This subject introduces students to community psychology and health psychology and reviews the major theories and empirical evidence as they relate to practice in these areas. Community psychology focuses on the prevention of problems by targeting whole sections of the community on issues such as behavioural problems in schools, substance abuse, ageing, unemployment, and individuals with disability. Health psychology recognises the importance of psychological well-being to physical health, and focuses at the preventative, secondary and tertiary levels of intervention with both individuals and groups. This subject emphasises the scientist-practitioner approach.
|Academic unit:||Faculty of Society & Design|
|Subject title:||Community and Health Psychology|
Delivery & attendance
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The Master of Psychology (Clinical) and Master of Professional Psychology programs are accredited pathways towards registration as a Psychologist. Entry into these programs is based on a calculated GPA derived from a completed four year sequence of study in Psychology as accredited by APAC as well as invitation into the degree. As such, this subject can only be taken by those students successfully admitted to the degree.
This subject is not available as a general elective. To be eligible for enrolment, the subject must be specified in the students’ program structure.
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Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs)
Program Learning Outcomes provide a broad and measurable set of standards that incorporate a range of knowledge and skills that will be achieved on completion of the program. If you are undertaking this subject as part of a degree program, you should refer to the relevant degree program outcomes and graduate attributes as they relate to this subject.
Subject Learning Outcomes (SLOs)
On successful completion of this subject the learner will be able to:
- Explain how the science and practice of health psychology is influenced by social, historical, professional and cultural contexts, and act ethically,
- Communicate effectively in a variety of formats and in a variety of contexts,
- Demonstrate comprehension and application of a broad and coherent body of knowledge of Psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach.
- Explain how basic psychological intervention strategies can be applied across a range of contexts including consideration of cultural responsiveness.
- Demonstrate basic assessment strategies in situations appropriate to psychological practice and knowledge of psychometric theory and principles of the construction, cultural considerations, implementation and interpretation of some of the more widely used standardised psychological test instruments.
|*Spoken Test §||Tutorial presentation and written summary||50%||Week 2||1, 2, 3, 4.|
|Case Analysis||Case study||50%||Week 9||1, 2, 3, 4, 5.|
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- * Assessment timing is indicative of the week that the assessment is due or begins (where conducted over multiple weeks), and is based on the standard University academic calendar
- C = Students must reach a level of competency to successfully complete this assessment.
|High Distinction||85-100||Outstanding or exemplary performance in the following areas: interpretative ability; intellectual initiative in response to questions; mastery of the skills required by the subject, general levels of knowledge and analytic ability or clear thinking.|
|Distinction||75-84||Usually awarded to students whose performance goes well beyond the minimum requirements set for tasks required in assessment, and who perform well in most of the above areas.|
|Credit||65-74||Usually awarded to students whose performance is considered to go beyond the minimum requirements for work set for assessment. Assessable work is typically characterised by a strong performance in some of the capacities listed above.|
|Pass||50-64||Usually awarded to students whose performance meets the requirements set for work provided for assessment.|
|Fail||0-49||Usually awarded to students whose performance is not considered to meet the minimum requirements set for particular tasks. The fail grade may be a result of insufficient preparation, of inattention to assignment guidelines or lack of academic ability. A frequent cause of failure is lack of attention to subject or assignment guidelines.|
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A student who has not established a basis for an extension in compliance with University and Faculty policy either by 1) not applying before the assessment due date or 2) by having an application rejected due to failure to show a justifiable cause for an extension, will receive a penalty on assessment submitted after its due date. The penalty will be 10% of marks awarded to that assessment for every day late, with the first day counted after the required submission time has passed. No assessment will be accepted for consideration seven calendar days after the due date. Where a student has been granted an extension, the late penalty starts from the new due date and time set out in the extension.
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Feedback on assessment
Feedback on assessment will be provided to students within two weeks of the assessment submission due date, as per the Assessment Policy.
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An overview of both community and health psychology will be presented.
Presentation of common research methods used in community and health psychology, as well as issues with patient compliance.
Presentation of the interaction between stress and its impact on health conditions.
A presentation of how chronic pain and health issues interact and psychological contributors to pain.
A presentation of the role of psychological factors in CVD, including the role of therapy for rehabilitation and recovery.
A presentation of the role of psychological contributions to cancer and the role in treatment and therapy.
A presentation of the factors involved in addiction and how community/health psychology is involved in treatment and rehabilitation.
An overview of common illness where psychologist are involved in therapy: diabetes, dementia, asthma and arthritis.
An overview of common illness where psychologist are involved in therapy: kidney disease, chronic fatigue/fibromyalgia, irritable bowel disease and companion animals.
A presentation of the role of psychology in obesity and eating disorders.
A presentation of the role of exercise in health conditions, and sleep disorders, and how psychologists are involved in treatment.
An overview of the differences in working with children with health issues, and stages of dying including grief.