PSYCHOL 4206 - Advanced Health Psychology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2017

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Assessment 3- hour written exam (70%), and Mid semester assessment (30%)
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Ms Yvonne Clark

    Ms Carmen Rayner
    Phone: +61 8313 5704
    Location: Room 419, Hughes Building
    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    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)
    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
    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
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
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    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    For additional information regarding required resources please refer to the Honours Program Handbook at the following link:
    Recommended Resources
    Barr 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 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 Learning
    This 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:
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Face-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
    Islander people
    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
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed
    3-hour written exam Summative 70 All
    Mid assessment Summative 30 All
    Assessment Detail
    The 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).

    The 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.
    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

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