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The human being in health and illness (6 points)


Leader: Associate Professor K Jones (Psychological Medicine)

Clayton First semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2003 (Day)
Clayton First semester 2004 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2004 (Day)

Synopsis: The complex relationships between health and illness and behaviour of the individual, beginning with an introduction to concepts of health and psychological well-being, illness, disease and disability. Normal and abnormal reactions to illness are covered and students will study an individual with a chronic medical condition. Physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural reactions are considered, and the biological factors and psychological processes - such as perception, learning, memory, cognition and emotion - that underlie these. The impact of behaviour - particularly habits - on health and well-being is covered, as well as illness prevention and health promotion.

Assessment: Written examination: 50% + Essay (2500 words): 35% + Tutorial assignments: 15%

Contact Hours: 2 hours lecture/demonstration, one 1-hour workshop and up to three hours of project work per week

Prohibitions: BME1122/BME1120

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