City University of Hong Kong Information on a Course offered by Department of Applied Social Sciences with effect from Semester A in 2014/2015
Part I Course Title:
Introduction to Health Psychology
No. of Credit Units:
Medium of Instruction:
Medium of Assessment:
SS2028 Basic Psychology II; and SS3708 Design and Analysis for Psychological Research II; and Prerequisites: (Course Code and Title): SS3711 Biological Psychology Precursors: (Course Code and Title):
Equivalent Courses: (Course Code and Title):
SS4715 Health Psychology
Exclusive Courses: (Course Code and Title):
Part II 1.
The course aims to provide an overview of health psychology. Given the wide array of topics that fall within the scope of health psychology, this course is intended to expose students to some of the major theoretical, assessment, and intervention issues in health, illness and disease, enhancing students’ knowledge of health psychology creatively through a discoveryenhanced learning strategy.
Course Intended Learning Outcomes (CILOs) Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to: No. CILOs 1.
2. 3. 4. 3.
Describe major theories and principles in addition to methods and issues in psychological research relevant to health and illness; Explain the psychosocial and biological basis of health and illness; Evaluate critically how psychological, social, and cultural factors affect health and illness; and Analyse psychological aspects of health promotion and disease prevention.
Weighting (if applicable) 20%
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Teaching and learning Activities (TLAs) (Indicative of likely activities and tasks designed to facilitate students’ achievement of the CILOs. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course)
CILO No. CILO 1 CILO 2 CILO 3 CILO 4
Hours/course (if applicable)
Describe the TLAs: TLA1: Lectures Major theories and principles and concepts in health psychology are described and explained, with emphasis on the utility of various psychological paradigms in testing specific hypotheses in different areas of health psychology. Students will be engaged in discussion and interaction that serve to stimulate their creative thinking and brainstorm innovative ideas on selected issues related to health psychology. Lectures will either expand upon the text by considering some topics in greater detail, or include material not discussed in the text. TLA2: Tutorials Tutorial discussion provides an interactive environment for students to develop creative and critical thinking. Through tutorial discussion, students can learn to examine assumptions and key themes of theories in health psychology via discovery-enhanced learning. Tutorials are designed to promote students’ discovery of the association between research and real-life experiences, whilst also promoting a thirst for students’ active learning of health psychology. TLA3: Self-learning activities Self-learning activities include group project and assignment. Students are provided with chance to explore in depth through self-discovery a current issue addressed within health psychology (current prevention programs, health concerns, health issues, i.e. obesity, abuse, eating disorders etc) in small group. These activities are meant to be a fun and interesting way to increase students’ comprehension of course material and to help students apply theories of health psychology to everyday life.
Assessment Tasks/Activities (Indicative of likely activities and tasks designed to assess how well the students achieve the CILOs. Final details will be provided to students in their first week of attendance in this course)
CILO No. 1-3 2-4 2-4 2-4
Type of assessment tasks/activities AT1: Quiz AT2: Group project AT3: Written assignment AT4: Practical Exercises
Weighting (if applicable) State CILOS in percentages 50% 20% 15% 15%
Further description of ATs: AT1: Quiz (50%) One quiz is set to assess students’ abilities in mastering, applying and synthesizing the theories and concepts explained in this course. AT2: Group project (20%) Group project assesses students’ competence in integrating theories and research skills to analyze a specific topic in health psychology. Students work in small groups to collect data (if required) and present their findings in tutorials. AT3: Written assignment (15%) The assignment is designed to assess students’ ability to evaluate critically research and to generate new and innovative ideas in health psychology. AT4: Practical Exercises (15%) Practical exercises are designed to consolidate students’ understanding of core theories and concepts in health psychology. Small group activities will be launched in tutorials to build up students’ skills in applying theories of health psychology to everyday life. 5.
Grading of Student Achievement: Refer to Grading of Courses in the Academic Regulations.
Letter Grade A+ A AB+ B BC+ C CD F
Grading criteria in relation to CILOs Evidence of original thinking and writing with strong grasp of subject matter displayed. Excellent ability to analyse and synthesise with good organisation, planning and writing. Evidence of some understanding of subject matter. Some evidence of critical capacity and reasonable analytic ability. Reasonable understanding of issues related to subject matter together with evidence of familiarity with subject material literature. Student who is gaining some learning from the course subject matter, demonstrating some familiarity and understanding with the subject matter. Ability to develop sufficient solutions to simple problems in the material. Sufficient familiarity with the subject matter to enable the student to progress without repeating the course. Minimal or no evidence of familiarity with the subject matter. Lacking in originality. No evidence of critical or analytical skills. Limited, irrelevant or no use of literature.
Part III 1.
Keyword Syllabus: Biopsychosocial Model in Health Psychology. Symptom Perception and Illness Representation. Health-Compromising and Health-Enhancing Behaviours. Primary Prevention and Health Promotion. Stress and Coping. Patient-Provider Relations and Patient Adherence. Pain. Psychosocial Issues in Acute, Chronic, and Terminal Illness.
Recommended Readings: Taylor, S. E. (2006). Health psychology (6th ed.). LA: McGraw-Hill. Other Reading: Brannon, L., & Feist, J. (2006). Health psychology: An introduction to behavior and health (6th ed.). Belmont, CA: Wadsworth Publishing. DiMatteo, M. R., & Martin, L. R. (2002). Health psychology. Boston: Allyn & Bacon. Ogden, J. (2007). Health psychology: A textbook (4th ed.). New York: Open University Press. Marks, D. F. (2002). The health psychology reader. London: Sage. Marks, D. F., Murray, M. P., Evans, B., Willig, C., Sykes, C. M., & Woodall, C. (2005). Health psychology: Theory, research and practice. London: Sage. Marks, D. F., & Yardley, L. (2003). Research methods for clinical and health psychology. London: Sage. Morrison, V., & Bennett, P. (2006). An introduction to health psychology. Essex: Prentice-Hall. Journals: British Journal of Health Psychology Journal of Health Psychology Health Psychology