Course Title: Wellness and Lifestyle

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Wellness and Lifestyle

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Trish Everett

Course Coordinator Phone: 03 9925 7881

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora, 202.4.63

Course Coordinator Availability: Works online, email is the best contact option.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course is designed to provide an introduction to the field of wellness and its relevance to personal health and wellbeing. It addresses the importance of connection between individuals, societies and the environment and explores relationships between the disciplines of wellness, public health and health promotion. The course provides an experience of a personal wellness program designed using a wellness assessment tool and an exploration of wellness theory and research. The course has relevance for consumers of healthcare, people interested in enhancing their own health and wellbeing and health professionals.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the Program Learning Outcomes for GD169 Graduate Diploma in Wellness:

  • PLO 1. Synthesise and integrate wellness principles and strategies into life, education and work place settings, thereby contributing to enhanced productivity, the prevention of chronic lifestyle disease, enjoyment of life, and personal fulfilment.
  • PLO 2. Will have the knowledge and skills essential to design, develop, implement and evaluate a range of specialised Wellness strategies.
  • PLO 3. Be able to communicate to peers and others in a manner that suits the context, audience and message, and demonstrate the ability to share complex knowledge and ideas.
  • PLO 4. Be educated consumers of evidence-based practice in Wellness and related disciplines with the ability to integrate research findings into practice, and identify appropriate research methods for specific Wellness research questions.
  • PLO 5. Become holistic thinkers and lifelong learners who are able to integrate information across multiple disciplines and apply knowledge, skills, critical thinking and problem solving to real world situations.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  • CLO 1. Analyse and reflect upon current lifestyle activities, and develop strategies to modify lifestyle areas that increase risk of disease or illness
  • CLO 2. Utilise and critique wellness assessment tools to introduce activities to improve health, well-being and quality of life
  • CLO 3. Apply the concepts of awareness, education and growth to wellness and investigate how wellness dimensions such as self-responsibility, eating, moving, thinking, communicating, and making meaning impact on social connectedness, stress and general wellbeing 
  • CLO 4. Develop a range of wellness techniques to manage stress, improve physical, mental, emotional and spiritual health, and increase connectedness, performance, memory and concentration 
  • CLO 5. Utilise journaling, mentoring, and goal-setting to achieve specific lifestyle goals 
  • CLO 6. Apply research, analysis, critique, problem-solving and implementation skills to develop wellness programs.

Overview of Learning Activities

This is an on-line course. The learning activities have both practical and theoretical components. The practical work involves assessing your own wellness and developing an eight week wellness program for yourself. The theoretical side is an exploration of wellness theories, assessment tools and research, and their foundation for wellness practice.

The assessment for this course is designed to develop insights into your wellness and the ability to plan and carry out lifestyle changes with a wellness focus. You will also explore current wellness theories and research, and make connections between the literature and your personal experience of wellness. Feedback will be provided to students via assessments and ongoing online contact with the course co-ordinator.

Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester (online)

Learner Directed Hours: 84 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials online through MyRMIT ( ). Online facilities include discussion groups, group pages and email, and links to prescribed readings, recommended websites, RMIT library, and various learning resources. Students are also a valuable resource for each other - their varied backgrounds and life experiences make for an interesting mix of people, promoting lively discussion and exchange of views on diverse issues related to health and wellness. 

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1: Personal Wellness Assessment (10%)

Personal Wellness Assessment to include: 

250 word Critical Reflection on your health and wellbeing, gaps and priorities that includes your pre-wellness program Wellness Index 

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-3

Assessment 2: Personal Wellness Assessment (35%)

750 word Critical Reflection on outcomes.

Journal (Weeks 4-11) 

Your post- wellness program Wellness Index

The eight action plans (Weeks 4-11) set with your mentor, plus overview of your goals

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-6

Assessment 3: Wellness Critical Think Forum (20%)

Online Participation

Wellness critical thinking forum. 

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 & 6

Assessment 4: Essay (35%)

A 1500 word essay on a wellness topic of student’s choice.

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3 & 6