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PSYC12013 - Personality

General Information

Unit Synopsis

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

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

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).

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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2014

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
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).

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 5%
2. Written Assessment 30%
3. Examination 40%
4. Online Quiz(zes) 25%

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

Past Exams

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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)
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.
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)
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.
Action Taken
The lecturer spent additional time explaining what is required for the critical thinking tasks.
Source: 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.
Action Taken
The flipped classroom model was maintained for Term 1 2021.
Source: Student Feedback (Have your say)
Feedback
Students reported that the weekly reflection tasks did not give them enough time to critically reflect on their studies from the prior week.
Recommendation
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
Nil.
Source: Student Feedback (Have your say)
Feedback
Students reported that they needed more time to complete the mid-term quiz.
Recommendation
Review the quiz time limit to ensure students have sufficient time to complete the quiz.
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. 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 Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Group Discussion
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
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 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
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 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
4 - Online Quiz(zes)