1 x 2-hour on-line exercises weekly
Topic description

This topic will focus on evidence-based strategies that increase resilience and the successful achievement of academic, personal, and professional goals. The rationale for this topic is that resilience and achievement skills constitute a type of graduate capability that should not only help you survive the stressors of university life, but also help you thrive in all aspects of your personal and professional lives at university and beyond. The topic will focus on developing knowledge, attitudes, and skills related to this rationale. The topic will emphasize real-life applications of psychology, such as the capacity to self-reflect (e.g., understanding when new material has or has not been sufficiently learned) and the development of skills to minimize dysfunctional stress. Although the topic draws on principles of psychological science, students do not need any formal knowledge of science or scientific terms.

Educational aims

This topic aims to:

  • Demonstrate how psychology can inform our understanding of resilience and achievement in university and beyond
  • Introduce students to strategies and tools that promote resilience and achievement
  • Give students practice at applying these strategies and tools in a range of contexts
  • Teach students some of the links between resilience, achievement, and well-being
  • Enhance students' understanding of their own styles of thinking related to coping and success
Expected learning outcomes
On completion of this topic you will be expected to be able to:

  1. Demonstrate a basic knowledge and understanding of core concepts related to resilience and achievement
  2. Identify key strategies and tools associated with increasing resilience and achievement across a broad context
  3. Demonstrate self-reflection related to resilience and achievement in their own lives
  4. Apply the strategies and tools in the topic to practical problems encountered in university and everyday life

Key dates and timetable

(1), (2)

Each class is numbered in brackets.
Where more than one class is offered, students normally attend only one.

Classes are held weekly unless otherwise indicated.


If you are enrolled for this topic, but all classes for one of the activities (eg tutorials) are full,
contact your College Office for assistance. Full classes frequently occur near the start of semester.

Students may still enrol in topics with full classes as more places will be made available as needed.

If this padlock appears next to an activity name (eg Lecture), then class registration is closed for this activity.

Class registration normally closes at the end of week 2 of each semester.

Classes in a stream are grouped so that the same students attend all classes in that stream.
Registration in the stream will result in registration in all classes.
  Unless otherwise advised, classes are not held during semester breaks or on public holidays.