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, 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 8
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
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

Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2021

Term 2 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 2 - 2022 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 40%
3. Reflective Practice Assignment 20%

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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.5 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 38.46% 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 feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Students indicated that they were pleased with the applied focus of the unit and assessment pieces.
Recommendation
Continue the applied focus of the unit and assessment pieces.
Action Taken
The applied focus of the unit and assessment pieces was maintained.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Students indicated the chance to complete a self-administered positive psychology intervention for Assessment 2 gave them insight into the potential experiences of future clients.
Recommendation
Maintain the self-administered positive psychology intervention component of Assessment 2.
Action Taken
The applied intervention component of Assessment 2 was maintained. The focus on applied aspects was also increased in Assessment 3.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
A couple of students indicated that they would like more interaction with fellow students during Zoom tutorials.
Recommendation
Review ways in which student interaction can be increased during tutorials (e.g. breakout rooms, small group activities).
Action Taken
There was more use of small group activities and break-out rooms. Number and duration of tutorials were also increased.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Students indicated that the applied content and assessment pieces allowed them to learn practical application of positive psychology skills.
Recommendation
Maintain the applied and practical focus of unit content and assessment pieces.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Students indicated that completing the group intervention assessment (Assessment 2) over a series of weeks allowed more deeper and integrated learning to occur.
Recommendation
Maintain the formative nature of Assessment 2 where completion is achieved over several weeks during the term.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
While most students valued the group work experience of Assessment 2, some were concerned about unequal work between members and difficulties in choosing an intervention to work on together.
Recommendation
Provide more guidance to students on working in groups and addressing differences of opinion on assessment tasks.
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. 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.

N/A - no external accreditation.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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
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 8
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Reflective Practice Assignment