Courses & Units

Health and Psychological Wellbeing PSY223

Hobart, Launceston


This unit introduces students to major theoretical and empirical perspectives on the psychology of health and wellbeing. It examines the psychosocial determinants of health and wellness as well as psychological theories of health protection and illness prevention. Issues relating to the psychological aspects of illness causation and interpretation, prevention, maintenance of primary prevention, and chronic diseases will be covered. Further, the unit will cover major sources of stress and models of stress and coping. Mechanisms, theories and principles of behaviour change will be explored, as well as communication skills needed to work with groups and individuals engaging in behaviour change. As such, experience in team-building will feature in this unit as students will serve as a resource for each other's learning experience.


Unit name Health and Psychological Wellbeing
Unit code PSY223
Credit points 12.5
Faculty/School College of Health and Medicine
School of Psychological Sciences
Discipline Psychology

Helena Chui

Available as student elective? Yes
Breadth Unit? No


Location Study period Attendance options Available to
Hobart Semester 1 On-Campus Off-Campus International International Domestic Domestic
Launceston Semester 1 On-Campus International Domestic


International students
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Key Dates

Study Period Start date Census date WW date End date
Semester 1 22/2/2021 23/3/2021 12/4/2021 30/5/2021

* The Final WW Date is the final date from which you can withdraw from the unit without academic penalty, however you will still incur a financial liability (see withdrawal dates explained for more information).

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Field of Education Commencing Student Contribution 1 Grandfathered Student Contribution 1 Approved Pathway Course Student Contribution 2 Domestic Full Fee
090701 $1,812.00 $850.00 993$993.00 $2,445.00

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25 points at introductory level in any discipline in any College.

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Teaching Pattern

Weekly content module (asynchronous)

Weekly online self-directed practical activity (asynchronous)

Weekly, optional online drop in sessions (45 min, synchronous)


Assessment Task 1: Designing Health Promotion Material (group-based project), plus self-reflection (30%) Task length (2 page Infographic, plus 300 word maximum self-reflection)

Assessment Task 2: Case Study (individual assignment) (30%) Task Length 1,200 words maximum

Assessment Task 3: Final Exam (40%) Task length 2-hour exam

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