Course Title: Working with Psychological Health

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Working with Psychological Health

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Sophia Xenos

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 1081

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Availability: Please email Coordinator for an appointment.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will enable you to gain a better understanding of the psychological, social, and cultural dimensions of health. Key principles from cognitive, developmental, and social psychology will be outlined to better equip you to understand and respond appropriately to common psychological, social, and cultural determinants and barriers of illness and health. Topics such as depression, anxiety, stress and coping will be explored. You will also be introduced to strategies to help you communicate with individuals who have a mental health concern via mental health first aid awareness.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP154 Bachelor of Psychology:  

  • PLO 2. Apply evidence-based knowledge to safe and effective practice in a variety of contexts, independently ad collaboratively, with emerging technological advancements.
  • PLO 4. Communicate to diverse audiences utilising contemporary and traditional formats employing professional integrity, inclusivity and culturally safe practices.

Upon successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  1. Explain the key cognitive, developmental and social psychology foundational principles underpinning determinants of health behaviour. 
  2. Demonstrate and apply knowledge of psychological, social, and cultural determinants of poor mental health in contemporary professional practice. 
  3. Identify and communicate with regards to legal and ethical considerations, to identify individuals with mental health conditions for onward referral, via mental health first aid awareness.
  4. Examine the various determinants of sound mental health and justify the importance of these in communicating with others.

Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.

Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.

Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Case Study
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 4

Assessment Task 2: Risk assessment & Action Plan
Weighting 30%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 3 & 4

Assessment Task 3: Mental Health First Aid Awareness Quizzes (MCQ and Short Answer Questions)
Weighting 40%
This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 4

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.