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Introduction to Psychological Health and Wellbeing (PSY172)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S2-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S2
Description Psychology has an important role in designing systems that make people happy, healthy and productive. This unit will critically examine the concepts of 'health', 'wellbeing' and 'happiness', and will demonstrate how to add quality to people's lives, through research-guided practice and the application of behaviour change principles. Topic areas include: coping with and overcoming psychological pain and stress, addictions and disabilities; in addition to promoting healthier behaviour in the community.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. List and describe the key differences between the cognitive /medical disease models and a natural science perspective in understanding and facilitating behaviour change.
2. List and define the principles of behaviour that account for why particular behaviours are maintained, increased or decreased in frequency.
3. Describe the application of the principles of behaviour used to facilitate personal, and community, health and wellbeing.
4. Apply understanding of the basic theoretical and practical behavioural principles for the design, implementation and evaluation of a personal behaviour change program.
5. Report the results of a psychological study using the conventional formats for the discipline.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; Tutorials: 1 hour per week.
Unit Learning Experiences The approach to learning in this unit is one that combines structured learning sessions to develop the required knowledge and skills, with a guided self-directed project to apply these skills. The unit content is drawn from and structured by a core textbook; additional material is provided on Moodle for self-directed study. The additional material often takes the form of videos or popular media programs. These are selected to support learning for the more challenging topics and to demonstrate the connection between the theory and research covered in the unit and their translation into positive outcomes for the community.
Assessment Learning in the unit is assessed through the use of an online quiz and a final theory exam, and through the design, implementation and reporting of a self-management project. Feedback is provided regularly through the tutorials in regard to progress on the project and through grading of the online quiz and final examination tasks.
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science (BSportExSc) [New in 2018]
Human Behaviour
Sport and Exercise Science + Clinical Exercise Physiology (BSportExSc)+(GradDipClinExPhys) [New in 2018]
Sport and Health Science (BSc) [New in 2014]
Appears in these Co-Majors Health Education Minor Teaching Area
Human Behaviour
Psychological Studies
Appears in these Minors Sport Psychology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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