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2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

PSYC3501 Health Psychology

15 creditsClass Size: 70

Module manager: Prof Daryl O'Connor
Email: d.b.o'

Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable

Year running 2021/22

Pre-requisite qualifications

Successful completion of Year 2 of:
BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology (and its International and Industrial variants)

This module is not approved as a discovery module


This module aims to provide in depth coverage of empirical, conceptual and theoretical issues relating to 'Health Psychology'. The module will be taught by an expert in the subject.
Students will continue to develop their knowledge in this area of the discipline with particular emphasis on relevant research.

Learning outcomes
On completion of this module, students will be able to critically discuss psychological aspects of health within a biopsychosocial paradigm and will be able to critically evaluate recent empirical evidence that shows the extent to which psychological constructs and individual differences can explain broad variations in health and illness, and can be used in the promotion and maintenance of health.

Skills outcomes
- Knowledge of health psychology theories and models that can be applied to real-world health issues.
- Literature reviewing and presentation skills
- Peer group teaching.


- The biopsychosocial model of health and illness
- Stress and health
- Work and Stress
- Beliefs and health decision-making
- Illness cognitions
- Personality & Health
- Pain
- Identification of risk
- Message framing and health behaviours
- Suicide.

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Drop-in Session12.001.00
Independent online learning hours10.00
Private study hours120.50
Total Contact hours19.50
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)150.00

Private study

- 77 hours: 7 hours per lecture
- 6 hours: Seminar/Peer Group Teaching Exercise
- 37.5 hours: Exam Revision

Independent online learning
- 10 hours: contribution to discussion boards/VLE after each lecture.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

Students will be asked to present either:
1) a mini review of empirical literature, or
2) to develop a health promotion poster based upon health psychological theory in week 5, as part of a peer group teaching exercise.

The peer group teaching exercise must be passed for students to progress.

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
Group ProjectPeer group teaching exercise0.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)0.00

The peer group teaching exercise must be passed for students to progress.

Exam typeExam duration% of formal assessment
Online Time-Limited assessment2 hr 00 mins100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Exams)100.00

Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 30/06/2021 15:21:45


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