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 2 - 2022

Term 2 - 2022 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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.2 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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: Student evaluations
Provide greater clarity for reflection criteria for the therapy manual assessment task and for definition of culture (i.e., confusion as to whether culture means Indigenous or culture more broadly).
Review the assessment criteria for the therapy manual task and include a specific definition of culture for this task.
Action Taken
Clarified and defined criteria and definitions during lecture time and developed more detailed assessment rubrics.
Source: Student evaluations
Provide guidance around priority readings each week to help students focus attention when time-poor.
Continue to provide students with the comprehensive e-reading list but highlight key readings to focus on each week.
Action Taken
Recommended readings were outlined for each week in the Unit Profile.
Source: Student evaluations
Treatment manual is a big assessment task with other competing commitments at end of term.
Retain the assessment task but consider aspects that can be adjusted to spread the overall workload across the term without reducing the learning impact.
Action Taken
This assessment task was separated into two submissions. The mid-term submission provided students with feedback and areas for consideration in the second part of the treatment manual. due at the end of the term.
Source: Have Your Say student evaluations.
Students wanted more time to discuss content.
Review and refine weekly topics to allow for more discussion time.
Action Taken
Source: Have Your Say student evaluations.
Students did not like the number and timing of assessment tasks.
Review and refine the assessment requirements and due dates in line with other competing coursework deadlines.
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