations of the data obtained
- Exercise substantial autonomy and initiative in demonstrating how cognitively based interventions can be implemented to facilitate the production of high level performance
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Dr Amanda Martindale
Tel: (0131 6)50 9794
|Ms Cristina Roman
Tel: (0131 6)51 6265