Course Title: Introduction to Wellness Coaching

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Wellness Coaching

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 2 2017,
Sem 2 2018

Course Coordinator: Ms Patricia Everett

Course Coordinator Phone: 0408 942 403

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Works off-campus.

Course Coordinator Availability: Email is the best contact option.

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

Wellness coaching provides a highly effective and focused approach towards improving people’s health habits and involves coaching people towards achieving their personal, health and fitness goals. Students with an interest in wellness coaching will gain a broad overview of the field including the application of wellness coaching tools, techniques and concepts and learn how to apply them in their professional lives.

You will learn how using wellness coaching skills can enhance wellbeing in a more effective and long lasting way. Work places that incorporate wellness coaching programs into their culture have reported sustainable improvements in key areas including: improved wellbeing of individual, improved health in the workplace, reduced absenteeism and presenteeism, increased productivity, improved occupational safety, higher staff retention, increased savings in healthcare and high return on investment.

Topic areas include understanding the concepts of wellness coaching, theoretical frameworks for coaching, and the range of different wellness coaching approaches currently being used.

On the practical side the course includes the application of concepts and practice of a range of skills and tools used in wellness coaching. Please note that you will be required to participate in regular practical integration exercises and that the assessment requires reflective feedback of your coaching experiences and skill development.

This University Student elective course at RMIT is designed to provide you with an understanding of how coaching in general and wellness coaching in particular can enhance psychological, social and physical wellbeing of individuals, schools and organizations. You will be able to discuss the purpose, theoretical frameworks and methods of coaching, and understand the skills, tools and concepts that are used in health and wellness coaching. You will be able to demonstrate the use of a range of fundamental coaching skills in a coaching session.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is a University Student elective offered to undergraduate students from various disciplines and Schools across RMIT University.

On completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • CLO 1. Describe the purpose, philosophy and theoretical underpinnings of coaching
  • CLO 2. Explain the nature and applications of coaching and wellness coaching and the various frameworks for coaching practice
  • CLO 3. Explain and apply key concepts and skills that are used in coaching to create new awareness or beliefs that promote a mindset of wellness
  • CLO 4. Explain a model for change and apply practical tools to assess and promote readiness for behavioural change
  • CLO 5. Apply various tools to facilitate behaviour change
  • CLO 6. Conduct, experience and analyse various wellness coaching skills in  professional and personal communications 

Overview of Learning Activities

A variety of online learning experiences, both individual and group, will be drawn on to help students reach the learning outcomes listed above. Facilitated group work will occur through online discussions, wikis, and online resources. Learning activities include:

  • working through the course guide with the activities and study questions presented in the online learning package
  • prescribed readings, video and audio
  • online discussion forums and small group work
  • online multiple choice tests

Assessments are designed to ensure that you can demonstrate theoretical understanding and practical application of basic wellness coaching skills, tools, techniques and concepts.

To help you meet the assessment requirements your progress will be monitored throughout the course. The interactive online and group activities will provide opportunities for self-assessment and feedback from staff and/or students on a regular basis.

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 ( Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. 

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements. 


Assessment Tasks

Assessment 1 Reflection on the coaching skill development journey

Weighting 45%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3-6

Assessment 2 Coaching Skills Development and Integration (Group Discussion)

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3-6


Assessment 3 Multiple Choice Quizzes x 2

Weighting 10% x 2 = 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1-4


Assessment 4 Professional Communication Vision

Weighting 20%

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