2021/22 Taught Postgraduate Module Catalogue
PSYC5906M Health Behaviour Change: Theories, Methods and Interventions
20 creditsClass Size: 60
Module manager: Professor Mark Conner
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsAt least an upper second class honours degree in Psychology or a discipline containing a substantial amount of psychology and research methods training.
|PSYC5907M||Theory and Intervention in Food and Nutrition|
|PSYC5912M||Psychology of Patient Safety|
This module is mutually exclusive with
|PSYC5905M||Current Themes in Neuropsychology and Neuroscience|
|PSYC5910M||The Psychology of Ageing and Dementia|
|PSYC5911M||Typical and Disordered Development|
Module replacesPSYC5620M Understanding, Predicting and Changing Health Behaviours (15 credits)
This module is not approved as an Elective
Module summaryThis module will introduce, describe and evaluate research around a range of different health behaviours and reflect on what health psychology research has contributed to the understanding and changing of such behaviours at the individual level of analysis.
ObjectivesOn completion of this module, students should be able to provide an in depth account and critical evaluation of the following:
What social cognition models contribute to our understanding and predicting health behaviours;
The major social cognition models of health behaviour;
The operationalisation of a social cognition model to a health behaviour;
How social cognition models might be used to change health behaviours.
By the end of this module, students should be able to -
Describe and critically evaluate a range of social cognition models.
Critically evaluate alternative social cognition models as applied to health behaviours.
Critically reflect on how social cognition models can be used to direct effects to change health behaviours.
Ability to evaluate and apply a range of social cognition models to health behaviours.
The module will focus on what theories, methods and interventions have contributed to our understanding of health behaviour and how to change them in light of recent literature. The key theories, behaviour change techniques and methods will be outlined along with representative research in the health-arena employing these approaches to the understanding and changing of health behaviours. As part of developing their full and reflective knowledge and evaluation of these theories, students will learn how to operationalise the theories in order to further understanding of a health behaviour and how to critically evaluate interventions to change them.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||165.00|
|Total Contact hours||35.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||200.00|
Private studyStudents will have 166 private study hours. We envisage that this time will be spent thus:
Reading for each lecture: 10 x 6 hours = 60 hours
Preparing in-class presentation (group learning task, presenting application of one model) = 30 hours
Revision and exam practice = 40 hours
For the remaining 36 hours we anticipate that students will use electronic materials, participate in e-learning, and on-line discussion.
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudent progress will be monitored primarily through participation in group discussion in each class session where each student within the group will be required to contribute. In addition the midcourse group learning session will take the form of a presentation of the application of one social cognition model to a particular health behaviour and consideration of implications for changing this health behaviour. The other students plus the academic member of staff will give feedback on the presentation. In addition, the presentation will receive a mark (10% of total).
Students have the opportunity to attend a feedback session where they can view the marker's comments on their exam paper.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Oral Presentation||Group Presentation||10.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||10.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||2 hr||90.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||90.00|
Reading listThere is no reading list for this module
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