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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 a cross-cultural context 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 understanding about how wellbeing is determined in different cultural settings.

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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Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2017

Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 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 50%
2. Practical Assessment 50%

This is a pass/fail (non-graded) unit. To pass the unit, you must pass all of the individual assessment tasks shown in the table above.

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 58.06% 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: 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
The unit delivery was revised and updated with a focus on offering a variety of learning resources.
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
The unit delivery was revised and updated with a focus on streamlining the topics covered.
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
The unit learning outcomes and related assessments were revised. The instructions for all assessments were rewritten to reflect this.
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation responses
Feedback
A number of students valued the autonomy to choose a culture and spiritual tradition to explore for their assessments, but two students reported feeling overwhelmed with the breadth of information covered in the assessments.
Recommendation
The assessment pieces will continue to allow students to choose their own areas of interest to explore. The Unit Coordinator will evaluate the assessments to see whether the scope of what is covered could be refined.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation responses
Feedback
Many students indicated that the assessments and unit content supported their goals for applying what they learned here to their existing or future work and business plans.
Recommendation
The assessment pieces will continue to provide opportunities for practical skills in interviewing, visual and audio storytelling, and creative mapping of different perspectives.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student Unit and Teacher Evaluation responses
Feedback
Some students suggested the Zoom tutorials be increased in frequency.
Recommendation
The Unit Coordinator will consider additional opportunities to increase the online contact between students whilst balancing the needs of students who like frequent contact and those who prefer independent learning with support when needed.
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