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Course Overview

Students are introduced to the theories of mindfulness and how it can be used in different contexts, for examples stress and self-compassion. There are opportunities to Small group work gives students an opportunity to discuss and monitor their own learning

 See 'Further Information & Notes'.

Course Details

Study Type Undergraduate Level 2
Session First Sub Session Credit Points 15 credits (7.5 ECTS credits)
Campus Old Aberdeen Sustained Study No
  • Dr Salma Siddique

Qualification Prerequisites

  • Either Programme Level 1 or Programme Level 2

What courses & programmes must have been taken before this course?

  • One of CO1501 Counselling Skills 2 (Passed) or CO1511 Counselling Skills 2 (Evening) (Passed) or KL151R Counselling Skills 2 (Passed) or KL151X Counselling Skills 2 (Passed)

What other courses must be taken with this course?


What courses cannot be taken with this course?

  • CO2015 An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Mindfulness (Evening) (Studied)
  • CO2505 An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Mindfulness (Studied)
  • CO2515 An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Mindfulness (Eve) (Studied)
  • KL2022 An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Mindfulness (Studied)
  • KL2522 An Introduction to the Theory and Practice of Mindfulness (Studied)

Are there a limited number of places available?


Course Description

The course provides opportunities to learn various mindfulness practices and reflect on their effect.   Home practice of a minimum of 30 minutes a day is an integral part of the course.  Students must keep a reflective journal of the home practice and the experiences of the group work.  

The content of the course includes:

  1. Meditation practices: body scan, breathing meditation, sitting and walking meditation.
  2. Theories of mindfulness, compassion and stress reduction.

Further Information & Notes

This course may not be suitable for anyone who is currently receiving counselling or has faced a serious emotional issue in the last six months.
Class size is limited to 15.  Students must be able to attend the same class at the same time over 10 weeks. There is a strict attendance requirement of at least 85%.  Students who miss more than two 3 hour classes, for any reason, cannot pass the course.

Contact Teaching Time

Information on contact teaching time is available from the course guide.

Teaching Breakdown

More Information about Week Numbers

Details, including assessments, may be subject to change until 31 August 2023 for 1st half-session courses and 22 December 2023 for 2nd half-session courses.

Summative Assessments

1st Attempt: Will be through continuous assessment: weekly learning log of 400 words (25%), oral assessment including presentation of review of learning (50%), Essay 2500 words (25%). Resit: A resit is not permitted for learning logs/journals or presentation of Review of their Learning. A pass is required of each element to achieve a credit. Essay one resit attempt only allowed.

Formative Assessment

Self reflection and assessment is integral to this course and tutors take a collaborative approach to summative oral assessment. Course members are encouraged to submit their learning log/journal for feedback at any time throught the course and are required to do so after week four in order to receive formative feedback. Formal summative assessment of the learning logs/journals will then happen when learning log/journal are submitted at the end of the course.


Weekly: A reflective learning log: will be read by tutors on weekly submission and any necessary feedback or concerns communicated to students. At the end of the course 10 logs will be graded linked to the CGS and weighted at 25% of the overall course mark.

Oral participation: Tutors will give individual feedback as necessary during the course. Oral participation will be graded at 50% at the end of the course. This will include assessment of the presentation to the group of the 'Review of Learning'(week 9).

Course Learning Outcomes


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