Course Title: Health Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Health Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00

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Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


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


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018,
Sem 2 2019,
Sem 2 2020,
Sem 1 2021


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2014

Course Coordinator: Jennifer Kelly

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7826

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.016

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Required prior study (Pre-requisites) 



Course Description

This course builds on the broader perspectives of psychology previously studied. The course is designed to provide learning experiences that enable students to apply their knowledge of human behaviour to clinical situations. In clinical settings, the ability to communicate effectively and empathetically is a fundamental part of best-practice. Effective communication is a learned skill that can improve outcomes for both patients and health professionals. Therefore, this course aims to provide skill acquisition in communication essential for professional practice.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the Program Learning Outcomes for BP321 Bachelor of Applied Science (Medical Radiations) which align to the Accreditation Standards of the Medical Radiations Practice Board of Australia:

Standard 1

  • Assess the patient’s/client’s capacity to receive care (1.e)

Standard 2

  • Advocate on behalf of the patient/client when appropriate (2.d)
  • Seek opportunities to progress the profession (2.e)

Standard 3

  • Communicate clearly, sensitively and effectively with the patient/client and their family or carers (3.a)
  • Collaborate with other health practitioners (3.b)

On successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  1. examine key communication skills required for eliciting and responding to emotional cues of patients;
  2. explore relevant psychological factors to facilitate patient treatment adherence and wellbeing;
  3. analyse effective communication skills that reflective of the persons’ welfare, cultural and spiritual wellbeing;
  4. demonstrate knowledge of appropriate communication skills needed when working in multi-disciplinary health teams.

Overview of Learning Activities

Online pre recorded lectures, case studies and group discussions.

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be provided with online course information via the Canvas course site. Recommended readings will be provided for specific topics. These will be made available from the Canvas  or through the RMIT electronic data bases.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Communication Assessment
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Written Assignment
Weighting 50%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4