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Personality and Individual Differences (7122.4)

Level: Undergraduate Second Year Level
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands: 1
Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Psychology


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  • Semester 2, 2018, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (180402) - View
  • Semester 2, 2017, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (170357) - View
  • Semester 2, 2016, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (151982) - View
  • Semester 2, 2015, FLEXIBLE, BRUCE (140793) - View

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This unit introduces students to the fundamental concepts and influential theories in individual differences, with an emphasis on conceptualisation and assessment of personality. Students will have an opportunity for practical experience with a number of measures. This unit also introduces the major perspectives on personality (including trait, psychoanalytic, behaviourist, cognitive, and humanistic perspectives). Both traditional and contemporary theories and research in the area of personality are examined and evaluated.

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:

1. Identify the contentions surrounding the nature and measurement of individual differences;

2. Understand the psychometric properties of good psychological tests;

3. Explain the principles, applications, and pitfalls of personality assessment; and

4. Understand the major theories of personality and be able to critically evaluate and compare these theoretical perspectives.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to four hours per week.


4309 Psychology 101 OR 11399 Understanding People and Behaviour AND
4310 Psychology 102
OR Permission of the unit convener



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