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Sleep and Health

University of Warwick

Department of Psychology 2019/20

Module Code:

PS362

Module Name:

Sleep and Health

Module Credits (CATS):

15 CATS

Module Convener

Nicole Tang

Module Teachers

Nicole Tang & module TA

Module Aims

This module aims to develop students' scientific understanding about sleep and an awareness that sleep is a public health issue. The links between sleep and mental and physical health will be examined. The role of psychology in the understanding and treatment of chronic insomnia will be introduced.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, students should be able to:

  • demonstrate an understanding of the key concepts for the study of sleep and insomnia
  • demonstrate knowledge of the epidemiology of sleep disturbance and its impact on human performance
  • critically evaluate the reciprocal relationship of sleep with physical and mental health
  • conceptualise chronic insomnia with psychological theories and evaluate the treatment options available for adults with chronic insomnia
  • demonstrate an awareness of sleep as a public health issue

Assessed by:

Assessed essay, assessed video and unseen exam

Module Work Load

Module Length

12 weeks

Lectures

One (2-hour) lecture per week *Please note that some lectures are longer, up to 2 hours 30 minutes in duration.

Seminars

One (1-hour) small-group teaching/experiential learning per week *Please note that some seminar are longer, up to 1 hour 30 minutes in duration.

Attendance

As per University’s monitoring policy. *Please note that lectures and seminars of this module are meaningfully linked. Contents of both are examinable and do not overlap.

Module Assessment

Assessed work:

One 1500 word essay

16%

Assessed work

17%

Exam: 2 hour unseen exam

67%

Module Reading List

A reading list will be supplied for each lecture/seminar, which will include references to texts and journal articles. This is an advanced research-based module. There is no course textbook; students are expected to read a number of research papers to gain understanding of the topics. The final exam will not only based on lecture slides, but also reading and seminar materials.

The following books are recommended as general references:

Morin, C.M. & Espie, C. (Eds). (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Cappuccio, F.P., Miller, M.A., Lockley, S.W., & Rajaratnam, S. M. W. (Eds). (2018). Sleep, Health, and Society: From Aetiology to Public Health, Second Edition. Oxford: Oxford University Press.

Moorcroft, W.H. (2013). Understanding Sleep and Dreaming (2nd Ed.). New York: Springer.