This course introduces you to major theoretical and empirical perspectives on the psychology of health and wellbeing. It examines the psychosocial determinants of health and wellness, and will allow you to see parallels with your own health priorities. It focuses on psychological methods of health protection and illness prevention. The role of health psychology in health care settings, behaviour, stress management and identification and treatment of chronic conditions and life threatening illnesses will be covered.
|Learning materials – 1 hour online learning materials not for timetable||1hr||Week 1||13 times|
|Tutorial/Workshop 1 – Workshop: On-campus attendance is required.||2hrs||Week 1||13 times|
|Seminar – Seminar: Seminars are 1-hour classes involving a mix of structured activities and bringing cohorts of students together for participatory activities as a complement to workshops. On-campus attendance is required.||1hr||Week 1||Once Only|
This course will cover: an introduction to health psychology and health psychology research; health risk and health enhancing behaviour; methods for explaining and changing health behaviour; symptom perception; and stress and illness management.
300 Level (Graduate)
|Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to...||Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...||Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Psychology Accreditation Council|
|1||Research and describe strategies for explaining and changing health risk and health enhancing behaviour.||Knowledgeable||
|2||Understand the role of psychology in health and wellbeing.||Sustainability-focussed||
|3||Critically evaluate health psychology research and develop arguments that can be supported by relevant research literature.||
Creative and critical thinker
1.1.12, 1.3, 1.5
|4||Describe major concepts and theoretical approaches related to the biological and psychosocial determinants of health and wellbeing.||
Creative and critical thinker
|5||Demonstrate an appreciation of diversity and the impact of culture and context with regard to the psychology of health and wellbeing.||Ethical||
|Australian Psychology Accreditation Council|
|1.1.2||Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including individual differences in capacity, behaviour and personality|
|1.1.4||Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including psychological disorders and evidence-based interventions|
|1.1.3||Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including psychological health and well-being|
|1.1.7||Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including motivation and emotion|
|1.1.12||Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including research methods and statistics|
|1.1.1||Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including the history and philosophy underpinning the science of psychology and the social, cultural, historical and professional influences on the practice of psychology|
|1.1.9||Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including lifespan developmental psychology|
|1.3||Graduates will be able to analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicate these in written and oral formats.|
|1.5||Graduates will be able to demonstrate interpersonal skills and teamwork.|
Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.
(PSY200 and PSY201) or (PSY200 and SCI110 and enrolled in Program AE304 or SE303)
Standard Grading (GRD)
|High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).|
Assistance will be provided in early workshops to prepare you for the first assessment task. This will include practical experience critically analysing health psychology research. You will be given informal feedback on this process in the workshops.
|Delivery mode||Task No.||Assessment Product||Individual or Group||Weighting %||What is the duration / length?||When should I submit?||Where should I submit it?|
2 minutes 30 seconds/2 PowerPoint slides.
|Throughout teaching period (refer to Format)||In Class|
|Week 9||Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check|
|All||3||Examination - Centrally Scheduled||Individual||45%||
|Exam Period||Online Submission|
|All - Assessment Task 1:Oral PowerPoint Presentation|
Critically analyse and effectively communicate the implications of a recent peer-reviewed journal article in health psychology.
Presentations will be scheduled to be presented during workshops between Week 5 and Week 13 (individual student presentation times to be provided at the beginning of semester). Your presentation should demonstrate a strong critical analysis and the key implications of a recent peer-reviewed journal article in health psychology. A more detailed outline of the requirements of this assessment will be provided on Canvas.
|All - Assessment Task 2:Position Paper|
As a capstone experience, you will demonstrate an understanding of the scientist-practitioner model by using your knowledge to produce a paper that can be applied to assist both individuals and society.
The position paper is a report that presents an evidence-based position regarding a how a chosen health behaviour can be changed. APA style (7th ed) is required for in-text citations, reference list, and format. The word limit for the position paper is 2000 words (excluding the title page and reference list). Work of submissions over the word count will not be read and will not contribute to the final grade for the task.
|All - Assessment Task 3:Exam|
To assess your knowledge of the course content. The end-of-semester examination will consist of multiple choice and short answer questions based on the materials covered in the learning materials, in the textbook, and in class.
|Product:||Examination - Centrally Scheduled|
The 2 hour end of semester exam will consist of multiple-choice and short-answer questions.
A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.
Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.
Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.
|Required||Val Morrison,Paul Bennett,Phyllis Butow,Barbara Mullan,Louise Sharpe||2018||Introduction to Health Psychology in Australia||3rd ed||Pearson Australia|
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