Supporting Our Community Wellbeing
Enrolment open: 22 June 2020
Study start date: 13 July 2020
A selection of modules to help Tasmanians navigate the ongoing challenges of COVID-19.
At the University of Tasmania, we believe that our island is stronger together.
As we face the challenges of COVID-19, we will be providing a short course to support a more confident and resilient community.
This course will offer a suite of distinctive modules, from which you can choose four. These will cover a range of topics such as mental health and resilience, financial planning and budgeting, learning to learn, healthy eating, gardening and creativity.
The course will be offered fully online, with flexible study options to suit your lifestyle and commitments. All Tasmanians are eligible to enrol, without costs or tuition fees.
Offered Entirely Online
All modules within The Wellbeing Toolkit are offered online. This means you can complete your modules at your own pace, to suit your lifestyle and commitments.
No costs or tuition fees
Scholarships are available for Tasmanian students. If applicable, you will not incur a tuition fee or debt when completing modules within The Wellbeing Toolkit.
Our study modules
- Stress, Self-care and Mindfulness
Explore your psychological wellbeing and develop stress management approaches for everyday life.
- Financial Planning and Budgeting
Gain the fundamental skills and knowledge to manage your money more effectively.
- The Art of Healthy Eating
Understand your food choices and how they impact your health. Overcome common barriers to healthy eating.
- Science of Gardening
Immerse yourself in the science that underpins gardening, and then gain the skills to put that science into practice.
- Human Behaviour in Extreme Environments
Learn how people manage distress and enhance resilience in extreme environments such as Antarctica and outer space.
- Sport and Social Issues
Explore some of the key social issues in contemporary sport, including access and opportunities for women and girls, disability, social inclusion, race and sport and social justice. What will sport look like post-pandemic? Why are we missing playing and watching sport? What does its absence say about society?
- Learning to Learn
Get equipped with the knowledge, practical skills, tools and techniques to become a better self-learner. Explore topics such as goal setting, motivation and time management.
- Making Home
Investigate the home as a space for observation, creativity and connection. Reimagine your interior and outside spaces, comparing your findings with family history, citizen science and creative practice.
- Arts in Health & Medicine
Explore various methods in the arts that are used to promote health and wellbeing. Reflect and participate in everything from visual arts and craft, music, writing, and dance, to environmental design and architecture.
- Supporting Ourselves and Our Communities
Learn how to support yourself and the community that you live in. Develop skills in self-awareness, emotional intelligence, diversity, empathy and culture.
What you can learn
The skills and techniques you will come away with, depending upon the modules you complete, include:
- Developing skills in self-awareness and understanding emotional intelligence, diversity, empathy, communication styles and culture
- Exploring, documenting and re-imagining the interior and outside spaces of your home
- Financial planning, personal budgeting, investing and protection
- New approaches to stress management including mindfulness, meditation, positive psychology, exercise and creativity
- How people cope in extreme environments and circumstances
- Learning the roles that food, nutrition and healthy eating play in health outcomes
- Overcoming common barriers to healthy eating, both for yourself and your family
- Learning how the arts can be used to promote better wellbeing
- Uncovering the science behind what makes your garden grow
- Learning practical skills, tools, knowledge and techniques to become a self-directed learner, including goal setting, motivation and time management
- Develop knowledge and understanding of the place and significance of sport in society as a key contributor to health and social wellbeing
Who can participate in The Wellbeing Toolkit?
The Wellbeing Toolkit (unit code: ZWT001) is aimed at assisting Tasmanians as we face the ongoing challenges of COVID-19. All Tasmanians are eligible to enrol without costs or tuition fees; this also includes University of Tasmania staff and alumni. The minimum age to complete this course is 17 years old.
The program is offered fully online, with flexible options to suit your lifestyle and commitments. You will need to have access to a computer and a reliable internet connection.
What are the dates for this unit?
The current offering of The Wellbeing Toolkit will begin on 13 July 2020 and run through to 18 October 2020.
Are there any pre-requirements for taking The Wellbeing Toolkit?
No, there are no formal requirements for The Wellbeing Toolkit.
What will I be required to do when undertaking The Wellbeing Toolkit?
To complete The Wellbeing Toolkit, you will need to undertake four modules from a larger list, that you can select as you progress through. You don’t need to decide on these straight away but can choose as you go along.
You should expect to spend approximately 8-10 hours/week undertaking The Wellbeing Toolkit. However, you can certainly do the modules more quickly and spend more time per week. Overall, The Wellbeing Toolkit should take you about 100-120 hours.
On successful completion of The Wellbeing Toolkit you will:
You will come away with a unique set of skills, techniques and strategies that you can apply to both your personal life and career.
Successful completion of The Wellbeing Toolkit will provide 12.5 credit points into courses where this unit is listed as a core unit or elective unit, or in courses where foundation level units and/or an elective option is available.
I don't own a computer. Can I still take The Wellbeing Toolkit?
You will need to have access to a computer to complete The Wellbeing Toolkit. If you don't have your own computer, perhaps someone in your household has one.
You will also require a reliable internet connection. You should expect to download about 1-2 GB of data each month while studying.
Do I need to be available online at specific times?
You can complete The Wellbeing Toolkit in your own time as all the material is self-paced. If the unit coordinators choose to present some content in the form of a live web conference, it will be recorded, and you will be made aware of this.
Are there exams or assignments?
Each of the modules you undertake will have an online quiz composed of multiple-choice questions. At the end of the four modules, you will undertake a written guided reflection exercise about what you have learned by undertaking the modules. There is no exam.
Is there any face-to-face teaching?
No. The Wellbeing Toolkit unit is entirely online.
Who would benefit from The Wellbeing Toolkit?
Anyone who is interested in developing a unique set of skills, techniques and strategies to apply to both their personal life and career.
Why is the University offering The Wellbeing Toolkit at no cost?
From time to time the University of Tasmania offers some study options with concession tuition fees. These are generally online options which help increase community awareness and skills in areas such as healthy living and social engagement.
For many potential students, the cost of university study is a significant barrier; and those who haven’t studied for some time may appreciate the opportunity to develop confidence in their ability to succeed at a university program without the pressure of tuition fees. In addition, we believe that the development of skills in these topics is critical to community advancement and social cohesion – especially in our current environment. These concessions are part of meeting our University’s broader community obligation.
The University may receive funding for Commonwealth Supported Places and will waive any fees relating to student contribution. You will need to meet the eligibility requirements for a Commonwealth Supported Place for your fees to be waived.
What do I need to do to enrol?
Scroll down to the ‘Applying and Enrolling’ section for instructions on the full process.
What will I be enrolled in?
In order to participate in The Wellbeing Toolkit unit (ZWT001), the University will enrol you in a course called the Diploma of General Studies (X1G). This is a general course that provides an introduction to higher education study in a range of disciplines. By completing the online webform (see the ‘Applying and Enrolling’ section) you will be automatically enrolled into that course and The Wellbeing Toolkit unit. There is no formal obligation that you do any further study under that course.
How do I apply for The Wellbeing Toolkit?
The Wellbeing Toolkit is a unit within a course called the Diploma of General Studies (X1G). By completing the online application form (explained below) you will be enrolled into that course and the single unit.
Step one: Apply for The Wellbeing Toolkit unit:
- Apply online via the online application form
- If you are having any difficulties with applying, please contact our Future Students team on 1300 363 864 who can assist with this process or via email firstname.lastname@example.org
- It is highly recommended that you apply before the 13 July 2020. Please note: due to the popularity of the course, the enrolment processing time and provision of your login details may take up to a week
Step two: Receive your offer to study by email:
- You will be notified of the outcome of your application by email, which will include your University username and password, and login information for eStudent and MyLO (see below).
Step three: Change your password
- Use your University username and temporary password to log in to eStudent. This is the student portal for the University. Follow the instructions for how to change your password to something that you choose. Please make sure you keep track of your password.
- If you are having any trouble doing this, please contact email@example.com
Step four: Complete your eCAF (please see further below)
- You will need to fill out an electronic form called an eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form). This is a government form that is available online through eStudent, out student portal.
- This does not have to be done straight away, and you will undertake an exercise when you begin the unit that will help you fill this out.
- If you would like to do this before you start, use your University username and temporary password to log in to eStudent.
- Once you have logged in to eStudent, you will need to follow the steps to accept the terms and conditions and complete your eCAF.
Step five: You are now ready to start The Wellbeing Toolkit!
- The Wellbeing Toolkit opens on 13 July; use your University email username and password to access the content through this link to our ‘MyLO’ system. MyLO is the university’s online platform where you can access all the material for The Wellbeing Toolkit.
What is an eCAF?
The eCAF (electronic Commonwealth Assistance Form) is a government form that is available online through eStudent.
Filling out the eCAF is a mandatory Commonwealth Government requirement. While the form will ask for information from which you may imply you have to pay fees, this is not the case. The Wellbeing Toolkit is being offered at no cost to domestic applicants eligible for a Commonwealth Supported Place.
Instructions for how to complete the eCAF are available in this guide: eCAF Instruction Guide (PDF 524KB).
What happens if I begin The Wellbeing Toolkit after the official start date?
The Wellbeing Toolkit is delivered entirely online and for this reason, you can control your study to suit you and make up for any time you may have missed. Please note, however, that there will be assessment tasks due on certain dates,
We are planning on offering The Wellbeing Toolkit again. If there is demand you will be able to undertake it then if you miss the first offering.