HEALTH PSYCHOLOGY - 2021/2
Module code: PSY3073
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This module introduces students to the key theories and methods of health psychology and focuses on a number of research areas including health behaviour and behaviour change, help seeking and access to health care and chronic conditions and their management.
OGDEN Jane (Psychology)
Number of Credits: 15
ECTS Credits: 7.5
Framework: FHEQ Level 6
JACs code: C841
Module cap (Maximum number of students): N/A
The course will be based around such topics as: theories and models in health psychology, the role of health beliefs in understanding health behaviour, changing health behaviour, help seeking, the role of psychology in understanding and managing chronic conditions such as cancer, coronary heart disease, obesity, HIV, and pain.
The lecture plan will probably be as follows:
1.Introduction to health psychology
4. Behaviour change
5. Help seeking
6. Stress and coping
7. Women’s health
10. Sexual health, HIV and AIDs
11. Course overview
|Assessment type||Unit of assessment||Weighting|
|Coursework||6 sided leaflet for changing behaviour||25|
The summative assessment for this module consists of:
6 sided leaflet (6 pages, 25%)
Design a 6 sided leaflet drawing upon theories of behaviour and behaviour change to change a behaviour of your choice
Examination (90 mins, 75%)
The exam will involve answering 2 essay questions chosen from 6 questions reflecting 6 out of 9 of the areas covered on the course.
Justification for assessment methods
Both assessments will address all learning outcomes.
- The course aims to develop a critical understanding of the theories, methods, and applications underpinning health psychology. It aims to demonstrate how a scientific understanding of behaviour can be applied to understanding and changing health behaviours and outcomes in physical illness It aims to illustrate how psychological factors influence the experience of health and illness and can impact upon health outcomes.
|001||Critical understanding of the theories and methods underpinning health psychology||KCPT|
|002||Critical understanding of the predictors of health behaviours, how health behaviours contribute to physical health, and how health behaviours can be changed effectively||KC|
|003||Critical understanding of the role of psychology in understanding physical health outcomes and how psychological interventions can help improve health outcomes in chronic disease||KC|
C - Cognitive/analytical
K - Subject knowledge
T - Transferable skills
P - Professional/Practical skills
Overall student workload
Independent Study Hours: 128
Lecture Hours: 22
Methods of Teaching / Learning
The learning and teaching methods include:
11 x 2 hour lectures, 2 x 1 hour optional drop in sessions and 128 hours of independent study, which involve:
Week 1 - Lecture setting the scene for the module with a general overview of critical thinking
Weeks 2-10 – lectures presenting information regarding a specific myth with time for small group tasks and class discussion
Weeks 3 and 4 – hour long optional drop in sessions to resolve queries on the coursework essay assessment.
Week 11 – A revision overview to consider key ideas, areas of critical thinking, skills and theories.
Formative feedback will be given each week.
Dedicated SurreyLearn page including space to discuss readings and the week’s critical questions.
Indicated Lecture Hours (which may also include seminars, tutorials, workshops and other contact time) are approximate and may include in-class tests where one or more of these are an assessment on the module. In-class tests are scheduled/organised separately to taught content and will be published on to student personal timetables, where they apply to taken modules, as soon as they are finalised by central administration. This will usually be after the initial publication of the teaching timetable for the relevant semester.
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Programmes this module appears in
|Psychology BSc (Hons)||2||Optional||A weighted aggregate mark of 40% 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 2021/2 academic year.