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Performance, Potential and Development (EDUC10059)

Undergraduate level 1Points: 12.5On Campus (Parkville)

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Year of offer2019
Subject levelUndergraduate Level 1
Subject codeEDUC10059
Semester 2
FeesSubject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date

This subject will enable students to explore the theory and evidence relating to high performance and optimal functioning across a variety of contexts. Students will reflect on their best possible performing selves by drawing on the academic literature and real-life experiences.

This subject will analyse and review teachable skills and pathways towards high performance. Students will be exposed to a variety of disciplines included, but not limited to psychology, education, social sciences, organisational behaviour and philosophy.

Though an experiential mode of learning, students will learn about a variety of theoretical and evidence-based underpinnings of performance, including growth mindset, self-regulation, emotional intelligence, mindfulness and acceptance based approaches, flow, emotions, resilience, failure, and goal setting.

Students can apply the evidence-based methods to increase their own performance and the performance of those around them.

Intended learning outcomes

On completion of this subject students should be able to:

  • Gain an interdisciplinary view of performance and potential
  • Identify ways this knowledge can be used to help themselves and the people around them
  • Apply evidence-based performance interventions to personal life and to others
  • Develop a critical perspective of the field, enabling an understanding of the strengths and limitations in performance models, research, and education
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of interventions in education and other contexts

Generic skills

This subject will assist students to develop the following set of transferable skills:

  • Resilience in dealing with set-backs and failure
  • Critical and analytical thinking about research and its application across a variety of contexts
  • Analytical and cognitive skills through developing ways to apply research to personal experiences, education, sport, and the workplace.
  • Creative thinking, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning through exposure to theoretical frameworks across disciplines.

Eligibility and requirements





Non-allowed subjects


Core participation requirements

The University of Melbourne is committed to providing students with reasonable adjustments to assessment and participation under the Disability Standards for Education (2005), and the Assessment and Results Policy (MPF1326). Students are expected to meet the core participation requirements for their course. These can be viewed under Entry and Participation Requirements for the course outlines in the Handbook.

Further details on how to seek academic adjustments can be found on the Student Equity and Disability Support website: http://services.unimelb.edu.au/student-equity/home


Additional details

  • Use digital media to demonstrate application of performance concepts, equivalent to (2000 words) due mid semester (50%)
  • Reflective journal (2000 words) due end of semester (50%)

Hurdle requirement: Minimum of 80% attendance at all scheduled lectures, tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Dates & times

  • Semester 2
    CoordinatorLara Mossman
    Mode of deliveryOn Campus — Parkville
    Contact hours36
    Total time commitment170 hours
    Teaching period29 July 2019 to 27 October 2019
    Last self-enrol date 9 August 2019
    Census date31 August 2019
    Last date to withdraw without fail27 September 2019
    Assessment period ends22 November 2019

    Semester 2 contact information

Time commitment details

170 hours

Further information

  • Texts

    Prescribed texts

    Positive Human Functioning from a Multi-dimensional Perspective (vol 3) Promoting High Performance. Gomes, Resende & Albuquerque (2014). Nova Science, NY. [eBook]. Available through the LMS.

  • Breadth options
  • Available through the Community Access Program

    About the Community Access Program (CAP)

    This subject is available through the Community Access Program (also called Single Subject Studies) which allows you to enrol in single subjects offered by the University of Melbourne, without the commitment required to complete a whole degree.

    Entry requirements including prerequisites may apply. Please refer to the CAP applications page for further information.

  • Available to Study Abroad and/or Study Exchange Students

    This subject is available to students studying at the University from eligible overseas institutions on exchange and study abroad. Students are required to satisfy any listed requirements, such as pre- and co-requisites, for enrolment in the subject.

Last updated: 10 August 2019