The Psychology of Resilience and Success

Module summary

Module code: PSYC1154
Level: 4
Credits: 15
School: Education, Health and Human Sci
Department: Human Sciences
Module Coordinator(s): Charlotte Stoner



The aim of the module overall is to enhance students’ personal skills by enabling them to identify areas of personal skills relevant to the pursuit of a degree in higher education; identify students’ own personal strengths and weaknesses; enable students to set realistic, attainable personal goals; facilitate the development of learning and transferable skills and personal development skills; encourage an ethos of lifelong learning; assist students in identifying and developing appropriate career paths; enhance their employability, and assist students in managing the transition to their second year of study.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module a student will:
1. Be familiar with the theory and practice of personal development.
2. Demonstrate enhanced resilience in the face of social and academic stressors.
3. Understand the importance of well-being and resilience to academic achievement
4. Show employability and career-finding skills suitable to Level 4.

Indicative content

• Personal development and positive psychology topics including assertiveness, positive reframing, dealing with fear of failure, mindfulness, relaxation and stress management, mind-mapping, goal-setting and planning
• Career development and career management skills

Teaching and learning activity

Module delivery will be based on a combination of lectures and tutorials. Some lectures will provide students with important information that will support learning on the degree in the first year of studies. Students will also have sessions focusing on employability and internships. Additionally, students will have lectures designed to help tackle various issues that may arise during the upcoming student years. The tutorials that are embedded in this module will comply with the University’s Personal Tutors Policy ensuring that pastoral and career development support are also provided.


Coursework: 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1, 2 & 3.
Outline Details: Reflective report and logbook based on personal development resilience topics. 1000 words.

Coursework: 50% weighting, 40% pass mark.
Learning Outcomes: 1 & 4.
Outline Details: Employability portfolio – producing a profile of relevant organisation, a covering letter and CV. 500 words.

Formative Assessment:

500 word formative essay. Students will be asked to write a response to feedback.
Quizzes and interactive activities during taught sessions.