Design-Your-Own-Module (DYOM) empowers you in your learning journey by giving you the flexibility in planning your studies without disruption to your existing structured disciplinary studies. It is an option for you to pursue interests outside your disciplines, broaden your knowledge, and encourage you to see “learning” as a lifetime endeavour.
Thsee two modules are currently offered by Office of Student Affairs:
DMY1401HL ‘P.E.R.K’: Re-Thinking Peer Leadership
Peer leadership is a concept that is integral to positive peer based interaction at the University. This module adopts an experiential learning approach to shape students’ understanding and practice of peer leadership through Purpose, Engagement, Resilience and Kindness or ‘P.E.R.K’. P.E.R.K is a concept by University of Berkeley which identifies the four key pillars of happiness at work.
Students will engage in Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), OSA-led workshops and hall projects where they will practise and hone their peer leadership skills and competencies such as conflict management and team effectiveness while adopting a P.E.R.K mindset. They will then document their practices and personal experiences into reflective texts. Beyond understanding the skills and leadership competencies associated with high performing peer leaders, students will re-think how soft skills influenced by P.E.R.K can combine and lead to more effective outcomes.
DMY1401PSP Peer Supporting Peer
Peer support has become an important part of the pastoral ecosystem that promotes the mental well – being of students. This module will empower more students with knowledge, skills and empathy to be the first line of assistance to reach students with mental health issues who may not have access to or may not need professional help. This would reduce the escalation to more serious mental health conditions and high – risk behaviours among the university students. Trained peer supporters can offer emotional support and direct those in need to professionals if required.
This module is fundamental for students who want to acquire basic listening skills and practical helping skills to support their peers-in-need. Lessons will incorporate opportunities for self-discovery, understanding of stress and common mental health issues and the practice of empathy and peers supporting skills. Students will engage in MOOCs, workshops and other experiential learning activities to deepen and hone their peer support skills. Students will be required to document their personal reflections, implement a group project and complete peer support duties.