PSYC304 Health Psychology

Updated: 31 October 2016
Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 1 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 1 On Campus
Intensive School(s) None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites 18cp at 200 level in PSYC including PSYC202
Co-requisites None
Restrictions None
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Einar Thorsteinsson (ethorste@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

This unit introduces students to key concepts and areas of health psychology. This unit will give students the ability to (1) appreciate how health is affected by individuals' behaviours given different social environments and biological factors; (2) grasp basic human biology such as the functioning of the endocrine, immune and cardiovascular systems; (3) comprehend the effects of stressors on health and relevant buffering factors; (4) recognise underlying factors for positive and negative changes in health related behaviour; and (5) understand the effects health status and changes in health may have on individuals' behaviour.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Health Psychology in Australia

ISBN: 9781316623954
Dorrian, J., Thorsteinsson, E., Di Benedetto, M., Lane-Krebs, K., Day, M., Hutschinson, A. and Sherman. K., Cambridge University Press 2017

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433805615
American Psychological Association, APA 6th ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 1, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Must
Complete
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Online Quiz 5% 250
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Practical 1 5% 250
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Practical 2 5% 250
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Practical Report 30% 1700
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5

Compulsory Final Examination 2 hrs 15 mins 55%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO)

LO: 1-5


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of how an individuals behaviour, given different social environments and biological factors, affects health;
  2. analyse, understand and articulate basic human biology as it relates to the functioning of the endocrine, immune and cardiovascular systems in a psychological health context;
  3. independently evaluate and interpret the effects of stressors on health and the relevant buffering factors;
  4. identify underlying factors for positive and negative changes in health-related behaviour, using this information to demonstrate knowledge and judgement in how to promote positive health related behavior; and
  5. analyse and interpret the effects health status and changes in health may have on an individuals behavior.