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PSYC12013 Personality
Personality
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General Information

Overview

This unit introduces you to 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 you to familiarise yourself with theoretical materials and research findings regarding personality theories, this unit encourages you to look at your own personality and encourages you to explore the practical applications of the theories.

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

PSYC11008 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 3 - 2020

Online

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: 10%
2. Essay
Weighting: 30%
3. Written Assessment
Weighting: 30%
4. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 30%

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 Student Feedback (Have your say)

Feedback

Some students indicated confusion regarding the amount of discussion forum posts required and discrepancies between the Unit Profile and Moodle Site.

Recommendation

The Moodle site will be checked and maintained to ensure that there is consistency between the Unit Profile and Unit Moodle site.

Feedback from Student Feedback (Have your say)

Feedback

There was some confusion around what was required for the Critical Thinking Assessment

Recommendation

The critical thinking tasks are designed for students to reflect and critically think about how various psychological theories may apply to their every day lives. It is recommended that the lecturer spends some additional time, perhaps part of a workshop or mini-video explaining exactly what is required for this particular assessment item.

Feedback from Student Feedback (Have your say)

Feedback

Positive interaction with students during the live workshop tutorials

Recommendation

If possible, it would be beneficial for students to continue to use the flipped classroom model with the pre-recorded lectures with the weekly live workshop tutorials. This encourages students to engage with the lecturer, ask any questions and consolidate their learning regarding their weekly topics.

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. Understand significant ideas and themes of major theories within each domain within the textbook
  4. Display certain critical thinking skills in evaluating, comparing and applying various theories.


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
1 - Group Discussion - 10%
2 - Essay - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
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 - 10%
2 - Essay - 30%
3 - Written Assessment - 30%
4 - Online Quiz(zes) - 30%
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
Supplementary

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association 7th (2019)

Authors: American Psychological Association
American Psychological Association
US
ISBN: 9781433832161
Binding: Other

Additional Textbook Information

Copies of both texts are available for purchase at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code)

IT Resources

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

All submissions for this unit must use the referencing style: American Psychological Association 7th Edition (APA 7th edition)

For further information, see the Assessment Tasks.

Teaching Contacts
Joseph Meloury Unit Coordinator
j.meloury@cqu.edu.au
Schedule
Week 1 Begin Date: 09 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis        

Chapter

Chapter 1 & 2

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 2 Begin Date: 16 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Carl Jung and Analytic Psychology        

Chapter

Chapter 3

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 3 Begin Date: 23 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Alfred Adler, Harry Stack Sullivan and Individual/Interpsychic Psychology

Chapter

Chapter 4

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 4 Begin Date: 30 Nov 2020

Module/Topic

Psychoanalytic Social Psychology: Karen Horney and Erik Fromm

Chapter

Chapter 5

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 07 Dec 2020

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 5 Begin Date: 14 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Anna Freud, Erik Erickson, Dan McAdams, and Ego Analytic Psychology    

Chapter

Chapter 6

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 2 Essay Due Monday 9am


ESSAY Due: Week 5 Monday (14 Dec 2020) 9:00 am AEST
Week 6 Begin Date: 21 Dec 2020

Module/Topic

Human Relations: Object Relations Theory  

Chapter

Chapter 7

Events and Submissions/Topic

Vacation Week Begin Date: 28 Dec 2020

Module/Topic


Chapter


Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 7 Begin Date: 04 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Chapter 8

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 8 Begin Date: 11 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Chapter 9

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 9 Begin Date: 18 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Humanism: Abraham Maslow and Carl Rogers

Chapter

Chapter 13

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 4 Online Quiz Due Wednesday 9am


Online Quiz Due: Week 9 Wednesday (20 Jan 2021) 9:00 am AEST
Week 10 Begin Date: 25 Jan 2021

Module/Topic

Existential Analysis: Rollo May

Chapter

Chapter 14

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 11 Begin Date: 01 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

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

Chapter

Chapter 16

Events and Submissions/Topic

Week 12 Begin Date: 08 Feb 2021

Module/Topic

Eastern Theories: Zen Buddhism, Yoga and the Hindu Tradition

Indigenious Australian perspectives on personality

Chapter

Chapter 17 and assigned reading

Events and Submissions/Topic

Assessment 1 Forum Due Monday 9am

Assessment 3 Critical Thinking Tasks Due Monday 9am


Discussion Forum Due: Week 12 Monday (8 Feb 2021) 9:00 am AEST
Critical Thinking Tasks Due: Week 12 Monday (8 Feb 2021) 9:00 am AEST
Assessment Tasks

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title
Discussion Forum

Task Description

You will be required to make 5 genuine contributions related to each week's topic (1 per topic), to the group discussion forum.

As you have been afforded the flexibility to choose 5 of the 12 topics on which to make assessment posts, no extensions will be granted under any circumstances for this assessment.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (8 Feb 2021) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Weighting
10%

Assessment Criteria

Weighting 10%

You will be required to make 5 genuine contributions related to each week's topic (1 per topic), to the group discussion forum.

As you have been afforded the flexibility to choose 5 of the 12 topics on which to make assessment posts, no extensions will be granted under any circumstances for this assessment.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit via discussion forum

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


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Information Technology Competence

2 Essay

Assessment Title
ESSAY

Task Description

Objectives

The purpose of this assessment is to give you the opportunity to explore 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 your own reasoning and viewpoint about the topic.

Details

You must choose ONE (1) topic question from the following list:

1. Can Karen Horney be considered a true feminist? Evaluate her work and contributions to personality theory and compare it to the ideas/theory of modern Feminist psychology (e.g. Chodorow, Klein, The Stone Center Group).

2. How do traditional Eastern theories of personality differ from those of Western psychology? Compare the Buddhist or Hindu approach to personality with one of the theorists/theories discussed in this course. How might diagnosis and treatment of psychological problems differ between the two approaches? What are the advantages and disadvantages of each?

3. Is free will an illusion? Do external forces outside of our control predominately determine our behaviour or do individuals have the capacity to influence the course of their lives and personality development? Compare Skinner’s Behaviourist perspective with the Social Learning theory of Albert Bandura and ONE (1) other theory/theorist from this course (*note, Humanism or Zen Buddhism might be good theories to consider).


Assessment Due Date

Week 5 Monday (14 Dec 2020) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Essay Structure

An essay usually comprises three main sections: an introduction, body and conclusion, with an abstract and a list of references.

· Title: Give your essay a concise but informative title. Avoid using the essay topic question as the title. Your title page should follow APA guidelines but no cover page is required as submission is electronic.

· Abstract: Your abstract should be between 150-300 words. Highlight the aim or purpose of your work, summarise your major themes and arguments and highlight your key conclusion/s. The abstract should be placed as a single un-indented block of text on a separate page after the title page. The heading should be centred but un-bolded.

· Introduction: A brief description of the area to be discussed along with a clear statement of major themes and details of your key arguments. You may choose to outline any key terms to which y0ou will repeatedly refer throughout the essay. The essence of the introduction is to provide your reader with a clear road map of your work. It informs your reader what to expect in the body of your essay. A heading is not necessary.

· Body: This is the main part of your essay. The most important factor in the body is how you choose to organise your material. This is largely personal choice however, it is expected that you shall systematically organise your information in a coherent, logical and integrated manner. Successful organisation of the body of your essay will convince your reader that your arguments are articulate and well grounded regardless of whether or not they agree with your viewpoint. A smooth flow through appropriate use and arrangement of paragraphs is helpful to this goal. Especially important are the links between paragraphs. Subheadings may be used if you wish but if you choose to do so you must use the correct levels of headings as shown in the APA Publication Manual 6th ed. (2009), p. 61-62.

· Conclusion: This is where you summarise your main points to conclude your work. It is also a chance to leave your reader with the overriding message you wish your work to convey. This section is usually no more than 2 paragraphs and no new information should be introduced here.

· References: This is not a bibliography; only include sources that you have cited in-text. The list of references indicates the depth of your research. An essay with a single reference is not sufficient in most cases; yet an extremely lengthy reference list with many irrelevant sources will not be considered favourably either. There is no set number of references but it is unlikely that you’ll be able to make a convincing argument with less than 10 or so references.

· It is expected that you will use peer-reviewed books and journal articles as well as other proper sources. Wikipedia, Ask.com, Sparknotes etc. are not considered proper academic references. Likewise there is a stipulation in this course that you do not use the set text book as a reference. This inevitably upsets some students but one of the aims of the course is to foster skills in reviewing and researching the literature. Note that the textbook has a large reference list that may provide a good starting point for your research and consulting it is not only within the course rules but is encouraged. Additionally other textbooks on personality or advanced level psychology topics may be used (just avoid general first year textbooks).


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
Submit in a word document through the moodle assessment block under "Essay".

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


Graduate Attributes
  • Communication
  • Problem Solving
  • Critical Thinking

3 Written Assessment

Assessment Title
Critical Thinking Tasks

Task Description

Objectives

The purpose of this assessment is for you to critically examine and demonstrate your knowledge and understanding of relevant personality theories.

Task:

There will be five (5) critical thinking tasks that have been adapted from your text book chapters available in Week 5 on the Unit Moodle site. You are required to select and complete a total of three (3) of the critical thinking tasks available between Week 5 to Week 11. Each of the critical thinking tasks should be between 400 - 500 words. Additional instructions pertaining to the structure of the critical thinking task will be provided to you in Week 1 on the Unit Moodle site. You are required to use appropriate APA formatting in-text and for your referencing. Please submit the assessment via the Unit Moodle site as a Word doc or docx file.


Assessment Due Date

Week 12 Monday (8 Feb 2021) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

Each of the three (3) critical thinking tasks are worth a maximum of 20 marks. The total marks for this assessment is 60 marks.

You will be assessment on the following criteria

  • On topic, concise and all parts of the questions addressed
  • Theoretical and conceptual knowledge demonstrated
  • Evidence of critical evaluation and discussion
  • Overall readability/flow of writing
  • Correct APA Format in-text, reference list and relevance of support

All three (3) critical thinking tasks are due as a collective


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Submission Instructions
submit the assessment via the Unit Moodle site as a Word doc or docx file.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Understand significant ideas and themes of major theories within each domain within the textbook
  • Display certain critical thinking skills in evaluating, comparing and applying various theories.


Graduate Attributes
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Literacy

4 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title
Online Quiz

Task Description

Weighting 30%

100 Multiple choice questions

90 minutes to complete the quiz.

All questions have equal weight.

You will only have 1 attempt at this quiz. Once you begin, you cannot repeat the exam but you can go back to previous question BEFORE you press the final 'submit' button. You will receive your grade out of 100 immediately after you complete the quiz.


Number of Quizzes

1


Frequency of Quizzes

Other


Assessment Due Date

Week 9 Wednesday (20 Jan 2021) 9:00 am AEST


Return Date to Students

Weighting
30%

Assessment Criteria

100 Multiple choice questions

90 minutes to complete the quiz

All questions have equal weight.


Referencing Style

Submission
Online

Learning Outcomes Assessed
  • Understand significant ideas and themes of major theories within each domain within the textbook
  • Display certain critical thinking skills in evaluating, comparing and applying various theories.


Graduate Attributes
  • Critical Thinking
  • Information Technology Competence

Academic Integrity Statement

As a CQUniversity student you are expected to act honestly in all aspects of your academic work.

Any assessable work undertaken or submitted for review or assessment must be your own work. Assessable work is any type of work you do to meet the assessment requirements in the unit, including draft work submitted for review and feedback and final work to be assessed.

When you use the ideas, words or data of others in your assessment, you must thoroughly and clearly acknowledge the source of this information by using the correct referencing style for your unit. Using others’ work without proper acknowledgement may be considered a form of intellectual dishonesty.

Participating honestly, respectfully, responsibly, and fairly in your university study ensures the CQUniversity qualification you earn will be valued as a true indication of your individual academic achievement and will continue to receive the respect and recognition it deserves.

As a student, you are responsible for reading and following CQUniversity’s policies, including the Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure. This policy sets out CQUniversity’s expectations of you to act with integrity, examples of academic integrity breaches to avoid, the processes used to address alleged breaches of academic integrity, and potential penalties.

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A breach of academic integrity includes but is not limited to plagiarism, self-plagiarism, collusion, cheating, contract cheating, and academic misconduct. The Student Academic Integrity Policy and Procedure defines what these terms mean and gives examples.

Why is academic integrity important?

A breach of academic integrity may result in one or more penalties, including suspension or even expulsion from the University. It can also have negative implications for student visas and future enrolment at CQUniversity or elsewhere. Students who engage in contract cheating also risk being blackmailed by contract cheating services.

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