PSYC20043 - Coaching Individuals for Positive Change

General Information

Unit Synopsis

In this unit, you will develop practical evidence-based positive psychology coaching skills for working with individual clients on positive behaviour change. Your practical coursework will include fundamental coaching skills for building a positive working alliance using active listening and skilful questioning to identify client goals. You will also learn positive psychology strategies for working with clients to enhance positive emotions, character strengths and hope.

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 3 - 2021

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. Practical Assessment 30%
2. Practical Assessment 35%
3. Practical Assessment 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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Previous Feedback

Term 2 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.7 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.68% 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 student evaluations
Feedback
Some students new to coaching found the assessment requirement to demonstrate coaching skills with a client quite daunting.
Recommendation
The assessment structure and content will be revised so that students demonstrate their skills without using an external volunteer client.
Action Taken
The assessment structure and content was revised so that students could demonstrate their skills with another student rather than an external volunteer.
Source: Moodle student evaluations
Feedback
Some students found that the assessment structure and weighting did not allow enough opportunities to receive higher grades.
Recommendation
The assessment structure and weightings will be changed to 4 smaller assessments worth 25% each.
Action Taken
The assessment structure was revised to 3 rather than 4 assessments. This reflected current advice regarding over-assessment. A reflective journal assessment was included with two demonstrations of practical skills to assess skill development in positive psychology coaching.
Source: Moodle student evaluations
Feedback
The workshops and the practice sessions with peers built skills and also allowed students to work collaboratively with other students and share their learning with others.
Recommendation
The workshops and the practice sessions with peers will be retained in the unit.
Action Taken
The workshops and practice sessions with peers were retained.
Source: Moodle student evaluations.
Feedback
The interactive, experiential workshops are valuable for learning new coaching skills in a safe and enjoyable environment.
Recommendation
Retain the interactive, experiential workshops.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle student evaluations.
Feedback
Being paired with another student in the unit to practice skills helped build confidence in coaching skills.
Recommendation
Retain the use of student pairs to practice coaching skills.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Moodle student evaluations.
Feedback
Several students would like the PDF version of the Moodle books to be in larger print.
Recommendation
Students will be provided with information for converting the Moodle workbooks into PDF and how to use Adobe functions for text size.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Apply principles of positive change to plan and conduct professional coaching sessions with individual clients
  2. Apply knowledge and skills to create and maintain a positive working alliance with clients in coaching sessions
  3. Apply positive psychology tools and strategies to coaching individuals

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Practical Assessment
2 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
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
5 - Self-management
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 - Practical Assessment
3 - Practical Assessment
1 - Practical Assessment