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PS362-15 Sleep and Health

Undergraduate Level 3
Module leader
Nicole Tang
Credit value
33% coursework, 67% exam
Study location
University of Warwick main campus, Coventry
Introductory description

This module aims to develop students' scientific understanding about sleep and an awareness that sleep is a public health issue.

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Module aims

The complex 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.

Outline syllabus

This is an indicative module outline only to give an indication of the sort of topics that may be covered. Actual sessions held may differ.

  1. Basic principles and concepts of sleep
  2. Scientific measurements of sleep
  3. Epidemiology of sleep disturbance
  4. Sleep and performance
  5. Sleep and physical health
  6. Sleep and mental health
  7. Topical lecture (external speaker)
  8. Chronic insomnia – characteristics and diagnosis
  9. Chronic insomnia – phenomenon and psychological theories
  10. Chronic insomnia – treatment options
  11. Revision & video presentations
  12. Revision & video presentations
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
Indicative reading list
  • Morin, C.M. & Espie, C. (Eds). (2012). The Oxford Handbook of Sleep and Sleep Disorders. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [library link]
  • Cappuccio, F.P., Miller, M.A., & Lockley, S.W. (Eds). (2018). Sleep, Health, and Society: From Aetiology to Public Health. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [library link]
  • Moorcroft, W.H. (2013). Understanding Sleep and Dreaming (2nd Ed.). New York: Springer. [library link]
  • Lockley, S.W. & Foster, R. (2012). Sleep: A Very Short Introduction. Oxford: Oxford University Press. [library link]
Subject specific skills

critically evaluate the relationship of sleep and physical and mental health
awareness of sleep as a public health issue
evaluate psychological theories and treatment options

Transferable skills

effective communication skills to develop a cogent argument supported by relevant evidence and being sensitive to the needs and expectations of an audience
computer literacy
critically evaluation of primary and secondary sources
video production

Study time

Type Required
Lectures 12 sessions of 2 hours (62%)
Seminars 10 sessions of 1 hour 30 minutes (38%)
Total 39 hours
Private study description

107 hours guided student study


No further costs have been identified for this module.

You do not need to pass all assessment components to pass the module.

Students can register for this module without taking any assessment.

Assessment group D1
Weighting Study time
Infographic task 17%

1 x 5 minute video, prepared as a group

Essay 16%
Online Examination 67%
Feedback on assessment

Academic guidance form for assessed work; Structured feedback on presentation and discussion \r\nskills during seminars; Academic and peer feedback forms for video production and pesentation; \r\nexam results online.

Past exam papers for PS362


This module is Optional for:

  • Year 3 of UPSA-C800 Undergraduate Psychology
  • Year 4 of UPSA-C801 Undergraduate Psychology (with Intercalated year)
  • Year 3 of UPSA-C804 Undergraduate Psychology with Education Studies

This module is Option list A for:

  • Year 3 of UPSA-C804 Undergraduate Psychology with Education Studies

This module is Option list B for:

  • Year 3 of UPHA-VL78 BA in Philosophy with Psychology
  • Year 4 of UPHA-VL79 BA in Philosophy with Psychology (with Intercalated year)
  • Year 1 of TPSS-C8P9 Postgraduate Taught Psychological Research

This module is Option list C for:

  • Year 3 of UPSA-C802 Undergraduate Psychology with Linguistics