Module code: PSYM115

Module provider


Module Leader

SMITH KJ Dr (Psychology)

Number of Credits


ECT Credits



FHEQ Level 7

JACs code


Module cap (Maximum number of students)


Module Availability

Semester 1

Overall student workload

Independent Study Hours: 128

Lecture Hours: 22

Assessment pattern

Assessment type Unit of assessment Weighting

Alternative Assessment


Prerequisites / Co-requisites


Module overview

This module provides students with an understanding of the professional and transferrable skills useful for a career in health psychology. Students will also gain an awareness of professional issues in health psychology. We will encourage students to think reflexively on how to apply professional and transferrable skills in the context of patient, social and structural issues that are impacting on contemporary health psychology. The module has been designed in accordance with requirements (stage 1) of the British Psychological Society's Division of Health Psychology accreditation criteria. This module addresses the following curriculum areas of a British Psychological Society accredited degree: Professional issues, contexts and perspectives in health psychology, client groups and other stakeholders, health-related behaviors and cognitions, interventions and healthcare and professional settings. This module will help students to learn to think critically and reflexively about the application of health psychology skills in different contemporary health issues.

Module aims

Equip students with an awareness of the practical and transferable skills useful in health psychology.

Start to develop key transferrable skills useful for health psychology practice.

Equip students with an awareness of the contemporary issues impacting on health and health psychology practice

Encourage students to reflect and critically engage with individual, social and structural issues impacting on contemporary health psychology practice and the role health psychologists could have in helping with these issues.

Learning outcomes

Attributes Developed
1. Develop key transferable skills useful for professional practice in health psychology KCPT
2. Have an awareness of some of the contemporary health issues facing health psychologists KCPT
3. Be able to reflect on the role of health psychologists and their transferable skills in contemporary health KCPT

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Module content

Indicative content includes:

Thinking about health and health psychologists
Developing transferable skills relevant to health psychology practice
Learning about patient/individual level issues in contemporary health psychology
Learning about social issues in contemporary health psychology
Learning about structural issues in contemporary health psychology

Methods of Teaching / Learning

The learning and teaching strategy is designed to:

Develop the reflective skills of students, develop communication skills through classroom-based discussion and assessment, encourage students to consider the skills useful for becoming a health psychologist, make students aware of the individual, social and structural issues impacting on contemporary health psychology and develop students ability to consider how they would apply the skills they learn about within contemporary health psychology.

The learning and teaching methods include:

11 x 2hr lectures including in-class discussion and learning exercises

Assessment Strategy

The assessment strategy is designed to provide students with the opportunity to demonstrate their reflective and transferrable (focus on communication) skills.

Thus, the summative assessment for this module consists of:

Communication exercise 5-8 minute video explaining a contemporary health issue to lay (non-scientific) audience 30% (addresses learning outcome:  1 and 2)
Critical reflection (3000 words). Students will choose 1 individual, 1 social and 1 structural issue to discuss. They will use evidence and reflection to critically reflect on how the skills they have learnt about are useful for health psychologists in addressing each contemporary health issue (addresses learning outcome: 1, 2 and 3)


Written feedback is provided by the course convenor on both assignments. Students will also be given the opportunity to complete a short formative written reflection at the end of week 3. Students will receive feedback on this formative piece of work so they can apply that to their reflective assignment.


Reading list


Programmes this module appears in

Programme Semester Classification Qualifying conditions
Health Psychology MSc 1 Compulsory A weighted aggregate mark of 50% is required to pass the module

Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2017/8 academic year.