Course Title: Wellness Project A

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Wellness Project A

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 2 2017,
Sem 1 2018

Course Coordinator: Prof Marc Cohen

Course Coordinator Phone: 0439 446688

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 202.4.16

Course Coordinator Availability: by appointment

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

Pre-requisite OR co-requisite: one research methods elective to be selected from the following approved courses:

BIOL1070 - Research Methods

HUSO2079 - Research Strategies – Social Sciences

Course Description

This course provides students enrolled in the Graduate Diploma of Wellness the opportunity to integrate their wellness studies and areas of interest in a project that applies wellness strategies in a real-life setting such as work, community or health care.

Wellness Project A is the first phase. It is designed to provide the community with graduates who have the capabilities to develop a wellness project, conduct a literature review, plan the project utilising an appropriate method, and address any ethical and logistical requirements. The implementation and evaluation phase will be carried out as part of Wellness Project B.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This program will contribute to the following Program Learning Outcomes for GD169 Graduate Diploma in Wellness

  • 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 will be able to:

  • CLO 1. Evaluate the published literature include finding, understanding, synthesising and collating published research findings relevant to a phenomenon or problem of interest 
  • CLO 2. Critically review the existing literature and identify the main research methodologies used analyse their strengths and weaknesses, ethical implications and how they may be adapted to future research
  • CLO 3. Discuss the main unanswered questions arising from the literature and their significance to ongoing research and practice 
  • CLO 4. Formulate a valid research question based on gaps in the current literature and discuss the implications of answering the question 
  • CLO 5. Identify, work with and manage a project team that may include appropriate collaborators/stakeholders/funders
  • CLO 6. Effectively communicate the details of your research to a variety of stakeholders in a variety of settings including identifying a suitable journal for publishing your review and writing up the literature review with appropriate reference style

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities include:

  • One-to-one discussions with supervisor (phone, email and online discussion forum)
  • Assessing the need for research in an area of interest and refining your research focus
  • Literature review
  • Meeting the ethical requirements of the research
  • Investigating appropriate research methods
  • Design and planning of a project
  • Writing a research proposal

The assessment for this project is based on submission of a literature review and a proposal for the planned project. The aim of the assessment is to equip you to identify the need for wellness strategies and design appropriate projects in real-life settings.

To help students meet the assessment requirements your progress will be monitored throughout the course, with opportunities for feedback from your supervisor.

Teacher Guided Hours: 24 per semester (online)

Learner Directed Hours: 96 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT Studies. 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 Task 1:

Participation in regular meetings demonstrating project management capacity


This assessment task supports CLOs 5,6

Assessment Task 2:

Submission of literature review along with proposed research questions to be used for Wellness Project Part B 


This assessment task supports CLOs  1-6