Course Outline

COU200 Cognitive Behaviour Therapy: Skills and Applications

Course Coordinator:Catherine Creamer ( School:School of Law and Society

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

Please go to for up to date information on the
teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


This course provides theoretical and skills-based competency with Cognitive Behavioural Therapies (CBT). You will study the history, theory, characteristics, and contemporary developments in this field. While introducing the research basis for CBT, this course focuses on the practical application of CBT skills in counselling, including assessment, case formulation, therapeutic techniques, and enhancing the therapeutic alliance. The recent inclusion of mindfulness-based strategies, values focus, and Positive Psychology will be introduced, within a pluralistic therapy practice.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – One hour-long engagement including formative quizzes, podcasts/webinars, screen casts, interviews, simulations, videos and recorded discussions. 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial- 2 hours to encourage the application of skills and knowledge introduced in the online learning materials for the week, via class activities. 2hrs Week 1 13 times

Course Topics

The Therapeutic Relationship in CBT

Assessment and Case Formulation

Measurement in CBT

Cognitive Techniques

Working with Behavioural Experiments

 Responding to Depression and Anxiety

What level is this course?

200 Level (Developing)

Building on and expanding the scope of introductory knowledge and skills, developing breadth or depth and applying knowledge and skills in a new context. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally, undertaken in the second or third full-time year of an undergraduate programs.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming...
1 Explain and describe the theoretical background and evidence base to CBT. Knowledgeable
2 Understand the background to mental health disorders and issues that may be ethically treated with CBT. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
3 Compare and contrast techniques and research related to the clinical application of CBT, and critically appraise the indications and contraindications for use of CBT in practice. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
4 Implement client psychoeducation regarding the nature of CBT and ways to minimise symptoms. Engaged
5 Examine the evidence base of CBT in treating different presenting issues, as well as its strengths and limitations in practice. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker
6 Demonstrate effective communication through written reports and oral presentations, complying with accepted APA 7th ed. guidelines. Knowledgeable
Creative and critical thinker

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


COU180 or SCS180


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

Students will complete sample case conceptualisation forms and treatment plans in Week 4 to determine understanding of constructs. 

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Activity Participation Individual 0%
1 hour
Week 4 Online Submission
All 2 Literature Review (or component) Individual 30%
1800 words
Week 6 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3a Practical / Laboratory Skills Individual 35%
20 minutes
Week 12 In Class
All 3b Essay Individual 35%
1500 words
Refer to Format Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All - Assessment Task 1:Pre-Assessment Modules
All students are required to complete the Pre-Assessment module by Week 4. Completing your modules before your first assessment will help you better understand CBT terms and constructs, and set you up for success in your studies so you can apply the learnings throughout the semester.
Product: Activity Participation
Online learning module and quiz
No. Learning Outcome assessed
This module is not graded and you must engage with all the content and complete the embedded quizzes to progress through and successfully complete the module.
1 2
All - Assessment Task 2:Literature Review
Through development of literature research skills, you will become familiar with the evidence base for current use of Cognitive Behaviour Therapy
Product: Literature Review (or component)
You will submit a typed response of approximately 1,800 words, in APA format, using academic writing skills. The assignment will be a summary of the literature on research and outcomes for certain client populations for whom CBT is, or is not, indicated as an effective therapeutic tool. (Further details will be provided on Canvas)
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Comprehension of essential theory/skills
1 2 3 6
All - Assessment Task 3a:In class Role Play
To demonstrate emerging therapeutic skills and CBT techniques relevant to working with adolescents and/or adults in the community
Product: Practical / Laboratory Skills
Role Plays will be completed in dyads within the tutorials between weeks 9 - 12
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Effectively role play PCT and CBT skills in vivo
4 6
All - Assessment Task 3b:Mini-critical reflective essay
Using accepted reflective models, students critically reflect their role play, examining own strengths and areas for needed improvement.
Product: Essay
See online class space
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Reflect on own strengths and weaknesses
5 6

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.


Period and Topic Activities
Week 1 - Basic Theory & Development
Read text: Ch 1, 2
Tutorial: Introduction to CBT
Semester Assessment overview
Week 2 - The Therapeutic Relationship in CBT
Read text: Ch 3
Tutorial: Using the therapeutic relationship with difficult and diverse clients
Week 3 - Assessment and Case Formulation
Read text: Ch 4
Tutorial: Assessment of clients practice and development of case formulation
Week 4 - Measurement in CBT
Read text: Ch 5
Week 5 - The Socratic Method
Read text: Ch 7
Tutorial: Types of Socratic questions and skills practice
Week 6 - Cognitive Techniques
Read text: Ch 8
Tutorial: Identifying thought patterns and Automatic Negative Thoughts
Week 7 - Working with Behavioural Experiments
Read text: Ch 9
Online Tutorial: Planning and implementing experiments, record sheets, etc.
Week 8- Using Physical Techniques
Read text: Ch 10
Week 9- Stages in the Course of Therapy
Read text: Ch 11
Tutorial: Structuring a session, activities for each stage, use of homework, termination of therapy
Week 10 - Helping Clients become their own Therapist
Read text: Ch 6
Tutorial: Self-help and Relapse management
Week 11 - Responding to Depression and Anxiety
Read text: Ch 12 & 13
Tutorial: Identifying depression and anxiety, treatment approaches
Week 12 - Wider Applications of CBT
Read text: Ch 15
Tutorial: Trauma, relationship difficulties, eating disorders
Week 13 - Developments in CBT
Read text Ch 17

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Helen Kennerley,Joan Kirk,David Westbrook 2016 An Introduction to Cognitive Behaviour Therapy 3 Sage Publications Limited

Specific requirements

Not applicable

How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment
Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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