PSYC20036 - Applied Positive Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit you will learn how the fundamental principles and theories of positive psychology can be applied to the design, development and measurement of evidence-based interventions for enhancing the wellbeing and resilience of individuals and groups across a range of settings such as education, health, youth, and organisations. The exploration of practical applications will include designing and implementing a positive psychology intervention, examining determinants of change, and developing ways to measure and monitor efficacy and change processes.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level Not Applicable
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites There are no pre-requisites for the unit.
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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2018

Term 2 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 2 - 2019 Profile
Online

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

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. Written Assessment 40%
2. Practical Assessment 50%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 10%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.9 (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: Student emails and verbal feedback.
Feedback
The applied interventions focus in an experiential workshop format was received very favourably.
Recommendation
The applied interventions workshop focus will be maintained for 2018, in an online setting.
Action Taken
The applied interventions focus of the unit was maintained in an online setting through regular Zoom tutorials and online tutorial sessions with expert guest speakers.
Source: Student emails and verbal feedback.
Feedback
The inclusion of group coaching skills and assessments was viewed unfavourably by experienced students.
Recommendation
PSYC20036 will have a clear focus solely on applied positive psychology/wellbeing interventions.
Action Taken
Group coaching skills content and assessments reflecting this content were moved out of this unit.
Source: Student emails and verbal feedback.
Feedback
Positive and negative feedback was received regarding the Residential School being made compulsory.
Recommendation
The Residential School will be moved from this unit to the Group Facilitation and Coaching Skills unit.
Action Taken
The Residential School was moved from this unit.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
A number of students indicated that they were pleased with the inclusion of guest speakers.
Recommendation
The inclusion of guest speakers will continue in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations and email).
Feedback
A number of students indicated that they were pleased with the practical content in the unit.
Recommendation
The inclusion of practical, hands-on activities will continue in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Some students indicated that they were pleased that resources and readings provided were not all mandatory, meaning that students could engage in independent learning and practical applications of unit content for their own lives and/or workplaces.
Recommendation
This format will continue in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations and email).
Feedback
Some students expressed concerns that group sizes (3-5 students per group) made it difficult to communicate online, and that there was unequal work between group members.
Recommendation
The teaching team will evaluate group size to see if groups should be made smaller (2-3 students) so that complexity in communication between group members is reduced and students have more individual responsibility for the group completing the assessment item.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply effective decision making and problem solving to the application of positive psychology tools in real-world situations
  2. Design a protocol for appropriately administering and measuring an applied Positive Psychology intervention
  3. Apply and evaluate behaviour change processes for self-administered positive psychology interventions
  4. Utilise a behaviour change diary to monitor a behaviour change process over time
  5. Develop and apply reflective-practice skills, to reflect on your ongoing development of knowledge and practitioner skills in the positive psychology/wellbeing domain, and also reflect on your personal development during the Unit.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment
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
7 - Leadership
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment