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HL30155: Applying psychology to physical activity and health

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2013/4
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
Further information on credits Credits: 6
Further information on unit levels Level: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period: Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment: CW 50%, EX 50%
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment: Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this unit you must take HL20045
Further information on descriptions 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 successful 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.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme 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

* This unit catalogue is applicable for the 2013/4 academic year only. Students continuing their studies into 2014/15 and beyond should not assume that this unit will be available in future years in the format displayed here for 2013/14.
* Programmes and units are subject to change at any time, in accordance with normal University procedures.
* Availability of units will be subject to constraints such as staff availability, minimum and maximum group sizes, and timetabling factors as well as a student's ability to meet any pre-requisite rules.