Course Title: Introduction to Happiness and Positive Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Introduction to Happiness and Positive Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1487

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Internet

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 2015,
Sem 1 2016,
Sem 2 2016

BESC1487

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Internet

Sem 1 2017

Course Coordinator: Dr Lydia Ievleva

Course Coordinator Phone: +1 613 299 0781

Course Coordinator Email: lydia.ievleva@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: Sydney NSW

Course Coordinator Availability: Email is the best option


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

There are no formal prerequisites. This course is fully online. You will need access to the internet, the ability to work online in myRMIT Studies, to organise your time, work online with others in small groups  and submit work on due dates.


Course Description

This course will provide you with a basic understanding of the science of happiness and positive psychology, and how it can impact health and wellbeing. You will examine the principles, underlying theory, research and historical antecedents of the science of happiness and positive psychology and distinguish between myth and fact for happiness and wellbeing factors based on research.

This course is fully online, there are no face to face classes.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course is offered as a University Student Elective to undergraduate students from various disciplines and programs across RMIT University


On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • CLO 1. Discuss the principles, underlying theory, research and historical antecedents to the science of happiness and positive psychology; and distinguish between myth and fact for happiness and wellbeing factors based on research.
  • CLO 2. Explain the role of positive emotions in psychological wellbeing (PWB) and health.
  • CLO 3. Describe how: generating optimal experiences and flow, identifying and implementing signature strengths, practicing mindfulness, gratitude and kindness, boosting optimism and hope, can enhance PWB in individuals.
  • CLO 4. Describe  factors and activities contributing to resilience and Post Traumatic Growth (PTG) and positive relationships.
  • CLO 5. Explain the role of applying Positive Psychology to enhance engagement, morale and productivity within organizations and education.


Overview of Learning Activities

The learning activities and resources included in this course are:

  • Online lessons delivered through the Blackboard where syllabus material will be presented, explained and discussed.
  • Private study and activities, working through the course materials as presented in myRMIT Studies.
  • Online discussion groups and peer-reviewed online group activities and tasks.
  • To help you meet the assessment requirements, interactive online activities, tests and discussions will provide opportunities for self-assessment and feedback from staff and/or other students.
  • Students will be able to access course information and learning materials through myRMIT. Lists of relevant reference texts, resources in the library and freely accessible Internet sites will be provided. Links are provided throughout the Learning Package so that you can directly access these readings. 

The assessment is designed to ensure that students have achieved the learning outcomes and will include practical exercises, discussion board participation, research and short essay exam. To help you meet the assessment requirements there will be opportunities to monitor your progress throughout the course. Interactive online activities will be assessed and provide opportunities for self-assessment and feedback from staff and/or students on your progress.

 

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 Studies. The online learning platform e-facilities include discussion groups, group pages, email, and links to prescribed readings, recommended websites, RMIT library, support from study skills advisors, 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 happiness and positive psychology.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Early Assessment Task 1:  Peak Experience/Performance Recall and Flow Reflection and Discussion

Weighting:  10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 and 3.

Part 1:  Students are to practice the Peak Experience/Performance Recall activity; reflect on the experience; link to factors associated with flow and optimal experience in the literature;

  • To be submitted on group Discussion Board by end of Week 3.

Part 2: engage in discussion with group members.

  • To be submitted on group Discussion Board by end of Week 4.

Assessment Task 2:  Signature Strengths Reflection and Discussion

Weighting:  10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 and 3.

Part 1: Students are to identify their Signature Strengths; reflect on questions related to their Signature Strengths in action; link their experience to the literature

  • To be submitted by end of Week 4 on group Discussion Board.

Part 2: engage in discussion with group members.

  • To be submitted on group Discussion Board by end of Week 4.

Assessment Task 3:  Positive Psychology Interventions (x4) Reflection and Discussion

This assessment task supports CLOs 2 and 3.

Weighting:  40% (10% each).

  • The Discussion Board submissions involve reflecting on Positive Psychology in practice and linking to current research:  Week 5 on Mindfulness; Week 6 on Gratitude; Week 7 on Kindness; and Week 9 on Optimism and Hope.
  • To be submitted on group Discussion Board by end of week each assigned.
  • Engagement in discussion with group members closes following week.

Assessment 4:  Short Essay Exam

Weighting:  40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 4, 5.

  • To complete this assessment, students will be required to complete the online short essay exam.
  • Assessment will be based on the quality of student responses to exam questions.
  • The Exam will take approximately 3 hours to complete and will cover topics from Weeks 1, 2, 9-12. 
  • Additional instructions, guidelines and marking criteria to be provided upon conclusion of Assessment 1 activities. 
  • The online system for viewing the exam questions and submitting your answers will be open from the end of Week 12. Answers are due by midnight Monday of Week 14.
  • Participating in the suggested activities and discussions for each week and review of the objectives will assist preparation.