Health Psychology and Behaviour G (8737.1)
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- Semester 2, 2017, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (164280) - View
- Semester 2, 2016, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (152019) - View
- Semester 2, 2015, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (140838) - 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.
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;
4. Identify key issues in health service utilisation and health promotion in Australia; and
5. Critically evaluate and apply current theory and research on selected topics in health psychology.
UC - Canberra, Bruce
- Semester 2, 2017
- Semester 2, 2016
Semester 2, 2015
On-Campus Activities (Optional) and Online Content (FLEXIBLE)
- 1). Assessment 1: Mini literature review. Assessment weighting 25% Students are to critically review two journal articles on a related topic from the below list. Each of the articles is available online via the University of Canberra Library. In reviewing the articles, think about the validity of the concepts used, definitions, assumptions, methods, validity of any conclusions drawn, etc. Contrast, and compare each paper, integrating the findings to answer one of the following questions: Topic 1. Combined, what do the following two articles contribute to our understanding of the role of stress in headache? Cathcart, S., Petkov, J., Winefield A.H., Lushington, K. & Rolan, P. (2010) Central mechanisms of stress-induced headache. Cephalalgia,30(3), 285-295. 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 populationbased study. Cephalalgia, 28(8), 868-876. Topic 2. Combined, what do the following two articles contribute to our understanding of the role of anger in blood pressure? Hogan, B. E., & Linden, W. (2005). Curvilinear relationships of expressed anger and blood pressure in women but not in men: Evidence from two samples. Journal of Psychosomatic Research, 59(2), 97-102. Friedman, R., Schwartz, J. E., Schnall, P. L., Landsbergis, P. A., Pieper, C., Gerin, W., & Pickering, T. G. (2001). Psychological variables in hypertension: Relationship to casual or ambulatory blood pressure in men. Psychosomatic Medicine, 63(1), 19-31. Review length: 1000 words. When submitting your work, please be sure you include the full reference for your chosen article, in APA (6th ed.) style. The marking criteria for the review will be as follows: Clear summary of each study’s aims, methods used, results, and discussion. /2 Quality of critical thinking in evaluating each article, including identification of strengths and weaknesses of the study, how well the aims were achieved, validity of the interpretation of the findings. /6 Contrast and comparison of each articles aims, methods, results and conclusions, including strengths and weaknesses of each study. /7 Appropriate and insightful conclusions based on an accurate interpretation, integration, and synthesis of the two articles. /6 Clarity of expression (including grammar and spelling, structure of the critique) /3 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) )
- 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 the final lecture. 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 ()
- On-Campus Activities (Optional) and Online Content (FLEXIBLE)
Up to four hours per week.
Psychology 101 G or Psychology 102 G or equivalent orenrolment in course Master of Occupational Therapy.
Psychology 101 or Psychology 102 or equivalent study.