Health Psychology and Behaviour (8736.1)
|Level:||Undergraduate Second Year Level|
|Faculty:||Faculty of Health|
|Discipline:||Discipline of Psychology|
UC - Canberra, Bruce
Year Teaching Period Convener Mode of Delivery 2019 Semester 2 DR Petra BUERGELT (Ph: ) FLEXIBLE 2020 Semester 2 DR Petra BUERGELT (Ph: ) FLEXIBLE
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- Semester 2, 2019, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (188393) - View
- Semester 2, 2018, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (180180) - View
- Semester 2, 2017, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (164278) - View
- Semester 2, 2016, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (152017) - View
- Semester 2, 2015, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (140836) - View
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This unit introduces students to the theories, research, and applications of health psychology. There will be a specific focus on understanding the causes, prevention, and management of physical health problems and health-related behaviours in Australia. The unit emphasises the interaction between biological, psychological, and socio-cultural factors in health and illness, and discusses theory, research, and applications concerning health service delivery and use, adoption of healthy and unhealthy behaviours, and adaptation to chronic and life-threatening illness.
This unit is co-taught with unit Health Psychology and Behaviour G.
On completion of this course, students should be able to:
1. Demonstrate understanding of the interaction between biological, psychological, and sociocultural factors in the causation, maintenance, and management of health and illness;
2. Explain the basic principles, theories and methodologies of health psychology;
3. Describe the psychosocial precursors to selected psychosomatic illnesses; and
4. Identify key issues in health service utilisation and health promotion in Australia.
UC - Canberra, Bruce
- Semester 2, 2019
- Semester 2, 2018
- Semester 2, 2017
- Semester 2, 2016
Semester 2, 2015
On-Campus Activities (Optional) and Online Content (FLEXIBLE)
- 1). Assessment 1: Journal article critique. Assessment weighting 25% Students are to critique ONE of the following journal articles, available online via the University of Canberra Library: Jackson, T., Pope, L., Nagasaka, T., Fritch, A., Iezzi, T., & Chen, H. (2005). The impact of threatening information about pain on coping and pain tolerance. British Journal of Health Psychology, 10(3), 441-451. Scher, A. I., Stewart, W. F., Buse, D., Krantz, D. S., & Lipton, R. B. (2008). Major life changes before and after the onset of chronic daily headache: A population-based study. Cephalalgia, 28(8), 868-876. Darker, C. D., French, D. P., Eves, F. F., & Sniehotta, F. F. (2010). An intervention to promote walking amongst the general population based on an ‘extended’ theory of planned behaviour: a waiting list randomised controlled trial. Psychology and Health, 25(1), 71-88. The length of critique is 900 words. The word count is calculated from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. Please do not simply rewrite what is in the abstract of the article - it should be a critique, in your own words. Think about things like the validity of the methods and conclusions. Were the aims achieved, why / why not? Include discussion of weaknesses AND strengths of the study. When submitting your work, please be sure you include the full reference for your chosen article, in APA (6th ed.) style. Specific marking criteria for the Journal article critique are: Reference to every section (abstract, introduction, methods, results, discussion) of the article. /2 Summary of the study’s aims, methods, results, and discussion. /2 Identification of the study’s strengths and weaknesses. /4 Implications of the study’s design and execution, including strengths and weaknesses, for how well the aims were achieved, validity of the results, validity of the conclusions. /7 Suggestions for future research (addressing weaknesses, furthering the data in the present study). /4 Overall level of critical thought. /3 Clarity of expression (including grammar and spelling, structure of the critique) /2 Use of correct APA formatting. /1 (25% )
- 2). Assessment 2: Weekly Moodle quizzes. Weighting 30% Starting in week 2 and running for 10 weeks until week 12 inclusive, each week a new quiz will be opened on Moodle and remain open until the end of semester, for students to complete in their own time. Each quiz will contain 10 multiple-choice questions, randomly selected for each student from a test bank of questions relevant to that weeks’ topic. Material will be predominantly from the textbook, but may also include material covered in lectures and/or tutorials. Each quiz will have a 20-minute time limit to complete once started. Note that students will only be allowed ONE attempt at each quiz. (30% in total (3% each quiz) )
- 3). Final Exam (worth 45% of the final mark) This exam will take place in the exam period. Exam content All material in lectures, tutorials, the textbook and any prescribed readings. Exam format The final exam will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions and will be 2 hours long. Further details of the exam will be provided during semester. What to bring 2 pencils, eraser, sharpener, bottle of water. No books, notes, or calculators allowed Results Results will be available via Moodle when final grades are released by the university. Note. It is compulsory to sit the final examination and failure to do so will result in failure of the unit. If students have a legitimate reason for being unable to sit the final examination at the specified time they should follow appropriate procedures to apply for a deferred exam: http://www.canberra.edu.au/student-services/examinations/alternative-exams (45% )
- On-Campus Activities (Optional) and Online Content (FLEXIBLE)
Up to four hours per week.
Psychology 101 or Psychology 102 or equivalent.
9830 Psychology for Health Professionals