Psychology of Health - 2018

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Unit summary

PSY30001

  • Level of Study: Undergraduate Level 3
  • Study load: 0.125 EFTSL
  • Delivery method: Fully Online
  • Prerequisites: Yes
  • Duration: 13 weeks
  • Government loans available: FEE-HELP, HECS-HELP
  • Availability for 2017: SP2 , SP4
  • Availability for 2018: SP2 , SP4
  • Assessment: Assignment - Written (30%) , Invigilated Exam (40%) - Learn more

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2018 Fees
AUD$
Domestic 2,860.00
Domestic continuing 878.00
HECS 820.00
International 3,110.00
International continuing 1,128.00

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This unit provides students with an introduction to the field of health psychology. At the conclusion of this units students will be conversant with interrelationship between behavioural, psychological, social and biological components of major health issues (e.g., smoking, alcohol, stress) and disease (e.g., cancer) including health inequalities. Students will introduces to the role of health professionals play in optimising wellness, the epidemiology of disease in the community and the impact of health on the quality of life.

Please note: assessment values are indicative only, details will be advised at the start of the unit.

Students who successfully complete this unit will be able to: 

  1. Demonstrate knowledge of theories and methodology relevant to the practice of health psychology
  2. Analyse personal (e.g., smoking, alcohol) and environmental factors (e.g., socioeconomic status) that impact health and wellness and apply this knowledge to explain how behaviour change is achieved
  3. Locate, organise and synthesise information from credible sources concerning health status (e.g., mortality rates, quality of life)
  4. Critically evaluate the research literature in the area of health psychology.
  • Assignment — Written (30%)
  • Invigilated Exam (40%)
  • Reading — Reading Log (30%)
For more information on invigilated exams see Exams and results

Equivalent units

You cannot enrol in this unit if you have successfully completed any of the following unit(s) because they are considered academically equivalent:

  • PSS340 — Psychology of Health

Mandatory prerequisites

You must have successfully completed the following unit(s) before starting this unit:

If you have completed equivalent study at another university, please contact a Student Advisor for advice.

You must also complete two (2) Level 2 units in Psychology before starting this unit.

This unit addresses the following topics.

NumberTopic
1Health related behaviours
2Health inequalities
3Stress, Illness and disease
4Population approaches to public health
5Predicting and improving health outcomes

This unit is delivered using the following methods and materials:

Instructional Methods

  • Chat rooms
  • Discussion Forum/Discussion Board
  • Online Quizzes/Tests
  • Podcasting/Lecture capture
  • Standard Media
  • Web links

Print based materials

  • Welcome Letter

Online materials

  • Printable format materials

This unit is a core requirement in the following courses:

This unit is part of a major, minor, stream or specialisation in the following courses:

This unit may be eligible for credit towards other courses:

  1. Many undergraduate courses on offer through OUA include 'open elective' where any OUA unit can be credited to the course. You need to check the Award Requirements on the course page for the number of allowed open electives and any level limitations.
  2. In other cases, the content of this unit might be relevant to a course on offer through OUA or elsewhere. In order to receive credit for this unit in the course you will need to supply the provider institution with a copy of the Unit Profile in the approved format, which you can download here. Note that the Unit Profile is set at the start of the year, and if textbooks change this may not match the Co-Op textbook list.

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