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Department for Health, Unit Catalogue 2011/12

HL30155: Applying psychology to physical activity and health

Click here for further information Credits: 6
Click here for further information Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Click here for further information Period: Semester 1
Click here for further information Assessment: CW 50%, EX 50%
Click here for further information Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Click here for further information Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take HL20045
Click here for further information Description: Aims:
To understand the role for psychology in supporting physical activity change within health interventions.
To understand the application of psychological strategies to behavioural change within the context of contemporary society.
To understand the methodological issues and applied challenges for health practitioners and researchers.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
* Demonstrate knowledge of theories of health behaviour change, and their efficacy.
* Demonstrate knowledge of methodological and measurement issues in applied psychological research.
* Critically evaluate theory-based psychological interventions designed for the adoption and maintenance of physical activity.
* Demonstrate the ability to identify opportunities for psychological intervention, and present a case in support of their inclusion in health promotion initiatives.
* Demonstrate knowledge of the wider context surrounding psychological interventions.

Written Communication - facilitated, assessed
Spoken Communication - taught, facilitated
Data Acquisition, Handling, and Analysis - facilitated
Information Technology - facilitated
Problem Solving - taught, facilitated, assessed
Working Independently - facilitated, assessed
Working as part of a group - facilitated.

Critical analysis of the performance of psychological approaches to behaviour change and current methodological debates;
Practical techniques of behaviour change (e.g., group facilitation, motivational interviewing);
Contemporary issues in applying research to practice and tailoring interventions;
Ecological approach to behaviour change;
Future challenges for research and practice.
Click here for further informationProgramme availability:

HL30155 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB01 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science (Full-time) - Year 3
  • UHHL-ACB04 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Combined Professional Placement & Study Abroad (Full-time with Combined Placement) - Year 4
  • UHHL-AKB04 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Professional Placement (Full-time with Thick Sandwich Placement) - Year 4
  • UHHL-AAB02 : BSc (hons) Sport and Exercise Science with Study Year Abroad (Full-time with Study Year Abroad) - Year 4

NB. Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.