Course Title: Understanding Personality

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Understanding Personality

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


City Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

Course Coordinator: Mark Lee

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2906

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 06.05.008

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In studying this course, you are expected to gain an understanding of some of the personal and socio-cultural dimensions in the development and expression of personality. Through a series of experiential seminars you will explore the extent to which personality is the outcome of uniquely personal inner dynamics, the extent to which individuals reflect family, social, cultural, and technological influences, and the possibility that what we think about personality is the product of how we think.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP 154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice 
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  • PLO 5: Maintains tolerance and respect for individuals and  groups from diverse backgrounds, holding diverse values, adhering to professional expectations and demonstrating ethical behaviour.

On completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Critically examine, discuss, and evaluate the following:
    1. conscious and unconscious expressions of the self
    2. ideas of the self-drawn from a range of traditions
    3. social, cultural and technological influences on notions of the self
  2. Demonstrate an open and receptive outlook in terms of the different manifestations of the self as exhibited by others and consider your own self-projection.
  3. Identify ways in which the self can be both constrained and more fully realized.

Overview of Learning Activities

Learning activities associated with this course will include a mixture of lectures, tutorials and practical sessions.

The assessment associated with this course will comprise formative and summative elements and incorporate a variety of assessment modes including journals and an assignment.  Your final grade will also include a consideration of your active classroom participation.

These assessments may include use of online technology and are designed to you to demonstrate a critical analysis of the core principles presented in the course.
Assessment completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from peers and staff.


Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 72 per semester

Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material  chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, Discussion Board interaction and Blackboard Collaborate workshops. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways, including simulated learning activities. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.

A Library Subject Guide is available at

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Reflective Assessments

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3  

Assessment Task 2:  Individual Postcard & Presentation (Physical postcard (20%) and 5 min presentation (20%)

Weighting 40%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3

Assessment Task 3: Class Participation (Preparation, Contribution, Reflection)

Weighting 10%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3