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Archived Version 2022 - 2023

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NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None

Mindfulness involves learning to be fully present in each moment of our life as it unfolds. Rather than being continually caught up in thoughts of the past or the future, mindfulness trains us to ‘be here now’ and respond calmly and skilfully (rather than react) to whatever is happening in the present moment. In recent decades, mindfulness interventions and research have proliferated across the world, and the emerging evidence base suggests that mindfulness has a wide range of potential applications to enhance well-being and performance in all walks of life. The purpose of this module is that through the exploration of mindfulness practices, students will be enabled to improve focus, attention span and concentration; develop coping skills to manage stress and anxiety; develop a ‘tool-kit’ of mindfulness techniques to support personal wellbeing.

Learning Outcomes

1. Develop an understanding of mindfulness and explore general misconceptions relating to the concept
2. Explore and develop the ability to practise the 9 foundational attitudes of mindfulness: non-judging, patience; beginner’s mind; trust; non-striving; acceptance; gratitude; generosity and letting go
3. Learn to focus attention of the senses through informal practices such as mindful looking, listening, smelling, tasting, and touching
4. Learn to focus attention and be present through formal breathing practices and the use of a body scan
5. Explore the practice of mindful movement in standing, sitting, and walking positions
6. Develop a personal toolkit of mindfulness practices to manage personal stress and anxiety and improve overall wellbeing

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Seminars24No Description
Fieldwork28Daily mindfulness Practice at home
Directed learning35Independent reading
Independent Study38Independent review of and additional practice with course resources on module blog
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Defining mindfulness

Foundational attitudes of mindfulness

Mindfulness of the senses

Mindfulness of the breath and body

Body Scan

Mindful movement

Developing a personal mindfulness practice

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment% Examination Weight%
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TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
Reassessment Requirement
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
Indicative Reading List

  • Kabat-Zinn, J.: 2020, Full Catastrophe Living How to Cope with Stress, Pain and Illness Using Mindfulness Meditation., Revised, Little, Brown Book Group.,
  • Williams M. & Penman D.: 2011, Mindfulness: an eight-week plan for finding peace in a frantic world.,
Other Resources

0, Blog, 0, Course Blog, https://bedmindfulness.blogspot.ie,
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