SKIL40016 - Positive Learning for University
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

Positive Learning for University introduces you to a variety of concepts through the framework of Positive Psychology. Techniques will be taught to: enhance clarity and identify personal meaning and values; increase optimism through changes in thinking; consider how gratitude and mindfulness improve personal well-being; identify personal strengths; provide opportunities to develop positive relationships; improve communication skills; and integrate healthy living to ensure a healthy environment for study. Through a mixture of theory, practical activities and reflection, you will demonstrate how personal attitudes and ways of thinking affect your learning, and you will consider solutions to the challenges that may be encountered in higher education. Additionally, in order to navigate an online world, you will be introduced to a number of technology platforms that will further support your learning and assist you to demonstrate understanding of concepts using technology.

Details

Career Level Non-award
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 3A
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

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Non-award 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. Online Quiz(zes) 10%
2. Portfolio 20%
3. Portfolio 40%
4. Practical and Written Assessment 30%

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

All University policies are available on the IMPortal.

You may wish to view these policies:

  • Grades and Results Procedure
  • Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework)
  • Review of Grade Procedure
  • Academic Misconduct Procedure
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – Domestic Students
  • Monitoring Academic Progress (MAP) Policy and Procedure – International Students
  • Refund and Excess Payments (Credit Balances) Policy and Procedure
  • Student Feedback – Compliments and Complaints Policy and Procedure
  • Acceptable Use of Information and Communications Technology Facilities and Devices Policy and Procedure

This list is not an exhaustive list of all University policies. The full list of University policies are available on the IMPortal.

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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Issues with the number of assessments Lecturer self-evaluation and student feedback Review current assessment tasks and identify ways that more authentic tasks could be included to better reflect how technologies are used to support content. Reduce assessment items to 4 throughout the term.
Issues with some of the technologies introduced Lecturer self-evaluation and student feedback Review current technologies and identify which ones are most relevant to students. Remove Portfoliobox and review instructions of all technologies to ensure up-to-date.
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. identify the key principles that underpin Positive Psychology
  2. apply positive strategies and techniques to enhance learning and personal success
  3. reflect on how Positive Psychology concepts affect learning
  4. navigate online technologies to promote engagement and share knowledge
  5. apply Positive Psychology concepts to real life contexts

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1 - Online Quiz(zes)        
2 - Portfolio      
3 - Portfolio    
4 - Practical and Written Assessment      

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5
1. Self Management
2. Communication  
3. Information Literacy      
4. Information Technology Competence  
5. Problem Solving
6. Critical Thinking
7. Cross-Cultural Competence    
8. Ethical Practice  

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)      
2 - Portfolio
3 - Portfolio
4 - Practical and Written Assessment

Textbook Information

There are no required textbooks. Note: All study material for this unit is freely available from the SKIL40016 unit Moodle site.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Webcam (inc microphone) required for Zoom Session
  • Access to personal computer
All submissions for this unit must use the Harvard (author-date) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorTrixie James (t.james@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

Module 1: Introduction to Positive Psychology and the CHOOSE model

Technology: GoSoapBox

Complete the GoSoapBox Activity

Participate in the various Discussion Forums

Watch all Introductory Videos - Familiarise Yourself with the Unit

Week 2 13-03-2017

Module 2: Positive Life- Know where you are going - Learn from where you've been

Technology: Zoom

Complete Weekly Reflective Portfolio Tasks

Participate in Discussion Forum

Register and Participate in a Zoom Session

Quiz - Introduction to Positive Psychology Due Friday (17 Mar 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 3 20-03-2017

Module 3: Positive Health - Reaping the benefits of a healthy lifestyle

Technology: Dropbox

Complete Weekly Reflective Portfolio Tasks

Complete Technology Element

Participate in Discussion Forum & Zoom Session

Week 4 27-03-2017

Module 4: Positive Emotions - Developing positive emotions for a positive outlook

Technology: Jing/Snipping Tool

Complete Weekly Reflective Portfolio Tasks

Complete Technology Element

Participate in Discussion Forum & Zoom Session

Week 5 03-04-2017

Module 5: Optimism- Always look on the bright side of life

Technology: Blog/Weebly

Complete Weekly Reflective Portfolio Tasks

Complete Technology Element

Participate in Discussion Forum & Zoom Session

Reflective Portfolio A Due Monday (03 Apr 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Vacation Week 10-04-2017

Use this week to catch up on work and finalise assessment tasks

Week 6 17-04-2017

Module 6: Optimism - Education to personal empowerment

Technology: Prezi

Complete Weekly Reflective Portfolio Tasks

Complete Technology Element

Participate in Discussion Forum & Zoom Session

Week 7 24-04-2017

Module 7: Positive Strengths - Using your best to make you better

Technology: Blog / Weebly

Complete Weekly Online Workbook Tasks

Complete Technology Element

Participate in Discussion Forum

Week 8 01-05-2017

Module 8: Stress & Resilience - Making molehills out of mountains

Technology: Movie creator

Complete Weekly Reflective Portfolio Tasks

Complete Technology Element

Participate in Discussion Forum & Zoom Session

Week 9 08-05-2017

Module 9: Positive Relationships - Gaining perspective on life, yourself and others

Review Weekly Reflective Portfolio Tasks & Technology Tasks ready for submission

Participate in Discussion Forum & Zoom Session

Reflective Portfolio B Due Friday (12 May 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Module 10: Positive Communication - Communicating with others

Participate in Discussion Forum & Zoom Session

Review the Final Task and choose the task to complete for Assessment Item 5

Week 11 22-05-2017

Module 11: Self-empowerment - Be inspired to flourish

Work on Final Assessment Task

Participate in Discussion Forum & Zoom Session

Week 12 29-05-2017

Module 12: Enjoyment - Enjoy the moment

Participate in Discussion Forum

Final Assessment Task Due Friday (02 Jun 17) 11:45 PM AEST
Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Welcome to Positive Learning for University. This unit is offered solely as a distance unit and gives you a wonderful supportive environment to learn about Positive Psychology and look at ways you can apply these concepts to your life both personally and professionally as a student. In addition, you will be introduced to a few emerging technologies to help you gain confidence with the various types of technology you might be exposed to in your transition into undergraduate studies.

I would like to introduce myself, Trixie James, and I will be the Unit Coordinator, support lecturer and marker for this unit (otherwise known as PLU).

You can contact me via email at t.james@cqu.edu.au or by phone (07) 4150 7146. I am located on the Bundaberg campus.

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Quiz - Introduction to Positive Psychology
Task Description

After reading the Module 1 Study Guide and the additional reading “The new science of happiness” (both accessible through Moodle), you will be required to complete a quiz to demonstrate your understanding of the principles behind Positive Psychology and what research has found to support this theory.

This quiz is an open book test which means you may have these resources on hand to assist you when responding to the questions. The quiz is located on Moodle under the ‘Assessment’ block on the left hand side. You will be given 2 hours to complete this quiz and you only have one attempt to complete the 20 questions.

Do not attempt this quiz until you have:

1) Completed reading both the Study Guide for Module 1 and the additional reading “The new science of happiness”

2) Ensured you have a steady internet connection

3) Allowed the full two hours to complete the quiz (if required)


Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date Week 2 Friday (17-Mar-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Results will be provided automatically on completion of the quiz
Weighting 10%
Assessment Criteria

This quiz assesses your understanding of the key concepts around Positive Psychology from Module 1.

Submission Online

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

1. identify the key principles that underpin Positive Psychology

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

1. Self Management

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

8. Ethical Practice



2 Portfolio

Assessment Title Reflective Portfolio A
Task Description

From Week 2 to Week 4, there will be weekly tasks to complete for the Reflective Portfolio.

Open a word doc (.doc/.docx), title it Reflective Portfolio A, and add all your responses to the weekly reflective tasks. These weekly tasks can be accessed through the weekly Module blocks or through the Assessment Overview tab on Moodle. There are no expected formatting requirements, however, if you have completed CSU, please follow what they suggest. Ideally, you need to consider how you are setting out your responses in order to ensure the marker can clearly and explicitly identify the individual answers; therefore, headings are recommended.

In order to complete each task, you will need to reflect on the material in the study guide as well as the additional material provided on the Positive Learning for University Moodle site and apply the content to your current situation as a student. There may be some activities for which additional information in the form of worksheets, articles, websites or other resources may be required.

Upload the final word document to Moodle through the 'Assessment' block on the left hand side of Moodle. You must submit this assessment to be eligible to pass this unit.

Full details of these tasks are available on Moodle under the Assessment Overview tab.

Assessment Due Date Week 5 Monday (03-Apr-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 7 Wednesday (26-Apr-2017)
Weighting 20%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed according to the quality and depth of your responses. The criteria that will guide the marker includes:

  • Completion of all reflective portfolio tasks
  • Demonstrated understanding of each concept
  • Depth of thinking and ability to apply concepts to life evident

You are expected to write in an academic style using complete sentences when responding to questions and reference all sources using Harvard style referencing.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. apply positive strategies and techniques to enhance learning and personal success

3. reflect on how Positive Psychology concepts affect learning

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



3 Portfolio

Assessment Title Reflective Portfolio B
Task Description

From Week 5 to Week 8, there will be weekly tasks to complete for Reflective Portfolio B. These tasks will ask you to reflect on the Positive Psychology content and write a written response and, in addition, you will also be asked to demonstrate your competence with the technology elements taught throughout these weeks.

Open a word doc (.doc/.docx), title it Reflective Portfolio B and add all your responses to the weekly reflective tasks and the technology tasks. These weekly tasks can be accessed through the weekly Module blocks or through the Assessment Overview tab on Moodle. There are no expected formatting requirements, however, if you have completed CSU, please follow what they suggest. Ideally, you need to consider how you are setting out your responses in order to ensure the marker can clearly and explicitly identify the individual answers; therefore, headings are recommended.

In order to complete each task, you will need to reflect on the material in the study guide as well as the additional material provided on the Positive Learning for University Moodle site and apply the content to your current situation as a student. There may be some activities for which additional information in the form of worksheets, articles, websites or other resources may be required.

Upload the final word document to Moodle through the 'Assessment' block on the left hand side of Moodle. You must submit this assessment to be eligible to pass this unit.

Full details of these tasks are available on Moodle under the Assessment Overview tab.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Friday (12-May-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 11 Friday (26-May-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

You will be assessed according to the quality and depth of your responses. The criteria that will guide the marker includes:

  • Completion of all workbook tasks
  • Demonstrated understanding of each concept
  • Demonstrated competence at navigating the technology elements
  • Depth of thinking and ability to apply concepts to life evident

You are expected to write in an academic style using complete sentences when responding to questions and reference all sources using Harvard style referencing.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

2. apply positive strategies and techniques to enhance learning and personal success

3. reflect on how Positive Psychology concepts affect learning

4. navigate online technologies to promote engagement and share knowledge

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice



4 Practical and Written Assessment

Assessment Title Final Assessment Task
Task Description

In order to demonstrate your understanding of the theory of Positive Psychology, you have 3 options to choose from for the final assessment task. Please read through the descriptions below for a basic description and then go to the Assessment Overview Tab on Moodle for more explicit details.

Educational Campaign: As you reflect on the past term, you will notice that there have been many theories and strategies presented to you in order to assist you in becoming a more positive student and person. Your task is to choose a concept that has been covered this term and develop an Educational Campaign to further expand on this subject.

Motivational Video: This task requires you to create an inspirational video that aligns to one of the modules. Within this inspirational/motivational video, each of the key elements within that Module needs to be presented in a positive and encouraging manner using Movie creator technology (see Technology Unit in Week 7).

Random Acts of Kindness: This summative task will consist of an applied element alongside a reflection of current research. Random Acts of Kindness is an approach taught within the realm of positive psychology and is instrumental in creating well-being and a sense of satisfaction for those doing the act of kindness. This task requires you to dedicate some time to completing some Random Acts of Kindness and then reflect upon this experience. In addition, students will read some current research findings on the benefits of altruism.

Full details on each of these are available on Moodle. Once you have chosen the task, please email the Unit Coordinator with your decision.

Assessment Due Date Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017) 11:45 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Each of the three options have specific criteria that aligns to each one. This criteria will be found on Moodle alongside the Assessment description.

You will be assessed according to the quality and depth of your responses. The criteria that guides the marker includes:

  • Completion of all tasks outlined in the Assessment description (found on Moodle)
  • Demonstrated understanding of the Positive Psychology concepts
  • Demonstrated ability to apply concepts using technology

You are expected to write in an academic style using complete sentences when responding to questions and reference all sources using Harvard style referencing.

Referencing Style Harvard (author-date)
Submission Online

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

4. navigate online technologies to promote engagement and share knowledge

5. apply Positive Psychology concepts to real life contexts

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

1. Self Management

2. Communication

3. Information Literacy

4. Information Technology Competence

5. Problem Solving

6. Critical Thinking

7. Cross-Cultural Competence

8. Ethical Practice




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