PSYCHOL 6503OL - Psychological Health & Wellbeing

Online - Online Teaching 6 - 2021

What does it mean to be healthy and in what ways can psychological health be enhanced or compromised? This course provides an introduction to evidence-based assessment, treatment and prevention. You will form a holistic view of individuals, recognising their behaviours and experiences, from a biopsychosocial perspective. Select topics in mental health, the biological bases of health and behaviour, as well as applications in the fields of Clinical and Health Psychology, will be presented.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 6503OL
    Course Psychological Health & Wellbeing
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Online Teaching 6
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact 1 to 2 hour online tutorial
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 6500OL and PSYCHOL 6501OL
    Restrictions Graduate Diploma in Psychology or Graduate Certificate in Psychology
    Course Description What does it mean to be healthy and in what ways can psychological health be enhanced or compromised? This course provides an introduction to evidence-based assessment, treatment and prevention. You will form a holistic view of individuals, recognising their behaviours and experiences, from a biopsychosocial perspective. Select topics in mental health, the biological bases of health and behaviour, as well as applications in the fields of Clinical and Health Psychology, will be presented.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Jen Fish

    Course Timetable

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

    Full details can be found in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes

    1. Explain features of good psychological health and characteristics of select mental health conditions.

    2. Synthesise key principles of evidence-based assessment, treatment and prevention of select mental health conditions.

    3. Apply a biopsychosocial perspective to health and wellbeing.

    4. Critically evaluate theory and research in the field of health and wellbeing.

    5. Communicate relevant health and wellbeing-related information to varied audiences.

    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, 4, 5
    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, 4, 5
    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
    3, 4, 5
    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, 4, 5
    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
    2, 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
    1, 2, 3
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    This is a fully online offering. Students will require access to the internet to access course content, readings, assessments, and to engage in online tutorials (via zoom). All required readings, including the online text-books, will be provided within course modules. If you wish to also purchase hard copies of the textbooks, please find the details in ‘Recommended Resources’. 

    Recommended Resources
    Hungerford, C., Hodgson, F., Bostwick, R., Clancy, R., Murphy, G., De Jong, G., & Ngune, I. (2018). Mental Health Care (3rd ed.). Wiley.

    Passer, M.W. & Smith, R.E. (2019). Psychology: The Science of Mind and Behaviour. (3rd Ed). McGraw-Hill.

    Spielman, R.M., Jenkins, W., Lacombe, A., Lovett, M., & Perlmutter, M. (2014). Psychology. Openstax.
    Online Learning
    This is a fully online offering. MyUni will be used for all course materials, communication, links to curated resources, online tutorial support and assignments including submissions, feedback and grades.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes

    Engagement with course content is facilitated by online lectures, interactive online activities, curated readings and resources, and self directed study supported by weekly online tutorial sessions.

    There are 6 Weekly Modules with learning scaffolded across the modules to ensure that students develop deep discipline knowledge as well as the academic literacy, research skills and capacity to apply and communicate their understanding as specified for an AQF8 level offering. 


      The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

      This course is a 6-week intensive, accelerated learning offering. Students should expect to spend around 24-25 hours per week engaging with the online content in private study, attending online tutorials, and completing the assignments for this course.

      Hours per Week:
      1.5 Hours - Tutorial
      1 Hour - Tutorial Preparation
      9 Hours - Assessment related tasks
      10 Hours - Engaging with online content including video presentations, podcasts, directed research activities, discussions, interactive tasks
      3 Hours - Readings
      Learning Activities Summary
      Modules include evidence-based assessment, treatment and prevention; national standards, and ethics. Weekly module topics:

      1. High prevalence mental health conditions
      2. Low prevalence mental health conditions
      3. Critically reviewing and communicating mental health theory and research
      4. Biological bases of health
      5. Health Psychology
      6. Psychological applications in health care

      Specific Course Requirements
      Small Group Discovery Experience
    1. 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 Task Type Due Weighting Hurdle Learning Outcome
      MCQ Formative and Summative

      Sunday 11:59pm weekly


      No 1, 2, 3
      Critical Essay Summative Sunday 11:59pm Week 4 35% No 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

      Brochure and Report 

      Sunday 11:59pm Week 6


      1, 2, 3, 4, 5
      Assessment Related Requirements
      Assignment are submitted via Turnitin. All assignments are due by 11:59pm on the Sunday at the end of the week in which they are due. A penalty of 5% per day applies for late submissions.

      Extensions are granted on medical, compassionate or other special circumstances recognised under the University’s Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. The completed extension application form and any documentation (such as a medical or counsellor's certification) should be emailed to the course coordinator and submitted before the due date. The course coordinator will consider the request in the light of the case made and University deadlines, and may grant an extension of up to three days.
      Assessment Detail

      Assessment 1:
      MCQ (6% each - total 30% due weeks 1,2,4,5,6).
      In these quizzes you will demonstrate your understanding and application of the core content of modules 1,2,4,5 and 6.

      Assessment 2:
      Critical essay, 1500 words (35%)
      Due week 4. You will summarise and critically evaluate theory and research related to a mental health condition Prepare the report for an academic audience (e.g., researchers and health professionals). Cite 8-10 peer-reviewed sources.

      Assessment 3:
      Two parts: 1 x Brochure 500 words (20%) / 1 x Justification Report 750 words (15%):

      Due week 6.

      Part 1: You will prepare a brochure suitable for presentation to members of the public. Your brochure will present information about the evidence-based prevention and/or treatment approach for either a mental health concern or a physical health condition, from the perspective of psychology. Details to be provided in the course.

      Part 2: You will prepare a short report for an academic audience reflecting upon and justifying the choices you have made in preparing the content for the brochure.

      Fully online course with e-submission and marking
      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.

    2. Student Feedback

      The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

      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.

    3. Student Support
    4. Policies & Guidelines
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