PSYC12013 - Personality
Term 1 - 2017


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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 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

PSYC 11008 and PSYC11009

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).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

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

Assessment Overview

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

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 Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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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.

Feedback Source Recommendation
Consider switching the essay to a rubric based grading system with specific weightings on each element of the marking criteria. Student feedback, lecturer reflection Look to implement this in the next offering
Consider making the discussion forum assessment worth more than 5%. This will offer more incentive to compete the assessment item. Student feedback Consider implementing this in the next offering
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
5. Team Work            
6. Information Technology Competence            
7. Cross Cultural Competence          
8. Ethical practice            

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
1 - Group Discussion      
2 - Written Assessment        
3 - Examination            
4 - Online Quiz(zes)            

Prescribed Textbooks

Personality Theories
Author/s: Engler, B. Year: 2014
Edition: 9th Publisher: Cengage
City: Belmont State: CA
Country: USA
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • CQUniversity Student Email
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorPeter Carlsen (p.carlsen@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction; Sigmund Freud and Psychoanalysis

1 & 2

Organisation / Plan; Join in the Discussion Forum.

Week 2 13-03-2017

Carl Gustav Jung and Analytic Psychology

3

Response to this week's Discussion Forum

Week 3 20-03-2017

Alfred Adler, Harry Stack Sullivan and Individual/Interpsychic Psychology

4

Response to this week's Discussion Forum

Week 4 27-03-2017

Karen Horney, Erik Fromm and Humanistic Psychoanalysis Social Psychology

5

Response to this week's Discussion Forum

Week 5 03-04-2017

Anna Freud, Erick Erikson, Dan McAdams and Ego Analytic Psychology

6

Response to this week's Discussion Forum

Vacation Week 10-04-2017
Week 6 17-04-2017

Human Relations: Object Relations Theory, The Stone Centre Group

7

Response to this week's Discussion Forum

Week 7 24-04-2017

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

8

Online mid-term exam from the material assigned for the first 6 weeks

Response to this week's Discussion Forum

Week 8 01-05-2017

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

9

Response to this week's Discussion Forum

Written Essay Due Tuesday (02 May 17) 01:00 PM AEST
Week 9 08-05-2017

Humanism: Abraham Maslow & Carl Rogers

13

Response to this week's Discussion Forum

Week 10 15-05-2017

Existential Psychoanalysis: Rollo May

14

Response to this week's Discussion Forum

Week 11 22-05-2017

Cognitive behavioural Theories: Albert Ellis, Aaron Beck, Arnold Lazarus

16

Response to this week's Discussion Forum

Week 12 29-05-2017

Eastern Theories: Zen Buddhism, Yoga and the Hindu Tradition

17 & Conclusion

Additional reading on the Hindu tradition will be available on the Moodle Course page.

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

Final Exam

1 Group Discussion

Assessment Title On Line Forum Contributions
Task Description

Due Date: Sunday of each week by 11:55pm (weeks 1-12) 

Weighting: 5%

Length: Approximately 100 to 200 words per contribution

 

Objectives: Contributions to discussion forums are aimed to facilitate virtual interactions among students and enable students to demonstrate learning outcomes and experience personal growth within a different domain. This assessment item relates to all learning outcomes

Task

Every student is required to participate in the course weekly discussion forum. Ten genuine contributions to twelve different weekly topics is 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 critique, 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 in relation to the topic of personality.  It is up to the student to give thought to the topic or responses of others and contribute something meaningful to the discussion. Therefore the word limit of about 100 to 200 words is just a guideline. Proper references should be given in your discussion where it is relevant and applicable. 

Assessment Due Date Sunday of each week by 11:55pm
Return Date to Students To be graded within 1-2 weeks of the due date.
Weighting 5%
Assessment Criteria

 

CRITERIA:

Forum posts will be marked on a Pass/Fail basis where 1 = pass and 0= fail.

It is expected that student posts will be 

1. Relevant

2. Display an attempt to understand the topic

3. Display an attempt at critical reflection

4. Attempt to facilitate further discussion

5. Be submitted on time. Late submissions will NOT be graded

 

 Marks for the 10 assessable contributions  a student has posted during the term will be added and the final mark out of 10 will be converted to a weighted mark out of 5%.

Final weighted marks will be assigned at the end of Review Week. For this assessment task there will be twelve (12) topics, of which students must make an assessable contribution to ten(10). Hence, no extensions will be granted for any reason for this assessment item.

For a detailed criteria sheet please see the course website on Moodle.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Post on the relevant Forums

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Written Essay
Task Description


Assessment Details

Assessment Item 1 : Essay

Due Date: Check the below due date

Weighting: 30%

Length: 1500- 2500 words


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 the the course learning outcomes 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6.

Task

You are required to write an original essay on the topic that will be provided on the course website. Be sure to make the argument logical, convincing and backed up 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 course (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 a title page and an Abstract. Your essay must include an introduction of not more than 2 paragraphs. The body of your essay should address your chosen topic question which 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 topic question are supported by supporting 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 Tuesday (02-May-2017) 01:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Before the end of the Term.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

Assessment criteria

Your essay will be assessed according to the following marking scheme.
Marks will be awarded from 0 - 5 on the following criteria: (0= absent, 1 = very poor, 2= below satisfactory, 3= good, 4= very good, 5= outstanding). Each one of the following sections of the content may receive maximum of 5 marks giving a total of 50 marks available for this assessment. Student's grade out of 50 will be converted to a weighting of 30%

Contents
1. Theoretical and conceptual knowledge
2. Themes and arguments
3. Literature review and supportive evidence
4. Critical reflection
5. Overall Coherence

Structure and style

1. Title Page, Abstract and Introduction
2. Discussion
3. Conclusion
4. Referencing format
5. Language usage and grammatical rules

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

Please submit your assignment online using Moodle submission system.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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

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

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy



4 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Mid-term exam
Task Description

Online Mid-term exam will consist of 100 multiple choice questions and will be drawn from all chapters that are covered during the first 6 weeks of the course.

Number of Quizzes 1
Assessment Due Date The mid-term quiz will open at 9am AEDT on Tuesday the 3rd of January and close at 9am AEDT on Friday January the 6th.
Return Date to Students Exam Week Friday (16-Jun-2017)
Students will be able to see their score immediately after completing the exam
Weighting 25%
Assessment Criteria

The will be 100 multiple-choice questions. 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.

NOTE: the opening and closing times for the mid-term are in Australian Eastern Standard Time (AEST).

Submission Online

Please answer the 100 online multiple-choice questions within 90 minutes allocated for this exam. YOU WILL ONLY HAVE ONE ATTEMPT AT THIS ASSESSMENT. In other words, you cannot repeat the quiz. Further details of the mid-term exam will be available on the course webpage.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 40%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

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

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking


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