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BME1130 - Health and human behaviour

6 points, SCA Band 0 (NATIONAL PRIORITY), 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate Faculty of Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Leader(s): Dr Graeme Hyman


Clayton Second semester 2009 (Day)


The complex relationships between health and illness and behaviour of the individual, beginning with an introduction to concepts of health and psychological well-being, illness, disease and disability. Normal and abnormal reactions to illness are covered and students will study an individual with a chronic medical condition. Physical, cognitive, emotional and behavioural reactions are considered, and the biological factors and psychological processes - such as perception, learning, memory, cognition and emotion - that underlie these. The impact of behaviour - particularly habits - on health and well-being is covered, as well as illness prevention and health promotion.


  1. Describe the major features of human growth and development; psychological processes, health and illness, society and culture, and professional ethics;
  2. Recognise the variety of social, cultural and ethical perspectives that may legitimately be taken with regard to health and issues related to the biomedical sciences;
  3. Think critically about psychological, socio-cultural and ethical issues; and
  4. Integrate information obtained by observation with basic science knowledge and theory


Case study report: (1500 words) 25%
Behaviour change project (1500 words): 25%
Written examination: 50%

Contact hours

4 hours per week


BME1122, PSY3130

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