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PU5517: ILLNESS, DISABILITY AND INTERACTIONS WITH HEALTHCARE (2020-2021)

Last modified: 11 Aug 2020 16:35


Course Overview

This course aims to explore the psychological side of illness, disability and dying. Students will learn how symptoms are interpreted and responded to, how risk is perceived, how individuals live with chronic conditions and about end of life and bereavement.v

Course Details

Study Type Postgraduate Level 5
Session Second Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Aberdeen Sustained Study No
Co-ordinators
  • Ms Corina Weir

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • Any Postgraduate Programme (Studied)
  • MSc Health Psychology (Studied)

What other courses must be taken with this course?

None.

What courses cannot be taken with this course?

None.

Are there a limited number of places available?

No

Course Description

This course covers four topic areas:

 

1: Becoming Ill. You will learn about models of risk and symptom perception and about the factors that influence how we respond to symptoms.

2: Interactions with Healthcare. You will learn about the importance of Dr-Patient communication to key health behaviours such as adherence and screening.  You will learn about the impact of hospitalization and how psychology can be used to prepare patients for medical procedures to improve the experience of being in hospital and the outcomes from those procedures.

3: Living with a Chronic Illness.  You will learn about models of disability and pain and how they can be used to help people manage their chronic health condition(s).  You will learn about self-management of chronic illness and the role of informal caregiving and social support.  This module will also introduce you to those chronic health conditions that are of public health significance, e.g. diabetes, insomnia, cardiovascular and respiratory conditions.

4: End of Life and Bereavement.  You will learn about quality of life and how it can be measured.  You will learn about the impact of bereavement on health and wellbeing.

 

The course will be composed of structured teaching sessions, guided independent study and experiential learning.  Activities in class/ at home will be supported by experiential tasks designed to support your understanding of theory and its application and to foster an ability to take the perspective of a person living with a chronic health condition.  You will be expected to actively participate in activities and will be given the opportunity to pursue your own developing interests, e.g. you may have a developing interest in a particular health condition, for example, the management of chronic pain and you will be encouraged to take that health condition and think about how all relevant aspects of the course pertain to it.


In light of Covid-19 this information is indicative and may be subject to change.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

  • 1 Tutorial during University weeks 25 - 34, 37 - 38

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In light of Covid-19 and the move to blended learning delivery the assessment information advertised for second half-session courses may be subject to change. All updates for second-half session courses will be actioned in advance of the second half-session teaching starting. Please check back regularly for updates.

Summative Assessments

Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
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Class test which will be deliverable either face to face or online via MyAberdeen

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Design Project: Individual

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 60
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Chronic Illness Infographic (60%). Students will be randomly assigned a chronic health condition and will design an infographic that: gives an overview of the condition, explains how changes in behaviour can facilitate self-management (identifying and explaining specific behaviour change techniques) and summarises one study from the literature that has demonstrated positive effects of behaviour change in the context of your allocated condition. The infographic will be designed for a particular target audience.

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Class Test

Assessment Type Summative Weighting 20
Assessment Weeks Feedback Weeks

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Class test which will be deliverable either face to face or online via MyAberdeen

Learning Outcomes
Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
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Formative Assessment

There are no assessments for this course.

Course Learning Outcomes

Knowledge LevelThinking SkillOutcome
ConceptualAnalyse4. The concept of quality of life.
ProceduralUnderstand2. The role of communication in healthcare
FactualUnderstand3. The factors that influence the self-management of key chronic health conditions and the role of informal caregiving.
FactualUnderstand1. Models of risk and symptom perception and the factors that influence how people respond to symptoms

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