BSc Psychology

Year of entry: 2020

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Course unit details:
Interventions to Improve Mental Health and Wellbeing

Unit code PSYC21032
Credit rating 10
Unit level Level 2
Teaching period(s) Semester 2
Offered by Division of Psychology and Mental Health
Available as a free choice unit? No


This is a Level 5 course unit for the BSc (Hons) Psychology, placed within the Adaptability & Wellbeing Theme. This course unit builds upon the topics introduced in Year 1 and is part of the process of preparing students for independent study and project work at Level 6. Students will be expected to be familiar with basic ideas and concepts as covered in PSYC11512 Foundations of Health Psychology and PSYC11412 Foundations of Mental Health and Distress.



The unit aims to:

1)     Introduce the theory, research and practice of the most recent advances in improving mental health and wellbeing

2)     Build awareness and understanding of the key interventions for improving mental health and well-being and their scientific bases

3)     Equip students with a basic understanding of the importance of the relationships between theory, research, policy and practice for improving mental health and well-being

4)     Emphasise and expand on the wider contextual and service issues in development and delivery of interventions for mental health and wellbeing

5)        Highlight implications of considering diversity and difference for developing and delivering interventions


Teaching and learning methods

This unit will include 12 90-minute lectures five 2-hour laboratory classes.

E-learning provision: Lecture content (PowerPoint), key papers, supplementary reading, links to relevant online resources, and a monitored discussion board will be provided via Blackboard.


Knowledge and understanding

  • Understand the key theoretical approaches to developing interventions for mental health and well-being.
  • Understand how clinical principles and techniques are applied to specific problems within community, health and mental health settings
  • Understand the current limitations and future directions of psychological interventions within health and mental health service settings.

Intellectual skills

  • Understand the relationship between theory, evidence, policy and practice in the development, delivery and evaluation of psychological interventions
  • Develop their skill in critical thinking and ability to critique a range of theories and methodologies utilised for researching mental health and well-being
  • Plan and construct written arguments based on appropriate empirical evidence

Practical skills

  • Engage in the practice of key skills involved in development and delivery of psychological interventions through the use of written tools, questioning methods and problem-solving techniques
  • With guidance, conduct research on a topic in mental health and wellbeing
  • Structure research results in a clear and coherent report format, presenting concise and persuasive arguments
  • Write research reports in accordance with APA guidelines

Transferable skills and personal qualities

  • Apply a forward-thinking, scientific and flexible approaches to mental health and wellbeing interventions that can be applied in work settings and everyday life
  • Independently gather and select the most relevant information from a body of work using a range of sources (library, internet, electronic databases) to gather information
  • Produce a written summary of research for an educated audience
  • Work effectively in teams 

Assessment methods

60 minute multiple choice exam worth 40% of unit. 

2500 word laboratory report worth 60% of unit. 

Feedback methods

  • Students are encouraged to post general or specific queries regarding the course content on the discussion boards for this unit on Blackboard.
  • Students are encouraged to ask and respond to questions during teaching sessions, allowing the lecturers to provide greater detail or clarification where it is needed.
  • Students will have opportunities for feedback during the laboratory sessions.
  • Students will have access to practice multiple choice questions (MCQs) online to test their knowledge ahead of the exam.

Study hours

Scheduled activity hours
Lectures 18
Practical classes & workshops 10
Independent study hours
Independent study 72

Teaching staff

Staff member Role
Dawn Edge Unit coordinator

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