PSYC339-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Health Psychology and Behaviour Change

30 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019

Description

This is an introductory course in health psychology. The focus is on the contributions of behavioural science to the promotion of health and the treatment of illness. Topics covered include determinants of health-related behaviours (e.g. smoking, diet), individual and population approaches to behaviour change, stress and coping, adjustment to illness.

Health psychology is concerned with understanding human behaviour in the context of physical health and illness. As such the field is a large one and this course aims to introduce students to a range of topics in the field. Topics include health promotion and prevention, determinants of health-related behaviours (e.g. smoking, diet, exercise), stress and coping, patient-practitioner communication, pain and its management, and management of chronic and serious illness. Health psychology applies theories from various psychological sub-disciples and as such has a natural affinity with several other courses at the undergraduate and graduate level including abnormal, social, personality, developmental and industrial-organizational psychology. PSYC339 is recommended preparation for PSYC434 Health Psychology: Theories and interventions (advanced course in health psychology).

Learning Outcomes

The general aims of the course are:
 To provide students with a broad overview of the field of health psychology
 To develop an understanding and appreciation of the complex interplay between physical well-being and a variety of biological, psychological, and social factors
 To encourage interest in the area of health psychology
 To encourage critical thinking about health psychological issues

Pre-requisites

Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 031 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 140 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 140 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 16:00 - 18:00 Karl Popper 612 (26/2, 12/3-2/4, 30/4, 14/5-28/5)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (5/3, 7/5)
25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
02 Wednesday 15:00 - 17:00 Jack Erskine 111 (27/2, 13/3-3/4, 1/5, 15/5-29/5)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (6/3, 8/5)
25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
03 Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 E14 Lecture Theatre (28/2, 14/3-4/4, 2/5, 16/5-30/5)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (7/3, 9/5)
25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
04 Thursday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 235 (28/2, 14/3-4/4, 2/5, 16/5-30/5)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (7/3, 9/5)
25 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Roeline Kuijer

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Fieldwork Report 25%
Lab Reports 10%
Test 25%
Final Exam 40%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Abraham, C., Conner, M., Jones, F., & O'Connor, D; Health Psychology; 2nd Edition; Routledge, 2016.

Course links

Library portal

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,701.00

International fee $8,000.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see School of Psychology, Speech and Hearing on the department and colleges page.

All PSYC339 Occurrences

  • PSYC339-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019