BMS422 Applied Mindfulness (8)

This subject takes students on a journey of discovery and practice of mindfulness-based intervention, including Mindfulness Based Stress Reduction (MBSR), Yoga-based approach and Vipassana technique. Students will gain a deep understanding of mindfulness exercises and will able to develop critical and analytical skills in relation to the theories and rationale of this approach which in turn, can be applied to their own lives and work areas. Students will be expected to practice face-to-face mindfulness-base intervention during a residential school under experienced mindfulness supervisors and will be required to exercise the approach in daily life at least a couple hours daily through diary-record or written-work assessments. Completion of this subject does not represent accreditation as there are no regulatory body for mindfulness, however, students will learn about mindfulness and applying mindfulness-based interventions which will contribute to gaining a Graduate Certificate in Applied Mindfulness.


* Offering has a residential school. Please view following information for further details.

Session 2 (60)
Online *
Bathurst Campus

Continuing students should consult the SAL for current offering details: BMS422. Where differences exist between the Handbook and the SAL, the SAL should be taken as containing the correct subject offering details.

Subject Information

Grading System



One session


School of Biomedical Sciences

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this subject, students should:
  • Be able to engage in a range of Mindfulness practices
  • Be able to compare and contrast the impact of various mindfulness practices on self
  • Be able to reflect in a structured manner on the benefits and disadvantages associated with the practice of Mindfulness
  • Be able to evaluate mindfulness-intervention outcomes
  • Be able to reflect on the practical, legal, scientific and social boundaries associated with the use of Mindfulness in one's professional practice


This subject will cover the following topics:
  • The various Mindfulness practices
  • Mindfulness in a professional context
  • The impact of Mindfulness on self
  • Evaluating mindfulness-intervention outcomes

Indicative Assessment

The following table summarises the assessment tasks for the online offering of BMS422 in Session 2 2020. Please note this is a guide only. Assessment tasks are regularly updated and can also differ to suit the mode of study (online or on campus).

Item Number
Value %
Reflective journal presentation
Evaluation of a mindfulness based intervention

Residential School

This subject contains a 5 day Compulsory Residential School.

In the residential school students will practice various mindfulness techniques, including breathing and walking, yoga, mindfulness eating, and daily life mindfulness, that require 4-5 days of in person training. The face-to-face practice is necessary for students to understand how to carry out approaches correctly and appropriately and will include experiences necessary to discuss issues relating to  practicing mindfulness with instructors.

Special Resources

This subject has a residential School. Student will need to cover the cost of transport to campus and accommodation on campus.

The information contained in the CSU Handbook was accurate at the date of publication: May 2021. The University reserves the right to vary the information at any time without notice.