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Personality and Individual Differences (7122.4)

Level: Level 2 - Undergraduate Intermediate Unit
Credit Points: 3
HECS Bands:

Band 1 2013-2020 (Expires 31 Dec 2020) Band 1 2021 (Pg Clinical Psychology) Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-After 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Prof Pathway Psychology-Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 2 2021 (Standard Course Commenced Before 1 Jan 2021) Band 4 2021 (Standard Course Commenced After 1 Jan 2021)

Faculty: Faculty of Health
Discipline: Discipline of Psychology


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This unit introduces students to the fundamental concepts and influential theories in individual differences. The conceptualisation and assessment of personality and individual differences, including psychometric testing, and culturally appropriate psychological assessment and measurement is addressed. The major perspectives on personality (e.g. trait, psychoanalytic, behavioural/social learning, cognitive, and humanistic perspectives) are included. Both traditional and contemporary theories and research in the area of personality and intelligence 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. Identify and distinguish the psychometric properties of psychological tests;

3. Explain the principles, applications, and pitfalls of assessing individual differences, including culturally appropriate assessment; and

4. Critically evaluate and compare the major theories of personality.

Assessment Items

Contact Hours

Up to four hours per week.


4309 Psychology 101 OR 11399 Understanding People and Behaviour
4310 Psychology 102 OR 10444 Foundations of Psychology
Permission of the unit convener



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