CQUniversity Unit Profile
PSYC12013 Personality
Personality
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General Information

Overview

This unit introduces major perspectives of studying personality, including psychoanalytic, humanistic, cognitive, dispositional, and behavioural. Representative theories within each approach will be discussed with the consideration of both theory and application. Apart from requiring students to familiarise with theoretical materials and research findings regarding personality studies, this unit also encourages students to look at their own personality and tries to interest student by exploring the practical applications of the theories to several issues relevant to people's daily lives. The approach adopted in this unit towards the study of various theories is experiential and involves personal reflections. It is a requirement of enrolment in the unit that students have access to the CQU World Wide Web site via the Internet.

Details

Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 2
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 10
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

PSYC 11008 and PSYC11009

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 1 - 2018

Adelaide
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Group Discussion
Weighting: 5%
2. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 25%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
4. Examination
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from Course evaluation

Feedback

The relaxation of formality in the discussion forum assessment was popular with the students as it allowed engagement with the material and interaction with peers without the expectation that the contributions be abstract and impersonal in nature.

Recommendation

This lends weight to the idea that informal discussion forums seem to increase participation and engagement

Feedback from Course evaluation

Feedback

Consideration of increasing the weighting of Assessment 1 to 10% of the overall unit grade.

Recommendation

A change of weighting to 10% for the forum discussion assessment should be implemented for term 1 2018

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. distinguish the study of personality as a psychology discipline from the talk of personality as an everyday common sense
  2. identify basic issues in contemporary personality research
  3. recognise six major domains of knowledge about personality functioning outlined in the text
  4. understand significant ideas and themes of major theories within each domains in the textbook covered by the unit
  5. display certain critical thinking skills in evaluating, comparing and applying various theories
  6. have an appreciation of the importance of the contextual factors in personality cultivation and development, including environmental and cultural influences and their implications for personal growth

This unit is to introduce the field of human personality as a branch of scientific study within psychology through the study of representative personality theories applied to major domains of personality studies.

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Group Discussion - 5%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 40%
4 - Online Quiz(zes) - 25%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion - 5%
2 - Written Assessment - 30%
3 - Examination - 40%
4 - Online Quiz(zes) - 25%
Textbooks and Resources

Textbooks

Prescribed

Personality Theories 9th (2014)

Authors: Engler, B.
Cengage
Belmont Belmont , CA , USA
ISBN: 978-1-285-08880-8
Binding: Hardcover

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
Referencing Style

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 6th Edition (APA 6th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Peter Carlsen Unit Coordinator
p.carlsen@cqu.edu.au
Bradley Smith Unit Coordinator
b.p.smith@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 05 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Introduction; Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis

Chapter

1 & 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

 Join in the discussion forum.

Week 2 Begin Date: 12 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Carl Jung and Analytic Psychology

Chapter

3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Response to this week's discussion forum.

Week 3 Begin Date: 19 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Alfred Adler, Harry Stack Sullivan and Individual/Inter-psychic Psychology

Chapter

4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Response to this week's discussion forum.

Week 4 Begin Date: 26 Mar 2018

Module/Topic

Karen Horney and Eric Fromm: Psychoanalytic Social Psychology

Chapter

5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Response to this week's discussion forum.

Week 5 Begin Date: 02 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Anna Freud, Erik Erikson, Dan McAdams and Ego-Analystic Psychology

Chapter

6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Response to this week's discussion forum.

Vacation Week Begin Date: 09 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 6 Begin Date: 16 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Human Relations: Object Relations Theory, The Stone Centre Group

Chapter

7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Response to this week's discussion forum.

Week 7 Begin Date: 23 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Experimental Analysis of Behaviour: John Dollard, Neal Miller & B.F. Skinner

Chapter

8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Response to this week's discussion forum.


Online Quiz Due: Week 7 Monday (23 Apr 2018) 9:00 am AEST
Week 8 Begin Date: 30 Apr 2018

Module/Topic

Social Learning Theories: Albert Bandura, Julian Rotter and Walter Mischel

Chapter

9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Response to this week's discussion forum.


Written Essay Due: Week 8 Monday (30 Apr 2018) 9:00 am AEST
Week 9 Begin Date: 07 May 2018

Module/Topic

Humanism: Abraham Maslow & Carl Rogers

Chapter

13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Response to this week's discussion forum.

Week 10 Begin Date: 14 May 2018

Module/Topic

Existential Psychoanalysis: Rollo May

Chapter

14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Response to this week's discussion forum.

Week 11 Begin Date: 21 May 2018

Module/Topic

Cognitive Behavioural Theories: Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck & Arnold Lazarus 

Chapter

16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Response to this week's discussion forum.

Week 12 Begin Date: 28 May 2018

Module/Topic

Eastern Theories: Yoga and the Hindu Tradition, Zen Buddhism

Chapter

17 & Conclusion

Additional reading on the Hindu Tradition will be provided on the Moodle Unit page. 

Events and Submissions/Topic

Response to this week's discussion forum.

Review/Exam Week Begin Date: 04 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Exam Week Begin Date: 11 Jun 2018

Module/Topic

Chapter

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment Tasks

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title
Group Discussion - 5%

Task Description

Every student is required to participate in the weekly discussion forums. Ten genuine contributions to twelve different weekly topics are expected. In general, there will be one discussion topic each week which will be posted in the weekly topic area on Moodle. The content of your contribution is expected to be around that topic. It is expected that students contribute to the discussion forums by providing meaningful thoughts, constructive critiques, helpful answers, or suggestions, and other relevant information in relation to the weekly topic and/or fellow students' messages and/or by starting other worthy threads relevant to the topic of personality. It is up the student to give thought to the topic and responses of others and contribute something meaningful to the discussion. Therefore the word limit of 100-200 words is just a guideline. Proper references should be given in posts where it is applicable. 


Assessment Due Date

Forum contribution is due 9am Monday of every week.


Return Date to Students

Review/Exam Week Monday (4 June 2018)

Forum posts will be marked within 14 days of submission.


Weighting
5%

Assessment Criteria

Each forum post is worth 0.5% of the final unit grade up to a maximum of 10 posts or 5% of the final unit grade.

Marking is based on a Pass/Fail criteria. Provided students make genuine posts that are relevant, meaningful and constructive, a pass grade will be awarded. This includes replying to the post of another student with questions, helpful answers, critiques or elaboration.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • distinguish the study of personality as a psychology discipline from the talk of personality as an everyday common sense
  • identify basic issues in contemporary personality research
  • recognise six major domains of knowledge about personality functioning outlined in the text
  • understand significant ideas and themes of major theories within each domains in the textbook covered by the unit
  • display certain critical thinking skills in evaluating, comparing and applying various theories
  • have an appreciation of the importance of the contextual factors in personality cultivation and development, including environmental and cultural influences and their implications for personal growth


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz

Task Description

Task Description

Students are required to answer 100 multiple-choice questions in 90 mins. There will be 4 options for each multiple-choice question. All questions will have equal weight. There will not be any penalties for wrong answers.


Number of Quizzes


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Week 7 Monday (23 Apr 2018) 9:00 am AEST

Quizz will open at 9am on Friday the 21st of April (Week 6) and close on Monday the 23rd of April at 9am.


Return Date to Students

Week 7 Monday (23 Apr 2018)

Students will be able to view their results immediately after finishing the quiz.


Weighting
25%

Assessment Criteria

No Assessment Criteria


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • distinguish the study of personality as a psychology discipline from the talk of personality as an everyday common sense
  • identify basic issues in contemporary personality research
  • recognise six major domains of knowledge about personality functioning outlined in the text
  • understand significant ideas and themes of major theories within each domains in the textbook covered by the unit
  • display certain critical thinking skills in evaluating, comparing and applying various theories


Graduate Attributes
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Written Essay

Task Description

Objectives

The purpose of the essay is to give students the opportunity to study a selected area of personality theory in greater depth. In general this will involve comprehensive reading of primary sources (wherever possible), a critical approach to the material, and the development of an argument reflecting students' own reasoning and viewpoint about the topic. This assessment item closely relates to learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5. 


Task

You are required to write an original essay on one of the topics that will be provided on the unit website. Be sure to make the argument logical, convincing and supported by appropriate sources. First hand readings (i.e., original journal articles) of empirical studies are essential to enhance the quality of your writing. It is NOT appropriate to use the prescribed textbook for this sources (or any first year psychology textbook) as a reference for the essay although, other books and publications on personality theory/theorists are acceptable. 

The essay must be between 1500-2500 words in length, must be presented in APA style, and must include title page and an abstract. Your essay must include an introduction of not more than 2 paragraphs. The body of our essay should address your chosen topic question. Topic questions will be provided at the beginning of the term. You should also provide a conclusion of no more than 2 paragraphs, and a complete reference list. Be sure that any statements made in answer to your chosen topic question are supported by evidence from peer-reviewed literature. Remember to write clearly and in a well organised manner. 


APA Format 6th edition is to be followed. 


Assessment Due Date

Week 8 Monday (30 Apr 2018) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Week 12 Monday (28 May 2018)

Essays will be returned before the end of term exam


Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Your essay will be assessed according to the following marking scheme.

Marks wil be awarded from 0-5.

(0 = absent, 1= very poor, 2 = below satisfactory,  3 = good, 4 = very good, 5 = outstanding)

Each of the following section of the contents and structure may receive a maximum grade of 5 marks, giving a total of 50 marks available for this assessment. Students grade out of 50 will be converted to a weighting reflecting value out of 30%.


Contents 

1. Theoretical and conceptual knowledge 

2. Themes and arguments

3. Literature review and supporting evidence

4. Critical reflection

5. Overall coherence


Structure and Style

1. Title Page, Abstract and Introduction

2. Discussion

3. Conclusion

4. Referencing format

4. Language usage and grammatical rules. 


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • distinguish the study of personality as a psychology discipline from the talk of personality as an everyday common sense
  • identify basic issues in contemporary personality research
  • understand significant ideas and themes of major theories within each domains in the textbook covered by the unit
  • display certain critical thinking skills in evaluating, comparing and applying various theories


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

Examination

Outline
Complete an invigilated examination

Date
During the examination period, at a CQUniversity examination centre

Weighting
40%

Length
180 minutes

Details
Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
Closed Book
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