Course Title: Contextual Health 6

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Contextual Health 6

Credit Points: 8.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr. Sharynn Schuster

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 99257364

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This subject aims to provide students with a general understanding of the nature, identification and management of psychological disorders and problems and procedures for referral to appropriate agencies and of the relevance of health psychology to the health care practitioner.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the completion of this course students will be expected to be able to demonstrate an understanding of the:

  1. work of the psychological profession, including professional affiliations, registration requirements, referral mechanisms.
  2. relevance of health psychology to the practice of chiropractic and osteopathy.
  3. clinical features of major psychological disorders.
  4. implications for the management of a client diagnosed with one of the major psychological disorders or other psychological difficulties.

Overview of Learning Activities

Planned Student Learning Experiences
Lectures - Students in lectures acquire a framework of relevant knowledge and an understanding of underlying theoretical / conceptual material.
Class discussion - Students in-class discussion develops understanding of the relationship between research and theory and application as a health practitioner.
Personal study - Students in personal study of prescribed reading from self-directed learning guides and other relevant references consolidate and extend their framework of knowledge and understanding of concepts.

Overview of Learning Resources

There is no prescribed text. Students are expected to consult a wide range of current journals and reference books.

Overview of Assessment

Part 1 consists of 4, four hundred word, short answer questions to be handed in progressiveely during the semester (Worth 40% of the final mark).

Part 2 is a Multiple-choice Exam (2 hours) - to be held during the University exam period (Worth 60% of the final mark).