Postgraduate Course: Stress: Coping and Control (EDUA11038)
|School||Moray House School of Education
||College||College of Humanities and Social Science
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This 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.
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)
||Other requirements|| None
Information for Visiting Students
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1)
|Course Start Date
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
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
|Assessment (Further Info)
|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.
||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
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Analyse the effects, mechanisms and performance consequences of the stress process.
- Explain and evaluate the role of self-regulation and its influence on coping with stress to maintain performance.
- Examine the interaction between relevant individual differences and coping strategies.
- Devise and present an integrated, individualised intervention programmes designed to develop coping ability.
|Collins, D., Button, A., & Richards, H. (2011). Performance Psychology: A Practitioner's Guide. London: Elsevier.|
|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
||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.
|Course organiser||Mr Hugh Richards
Tel: (0131 6)51 6092
|Course secretary||Miss Delia Ioana Georgescu
Tel: (0131 6)51 6668