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C84CID Chronic Illness, Disability & Stress
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  10/11

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Restricted to students registered on the MSc Health Psychology degree in the Institute of Work, Health & Organisations as required or with the permission of the Head of the Institute. 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.  Available to JYA/Erasmus students.

Taught Semesters:

Spring Assessed by end of Spring Semester 

Prerequisites: For Health Psychology students, Degree in psychology and graduate basis for registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS).

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module explores issues related to coping with chronic illness and disability and the management of pain. Topics covered include (a) Models of coping with chronic illness; (b) theories of pain and pain management; (c) psychological interventions in chronic illness and disability and (d) the influence of culture, age and gender on health and illness.

Method and Frequency of Class:

ActivityNumber Of WeeksNumber of sessionsDuration of a session
Lecture 6 weeks1 per week4 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: 18 hours self-managed learning groups: 10 hours Personal study: 72 hours

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Coursework 1 100 Portfolio 

Professor K Vedhara

Education Aims:  This module is designed to provide students with knowledge of contemporary issues in the area of chronic illness and disability and an understanding of key influences on health and illness such as age, gender and culture. Objectives: On completion of this module, students should be able to:·Understand and discuss models of coping with chronic illness·Understand and discuss theories of pain and pain management·Evaluate critically the role of psychology in the aetiology, treatment, rehabilitation and prevention of chronic illness.·Illustrate this knowledge with reference to the influence of culture, gender and age

Learning Outcomes:  Transferable skills include:Cognitive Skills: creative-thinking, problem-solving and reasoning, analysis & synthesis of information, independence of thought, critical evaluation, independent learning and group learning.Professional Skills: team work, oral communication and written communication and presentation, planning and management of assignments.Technical Skills: expanding knowledge of literature base using library and internet based facilities. Enhancing self-learning through the use of the Institute's intranet (virtual module sessions).

Offering School:  Medicine

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