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C84CID Chronic Illness
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  17/18

Total Credits: 20

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Restricted to students registered on the MSc Health Psychology, Division of Rehabilitation & Ageing. There is a limited number of places on this module. Students are reminded that enrolments which are not agreed by the Offering School in advance may be cancelled without notice.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: Degree in psychology and graduate basis for chartered membership (GBC) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module begins by introducing students to the diverse ways in which psychological factors alter biological processes central to health and well-being. Topics covers include; (a) an overview of key biological systems, (b) the role of psychological factors in influencing vulnerability to new diseases, (c) the role of psychological factors in disease progression. This module continues with an explanation of the contribution of health psychology to our understanding of chronic illness. Topics covered include (a) an introduction to chronic illness and associated disability and the main theories relating to patients' beliefs regarding illness and treatment (b) exploration of how psychological factors influence patients' treatment selections and treatment outcomes; (c) the role of psychological interventions in chronic disease management.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 5 weeks1 per week7 hours

Activities may take place every teaching week of the Semester or only in specified weeks. It is usually specified above if an activity only takes place in some weeks of a Semester

Further Activity Details:
Contact time: 36 hours self-managed learning groups: 10 hours Personal study: 72 hours

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 Portfolio 

Professor N Coulson

Education Aims:  This module aims to provide students with knowledge of contemporary issues in the area of chronic illness and an understanding of key psychological influences on health and illness.

Learning Outcomes:  

On completion of the module, students should be able to:

Knowledge and understanding:

Intellectual Skills:

Professional practical skills

Transferable Skills:

Offering School:  Medicine

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