PSYC20037 - Introduction to Positive Psychology: Perspectives on Wellbeing
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

PSYC20037 Introduction to Positive Psychology will introduce you to the paradigm of positive psychology, and explore the development of this specialist area over the past 15-20 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 emphasises the multidimensional nature of wellbeing and resilience, and the links between physical and psychological health.

Details

Career Level Postgraduate
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Distance

Website

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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.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Group Work 30%
2. Presentation 30%
3. Written Assessment 40%

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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On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Explain the key theoretical and empirical developments in positive psychology
  2. Explain multiple ways in which physical and psychological health are linked
  3. Apply the major principles and theories of Positive Psychology across a variety of contexts (individual, group, community, organisation)

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Group Work  
2 - Presentation
3 - Written Assessment    

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1. Knowledge
2. Communication
3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills  
4. Research
5. Self-management    
6. Ethical and Professional Responsibility      
7. Leadership      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Professional Level
  • Advanced Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7
1 - Group Work      
2 - Presentation      
3 - Written Assessment        

Prescribed Textbooks

There are no prescribed textbooks

Other Resources

These are not compulsory, but may assist you:
The Oxford Handbook of Positive Psychology
Author/s: Shane J. Lopez & C.R. Snyder Year: 2009
Edition: 2nd Edition Publisher: Oxford University Press
City: New York State: New York
Country: USA
Positive Psychology. Theory, Research and Applications
Author/s: Kate Hefferon and Illona Boniwell Year: 2011
Edition: Publisher: Open University Press. McGraw Hill
City: New York State: New York
Country: USA
Other resources may be available at CQUniversity Library. Note:

There are no prescribed text books for this unit, however, the overall Graduate Certificate in Positive Psychology course, and the first year of the Masters of Applied Positive Psychology, will draw heavily upon these recommended texts as we move through each of the units. The Hefferon and Boniwell textbook is an introductory text designed specifically for tertiary education, and is also available an an e-book or in pdf online - this is a good starting point for those who have not previously studied or worked within the Positive Psychology area. The Lopez and Snyder text is a more advanced and much denser text, focused on research and applications within the positive psychology space.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorAndrew McClelland (a.mcclelland@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Positive Psychology Foundations

Please see selected readings and activities on Moodle

Week 2 13-03-2017

Positive Mental Health and Flourishing

Please see selected readings and activities on Moodle

Week 3 20-03-2017

Positive Health Psychology

Please see selected readings and activities on Moodle

Week 4 27-03-2017

Wellness, Emotions and Motivation

Please see selected readings and activities on Moodle

Week 5 03-04-2017

Happiness, Subjective Wellbeing and Eudaimonic Wellbeing

Please see selected readings and activities on Moodle

Group Work (Presentation Preparation) Due Friday (07 Apr 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017 Optimism and Positive Coping

Please see selected readings and activities on Moodle

Week 7 24-04-2017

Resilience and Psychological Growth

Please see selected readings and activities on Moodle

Week 8 01-05-2017

Character Strengths and Positive Traits

Please see selected readings and activities on Moodle

Week 9 08-05-2017

Positive Education

Please see selected readings and activities on Moodle

Presentation Due Friday (12 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Positive Organisations

Please see selected readings and activities on Moodle

Week 11 22-05-2017

Applying Positive Psychology

Please see selected readings and activities on Moodle

Week 12 29-05-2017

The Future of Positive Psychology

Please see selected readings and activities on Moodle

Written Assessment Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017

There are no examinations for this unit

Exam Week 12-06-2017

There are no examinations for this unit

Please be advised that the PSYC20037 unit will NOT be coordinated by A/Prof Burke in 2017.

Staff details will be made available via Moodle prior to the beginning of Term.

1 Group Work

Assessment Title Group Work (Presentation Preparation)
Task Description

Task Description

Assessment 1 (Group Work), Assessment 2 (Presentation) and Assessment 3 (Written Assessment) are integrated around a practical task of determining optimal ways to influence wellbeing. The overall aim of the assessment tasks is to explore the alignment between theory/research and practices for wellbeing approaches, and the implications for the improvement of psychological wellbeing.

For Assessment 1, students will complete a number of group and individual tasks which will be available in the Assessment Guide on the Moodle site.

  1. Join a peer group on Moodle
  2. Work with group members to explore different ways to measure wellbeing - both physically and psychologically
  3. Reflect on their own wellbeing based on different ways to measure wellbeing explored with the group
  4. Plan a group presentation highlighting the different ways that wellbeing can be measured

The assessable submission for Assessment 1 will be comprised of:

  • a Presentation Plan (group submission),
  • a completed self-reflection of individual wellbeing (individual submission), and
  • completion of the Self and Peer Assessment (SPA) online survey (individual submission).

Further task details will be available from the Assessment Guide on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Friday (07-Apr-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 6 Friday (21-Apr-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment 1 will be assessed according to the components below:

Presentation Plan (Group Mark)

Team Work Skills (Individual Mark)

Self-reflection (Individual Mark)

These are Pass/Fail assessment items. Detailed marking criteria can be found on the unit Moodle site.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Group submission

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the key theoretical and empirical developments in positive psychology

2. Explain multiple ways in which physical and psychological health are linked

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research

5. Self-management



2 Presentation

Assessment Title Presentation
Task Description

Task Description

Assessment 1 (Group Work), Assessment 2 (Presentation) and Assessment 3 (Written Assessment) are integrated around a practical task of determining optimal ways to influence wellbeing. The overall aim of the assessment tasks is to explore the alignment between theory/research and practices for wellbeing approaches, and the implications for the improvement of psychological wellbeing.

For Assessment 2, students will complete the following tasks:

  1. Prepare and deliver a 20-25 minute group presentation that examines different ways to measure, assess and influence wellbeing (group delivery)
  2. Complete a Peer Assessment Form of presentations from other groups (individual submission)

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Presentations will occur early in Week 9. All students are to have completed their Peer Assessment Form submissions by the end of this week.
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

This is a Pass/Fail Assessment Task.

Students will be assessed on

Team Work and Presentation Skills

Presentation (Coherence, Accuracy, Effectiveness)

Detailed information regarding assessment requirements and criteria for assessment can be found in the Assessment Guide on Moodle.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online
Group submission

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. Explain the key theoretical and empirical developments in positive psychology

2. Explain multiple ways in which physical and psychological health are linked

3. Apply the major principles and theories of Positive Psychology across a variety of contexts (individual, group, community, organisation)

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

3. Cognitive, technical and creative skills

4. Research



3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Assessment
Task Description

Task Description

Assessment 1 (Group Work), Assessment 2 (Presentation) and Assessment 3 (Written Assessment) are integrated around a practical task of determining optimal ways to influence wellbeing. The overall aim of the assessment tasks is to explore the alignment between theory/research and practices for wellbeing approaches, and the implications for the improvement of psychological wellbeing.

For Assessment 3 students will write a 2500 word essay exploring how wellbeing could be influenced in a practical setting. The essay should focus on one or more of the concepts and issues explored within the group presentation. The essay should focus on integrating theory/research (from the literature) and how this could be usefully applied in a practical setting.

Further task details will be available from the Assessment Guide on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

This is a Pass/Fail Assessment.

Students will be assessed on the following criteria:

  1. Introduction (posing of practical issue)
  2. Analysis of theory/research– application links
  3. Evaluation of theory/research – application links
  4. Quality of literacy and written communication skills
  5. Adherence to APA referencing/ presentation style
Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

3. Apply the major principles and theories of Positive Psychology across a variety of contexts (individual, group, community, organisation)

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Knowledge

2. Communication

4. Research




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