Foundations of Psychology and Sociology for Health Professionals

Course code PSYC2505Units 10Level 2000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

This course is primarily designed for students enrolled in the Faculty of Health degree programs only.

Health professionals are faced with the task of dealing with health related medical issues and also with the psychological and sociological impact of ill health. This course is multidisciplinary comprising elements of psychology and sociology relevant to the practice of allied health professionals. It initially covers core areas of the disciplines of psychology that impact on the physical and mental health of the population. The course then covers the relationship between psychological factors and health with a focus on pain, anxiety, stress and depression. Students will also develop their understanding of the psychological and sociological factors that impact on health and health care. This course will be delivered using a combination of on campus face-to-face lectures and student self-directed learning modules. The face-to-face lectures will cover specific content areas during the early, middle and end of the course. The majority of content will be in the form of textbook and online materials.

NOTE: Students who have placements and therefore may not be able to attend the exam during the formal exam period will need to discuss their individual situation with the co-ordinator as early as possible to the commencement of the course.

Available in 2015

Callaghan CampusSemester 2
Previously offered in 2014
ObjectivesStudents who successfully complete the course will have:

1. developed an appreciation of different core areas of psychology and sociology that have contributed to intervention, treatment strategies, and health policy;
2. increased their critical knowledge about abnormal behaviour;
3. gained an initial understanding of the factors that impact on diagnosis and treatment in a professional health setting.
ContentThe course will cover key issues such as: pain, stress, anxiety, depression, psychosis as they relate to allied health professionals. The sociological component of the course introduces sociological approaches to health and well being. The content encourages students to think about how social determinants impact on health and society, including how health services are delivered. A goal of this course is to make health professionals aware of the impact of psychological and sociological factors for their future work in health settings
Replacing Course(s)Replacing PSYC1030 and SOCA2490 for OT program. Replacing MRSC2400 and MRSC2450 for the Medical Radiation Science programs
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeFirst year human bioscience
Modes of DeliveryDistance Learning : IT Based
Flexible Delivery / Student Centred Learning
Internal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Self Directed Learning
Assessment Items
Essays / Written AssignmentsShort homework assignments related to the Text chapters will be due during the semester
Examination: FormalFinal Exam based on course content: this will be held on campus during the formal exam period.
Contact HoursSelf Directed Learning: for 4 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Lecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 6 weeks
Compulsory Components
Requisite by EnrolmentStudents enrolled in the Bachelor of Psychology (Honours) 12362 or the Bachelor of Psychology 11394 may not enrol in this course.
Timetables2015 Course Timetables for PSYC2505