PSYCHOL 7234 - Health Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2019
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 7234 Course Health Psychology Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 2 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites PSYCHOL 7230, PSYCHOL 7231, PSYCHOL 7232, PSYCHOL 7233 Restrictions Available to M Psych (Health) and PhD/MPsych(Health) students only or by permission of Head of School Course Description This course examines the relationships of social, biological, behavioural and cognitive variables to health. It covers those aspects of the social environment that influence health and illness outcomes including the interactions amongst family members and between healthcare consumers and healthcare providers. Risk factors for health-compromising behaviours are also discussed including strategies for their modification
Course Coordinator: Dr Melissa OxladSchool Psychology Office: firstname.lastname@example.org; Ph +61 8313 5693
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes1. Demonstrate understanding of the biological, behavioural, cognitive and social determinants of health, the risk factors for health-compromising behaviours and strategies for their modification, across the age range from childhood to old age.
2. Demonstrate understanding of the health-relevant interactions amongst family members and between health-care consumers and health-care providers, collaborative relationships in multidisciplinary health care teams, and ethical considerations affecting both practice and research in health psychology
3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of individual, group and community-based approaches to the management and prevention of major identifiable health concerns and problems (both acute and chronic conditions).
4. Plan and critically evaluate research in health psychology and behavioural medicine
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1,4 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
4 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,3,4 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
3 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesLecturers will provide reading material which will be made available on MyUni, prior to or at each session.
Recommended ResourcesLecturers will provide reading material which will be made available on MyUni, prior to or at each session.
Online LearningThis course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of assessment
- Access to resources such as forms, templates and additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesSeminars will be presented by teaching staff and clinical title-holders in the School of Psychology, based on their areas of expertise. Student assignments are aimed to encourage students to read more extensively and develop their professional and critical awareness of techniques and developments in health psychology.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.12x 3-hour seminars = 36 hours of class attendance
Assignment 1: Participation in small-group presentation on a health related problem, its assessment and treatment, with associated readings and resources - 34 hours
Assignment 2: Participation in OSCI tasks related to the use of motivational interviewing - 3 hours (not including preparation)
Private or group study and reading - 45 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Major theories and models of health psychology interventions Models of health psychology and the roles of health psychologists, including in chronic illness & disabilities. Week 2 Health psychology in early life Reproduction, infants and children Week 3 Health psychology in young populations Pain, somatising and conversion disorders in child and adoelscent populations Week 4 Mind body applications Student presentations related to headaches, obesity, sleep, chronic fatigue syndrome Week 5l Chronic pain Models and interventions, injury rehabilitation and compensation Week 6 Acute pain Models and interventions, preparation for surgery, interprofessional collaboration Week 7 Substance use Addiction, alcohol and other drug use preventions, treatment and relapse prevention Week 8 Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing in a health context Week 9 Sleep Assessment and intervention in sleep disorders Week 10 Health psychology in late life Health psychology and ageing Week 11 Cancer Working with people with cancer Week 12 Grief/Loss and Bereavement Understanding grief and loss and bereavement in a range of contexts
Specific Course RequirementsOn the initial enrolment into this Master’s program, all students (unless already a Registered Psychologist) MUST apply for and obtain provisional registration with the Psychology Board of Australia. All students are required to provide a copy of their registration details to the Program Administrator on their first day in the Program: this will be required for the Summer School courses Interviewing & Intervention and Evidence-Based Practice. The application form and details of fees payable are available from the PBA website: http://www.psychologyboard.gov.au/Forms.aspx.
Candidates are required to consent to a police check as part of their application to the Psychology Board of Australia for Provisional Registration, a requirement of enrolment in the program. A satisfactory current police check is a mandatory requirement for acceptance to and continuation within the program.
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Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning Outcome(s) being addressed Small group presentation on a health problem and suitable interventions Summative NGP 1, 3, 4 Objective Structured Clinical Interview task using motivational interviewing Summative NGP 1, 3
Assessment DetailFor further information please refer to the relevant refer to the relevant Master of Psychology program handbook at the following link:
SubmissionWritten assignments are to be submitted electronically using MyUni.
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Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
GS8 (Coursework Grade Scheme) Grade Description CN Continuing FNS Fail No Submission NFE No Formal Examination F Fail NGP Non Graded Pass P Pass C Credit D Distinction HD High Distinction RP Result Pending
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