PHPS10010 Student Health & Wellbeing

Academic Year 2022/2023

This module will enable students to reflect on some of the issues that affect their own health and wellbeing and that of their family and friends. The module will focus on lifestyle-related behaviours which are at the core of much of the ill health observed in modern society. Students will be encouraged to look at what drives these behaviours and the broader socio-ecological influences that often shape our decisions.

There will be a series of lectures. Students will also work in groups to develop a campus health promotion initiative for students, based on learning in the module, literature search and UCD campus review.

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Curricular information is subject to change

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the module students will be able to:
• Describe the key lifestyle behaviours that influence their health.
• Explain the fundamental guidance for positive health and wellbeing.
• Summarise the factors that influence their health.
• Demonstrate an understanding of the strategies necessary to protect and promote health and
• Illustrate advocacy skills for youth health and wellbeing.

Indicative Module Content:

Lectures will address key lifestyle and other factors affecting health including smoking, diet, exercise and use of social media. They will include lectures on good mental health, sexual health, and screening principles and applications in Ireland today.
Group project work will address development of a health promotion initiative for student health. Students will receive instruction in working as a group and literature searching.

Student Effort Hours: 
Student Effort Type Hours
Specified Learning Activities


Autonomous Student Learning




Project Supervision




Approaches to Teaching and Learning:
Lectures / group projects / fieldwork / student group presentations 
Requirements, Exclusions and Recommendations

Not applicable to this module.

Module Requisites and Incompatibles
Not applicable to this module.
Assessment Strategy  
Description Timing Open Book Exam Component Scale Must Pass Component % of Final Grade
Multiple Choice Questionnaire: Single best answer MCQ
MCQ will be conducted in class
Week 8 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% No


Group Project: Students work in groups to conduct fieldwork/observational research on campus/social environment– determinants of a particular lifestyle behaviour. Initial proposal Week 9; final presentation week 12. Week 12 n/a Standard conversion grade scale 40% Yes


Carry forward of passed components
Resit In Terminal Exam
Summer Yes - 1 Hour
Please see Student Jargon Buster for more information about remediation types and timing. 
Feedback Strategy/Strategies

• Feedback individually to students, on an activity or draft prior to summative assessment

How will my Feedback be Delivered?

Students will present a "pitch presentation" where feedback will be given prior to the final presentation/written submission

Name Role
Assoc Professor Amanda Fitzgerald Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Professor Eilis Hennessy Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Denise McGrath Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Celine Murrin Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Dr Colman Noctor Lecturer / Co-Lecturer
Timetabling information is displayed only for guidance purposes, relates to the current Academic Year only and is subject to change.
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Group Work Offering 1 Week(s) - 29, 31, 32 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Group Work Offering 1 Week(s) - 33 Thurs 14:00 - 14:50
Lecture Offering 1 Week(s) - 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Group Work Offering 1 Week(s) - 29, 30, 31, 32 Tues 10:00 - 10:50
Group Work Offering 1 Week(s) - 33 Tues 10:00 - 10:50