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PSY 224 – Psychology, Health and Wellbeing

2017 – S1 Day

General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Associate Professor Kerry Sherman
Contact via 98506874
C3A705
Preferably by email request
Lecturer and tutor
Sue Ferguson
Contact via 9850-6755
C3A421
Tutor
Christopher Kilby
C3A709
Credit points Credit points
3
Prerequisites Prerequisites
[PSYC104 and PSYC105] or [(STAT122 or STAT170(P) or STAT171 or PSY122(P)) and (PSY104 or PSYC104(P)) and (PSY105(P) or PSYC105)] or admission to GDipPsych
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
Our health status is a reflection of a fascinating mix of physiological factors with our psychological and social environments. The overall objective of this unit is to provide a critical overview of both the psychological and social aspects of human health and well-being. In the first part of this unit we provide some foundations or building blocks for understanding the role of psychology in the health context by reviewing the most important approaches to health psychology as well as approaches to prevention of disease. We then explore a variety of psychosocial factors and specific mechanisms that have been found to impact our health status, both from the individual perspective and the wider environment and cultural context. Please note that lectures are online for this unit.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at http://students.mq.edu.au/student_admin/enrolmentguide/academicdates/

Learning Outcomes

  1. Delineate between the biological/medical approaches to health and the biopsychosocial approaches.
  2. Explain the type of empirical research that underpins our understanding of health status as well as commonly used research modalities and research challenges in health settings.
  3. Identify and explain the major theories that attempt to explain health related behaviour.
  4. Identify the function and interrelation of the body’s systems in determining health status, with an in depth examination of pain processes.
  5. Explain the role of cognitive and affective factors as determinants of health status.
  6. Describe aspects of health communications that are determinants of health status.
  7. Explain stress and coping in relation to chronic illness.
  8. Identify common approaches to modifying health beliefs and behaviors.
  9. Describe overarching role of culture as a determinant of health and health-related behaviours.
  10. Describe the key positive psychology approaches that contribute to wellbeing

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Due
Essay 40% Week 8, Wed 3 May
Health-related advertisement 20% Week 5, Wed 29 March
Final exam 40% Final exam period

Essay

Due: Week 8, Wed 3 May
Weighting: 40%

1500 word essay


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Delineate between the biological/medical approaches to health and the biopsychosocial approaches.
  • Explain the type of empirical research that underpins our understanding of health status as well as commonly used research modalities and research challenges in health settings.
  • Identify and explain the major theories that attempt to explain health related behaviour.
  • Explain the role of cognitive and affective factors as determinants of health status.
  • Identify common approaches to modifying health beliefs and behaviors.

Health-related advertisement

Due: Week 5, Wed 29 March
Weighting: 20%

500 words

Details will be provided in Tutorial 1


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Explain the type of empirical research that underpins our understanding of health status as well as commonly used research modalities and research challenges in health settings.
  • Explain the role of cognitive and affective factors as determinants of health status.
  • Describe aspects of health communications that are determinants of health status.
  • Identify common approaches to modifying health beliefs and behaviors.
  • Describe overarching role of culture as a determinant of health and health-related behaviours.

Final exam

Due: Final exam period
Weighting: 40%

Multiple choice exam

 

 


This Assessment Task relates to the following Learning Outcomes:
  • Delineate between the biological/medical approaches to health and the biopsychosocial approaches.
  • Explain the type of empirical research that underpins our understanding of health status as well as commonly used research modalities and research challenges in health settings.
  • Identify and explain the major theories that attempt to explain health related behaviour.
  • Identify the function and interrelation of the body’s systems in determining health status, with an in depth examination of pain processes.
  • Explain the role of cognitive and affective factors as determinants of health status.
  • Describe aspects of health communications that are determinants of health status.
  • Explain stress and coping in relation to chronic illness.
  • Identify common approaches to modifying health beliefs and behaviors.
  • Describe overarching role of culture as a determinant of health and health-related behaviours.
  • Describe the key positive psychology approaches that contribute to wellbeing

Delivery and Resources

Technology

Students are expected to submit the health-advertisement and essay as word-processed documents. These are submitted online. Consequently, all students will need access to a computer to complete these tasks.

 

Lecture and Tutorial times

Lecture

For PSY224 the lectures are provided online. They are given each week during semester and are accessed through iLearn.

Length of online lectures: Approximately 2 hours

Venue: iLearn

Tutorial

Number of tutorials: One tutorial per week commencing Week 2

Length of tutorials: 1 hour

Venue: Monday 10-11am C5A401; Monday 11-12 noon C5A401; Tuesday 2-3pm C5A401; Tuesday 4-5pm X5B132

 

Information

iLearn

Students can access the Psy224 website through iLearn.mq.edu.au

 

Changes since the last offering of this unit.

The assessments for this unit have changed since the previous offering.

 

Other Material

Required and Recommended Texts and/or Materials

The prescribed text for this unit is available from the Co-Op Bookshop:

Morrison, V., Bennett, P., Butow, P., Mullan, B., & White, K. (2012). Introduction to Health Psychology in Australia. 2 Ed Frenchs Forest, NSW: Pearson.

Unit Schedule

Lectures - online lectures (approximately equivalent to 2 hours per week live lectures)

Tutorials - 1 hour per week, commencing in Week 2

Policies and Procedures

Macquarie University policies and procedures are accessible from Policy Central. Students should be aware of the following policies in particular with regard to Learning and Teaching:

Academic Honesty Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/academic_honesty/policy.html

Assessment Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/assessment/policy_2016.html

Grade Appeal Policy http://mq.edu.au/policy/docs/gradeappeal/policy.html

Complaint Management Procedure for Students and Members of the Public http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/complaint_management/procedure.html​

Disruption to Studies Policy http://www.mq.edu.au/policy/docs/disruption_studies/policy.html The Disruption to Studies Policy is effective from March 3 2014 and replaces the Special Consideration Policy.

In addition, a number of other policies can be found in the Learning and Teaching Category of Policy Central.

Student Code of Conduct

Macquarie University students have a responsibility to be familiar with the Student Code of Conduct: https://students.mq.edu.au/support/student_conduct/

Results

Results shown in iLearn, or released directly by your Unit Convenor, are not confirmed as they are subject to final approval by the University. Once approved, final results will be sent to your student email address and will be made available in eStudent. For more information visit ask.mq.edu.au.

Student Support

Macquarie University provides a range of support services for students. For details, visit http://students.mq.edu.au/support/

Learning Skills

Learning Skills (mq.edu.au/learningskills) provides academic writing resources and study strategies to improve your marks and take control of your study.

Student Enquiry Service

For all student enquiries, visit Student Connect at ask.mq.edu.au

Equity Support

Students with a disability are encouraged to contact the Disability Service who can provide appropriate help with any issues that arise during their studies.

IT Help

For help with University computer systems and technology, visit http://www.mq.edu.au/about_us/offices_and_units/information_technology/help/

When using the University's IT, you must adhere to the Acceptable Use of IT Resources Policy. The policy applies to all who connect to the MQ network including students.

Graduate Capabilities

Discipline Specific Knowledge and Skills

Our graduates will take with them the intellectual development, depth and breadth of knowledge, scholarly understanding, and specific subject content in their chosen fields to make them competent and confident in their subject or profession. They will be able to demonstrate, where relevant, professional technical competence and meet professional standards. They will be able to articulate the structure of knowledge of their discipline, be able to adapt discipline-specific knowledge to novel situations, and be able to contribute from their discipline to inter-disciplinary solutions to problems.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Delineate between the biological/medical approaches to health and the biopsychosocial approaches.
  • Identify and explain the major theories that attempt to explain health related behaviour.
  • Identify the function and interrelation of the body’s systems in determining health status, with an in depth examination of pain processes.
  • Explain the role of cognitive and affective factors as determinants of health status.
  • Describe aspects of health communications that are determinants of health status.
  • Explain stress and coping in relation to chronic illness.
  • Identify common approaches to modifying health beliefs and behaviors.
  • Describe overarching role of culture as a determinant of health and health-related behaviours.
  • Describe the key positive psychology approaches that contribute to wellbeing

Assessment tasks

  • Essay
  • Health-related advertisement
  • Final exam

Critical, Analytical and Integrative Thinking

We want our graduates to be capable of reasoning, questioning and analysing, and to integrate and synthesise learning and knowledge from a range of sources and environments; to be able to critique constraints, assumptions and limitations; to be able to think independently and systemically in relation to scholarly activity, in the workplace, and in the world. We want them to have a level of scientific and information technology literacy.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Delineate between the biological/medical approaches to health and the biopsychosocial approaches.
  • Explain the type of empirical research that underpins our understanding of health status as well as commonly used research modalities and research challenges in health settings.
  • Identify and explain the major theories that attempt to explain health related behaviour.
  • Explain the role of cognitive and affective factors as determinants of health status.
  • Describe aspects of health communications that are determinants of health status.
  • Explain stress and coping in relation to chronic illness.
  • Identify common approaches to modifying health beliefs and behaviors.
  • Describe overarching role of culture as a determinant of health and health-related behaviours.
  • Describe the key positive psychology approaches that contribute to wellbeing

Assessment tasks

  • Essay
  • Health-related advertisement
  • Final exam

Problem Solving and Research Capability

Our graduates should be capable of researching; of analysing, and interpreting and assessing data and information in various forms; of drawing connections across fields of knowledge; and they should be able to relate their knowledge to complex situations at work or in the world, in order to diagnose and solve problems. We want them to have the confidence to take the initiative in doing so, within an awareness of their own limitations.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Delineate between the biological/medical approaches to health and the biopsychosocial approaches.
  • Explain the type of empirical research that underpins our understanding of health status as well as commonly used research modalities and research challenges in health settings.
  • Identify and explain the major theories that attempt to explain health related behaviour.
  • Explain the role of cognitive and affective factors as determinants of health status.
  • Describe aspects of health communications that are determinants of health status.
  • Explain stress and coping in relation to chronic illness.
  • Identify common approaches to modifying health beliefs and behaviors.
  • Describe overarching role of culture as a determinant of health and health-related behaviours.

Assessment tasks

  • Essay
  • Health-related advertisement
  • Final exam

Creative and Innovative

Our graduates will also be capable of creative thinking and of creating knowledge. They will be imaginative and open to experience and capable of innovation at work and in the community. We want them to be engaged in applying their critical, creative thinking.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Identify and explain the major theories that attempt to explain health related behaviour.
  • Explain the role of cognitive and affective factors as determinants of health status.
  • Describe aspects of health communications that are determinants of health status.
  • Identify common approaches to modifying health beliefs and behaviors.
  • Describe overarching role of culture as a determinant of health and health-related behaviours.

Assessment tasks

  • Essay
  • Health-related advertisement

Effective Communication

We want to develop in our students the ability to communicate and convey their views in forms effective with different audiences. We want our graduates to take with them the capability to read, listen, question, gather and evaluate information resources in a variety of formats, assess, write clearly, speak effectively, and to use visual communication and communication technologies as appropriate.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Describe aspects of health communications that are determinants of health status.
  • Identify common approaches to modifying health beliefs and behaviors.

Assessment tasks

  • Essay
  • Health-related advertisement

Engaged and Ethical Local and Global citizens

As local citizens our graduates will be aware of indigenous perspectives and of the nation's historical context. They will be engaged with the challenges of contemporary society and with knowledge and ideas. We want our graduates to have respect for diversity, to be open-minded, sensitive to others and inclusive, and to be open to other cultures and perspectives: they should have a level of cultural literacy. Our graduates should be aware of disadvantage and social justice, and be willing to participate to help create a wiser and better society.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Delineate between the biological/medical approaches to health and the biopsychosocial approaches.
  • Describe aspects of health communications that are determinants of health status.
  • Describe overarching role of culture as a determinant of health and health-related behaviours.

Assessment task

  • Health-related advertisement

Socially and Environmentally Active and Responsible

We want our graduates to be aware of and have respect for self and others; to be able to work with others as a leader and a team player; to have a sense of connectedness with others and country; and to have a sense of mutual obligation. Our graduates should be informed and active participants in moving society towards sustainability.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Describe aspects of health communications that are determinants of health status.
  • Explain stress and coping in relation to chronic illness.
  • Describe overarching role of culture as a determinant of health and health-related behaviours.

Assessment task

  • Health-related advertisement

Capable of Professional and Personal Judgement and Initiative

We want our graduates to have emotional intelligence and sound interpersonal skills and to demonstrate discernment and common sense in their professional and personal judgement. They will exercise initiative as needed. They will be capable of risk assessment, and be able to handle ambiguity and complexity, enabling them to be adaptable in diverse and changing environments.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the type of empirical research that underpins our understanding of health status as well as commonly used research modalities and research challenges in health settings.
  • Identify and explain the major theories that attempt to explain health related behaviour.
  • Explain the role of cognitive and affective factors as determinants of health status.
  • Describe aspects of health communications that are determinants of health status.
  • Explain stress and coping in relation to chronic illness.
  • Identify common approaches to modifying health beliefs and behaviors.

Assessment tasks

  • Health-related advertisement
  • Final exam

Commitment to Continuous Learning

Our graduates will have enquiring minds and a literate curiosity which will lead them to pursue knowledge for its own sake. They will continue to pursue learning in their careers and as they participate in the world. They will be capable of reflecting on their experiences and relationships with others and the environment, learning from them, and growing - personally, professionally and socially.

This graduate capability is supported by:

Learning outcomes

  • Explain the type of empirical research that underpins our understanding of health status as well as commonly used research modalities and research challenges in health settings.
  • Identify and explain the major theories that attempt to explain health related behaviour.
  • Explain the role of cognitive and affective factors as determinants of health status.
  • Describe aspects of health communications that are determinants of health status.
  • Explain stress and coping in relation to chronic illness.

Assessment tasks

  • Essay
  • Health-related advertisement
  • Final exam

Changes since First Published

Date Description
20/02/2017 I have changed the dates of the Essay and health advert assignments