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


City Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019

Course Coordinator: Mark Lee

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 2906

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 12.07.016B-1

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

In studying this course, you are expected to gain an understanding of key individual and socio-cultural dimensions in the development and expression of personality and self. Through a series of interactive and experiential seminars you will explore the extent to which personality and self 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 the self and personality is the product of how we (and others) think. This course is designed to actively encourage your participation, independent reflection and to promote critical thinking about these ‘self’ related concepts.

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 successful 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 and tutorials, with most engagement taking an interactive lectorial format. Lectorials will offer you the opportunity to engage with the lecturer as well as other students and to actively participate in learning activities aimed at increasing your understanding of your own and others personality and self-awareness.

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. Active learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways. You will be will provide with resources and tools for learning in this course via Canvas which you are expected to check regularly.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Learning Reflection Folio & Video Reflection

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2 & 3  

Assessment Task 2:  Individual Postcard & Presentation

Weighting 30%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3

Assessment Task 3: Individual Contribution Self-Assessment

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, & 3