AP6811: Foundations of Mindfulness

Credit Weighting: 10
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 and 2.
Teaching Methods: 4 x 7hr(s) Workshops (classroom based); 2 x 5hr(s) Workshops (classroom based); 15hr(s) Other (online self-directed learning; personal mindfulnes practice; self study using dedicated learning materials; continuous reflective practice via reflective journal)
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, School of Applied Psychology; Staff, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Module Objective: To provide participants with a strong foundation in mindfulness. This module will deepen awareness and understanding of the ways we experience ourselves and the world, and of our responses to internal and external events.
Module Content: Attitudes of mindfulness, attention and noticing, setting intentions, formal and informal mindfulness meditation, history and development of mindfulness; philosophy of Buddhims; introduction to Teaching Assessment Criteria (TAC) when practicing meditation.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Engage in a committed daily personal mindfulness practice that facilitates awareness, reflection and learning.
  • Reflect on and contextualise the role of mindfulness practice in everyday settings and particularly in the life of the student.
  • Explore the history and roots of mindfulness in the Buddhist tradition and connect them to contemporary living.
  • Advance understanding of the central themes explored in Mindfulness Based Programmes and develop an application for their inclusion.
  • Critically evaluate the key theoretical underpinnings of the Mindfulness Based Wellbeing.
  • Connect theoretical elements of learning to formal and informal mindfulness practice and meditation.
  • Apply skills in guiding meditation practices.
  • Illustrate the importance of the giving and receiving of feedback with self, peers and instructors.
Assessment: Total Marks 200: Continuous Assessment 200 marks (1 x 3,000 word assignment, 150 marks; 1 x learning log on Personal Mindfulness Practice, 50 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40% All elements of continuous assessment must be passed individually.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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