PSYC20037 - Introduction to Positive Psychology: Perspectives on Wellbeing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Introduction to Positive Psychology: Perspectives on Wellbeing will introduce you to the paradigm of positive psychology, and explore the development of this specialist area over the past 20 years. In this unit, you will explore the discipline's emphasis on flourishing and strengths-based approaches, and examine how these differ from traditional psychological frameworks. The unit examines conceptualisation and measurement of wellbeing and the application of positive psychology at the individual, group, community, and organisational level.

Details

Level Postgraduate
Unit Level 8
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.

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 1 - 2020

Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 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. Group Work 30%
3. Presentation 30%

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

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Previous Feedback

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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
A number of students stated that they felt engaged with online learning through an active Moodle site and the regular Zoom tutorials.
Recommendation
This format will continue for the unit.
Action Taken
The format of the unit and focus on building an active Moodle site, including regular activities and tutorials that focused on group work, were continued in the unit.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
A number of students indicated that they were pleased with the speedy support provided by email and Moodle discussion forums, as well as the quick turnaround with assessments.
Recommendation
These methods of student support will continue for the unit.
Action Taken
Timely support via email, discussion forums, and turnaround of assessment items was continued in the unit. This is also reflected in student evaluation of the unit in the 'Have Your Say' survey.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations); student emails.
Feedback
Students highlighted the practical applications of unit content for their own lives and/or workplaces.
Recommendation
The unit will continue to highlight and present to students both theoretical and practical applications of positive psychology.
Action Taken
The practical applications of the unit were highlighted throughout term, with student resources focused on the theory-practice nexus, and students given autonomy in choosing focus of their assessment pieces.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Some students indicated that they would like more online discussion through the Moodle discussion forums.
Recommendation
The course team will evaluate and implement strategies to increase student use of Moodle discussion forums, including regular questions and activities posed to students.
Action Taken
Regular activities, resources, and activities were provided to students, and the Unit coordinator encouraged student interaction on the forums throughout the term. This resulted in more activity on the forums. Tutorials were also revised to focus on student interaction, which proved successful.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Two students expressed concerns about unequal work in their groups.
Recommendation
The course team will ensure that regular check-in with students is undertaken to address any problems that arise in groups during assessment preparation.
Action Taken
Regular check-in with students was provided, and students could reflect on the division of group work in an evaluation at the end of Assessment 1. Any students with concerns were contacted by the Unit Coordinator and a plan was implemented regarding these issues.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Students praised the diversity of unit content, indicating that the unit was well-planned and provided a good combination of theory and application.
Recommendation
The unit should continue to focus on theory and practical application through unit content and assessments that address both positive psychology theoretical models and their application.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Several students indicated that interaction with their cohort via Zoom tutorials and for group assessment pieces was a way to get to know others and to feel connected in the online environment.
Recommendation
The course team should continue to foster student interaction and collaboration through Zoom tutorials and group assessments. The course team should look for ways to further increase contact between students, all of whom are studying via online distance education.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Students praised the support of the Unit Coordinator, including responsiveness to emails/discussion forums, feedback on assessment items, and openness to student input.
Recommendation
Timely staff responsiveness to student queries via email/discussion forums should continue in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Students indicated that they found the Zoom tutorials to be engaging and useful for practical application of content and assessment clarification, but a couple of students wanted tutorials to cover more specific activities that students could complete/consider prior to the tutorial.
Recommendation
The course team should examine the structure of tutorials to ensure practical application of material remains, while building in more focused activities for sessions.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Some students indicated that working with other students for the first assessment could be daunting after having just started their course and needing to get used to university systems and requirements.
Recommendation
The course team should evaluate whether group tasks/assessments would be better placed later in the term, with the first assessment piece submitted by students being an individual piece.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback (evaluations).
Feedback
Several students believed there needed to be further clarification around assessments, and that there was some duplication in requirements between assessments.
Recommendation
The course team should evaluate assessments to see what further clarifications can be made to instructions, as well as to what extent assessment information could be further covered in live tutorials or recorded videos. The course team should also assess whether assessment pieces need further differentiation so that tasks are not duplicated across pieces.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Analyse the key theoretical and empirical developments in positive psychology
  2. Apply the major principles and theories of Positive Psychology to an applied context
  3. Identify and evaluate ways to measure wellbeing in an applied context.

N/A - no external accreditation requirement.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Group Work
3 - Presentation
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
3 - Cognitive, technical and creative skills
4 - Research
5 - Self-management
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 - Group Work
3 - Presentation