NURS20154 - The Transformative Power of Story

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will provide you with opportunities to explore the transformative and healing power of stories. You will explore the ways stories have been, or could be used to: understand lived experience; prompt therapeutic change; or convey powerful lessons about the human experience. Types of narratives explored include consumers’ stories as an embodiment of the lived experience, and stories found in film, fiction, metaphor and art. The idea that people can be assisted to re-story their lives will be examined through the use of narrative.


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

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Higher Education Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2023

There are no Higher Education availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2023
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) 20%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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 3 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 60% 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: Webinars, emails, and on discussion forum
Narrative techniques highly relevant to MHN practice
Continue to develop resources showing how narrative techniques can be used by nurses to support patients.
Action Taken
A new webinar explaining narrative therapy was added.
Source: Discussion forum
A student wrote in the discussion forum "For me it (the unit) has opened up this whole new world of therapeutic connectiveness that I did not even know existed! To now explore this form of therapy gives my daily work environment a different feeling and already my attitude, perspectives and approaches to individual clients are changing".
Continue to keep the unit engaging and relevant to health care
Action Taken
The aim is to continue to make the content and process of this unit inspiring and relevant to mental health nursing practice.
Source: Face to face
Peer feedback indicates demand for this course is broad.
I propose to create another strand in the unit making the unit available as a university-wide elective and available in Term 1, for a larger reach. Emily Keilor is to be advised of details of changes to this unit.
Action Taken
The unit is now available for any graduate student in the university.
Source: Team feedback
Making the unit available in term 1
Team supports this action, but we need an effective internal marketing strategy so that course coordinators are aware of this unit's availability as a university elective.
Action Taken
Source: Unit evaluation
Clearer directions for each major assessment
The unit received a slightly lower approval rating on the assessment tasks this term, which may be because of the introduction of a series of quizzes for each module. A practice quiz will be added to provide an example for this item, and perhaps this will build student confidence in the task.
Action Taken
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Demonstrate an understanding of narrative concepts and techniques
  2. Explain how stories are used to create meaning and direction from life events
  3. Apply narrative techniques in discipline specific contexts
  4. Prepare and convey a story that reframes and resolves problematic issues
  5. Engage with another person or an issue using a critical understanding of empathy and compassion.

Not currently accredited.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
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 - Written Assessment
3 - Written Assessment