NURS20151 - Creating Meaningful Relationships

General Information

Unit Synopsis

To support people affected by mental disorders and distress requires understanding, empathy and skillful use of therapeutic strategies. In this unit you will learn about the concept of the therapeutic use of self and various mental disorders that affect a person's ability to think, feel and relate with others. You will apply therapeutic evidence-based strategies that support the person in their journey of recovery. This unit will also provide an opportunity to develop further skills in self-reflection on how you relate in a professional capacity with consumers.


Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 7
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

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Residential School No Residential School

Be Different Intakes

Note: BeDifferent Units are available to study all year round
2022 - Online

Higher Education Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2022

There are no Higher Education availabilities for this unit on or after Term 2 - 2022
Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Postgraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 40%
2. Case Study 60%
3. Portfolio 0%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%).

Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2019 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.3 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.84% response rate.

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Source: self
(i) Self-evaluation: perhaps more emphasis on video lectures may further prompt connection and engagement to distance students.
Further develop video resources to promote engagement
Action Taken
Additional video clips have been added.
Source: Verbal feedback during mental health meetings
(ii) Staff feedback: MH Team were supportive of changes to assessment items to reflect a more balanced clinical / consumer interface in the unit content
Sustain a level of clinical content within the unit
Action Taken
Clinical content is reviewed frequently and contemporary clinical content added.
Source: Student feedback
(iii) Student feedback: student feedback was positive related to Moodle site navigation, content and support
Sustain existing resources and supports
Action Taken
Continue with easy to use Moodle navigation.
Source: Course committee
(iv) Broader feedback: issue relating to poor feedback response and non-submission of assessments
-consider new engagement methods to address poor feedback response of 25% -phone contact, follow-up emails and consultation with DDLT regarding non-submission of assessments
Action Taken
Engagement was considered. Phone calls will be made to follow up on non submission of assessment items and phone calls made to offer support to students.
Source: Student feedback in zoom meeting catch ups
Students commented that the inclusion of the consumer voice
Continue to further explore ways of bringing consumer voice into the unit teachings.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  1. Explain the concept of the therapeutic use of self
  2. Identify the characteristics of various mental disorders that impact on a person's ability to think, feel, and relate to others
  3. Apply evidence-based therapeutic strategies that will support a person's ability to think, feel or relate effectively with others
  4. Reflect on one's use of therapeutic strategies with the assistance of clinical supervision.

No external accreditation required.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Case Study
3 - Portfolio
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
6 - Ethical and Professional Responsibility
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Case Study
3 - Portfolio