AP6816: Research Dissertation on the Teaching of MBCT / MBSR

Credit Weighting: 30
No. of Students: Min 10, Max 40.
Pre-requisite(s): None
Co-requisite(s): None
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 and 2.
Teaching Methods: 40hr(s) Other (training / residential retreat face to face); 40hr(s) Other (teaching mindfulness); 8hr(s) Other (supervision); Other (self-directed study and independent research)
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 set of skills to teach, evaluate, and research MBSR / MBCT programmes.
Module Content: Developing the skills of a mindfulness based teacher in teaching, evaluating, and researching MBSR / MBCT, Teaching Assessment Criteria.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Design a research project that is related to mindfulness practice and define the form and function of each stage.
  • Critically assess and evaluate a Mindfulness Based Intervention.
  • Reflect upon the importance of ethical issues related to research.
  • Teach a MBSR / MBCT programme.
  • Connect the teaching assessment criteria to continuous professional development as a mindfulness teacher.
  • Assess candidate suitability to undertake mindfulness based progammes.
  • Advance understanding of the theory and practice of enquiry in group settings.
  • Critically assess the theory and practice of establishing and maintaining a safe group learning environment while connecting the skill and art of guiding formal and informal practice.
Assessment: Total Marks 600: Continuous Assessment 600 marks (1 x 10,000 word dissertation, 300 marks; 8 x 2.5 hours video recording assessment of MBSR training programme, 300 marks).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment. Teach on 8 x 2.5 hours MBSR programme.
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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