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HL30516: Psychology of physical sensation

Follow this link for further information on academic years Academic Year: 2018/9
Further information on owning departmentsOwning Department/School: Department for Health
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: Honours (FHEQ level 6)
Further information on teaching periods Period:
Semester 2
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Summary: CW 50%, EX 50%
Further information on unit assessment Assessment Detail:
  • Coursework (CW 50% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
  • Examination (EX 50% - Qualifying Mark: 1)
Further information on supplementary assessment Supplementary Assessment:
Like-for-like reassessment (where allowed by programme regulations)
Further information on requisites Requisites: Before taking this module you must take HL10036 AND take HL20045
Further information on descriptions Description: Aims:
To provide students with an in-depth knowledge of the psychology of physical senses.

Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this unit students will be able to:
* Demonstrate knowledge of how experience of physical sensation plays a role in broader health behaviours
* Critically evaluate, interrogate, and defend psychological theory of embodiment and embodied action
* Outline the rationale for using both functionalist and phenomenological approaches to understanding physical experience
* Appreciate how the study of 'extreme' physical experiences can influence the psychological adaptation to change
* Explain both proprioceptive and interoceptive mechanisms of physical experience, and how they interact with central (cognitive an affective) mechanisms.

Knowledge and understanding (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Intellectual skills (facilitated and assessed)
Reasoning and argumentation communication skills (facilitated and assessed)
Written communication skills (facilitated and assessed)
Subject-specific skills (taught, facilitated and assessed)
Working independently (facilitated and assessed)
Personal development planning (facilitated)
Reflective practice (facilitated).

Ten physical sensory systems are explored, including: balance, motion, pressure (from flexibility to tumescence), breathing, temperature, appetite, pain, itch, and sensations of expulsion (from sneezing to vomiting). Each sense is explored from a consideration of its function, how it is experienced, and how it defines limits of behaviour. Each sense is exemplified by its normal and abnormal case. How the individual senses are integrated is then explored, with a particular concern for the human experience of embodied agency: understanding how we experience our bodies, and experience with our bodies.
Further information on programme availabilityProgramme availability:

HL30516 is Optional (DEU) on the following programmes:

Department for Health
  • UHHL-AFB18 : BSc(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 3)
  • UHHL-AFM18 : MSci(Hons) Health and Exercise Science (Year 3)