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.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2019

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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

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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: 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
Action Taken
The forums continued to be a feature of the unit this term.
Source: 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
Action Taken
The weighting had not changed. This change will be considered for T1 2019.
Source: Student feedback ('Have your say')
Feedback
A common theme related to the examination being an inappropriate way to assess the content covered in this unit.
Recommendation
Remove examination assessment, and replace with a formative short answer assessment (e.g. a quiz) during the term that better reflects the unit learning outcomes.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback ('Have your say')
Feedback
Many students felt that there was a discrepancy between the amount of work required and the weighting for the weekly discussion topics.
Recommendation
Increase the assessment weighting from 5% to 10% to reflect the amount of work involved in researching and writing the weekly discussion post.
Action Taken
Nil.
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
1 2 3 4
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Essay
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
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
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Essay
3 - Written Assessment
4 - Online Quiz(zes)