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PY3108 - Personality Psychology: Decoding the Mysteries of Humans

Credit points: 3
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

In this subject there will be a specific focus on theories and assessment methods for studying the lives of individuals in detail, including contributions from psychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioural, trait and narrative psychologies.The subject will begin by addressing philosophical issues, since these are especially critical in shaping both theory and method in the area of personality. An overview of the major theoretical paradigms of personality psychology will be presented in the first half of the subject, including reference to the work of S. Freud, C. Jung, Henry Murrey, H.J. Eysenck, George Kelly, Abraham Maslow, Sylvan Tomkins, Dan McAdams, Gary Gregg and others. The second half of this subject will be devoted to a coverage of contemporary and emerging approaches to the conceptualisation and measurement of personality with a focus on the narrative study of individual lives.

Learning Outcomes

  • students will be able to integrate personality theory and assessment and identify the kinds of applied social and practical problems which they might encounter in professional life;
  • students will be able to identify a range of assessment tools for studying personality and will have had first hand experience in the use of some of these tools via practicals and a research project;
  • students will be able to appraise contemporary theoretical developments and emerging trends in the conceptualisation and assessment of personality.
Assumed
Knowledge:
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PY3094

Availabilities

Townsville, Block, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Face to face teaching (tba)
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Wendy Li
Lecturers: Miss Hollie Baxter, Assoc. Professor Wendy Li.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 38 hours - Lectures and tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); presentations (20%); (40%).
Special Assessment Requirements: End of semester exam will be in the examination period. Another invigilated assessment (40%) will be submitted after the block period.

Cairns, Block, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Face to face teaching (tba)
Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Wendy Li.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 38 hours - Lectures and tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); presentations (20%); (40%).
Special Assessment Requirements: End of semester exam will be in the examination period. Another invigilated assessment (40%) will be submitted after the block period.

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 08-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Wendy Li
Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Wendy Li, Dr Adam Wang.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 38 hours - Lectures and tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); presentations (20%); (40%).
Special Assessment Requirements: End of semester exam will be in the examination period. Another invigilated assessment (40%) will be submitted after the block period.

Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.