BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Foundations of Health Psychology

Unit code PSYC11512
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 1
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Available as a free choice unit? No


The course material will be delivered via lectures (with associated e-learning resources) and will be supported with 4 seminars. 


The unit aims to:

Introduce the concept of health.

Contrast the biomedical model with the biopsychosocial model.

Develop an understanding of approaches to stress.

Develop an understanding of the social cognition approach to predicting and changing health behaviour.

Promote an appreciation of the need for a strong empirical and research base to health psychology.

Develop basic critical evaluation skills.


Teaching and learning methods

This course is delivered via:

            10x 90 minute lectures

            4x 1 hour seminars


E-learning provision: Lecture content, supplementary reading and resources.


Knowledge and understanding

Understand the principal approaches to understanding health

Understand and describe, from theoretical and methodological perspectives, key psychological models which have been used to understand health and health behaviour

Intellectual skills

  • Appreciate the contributions health psychology research to health. Integrate findings from different fields of research to understand health. Ability to summarise the evidence base for findings from the main approaches to health psychology. 

Practical skills

  • Apply knowledge to real world cases in the field of health psychology.  

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Students will have the opportunity to develop their skills in: Synthesising information; summarising theories and evidence; critical thinking; evaluating research; working in groups; communicating effectively both orally and in writing; presenting concise and persuasive arguments 

Assessment methods

A 1500 word essay worth 100% of the unit. 

Feedback methods

Students will have an opportunity to discuss their essay plans in the final seminar for the unit, with verbal feedback and guidance from seminar leads.

Written feedback on work submitted will be provided via Blackboard, 3 weeks after submission


Recommended reading

French et al. (2010). Health Psychology. London: Wiley.  

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 15
Seminars 4
Independent study hours
Independent study 81

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Christopher Armitage Unit coordinator

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