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Undergraduate Course: Psychological Well-being in Business (BUST08044)

Course Outline
SchoolBusiness School CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 8 (Year 1 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryTHIS COURSE IS RESTRICTED TO YEAR 1 BUSINESS SCHOOL STUDENTS. The Business School supports you to maximise your potential throughout your time at university and in your future careers. We therefore encourage you to become self-aware and take responsibility for your ongoing development and ultimately your overall well-being, enabling you to thrive in all aspects of your life. This course provides the opportunity to explore key factors that are fundamental to personal development and well-being, enabling you to feel equipped and confident in setting and achieving your individual goals and ambitions; and enhancing your ability to become change agents in order to make a difference in the world; and positively influence the lives of others.
Course description This course will introduce you to a variety of theoretical models which explore psychological well-being and their applicability within the business environment. These models will be used as the basis for developing self-awareness, personal and professional strength and growth, and evaluating how these can be fostered in others, in order to achieve a positive impact on organisational performance, through adaptability and change.

This course may include some or all of the following:
- Personal and professional development; identifying, developing and reflecting on skills, mind-sets and behaviours needed to enhance personal performance and employability;
- The concept of utilising personal strengths as a way of enhancing personal well-being;
- Being self-aware and emotionally aware of others; recognising how your feelings affect you and others, and your performance;
- The importance of connecting with others, building and maintaining positive relationships which are fundamental to well-being;
- Developing a sense of purpose; a predictor of well-being. Requires curiosity and self-awareness and facilitates goal setting and connectedness. Involves exploring what you believe in, what you value in life, what motivates you where you want to make a difference;
- Career well-being; finding a career that you enjoy doing and being engaged in the career you choose;
- Resilience, self-leadership and/or coaching.

Student learning experience:
Fundamentally this course is about allowing you to understand yourself and others in a safe and supportive environment, so that you are able to develop strength, confidence and resilience in both your academic and professional journeys. You will be expected to undertake prescribed reading and lecture materials, and engage in live tutorials. There will be opportunities to undertake personal and professional formative assessments, understand group dynamics and how to work in groups, and benefit from group coaching conversations. You will be assessed through an individual vlog and the development of a personal and professional portfolio.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Students MUST NOT also be taking Psychological Well-being in Business (BUST08048)
Information for Visiting Students
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Not being delivered
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand models and theories of psychological well-being and be able to apply them to your own personal and professional development.
  2. Demonstrate your personal and professional development journey through a portfolio of evidence.
  3. Evaluate your emotional awareness of self and others, within a diverse range of social and cultural contexts.
  4. Understand and reflect on your strengths, psychological resilience, and well-being in order to meet personal, academic and professional challenges.
  5. Communicate utilising written, audio and video tools.
Reading List
Seligman, Martin E. P. (2013) Flourish: A Visionary New Understanding of Happiness and Well-being. New York: Atria Paperback
Inghilleri, Paolo, et al. (2015) Enabling Positive Change: Flow and Complexity in Daily Experience, Walter de Gruyter ProQuest Ebook Central,
Burke, R.J. et al. (eds) (2015) Flourishing in Life, Work and Careers: Individual Wellbeing and Career Experiences Edward Elgar Publishing Limited, ProQuest Ebook Central,
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills 1. Effective Emotional Intelligence
- understand oneself and others, through critical reflection, diversity awareness and empathic development, in order to maximise individual and collective resilience, and personal and professional potential
2. Appropriate Communication
- convey meaning and message through a wide range of communication tools, including digital technology and social media; to understand how to use these tools to communicate in ways that sustain positive and responsible relationships
3. Personal and Professional Competence
- be self-motivated; curious; show initiative; set, achieve and surpass goals; as well as demonstrating adaptability, capable of handling complexity and ambiguity, with a willingness to learn; as well as being able to demonstrate and use digital and other tools to carry out tasks effectively, productively, and with attention to quality
KeywordsPsychological; emotional; resilience; strength; development; career
Course organiserMrs Tara Morrison
Tel: (0131 6)50 8074
Course secretaryMrs Helen Tweedale
Tel: (0131 6)50 2692
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