PSYC339-21S1 (C) Semester One 2021

Health Psychology and Behaviour Change

30 points

Details:
Start Date: Monday, 22 February 2021
End Date: Sunday, 27 June 2021
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Sunday, 7 March 2021
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 14 May 2021

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 2021

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 11:00 - 12:00 Rehua 009
22 Feb - 28 Mar
26 Apr - 6 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 12:00 - 13:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
22 Feb - 4 Apr
3 May - 6 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 10:00 - 12:00 Rehua 427 Technology Workshop (23/2-2/3, 16/3-30/3, 27/4-4/5, 18/5-1/6)
Rehua 008 Computer Lab (9/3, 11/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
02 Tuesday 14:00 - 16:00 E12 (23/2-2/3, 16/3-30/3, 27/4-4/5, 18/5-1/6)
Jack Erskine 010 Computer Lab (9/3, 11/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
03 Thursday 11:00 - 13:00 E12 (25/2-4/3, 18/3-1/4, 29/4-6/5, 20/5-3/6)
Rehua 008 Computer Lab (11/3)
Ernest Rutherford 212 Computer Lab (13/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun
04 Wednesday 16:00 - 18:00 Karl Popper 612 (24/2-3/3, 17/3-31/3, 28/4-5/5, 19/5-2/6)
Rehua 008 Computer Lab (10/3, 12/5)
22 Feb - 4 Apr
26 Apr - 6 Jun

Examination and Formal Tests

Test A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 E9 Lecture Theatre
26 Apr - 2 May
02 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 E5 Lecture Theatre
26 Apr - 2 May

Course Coordinator / Lecturer

Roeline Kuijer

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Fieldwork Report 25%
Lab Reports / Assignments 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 $1,754.00

International fee $8,875.00

* All fees are inclusive of NZ GST or any equivalent overseas tax, 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.

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