PSYC12013 - Personality

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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.


Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band SCA Band 4
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

24 credit points which must include PSYC11008 OR PSYC11009 OR PSYC11011

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 1 - 2024

There are no availabilities for this unit on or after Term 1 - 2024

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

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

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

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 36.21% response rate.

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.

Source: Student Feedback (Have your say)
Some students indicated confusion regarding the amount of discussion forum posts required and discrepancies between the Unit Profile and Moodle Site.
The Moodle site will be checked and maintained to ensure that there is consistency between the Unit Profile and Unit Moodle site.
Action Taken
The moodle site was checked and maintained to ensure consistent information was available on the Unit Profile and Unit Moodle site.
Source: Student Feedback (Have your say)
There was some confusion around what was required for the Critical Thinking Assessment
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.
Action Taken
The lecturer spent additional time explaining what is required for the critical thinking tasks.
Source: Student Feedback (Have your say)
Positive interaction with students during the live workshop tutorials
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.
Action Taken
The flipped classroom model was maintained for Term 1 2021.
Source: Student Feedback (Have your say)
Students reported that the weekly reflection tasks did not give them enough time to critically reflect on their studies from the prior week.
Review the timing and due date of the weekly discussion forum posts to enable students time to critically reflect on the week's topic.
Action Taken
Source: Student Feedback (Have your say)
Students reported that they needed more time to complete the mid-term quiz.
Review the quiz time limit to ensure students have sufficient time to complete the quiz.
Action Taken
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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
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1 - Group Discussion
2 - Essay
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
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Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
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