BEHV 0008 Psychological Foundations of Health (WSTC)

Credit Points 10

Legacy Code 900123

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Description This unit provides an introduction to the psychology of health and behaviour relevant to understanding patient health decisions and outcomes. Students will be introduced to psychology and health to understand the tradition and relevance of psychology to nursing. This unit also includes foundation topics such as models of health and illness, health-behaviour change models, risk-taking behaviour, stress and health, learning and conditioning, personality and health, human development over the lifespan, death and dying, as well as group dynamics in health. These topics are offered as basic principles, theories, and models of psychology related to health behaviours, future learning, and professional practice in nursing.

School Western Sydney The College

Student Contribution Band HECS Band 1 10cp

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Level Undergraduate Level 0 Preparatory subject

Restrictions This subject is only available to College students enrolled in Foundation Studies programs.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this subject, students should be able to:
  1. Apply basic terminology, principles, theories, and models of psychology to account for health decisions and behaviours.
  2. Reflect on personal health decisions and behaviour and relate this to psychological principles introduced in this unit.
  3. Demonstrate a foundational understanding of individual and group differences and the impact of these when working with people from diverse backgrounds.
  4. Effectively present thoughtful, considered views, arguments and information in written and oral formats, and
  5. Apply group dynamics principles for effective team work and group management, along with the ability to monitor one�fs own work and others�f work and performance.

Subject Content

Introduction to psychology and health
Models of health and illness
Health-behaviour change models
Risk-taking behaviours
Stress and health
Learning and conditioning
Personality and health
Human development
Death and dying
Group dynamics in health
Introduction to psychology and health
Models of health and illness
Health-behaviour change models
Risk-taking behaviours
Stress and health
Learning and conditioning
Personality and health
Human development
Death and dying
Group dynamics in health

Assessment

The following table summarises the standard assessment tasks for this subject. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated, where there is a difference your Learning Guide takes precedence.

Item Length Percent Threshold Individual/Group Task
Presentation - 1A: Script plan 10%; 1B: In-class delivery 20% (changed to hand-in submission in term 1) 300 Words: 15-minutes plus 5-minute group activity and audience questions (changed to 12 slides in term 1) 30 N Individual
Reflection 500 – 700 words 35 N Individual
Quiz 2 hours 35 N Individual

Teaching Periods

2022 Trimester 1

Nirimba Education Precinct

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2022 Trimester 3

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