PSYC20039 - Inter-disciplinary Approaches to Positive Psychology

General Information

Unit Synopsis

Positive psychology, wellbeing and resilience are concepts that have largely emerged from a body of research in western societies. In this unit, you will take a critical approach to examining the applicability of wellbeing in cross-cultural and cross-discipline contexts and in comparison to spiritual and religious practices across the globe. You will explore whether the factors affecting wellbeing are relative or absolute, and gain an understanding of how wellbeing is determined in different cultural settings and across a range of academic discipline areas.

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2019

Term 1 - 2019 Profile
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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 50%
2. Practical Assessment 50%

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 1 - 2018 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 50% 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
Feedback
A concern was raised that the weekly teaching material was only made available in the preceding week, and that this impacted the student's approach to the assessment items.
Recommendation
Being a new unit in 2017, the weekly approach was necessary. In 2018 all weekly teaching material (Weeks 1-12) will be available from the start of term.
Action Taken
The weekly material (1-12) was available from the start of term.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
A few students expressed that the assessment requirements could be clearer.
Recommendation
The assessment criteria and rubrics will be reviewed and adjusted to clarify the assessment requirements.
Action Taken
The assessment criteria and rubrics were reviewed and adjusted to clarify the assessment requirements. This has resulted in higher evaluations for the assessment requirements and feedback.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students rated the weekly teaching material very positively.
Recommendation
The teaching material approach utilised in 2017 will continue in 2018.
Action Taken
The teaching material was retained from the previous year.
Source: Moodle evaluation
Feedback
A few students requested that the assessment items be staggered in relation to the other units in the course.
Recommendation
Considerable time was spent mapping the dates of the assessments across the four units offered in the term. As far as was feasible, assessment due dates were staggered across the units. The assessment due dates were positioned to maximise the time allotted for the dissemination of unit content relevant to each assessment piece. The course team will again be evaluating both the assessment items and due dates across the units for 2019.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle evaluation
Feedback
A few students commented that the number of readings per week was overwhelming, and a few commented that they loved the content.
Recommendation
The number of readings from 2017 to 2018 was decreased. They were structured in terms of recommended readings and extra resources. Further evaluation of the structure of the unit, including the readings and resource material, is warranted, and will be undertaken by the unit coordinator.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle evaluation
Feedback
Despite the moderate score for assessment requirements, a number of students commented on how much they liked the assessment pieces.
Recommendation
The assessment items will be reviewed for potential improvement of both engagement and enhancement of the learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Discuss how the concept of ‘happiness’ has permeated cultures and societies to both unite and divide humans throughout history
  2. Compare and contrast how different cultures define and articulate wellbeing
  3. Assess practices used by different cultures to build and sustain wellbeing
  4. Examine how wellbeing is articulated in a cross-cultural context, particularly in relation to Australian Indigenous peoples.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
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
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