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Changing Behaviour in Policy and Practice: The Psychology of Influence (PSY609)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Description In order to translate research findings about human behaviour into policies that improve health, economic and social relations, we need to understand the basics of attitudinal and behavioural change. This course provides a scaffold for an evidence-based approach to behavioural and social change. The emphasis will be on applying this knowledge to specific pressing health and social issues such as immunisation uptake, antibiotic overuse, obesity, occupational safety, environmentally sustainable behaviours and inter-group relations.
Timetabled Learning Activities Three and a half hour teaching blocs ('modules') scheduled weekly over six weeks (total 21 hours), with a final three hour bloc scheduled three weeks after the final weekly class (unit total 24 hours).
Each weekly module contains: Lectures: 1 hour per week; lecturer-led discussions: 1 hour per week; facilitated group work: 1.5 hours per week.
Final module consists of student presentations of campaign projects, with constructive feedback from peers and teaching staff.
Unit Learning Experiences The principal method of learning is through discussion, analysis and particularly, case study based learning approaches. Teaching approaches are oriented towards adult learning principles. The quality of the learning experience expected to be gained by each participant is dependent not only on the design of the unit and conduct of lecture sessions, but also on the contributions to class discussions and individual participants' commitment to the discovery of knowledge manifest especially through preparation for, and participation in, classroom activities. Students will also 'learn by doing', with the assessments geared towards practical application of theory and analysis.
Assessment Essay: 2500 words, 40%, Individual, due end of teaching period
Presentation and Participation: 10 min presentation, 35%, Individual, due end of teaching period
Essay: 1500 words, 25%, Individual, due mid teaching period
Prerequisites Nil.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Master of Health Administration, Policy and Leadership (MHAPL) [New in 2016]
Master of Public Policy and Management (MPPM)
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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