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C84BPH Biomedical Perspectives in Psychology & Health
(Last Updated:03 May 2017)

Year  10/11

Total Credits: 10

Level: Level 4

Target Students:  Restricted to students registered on the MSc/PGDip Psychology and Health or other postgraduate degrees in the Institute of Work, Health and Organisations as required or with the permission of the HOS. 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 registration (GBR) with the British Psychological Society (BPS). Theories in health psychology (l)

Corequisites:  None.

Summary of Content:  This module seeks to develop an understanding of (a) the body's physical systems, (b) what happens when things go wrong and (c) psychoneuroimmunology

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

Method of Assessment: 

Assessment TypeWeightRequirements
Exam 1 100 1 x 2 hour exam 

Professor K Vedhara

Education Aims:  This module assists students to broaden their understanding of the bodies physical systems, such as respiratory, cardiovascular, renal, digestive and the immune system. Adherence of these systems develops the student's understanding of the psychological and physical systems through to the understanding of Psychoneuroimmunology and the immune system. Objectives on completion of this module, students should be able to: Describe existing theories of the perception of risk and decision making. Understand and discuss the role of control in health and illness. Illustrate this knowledge with reference to key topics in the health and occupational literature.

Learning Outcomes:  Transferable skills include. Cognitive skills: problem solving and reasoning, analysis and synthesis of information, independence of thought, critical evaluation, self evaluation, independent learning. Professional skills; teamwork, oral communication and written communication and presentation, management of time. Technical skills. Expanding knowledge of literature basis using library and internet based facilities. Enhancing self-learning through the use of the institute's portal (virtual module sessions).

Offering School:  Medicine

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