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,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019

BESC1408

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 2 2019

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 Robin Laycock

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7400

Course Coordinator Email: robin.laycock@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 201.03.004


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None

 


Course Description

The course applied psychology topics provides you with an opportunity to investigate psychology components associated with health, exercise and sport. The health psychology component examines the nature of health psychology, its biopsychosocial approach and its relationship with behavioural health care. It will examine topical social issues such as stress, eating problems, substance abuse, and exercise and also examine 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 exercise and sport psychology components examine personality and motivation; stress and arousal; substance abuse in sport; psychological factors in preventing and managing sports injury; exercise and psychological well-being; and exercise behaviour and adherence.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP154 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.


On successful completion of this Course, you should be able to:

  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.
  5. Critically analyse knowledge construction in sports and exercise psychology.
  6. Describe the impact of individual differences on sports and exercise behaviour.
  7. List and elaborate the social psychological aspects of sports and exercise behaviour.
  8. Analyse the social environment of the sport/exercise domain
  9. Demonstrate an understanding of good communication skills in health and sport/exercise domains.


Overview of Learning Activities

This course will adopt a blended learning approach. Your learning associated with this course in both components will take the form of lectures, tutorials and classroom discussions available in face-to-face or online environments. 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.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements. It consists of weekly tasks, written assessments 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.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 72 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will predominantly come from the recommended textbook, but may include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Selected material may be digitally available to you. 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: Weekly quizzes

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 

Assessment Task 2: Communication Skills

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLO 9

Assessment Task 3: Applications of Health and Exercise/Sport Psychology

Weighting 25%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 & 8 

Assessment Task 4: Exam

Weighting 35%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 & 9