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PS50031: Communication in health

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2017/8
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department of Psychology
Further information on credits Credits: 6      [equivalent to 12 CATS credits]
Further information on notional study hours Notional Study Hours: 120
Further information on unit levels Level: Masters UG & PG (FHEQ level 7)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 1
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 100%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Essay 1 - 500 Words (CW 20%)
  • Essay 2 - 2000 Words (CW 80%)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: While taking this module you are advised totake PS50029
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:

* To identify the principles of good communication in twenty first Century Health Care.
* To consider how communication can impact on the behaviour and health outcomes for patients, their family and health professionals in a variety of health care settings and contexts.

Learning Outcomes:
On completion of this unit, students will:
* Demonstrate their ability to evaluate different contexts in which health care is delivered
* Appreciate the impact of communications and be able to make recommendations about how these might be improved
* Be able to assess the psychological impact of health professional behaviour on patient outcomes
* Be able to evaluate the different factors involved in choosing health care.

* To think creatively and analytically
* To communicate and argument
* To work independently
* To utilise problem solving skills
* To critically evaluate and assess research and evidence
* To synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding
Professional / Practical
* To effectively and efficiently apply principles of communication within a variety of health contexts.
* Interpersonal communication skills
* Study and learning skills

The unit aims to provide students with an appreciation of the psychological processes involved in health consultation. This will include discussion of the provision of treatment and its effect on subsequent behaviour, the impact of health care provision in different formats (including newer health technologies) and settings such as primary and secondary care.
Beliefs and expectations about health, health risk perception, help seeking, help giving and self-help will be explored. Communication between provider patient and family including breaking bad news and difficult conversations will also be considered.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

PS50031 is a Stage Required Designated Essential Unit on the following programmes:

Department of Psychology