PSYCHOL 7234 - Health Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2022
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 and 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 interactions among family members and between healthcare consumers and healthcare providers. Risk factors for health-compromising behaviours are also discussed including strategies for their modification. Students are also educated about interprofessional practice and collaboration.
Course Coordinator: Professor Anna Chur-HansenSchool 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, and risk factors for health-
compromising behaviours and strategies for their modification, across the lifespan.
2. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of individual, group and community-based approaches to the prevention and management of major
identifiable health conditions (acute and chronic).
3. Demonstrate the capacity to critically evaluate research in health psychology and use this knowledge to develop evidence-informed
interventions and client resources.
4. Demonstrate an understanding of the principles of inter-professional learning and practice.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
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 will use MyUni for the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of assessment
- Access to resources such as additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
- Giving and receiving peer feedback
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLecturers will support group discussion related to the lecture content. Time will be spent familiarising students with models of health psychology, and concepts in health promotion and clinical health psychology. Seminars will also include, where possible, health psychology case scenarios to guide the development of psychological assessment and intervention knowledge and skills.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Seminars: 3 hours each week for 12 weeks = 36 hours
Assignment 1: 34 hours
Assignment 2: 3 hours (not including preparation time)
Assignment 3: 5 hours
Private or group study and reading = 40 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecture Week 1 Major theories and models of health psychology interventions Introduction to health psychology, includes models and interprofessional practice Week 2 Chronic illness and assessment Chronic illness in Australia and assessment in health psychology (includes adherence) Week 3 Health psychology in young populations Somatoform and conversion disorders and chronic pain in children Week 4 Health psychology application Student presentations - Health condition/intervention development group presentations Week 5 Health psychology application Student presentations - Health condition/intervention development group presentations Week 6 Chronic pain Models and interventions, injury rehabilitation and compensation Week 7 Acute pain Models and interventions, preparation for surgery, interprofessional collaboration Week 8 Motivational interviewing Motivational interviewing in a health context Week 9 Grief/loss and bereavement Understanding grief and loss and bereavement in a range of contexts Week 10 Health psychology in late life Health psychology and ageing Week 11 Cardiac health Assessment and intervention in cardiac health Week 12 Sleep disorders Assessment and intervention in sleep disorders
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 Motivational interviewing Objective Structured Clinical Interview (OSCI) Summative NGP 1, 3 Written self-assessment of interprofessional practice capabilities Summative NGP 2, 4
Assessment Related RequirementsAttendance at all seminars is mandatory to ensure students attain and can demonstrate the relevant required competencies. Should students fail to meet mandatory attendance requirements by being absent this may lead to a fail grade for the course. Exemptions to mandatory attendance requirements may be granted for up to 2 seminars by the Course Coordinator if there are exceptional medical, compassionate, or extenuating circumstances as defined by the Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. Students will be required to complete redemption exercises to the satisfaction of the Course Coordinator for any seminars missed.
Assessment DetailAssignment 1: Students work in a group to prepare and give a presentation about the application of health psychology - they plan the application of a health psychology intervention to a specific health condition.
Assignment 2: This assignment involves an OSCI assessing motivational interviewing.
Assignment 3: Students complete an assessment relating to interprofessional learning and practice capabilities.
Further details of assignments will be provided in class.
SubmissionAssignments are to be submitted via MyUni.
Extension of time for an assignment may be granted at the discretion of the Course Coordinator, to whom students should apply in writing (or email) before the due date and time. No requests for extensions will be considered if made after the due date and time.
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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