PSYC211-12S2 (C) Semester Two 2012

Personality

15 points, 0.1250 EFTS
09 Jul 2012 - 11 Nov 2012

Description

This course provides an overview of classic and contemporary theory and research in personality. Approaches to understanding personality will include Freudian and Neo-Freudian perspectives, genetic and evolutionary perspectives, biological perspectives, existential and humanistic perspectives, trait perspectives, and behavioural perspectives. In the laboratory sessions students will take, analyze, and interpret various personality assessment instruments.

Through class lectures, discussions, exams, and laboratory work, you will be expected to develop the ability to (1) differentiate between different theories of personality, (2) understand and interpret research findings, (3) make comparisons among those various theories, (4) apply various theoretical perspectives to understanding cases of human behaviour, and (5) critically examine theories of personality based on research findings.

PSYC211 is recommended preparation for PSYC332 Social Psychology, PSYC335 Abnormal Psychology, and PSYC336 Industrial & Organisational Psychology.

Learning Outcomes

On successfully passing this course, students will have:

  • Gained an understanding of key theories in personality psychology.
  • Demonstrated the ability to differentiate between these different theories of personality.
  • Demonstrated the ability to apply different theories of personality to understanding human behaviour.
  • Demonstrated the ability to critically examine these different theories of personality.
  • Practiced using research techniques in the laboratory that are used to gain scientific knowledge in personality psychology.
  • Demonstrated the ability to collect and analyse quantitative data.
  • Demonstrated the ability to write up their research findings clearly in a research report.
  • Practiced effective study skills.

Pre-requisites

PSYC104, or PSYC105 and PSYC106

Lectures
Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Monday 11:00am-12:00pm A1 Lecture Theatre 9 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Thursday 8:00am-9:00am A1 Lecture Theatre 9 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct

Labs
Streams Day Time Where Notes
Stream 01 Monday 9:00am-11:00am Psychology - Sociology 210 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 02 Monday 12:00pm-2:00pm Psychology - Sociology 251 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 03 Monday 3:00pm-5:00pm Psychology - Sociology 210 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 04 Tuesday 9:00am-11:00am Psychology - Sociology 213 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 05 Tuesday 11:00am-1:00pm Psychology - Sociology 213 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 06 Tuesday 1:00pm-3:00pm Psychology - Sociology 210 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 07 Tuesday 3:00pm-5:00pm Psychology - Sociology 213 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 08 Wednesday 9:00am-11:00am Psychology - Sociology 213 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 09 Wednesday 11:00am-1:00pm Psychology - Sociology 213 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 10 Wednesday 1:00pm-3:00pm Psychology - Sociology 213 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 11 Wednesday 3:00pm-5:00pm Psychology - Sociology 213 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 12 Thursday 9:00am-11:00am Psychology - Sociology 213 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 13 Thursday 11:00am-1:00pm Psychology - Sociology 213 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct
Stream 14 Thursday 1:00pm-3:00pm Psychology - Sociology 213 16 Jul - 19 Aug,
3 Sep - 14 Oct

Course Coordinator

Jacqui Tither

Assessment

Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Laboratory Exercises 10%
Research Assignment 15%
Test 06 Sep 2012 35%
Final Exam 40%

Examination and Formal Tests

Exam Friday 09 Nov 2012 9:30am-11:30am  

Textbooks

Required Texts

Funder, David Charles; The personality puzzle; 5th ed; W.W. Norton, 2010.

Fees

Domestic fee $692.00

International fee $3,200.00

For further information see Psychology.

All PSYC211 Occurrences

  • PSYC211-12S2 (C) Semester Two 2012