EDUC10057 Wellbeing, Motivation and Performance

Credit Points: 12.5
Level: 1 (Undergraduate)
Dates & Locations:

This subject has the following teaching availabilities in 2017:

Summer Term, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start 16-Jan-2017
Teaching Period 30-Jan-2017 to 10-Feb-2017
Assessment Period End 24-Feb-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 18-Jan-2017
Census Date 03-Feb-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 10-Feb-2017

Semester 1, Parkville - Taught on campus.Show/hide details
Pre-teaching Period Start not applicable
Teaching Period 27-Feb-2017 to 28-May-2017
Assessment Period End 23-Jun-2017
Last date to Self-Enrol 10-Mar-2017
Census Date 31-Mar-2017
Last date to Withdraw without fail 05-May-2017

Pre-teaching period:

During the pre-teaching period students will be required to complete readings and experiential exercises that will be provided via LMS.

Timetable can be viewed here.
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Time Commitment: Contact Hours: 36 hours
Total Time Commitment:

170 hours

Prerequisites: None
Corequisites: None
Recommended Background Knowledge: None
Non Allowed Subjects: None
Core Participation Requirements:


Dr Gavin Slemp, Ms Natalie Brain


February intensive availability: Natalie Brain (natalie.brain@unimelb.edu.au)

Semester 1 availability: Gavin Slemp (gavin.slemp@unimelb.edu.au)

Subject Overview:

This subject explores the science of the factors that enable individuals to operate at the peak of their potential; including how to participate in more engaging activities, how to live healthier, be more resilient, have more satisfying relationships and lead more productive and fulfilling lives.

The subject will explore teachable skills and pathways for cultivating wellbeing. Students will be exposed to a variety of disciplines including psychology, social science, education, philosophy, sports science, sociology, and organisational science.

Students will learn about the historical and philosophical views of a life-well lived; the paradigm shift from problem-focused to strengths-based approaches; and the evolution of the view of the human, from passive stimulus-response beings to active, self-directed agents.

Students will apply interventions that have been evaluated using the scientific method to increase their own wellbeing as well as the wellbeing of those around them.

Learning Outcomes:

Students will:

  • Gain an interdisciplinary view of wellbeing.
  • Think of ways this knowledge can be used to educate communities and society.
  • Distinguish between problem-focused versus strengths-based approaches in education.
  • Create innovative exercises deigned to apply this knowledge through practice.

There are two assessment tasks:

1500-word assignment on wellbeing theories and general research methods, 35%

Semester 1 availability, due mid-semester;

Intensive availability, due by Monday after end of teaching

2500-word analysis of the student’s experience applying this knowledge and research to every-day life, 65%

Semester 1 availability, due end of semester;

Intensive availability, due two weeks after the end of teaching

This subject has a minimum hurdle requirement of 80% attendance at all tutorials, seminars and workshops.

Prescribed Texts:

Readings will be posted on the LMS.

Breadth Options:

This subject potentially can be taken as a breadth subject component for the following courses:

You should visit learn more about breadth subjects and read the breadth requirements for your degree, and should discuss your choice with your student adviser, before deciding on your subjects.

Fees Information: Subject EFTSL, Level, Discipline & Census Date
Generic Skills:

On completion of this subject, students will able to:

  • expand analytical and cognitive skills through developing ways to apply research to education.
  • be critical and creative thinkers, with an aptitude for continued self-directed learning through exposure to theoretical frameworks across disciplines.
  • be well-informed citizens able to contribute wherever they choose to live and work through knowledge of how to increase well-being and in turn, performance outcomes in their communities.
Links to further information: http://education.unimelb.edu.au/study_with_us/breadth/positive_individuals,_organisations_and_communities#wellbeing
Related Breadth Track(s): Positive individuals, organisations and communities

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