Health Psychology and Behaviour G (8737.1)
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|Discipline Of Psychology||Graduate Level|| Band 1 2021 (Pg Clinical Psychology)
Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-After 1 Jan 2021)
Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 2 2021 (Standard Course Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021)
Band 4 2021 (Commenced After 1 Jan Social Work_Exclude 0905)
Band 4 2021 (Standard Course Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)
This unit is co-taught with unit Health Psychology and Behaviour.
Learning outcomesOn 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.
Graduate attributes1. UC graduates are professional - communicate effectively
1. UC graduates are professional - display initiative and drive, and use their organisation skills to plan and manage their workload
1. UC graduates are professional - employ up-to-date and relevant knowledge and skills
PrerequisitesPsychology 101 G or Psychology 102 G or equivalent orenrolment in course Master of Occupational Therapy.
Assumed knowledgePsychology 101 or Psychology 102 or equivalent study.
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Lists of texts/readings
Morrison, V., Bennet, P, Butow, P., Mullan, B. & White, K. (2012). Introduction to Health Psychology in Australia (2nd ed.). NSW: Pearson
Allen, F. (2010). Health psychology and behaviour in Australia. North Ryde, NSW: McGraw-Hill.
APA. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
Burton, L. (2010). An interactive approach to writing essays and research reports in psychology (3rd ed.). Brisbane, Australia: John Wiley & Sons.
Copies of texts are available at the University Co-op Bookshop. There is also a small number of copies of texts held in the library.
For Unit readings and resources in the University of Canberra Library
Link to search page for Unit Readings (print materials)
Link to search page for eReserve (electronic materials)
Submission of assessment items
Extensions & Late submissions
All written assessments must be submitted electronically via Moodle by the due date/time to avoid late penalties. Submit your electronic submission to the Moodle dropbox for that assignment in Microsoft Word (.doc) or rich text format (.rtf). Make sure you submit to the 8737 dropbox. You are likely to encounter delays uploading essays to Moodle. You should aim to load your assignment at least an hour before it is due. If you do not know how to submit your assignment electronically, please ensure that you allow ample time in order to receive help from Moodle support (https://learnonline.canberra.edu.au/studentSupport.php) or the Library services.
Students must attach the appropriate assignment coversheet to their written assignments. These will be available on Moodle for download. Be careful to attach the correct sheet: There are different coversheets for the undergraduate (8736) and the graduate (8737) students. Assignments submitted without the correct coversheet and marking sheet will be returned to students for resubmission. Late penalties will apply if the resubmission is past the due date / time.
When a student does not submit an assessment task on or before the due date and time, their mark will be reduced by five percentage points per day from the total mark available (e.g. if an assessment was submitted three days late a mark of 70% would be reduced to 55%, or put another way, if a student was awarded 21 out of 30 and submitted three days late their mark would be reduced to 16.5 out of 30), up to a maximum of seven days at which time the assignment will no longer be accepted, unless there are approved extenuating circumstances.
Word count penalties:
For written assignments over word limit, markers will stop reading at 10% over limit and award a mark based on what has been read to that point only. The word count for all written assignments is calculated from the first word of the introduction to the last word of the conclusion. Thus, it excludes abstract and reference list, but includes in-text citations.
Plagiarism is a serious academic offense and may result in failure of the assessment and/or the unit. Students suspected of plagiarising, intentionally or unintentionally, the work of other students, or copying material without acknowledgement from journal articles, textbooks, the internet, or any other sources, will be referred to the Associate Dean (Education) of the Faculty of Health who will decide on the penalty to be applied. URKUND text-matching software will be used to check for plagiarism. See section 5g for details.
Return of Assignments:
Students who submit their assignments by the due date will receive their marked assignments in approximately 3 weeks after submission, via Moodle. Late assignments will be returned at a later date and with reduced feedback.
Special assessment requirements
Unit pass requirements
In order to past this Unit, students must complete each assessment item and achieve an overall mark of at least 50%.
All written assignments must be submitted as Word.doc files. Files not in this format will be returned to students for reformatting before marking. Referencing and other aspects of assignment formatting should conform to the APA 6th edition guidelines. Further information can be found in the following reference which will be available for short-term loan from the UC library:
American Psychological Association (2009). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association.
- Assignment extensions will only be granted in exceptional circumstances.
2. Students are expected to work on the assessment items throughout the teaching period. Early communication of problems is strongly advised. Students should assess early in the teaching period whether they have a reasonable likelihood of being able to complete the unit and should consider withdrawing by the census date, if required.
3. Requests will require documentary evidence (see below for information on acceptable documentation) and must be submitted to the unit convener. An extension will not be granted on the grounds of academic or employment workload, for undocumented issues or for technical problems.
- To request an extension, email the unit convener with "Extension request" in the subject line and include:
- Which assessment item the extension is requested for (and which unit)
- Length of extension requested
- Reason for the extension request
- Attached documentary evidence. Appropriate evidence includes the following:
· A medical certificate signed by a registered medical, dental or health practitioner. The certificate must contain the registered provider number, the duration of the student's incapacity to study, and the date of consultation.
· A death notice or other appropriate documentation for bereavement.
- The unit convener will consider your request, determine the length of the extension to be granted and email you advising whether your request is approved or declined. If approved, the new due date will also appear on your Moodle site where your assignment is submitted.
- Any assessment item submitted without an approved extension will incur a 2% penalty per day (a weekend will count as 2 days).
- Assignments submitted after the due date, regardless of whether an extension was granted, will be returned at a later date than those submitted on time.
8. Assignment submissions will not be accepted once the university examination period has commenced unless an extension has been granted in writing before the end of the teaching period. Such extensions will be granted only in exceptional circumstances.
Supplementary assessment is offered to students who fail this unit provided the student is in his/her final semester of their course, the unit is required for course completion and the student has gained a final mark for this unit between 45% and 49%. For further information see: https://guard.canberra.edu.au/policy/policy.php?pol_id=2901.
Students have a responsibility to uphold University standards on ethical scholarship. Good scholarship involves building on the work of others and use of others' work must be acknowledged with proper attribution made. Cheating, plagiarism, and falsification of data are dishonest practices that contravene academic values. Refer to the University's Student Charter for more information.
To enhance understanding of academic integrity, all students are expected to complete the Academic Integrity Module (AIM) at least once during their course of study. You can access this module within UCLearn (Canvas) through the 'Academic Integrity and Avoiding Plagiarism' link in the Study Help site.
Use of Text-Matching Software
The University of Canberra uses text-matching software to help students and staff reduce plagiarism and improve understanding of academic integrity. The software matches submitted text in student assignments against material from various sources: the internet, published books and journals, and previously submitted student texts.
Students are expected to attend lectures or view them via download from Echo 360, and attend all tutorials either face-to-face or online. Note: students must attend only the tutorial they have enrolled in. The online tutorial is not a ‘catch-up' option for students who miss their face-to-face tutorial.
Required IT skills
Students should have a basic understanding of SPSS 18.0 or above and basic word-processing skills. Students who are unfamiliar with searching specialist data bases for accessing Psychology Journals are encouraged to consult the UC library site for details of training sessions: http://www.canberra.edu.au/library/research-gateway/research-skills-training
Students will also need to be familiar with Moodle, and those attending the online tutorial will need to be familiar with Blackboard Collaborate. Information on Moodle and Blackboard Collaborate is available at: http://learnonline.canberra.edu.au/course/view.php?id=1344%20target%3D%22_blank
The essential text for this unit is available for purchase from the UC Co-op Bookshop (UC Co-op Textbook Search). Discounted prices are available for members:
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