PSYC22002 - Health Psychology and Rehabilitation

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This Unit is intended to provide you with advanced knowledge in health psychology and the components that encompass health psychology. The Unit will provide knowledge on behavioural medicine, rehabilitation practice, health prevention, health promotion, and well-being principles necessary for working as a Clinical Psychologist. The unit aims to build your competency in assessment, treatment planning and intervention for health and wellness within clinical psychology practice, using a culturally-responsive and reflective practice approach.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 9
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

Term 2 - 2024 Profile

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Written Assessment 20%
2. Written Assessment 20%
3. Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs) 40%
4. Presentation 20%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2023 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 66.67% (`Agree` and `Strongly Agree` responses), based on a 46.15% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: SUTE unit comments
More guest lecturers to offer current application of lecture content in applied practice
Explore the possibility of revisiting guest lecturers who also work in applied practice to deliver specific lectures.
Action Taken
Guest lectures who worked in areas of applied practice were invited to deliver specific lectures.
Source: SUTE unit comments
Review the amount of Assessment Tasks for this unit to reduce the number of tasks.
Review the structure of Assessment Tasks for this unit, including the number and weighting of the tasks.
Action Taken
The structure of Assessment Tasks was reviewed.
Source: Student evaluation comments
Students noted that there were too many assessments and assessments were very close together.
It is recommended that the number of assessments be reduced. Reducing the number of assessments will assist in spreading out the timing of assessments.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation comments
Students requested that timing of assessments are revised to take into consideration submission broader course requirements, specifically thesis submission.
It is recommended that assessment due dates take into consideration the due date of students' major assessments in other units.
Action Taken
Source: Student evaluation comments
Students noted that the assessment criteria were a bit broad, which reflected the nature of the topic, however it made it hard to move ahead without first seeking clarification.
It is recommended that the order of lecture topics be revised and specific lecture time is dedicated to providing a practical example of how a topic in health psychology can be matched with assessment requirements and marking criteria early in the unit. This is expected to strengthen the clarity of expectations and assist students to move ahead with their assessments.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Apply biopsychosocial models of health for person-centred and culturally responsive evidenced-based practice
  2. Demonstrate clinical skills and reflective practice in evidence-based health behaviour change interventions including motivational interviewing and relapse prevention
  3. Critically appraise and integrate recent and relevant literature into clinical practice specific to health psychology and rehabilitation in oral and written format.

These learning outcomes are intended to link with the CG17 Master of Clinical Psychology course Learning Outcome "Apply advanced knowledge of psychological, developmental, and biopsychosocial models of health, with consideration of culturally and linguistically diverse populations including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples" (Learning Outcome number 2).

The PSYC22002 Learning Outcomes align with the 2019 Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC) accreditation guidelines for Level 4 Graduate Competencies (4.2.1.i, 4.2.1.ii, 4.2.2.i, 4.2.3.i, 4.2.3.iii,and 4.2.3.iv.), which are specific to culturally responsive biopsychosocial models of health and health rehabilitation in clinical psychology.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Direct observation of procedural skills (DOPs)
4 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8