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Monash University Handbook 2010 Undergraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

FacultyFaculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences
OfferedClayton First semester 2010 (Day)
Clayton Second semester 2010 (Day)
Coordinator(s)Dr Graeme Hyman


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.


  1. Describe the major features of human growth and development; psychological processes, health and illness, society and culture, and professional ethics;
  2. Recognise the variety of social, cultural and ethical perspectives that may legitimately be taken with regard to health and issues related to the biomedical sciences;
  3. Think critically about psychological, socio-cultural and ethical issues; and
  4. Integrate information obtained by observation with basic science knowledge and theory


Case study report: (1500 words) 25%
Behaviour change project (1500 words): 25%
Written examination: 50%

Chief examiner(s)

Dr Graeme Hyman

Contact hours

3 hours per week


BME1122, PSY3130