BESC3101 Life Coaching

Bachelor Course Unit

Level: 300

Credit points: 6

Prerequisites: None

Mode of Delivery: On Campus and Synchronous Online

Unit Description

In this unit,  students will be introduced to the concept of life coaching (also called life-skills coaching or personal coaching) which is defined as a process in which coaches helps clients enhance their life experiences over a range of domains, which may or may not include the workplace. Students will also be introduced to the six contexts in which life coaching takes place: confidence and self-esteem, career transitions, relationships, dreams and aspirations, getting one’s life in order, and health and physical well-being. Students will also be introduced to principles, tools and models of effective life coaching.

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

a)             describe and discuss the distinction between life coaching, executive coaching, workplace coaching and counselling

b)             describe and critically evaluate the major theories and models of behaviour change underpinning the practice of life coaching

c)             describe and discuss the main assumptions associated with life coaching and the links to theoretical traditions

d)             describe and apply the key theories and techniques utilised in the practice of life coaching

e)             identify and apply an evidence-based structure for a life coaching session

f)              critically analyse major ethical principles in the practice of life coaching

g)             demonstrate the ability to reflect on and evaluate coaching practice

h)             develop the integration of the ICF Core Competencies into coaching practice and to develop coaching skills

i)               experience feedback in a safe and supportive environment 

Unit workload

The workload for this unit is 9 hours per week.

Assignment summary

*As effective of Term 3, 2015



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Academic Essay




Poster Presentation




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