PSYCHOL 4206 - Advanced Health Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 4206 Course Advanced Health Psychology Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Open to Honours Psychology Students Only Course Description This course deepens and extends the student's knowledge of health psychology, especially as it applies at the level of the individual and to specific populations. Various aspects of health psychology including cross cultural and Indigenous populations is provided and the principles and applications of health psychology are demonstrated via a series of seminars.
Course Coordinator: Ms Yvonne ClarkAdministration
Ms Carmen Rayner
Phone: +61 8313 5704
Location: Room 419, Hughes Building
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning Outcomes
On the successful completion of this course students will be able to: 1 Review and critique the role of health Psychologists in maintaining health and preving ill health in the Australian population; 2 Understand the unique challenges faced by various populations such as Indigenous populations in achieving equalitable health outcomes from the perspective of health and clinical psychology; and 3 Understand how psychological research can inform practice in preventative health
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)
1,2,3 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
1,2,3 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
1,2 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
3 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
1, 2 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 ResourcesFor additional information regarding required resources please refer to the Honours Program Handbook at the following link:
Recommended ResourcesBarr Smith Library – Psychology on the Web
The Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
For additional information regarding recommended resources please refer to the relevant Undergraduate Program Handbook at the following link:
Online LearningThis course may also use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of summative assessment
- Access to lecture recordings
- Access to tutorial materials
- Additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
- Exam preparation materials
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesFace-to-face interactive seminars
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Seminars: 6x2 hours:12 hours
Mid semester exercises: 26 hours
Exam preparation: 25 hours
Independent reading: 90 hours
Final exam: 3 hours
Total = 156 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lecturer Week 1 Course introduction to Advanced Health Psychology Ms Yvonne Clark and Professor Anna Chur-Hansen Week 2 Health Psychology and Aboriginal and Torres Strait
Dr Stephen Meredith and Ms Feda Ali Week 3 Adjustment to Physical disability Dr Diana Dorstyn Week 4 The bio-psychosociocultural model and its application to the
case of companion animals
Professor Anna Chur-Hansen Week 5 "Its the law" - The role of public health legislation in
protecting and promoting community wellbeing
Dr Rachel Earl Week 6 Course overview and assessment Ms Yvonne Clark Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change
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- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
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- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed 3-hour written exam Summative 70 All Mid assessment Summative 30 All
Assessment DetailThe course is examined by 2 summative exercises: a mid-assessment, the details of which will be provided at the start of the course. The mid-assessment is weighted at 30% and covers all the learning outcomes; and a 3 hour written exam which will consist of 3 questions, 1 for each learning outcome. The questions will be provided prior to the exam and
each question will be given an equal weight (adding up to 70% of marks).
SubmissionThe assessment is to be submitted via Turn-it-In under the Assessment tab for the course in MyUni.
Please refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for details on submission process/requirements, penalties for late submission, the process of applying for extensions, and the staff “turn-around” timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback and policy relating to re-submission/redemptive work.
Students are advised to keep a copy of all assessments and take a screen shot of the submission page showing the date and time of submission should any problems be encountered due to MyUni or Turn-it-In server outrages. This informaiton should be saved for future reference.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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