SCU OnlineStudy Period 1,5Study Period 1,5

Unit description

Focuses on knowledge, understandings and practice concerning student wellbeing at school, including evidence-based approaches to supporting and improving this. The concept of ‘wellbeing’ is critically examined, with a particular emphasis on how it is perceived by students.  Different models and approaches for addressing student wellbeing are analysed. Enablers and barriers to effectively supporting wellbeing are identified, including from the perspective of students. Tools for assessing the evidence and suitability of wellbeing programs will be utilised to help inform planning and improvement in primary or secondary school contexts. 

Unit content

Topic 1: What is the role of schools in promoting the social and emotional wellbeing of students?

Topic 2: What do we mean by ‘wellbeing’ and how is it currently conceptualised in school settings, including by students?

Topic 3: What helps and hinders student social and emotional wellbeing?

Topic 4: How can/do schools support and promote social and emotional wellbeing?

Topic 5: How do we identify the best programs and approaches to use and how can we tell if they are effective? (Evidence-based practice)

Topic 6: How do we plan for whole-school change and improvement in relation to student wellbeing?

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

Learning outcomes and graduate attributes

Prescribed texts

Study Period 1

  • No prescribed texts.

Study Period 5

  • Prescribed text information is not currently available.
Prescribed texts may change in future study periods.

Teaching and assessment

SCU Online (intensive)

Teaching method
Structured online learning
Discussion board5%
Critical Evaluation45%
School Plan50%

Intensive offerings may or may not be scheduled in every session. Please refer to the timetable for further details.

Southern Cross University employs different teaching methods within units to provide students with the flexibility to choose the mode of learning that best suits them. SCU academics strive to use the latest approaches and, as a result, the learning modes and materials may change. The most current information regarding a unit will be provided to enrolled students at the beginning of the study session.

Fee information


Commonwealth Supported courses
For information regarding Student Contribution Amounts please visit the Student Contribution Amounts.
Commencing 2020 Commonwealth Supported only. Student contribution band: 1

Fee paying courses
For POSTGRADUATE or UNDERGRADUATE full fee paying courses please check Domestic Postgraduate Fees OR Domestic Undergraduate Fees


Please check the international course and fee list to determine the relevant fees.