PSYC339-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020

Health Psychology and Behaviour Change

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 17 February 2020
End Date: Sunday, 21 June 2020
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 28 February 2020
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 29 May 2020

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 2020

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 10:00 - 11:00 E16 Lecture Theatre (19/2-18/3)
- (25/3, 22/4-27/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 11:00 Ernest Rutherford 140 (18/2-24/3)
- (21/4-26/5)
17 Feb - 29 Mar
20 Apr - 31 May
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Ernest Rutherford 140 (20/2-19/3)
Online Delivery (30/4-28/5)
17 Feb - 22 Mar
27 Apr - 31 May
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 13:00 - 15:00 Putaiao Koiora 275 (27/2, 12/3-19/3)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (5/3)
- (30/4-21/5)
24 Feb - 22 Mar
27 Apr - 24 May
02-P1 Monday 09:00 - 11:00 Jack Erskine 111 (24/2, 9/3-16/3)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (2/3)
- (23/3, 4/5-18/5)
24 Feb - 29 Mar
4 May - 24 May
02-P2 Tuesday 15:00 - 17:00 27 Apr - 3 May
03 Wednesday 14:00 - 16:00 Jack Erskine 446 (26/2, 11/3-18/3)
Psychology - Sociology 225 (4/3)
- (25/3, 29/4-20/5)
24 Feb - 29 Mar
27 Apr - 24 May

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 12:00 - 13:00 Online Delivery 20 Apr - 26 Apr

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 $1,735.00

International fee $8,500.00

* 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

  • PSYC339-20S1 (C) Semester One 2020