Full Title:Understanding Health and Illness
Language of Instruction:English
Module Code:HLST N8141
Credits: 10
Valid From:Semester 1 - 2013/14 ( September 2013 )
Module Delivered in 2 programme(s)
Module Description:To give students an increased awareness and understanding of psychosocial factors which can contribute to the health and well-being of an individual in relation to health, illness and chronic disease.
Learning Outcomes:
On successful completion of this module the learner should be able to
  1. Discuss the role of sociological factors in health and ill health.
  2. Evaluate psychological factors that impact on health and ill health.
  3. Evaluate the contribution of epidemiology to the understanding of health and illness.

Module Content & Assessment

Indicative Content
Unit 1 Health
Socialization process as applied to health; social history of health; effects of socio-economic factors on health behaviour; effects of poverty and social deprivation on health related behaviours. Health throughout the lifespan: stress and coping; stress management; mental health.
Unit 2 Living with Illness
Determinants of ill health (biological, gender, individual lifestyle factors, education, social class and environmental factors). Psychological impact of illness; living with chronic illness and disability.
Unit 3 Epidemiology
Introduction to epidemiology; data sources for epidemiology; demographic data; environmental indicators; socioeconomic indicators; patterns of disease and ill health; measuring health and assessing health need; morbidity and mortality; causation and association; health impact assessment; subjective and objective health measures.
Assessment Breakdown%
Course Work100.00%

Full Time

Course Work
Assessment Type Assessment Description Outcome addressed % of total Marks Out Of Pass Marks Assessment Date Duration
Continuous Assessment An academic piece of writing examining the psychosocial issues impacting on the health and wellbeing of a demographic group of people. 1,2,3 100.00 0 0 n/a 0
No Project
No Practical
No End of Module Formal Examination
Reassessment Requirement
No repeat examination
Reassessment of this module will be offered solely on the basis of coursework and a repeat examination will not be offered.
Reassessment Description
100% Continuous Assessment An academic piece of writing examining the psychosocial issues impacting on the health and well being of a demographic group of people.

DKIT reserves the right to alter the nature and timings of assessment


Module Workload & Resources

Workload: Full Time
Workload Type Workload Description Hours Frequency Average Weekly Learner Workload
Lecture 13 weeks 3.00 Every Week 3.00
Tutorial 13 weeks 2.00 Every Week 2.00
Independent Study 13 weeks 70.00 Once per semester 4.67
Directed Reading 13 weeks 50.00 Once per semester 3.33
Online Contact No Description 1.00 Every Week 1.00
Total Weekly Learner Workload 14.00
Total Weekly Contact Hours 6.00
This course has no Part Time workload.
Recommended Book Resources
  • Hubley J and Copeman J, 2008, Practical Health Promotion, 1st Ed., Polity Press Cambridge [ISBN: 13 978-07456-3666-5]
  • Marks, D., Murray, M., Evans, B. & Estacio, EV 2011, Health psychology: Theory, Research & Practice, 3 Ed., Sage London [ISBN: 1848606222]
  • McDonald, B. 2009, An Introduction to Sociology in Ireland,, 2nd Ed., Gill & Macmillian Dublin [ISBN: 978-07171-4550-8]
  • Naidoo, J. & Wills, J. 2009, Foundations for Health Promotion, 3rd Ed., Beilliere Tindall London [ISBN: 9780702029653]
Supplementary Book Resources
  • Giddens, A 2012, Introduction to Sociology, 8th Ed., polity Press Cambridge [ISBN: 978-0393912289]
This module does not have any article/paper resources
Other Resources
  • website: World Health Organisation www.who.org
  • website: Institute of Public Administration www.ipa.ie
  • website: Economic & Social Reseach Institute www.esri.ie

Module Delivered in

Programme Code Programme Semester Delivery
DK_NHAPA_8 Bachelor of Science (Honours) in Health and Physical Activity 4 Mandatory
DK_NHAPA_8X7 Bachelor of Science in Health and Physical Activity (Exit Award) 4 Mandatory