Course Title: Applied Psychology Topics

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Applied Psychology Topics

Credit Points: 12.00


Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1407

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

BESC1407

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2017

BESC1410

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 2 2008,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016

Course Coordinator: Dr Merv Jackson

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7367

Course Coordinator Email: merv.jackson@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.08

Course Coordinator Availability: via email


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed:

  • BESC 1121/1122/1123/1380 Principles of Psychology OR
  • BESC 1124/1125/1126/1381 Foundations of Psychology

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


Course Description

The course applied psychology topics provides you with an opportunity to investigate psychology components associated with health and sports.  The health psychology component examines the nature of health psychology, its biopsychosocial approach and its relationship with behavioural health care. The topic examines topical social issues such as stress, eating problems, substance abuse, HIV/AIDS and exercise and also examines issues of interest in professional psychology such as treatment adherence, the nature and management of pain and psychological contributions to management of chronic health problems. The sport psychology component  relates personality and motivation; motor learning, cognition and decision making; stress and arousal; coach-athlete relationship, team dynamics and leadership; interventions to develop new skills and modify existing skills; imagery and mental practice; psychological factors in preventing and managing sports injury; and understanding officiating and spectator behaviours to sports psychology.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP 154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

  • PLO 3:  Applies knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in a wide range of diverse situations, with an ability to work independently or with others and incorporate the analysis of evidence based scientific literature to solve psychological problems.
  • PLO 4: Engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people and communicate in a broad range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) to meet the circumstances of the situation and the capabilities of the audience.
  • PLO 6: develop collaborative partnerships with colleagues, other professionals and the community that build on the capacity of others and develop open and flexible relationships that adapt to evolving needs and aspirations.


At the conclusion of this course you should be able to:

The Health Psychology component

  1. Explain the concept of health and the related field of health psychology.
  2. Identify methods of research and investigation in health psychology and the difficulties in arriving at firm conclusions about relationships between health outcomes and particular behaviours.
  3. Review major research findings in health psychology.
  4. Discuss the relevance of health psychology in every-day life and in the practice of clinical psychology.

The Sport Psychology component

  1. Critically analyse knowledge construction in sports psychology.
  2. Describe the impact of individual differences and sports behaviour.
  3. List and elaborate the social psychological aspects of sports behaviour.
  4. Analyse the social environment of the sport domain


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning associated with this course in both components will take the form of lectures, tutorials and classroom discussions. For both components, the lectures provide an opportunity to overview relevant knowledge and acquire an understanding of the underlying theoretical and conceptual framework. Classroom discussion allows you to gain understanding of the relationship between the research design used and what can be asserted from the findings in terms of causal relationships. You will also be expected to read widely from the academic literature related to each of these components.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements. It consists of tutorial tasks, a lab report  and a final exam.

These assessments may include use of online technology and are designed to require students to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.

Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester

Learner Directed Hours:  72 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Selected material may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements. 

Assessment Tasks

 

Early Assessment Task: Tutorial tasks

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4, (Sports)

5, 6, 7, & 8.  (Health)

Assessment Task 2: Lab exercises

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4,

5, 6, 7, & 8.  

Assessment Task 3: Exam  

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLO 1, 2, 3, 4,

5, 6, 7, & 8.  

 

Postgraduates taking this course should demonstrate an integrated understanding of subject matter, advanced judgement in the selection of materials used to support their argument and the capacity to appraise research data and provide relevant, succinct interpretations. Rubrics for assessment tasks will reflect these postgraduate level skills.