PSYC20039 - Inter-disciplinary and Cross-cultural Approaches to Wellbeing

General Information

Unit Synopsis

The concept of wellbeing is central to Positive Psychology and it has been explored across many disciplines, cultures and spiritual traditions. In this unit, you will take a critical approach to cross-disciplinary, cross-cultural and spiritual theories and research on wellbeing. Through this exploration you will develop a holistic understanding of wellbeing concepts and practices. You will gain an understanding of how wellbeing is determined in different cultural and spiritual settings and across a range of academic disciplines and the implications for Positive Psychology.

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
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Term 1 - 2021 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 30%
2. Presentation 35%
3. Creative work 35%

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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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: 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
The course team met prior to the term to map assessment items and dates and these were staggered as much as possible across the units.
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
The Unit Coordinator reviewed resources providing guidance to students regarding required and additional readings.
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
The Unit Coordinator reviewed the assessments, providing streamlined instructions and support through the tutorials.
Source: Moodle Unit Evaluation
Feedback
Some students report that they found some readings difficult and want different methods of delivering course material that reflects non-reading learning styles.
Recommendation
The delivery of the unit material be revised with a greater balance between reading, visual and oral presentation of material.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle unit evaluation
Feedback
Some students reported feeling overwhelmed with the range of discipline content covered and the amount of reading and resources.
Recommendation
The amount of the unit material be reduced to a more targeted focus on fewer discipline areas with less content delivered through journal articles.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle unit evaluation
Feedback
Some students reported that the instructions for the second assessment were unclear and they were not familiar with essay writing so required more support.
Recommendation
The course team will review the assessment items to assess their suitability for meeting the unit learning outcomes, as well as whether additional student supports can be offered in academic writing.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Evaluate wellbeing theories, research and practices in different disciplinary, spiritual and cultural systems
  2. Apply knowledge of different approaches to wellbeing to generate comprehensive, holistic models of wellbeing
  3. Apply communication skills to translate complex knowledge and ideas about wellbeing to a variety of audiences.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Written Assessment
2 - Presentation
3 - Creative work
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Advanced Level
Professional Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Knowledge
2 - Communication
4 - Research
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
2 - Presentation
3 - Creative work
1 - Written Assessment