PSYC2062 Personality and Individual Differences

Bachelor Course Unit


One trimester


2nd year

Credit points: 

6 (out of 144)



Mode(s) of delivery:

On-campus and Online Delivery




This unit is a second year psychology elective. This unit examines a series of theorists who were instrumental in the development of a range of psychological models of human nature. In particular, the unit will examine psychoanalytic, behavioural, social learning, cognitive, existential, humanistic, and biological approaches to personality. 

Unit description

Responding to the psychological needs of individuals within the community requires a deep understanding of human motivation, emotion, personality and behaviour. Over the course of the trimester, we will explore significant theoretical advancements, research methodologies, and applications relating to current therapeutic and professional practice. We will discuss the work of both traditional and contemporary theorists, and the therapeutic methods/techniques associated with them.

Learning outcomes

On completion of this unit students should be able to:

  • explain how key aspects of personality and individual differences contribute to understanding human behaviour
  • discuss aspects of consciousness as they relate to evidence-based psychology
  • describe findings and theories from the psychoanalytic, behaviourist, cognitive, existential,
  • humanistic, motivational and emotional realms that explain human behaviour
  • understand the processes involved in conducting and applying research
  • use written communication appropriate to context and purpose to communicate understanding of concepts

Unit content

  • Introduction to personality and individual differences; Freud’s psychoanalytic approach
  • Behaviourist, social learning, and cognitive approaches (Skinner; Bandura, Kelly)
  • Existential and humanistic approaches (May, Maslow, Rogers)             
  • Biological approaches (Eysenck, McCrae and Costa)
  • Individual differences in curiosity, sensation seeking and creativity
  • Individual differences in motivation    
  • Individual differences in cognition      
  • Individual differences in emotion        
  • Individual differences in behaviour (1)
  • Individual differences in behaviour (2); Unit Review

Learning and teaching process

This unit comprises 10 weekly three hour lectures and 9 weekly one hour Tutorials. Attendance at Tutorials is compulsory. Attendance at lectures is highly recommended. Lectures will be captured electronically at the time of delivery. These recordings of the slide content and oral presentation will be available for downloading as soon as it is feasible after the lecture.

Assessment summary

Assessment information provided at the commencement of the unit in the online class space

Recommended text

For more information regarding recommended texts for specific units, please see the Psychological Sciences Textbook List.

Academic misconduct

Ethical conduct and academic integrity and honesty are fundamental to the mission of ACAP. Academic misconduct will not be tolerated by the college. This includes plagiarism of any nature. It is your responsibility to make sure that you understand what constitutes plagiarism in order to ensure that you do not engage in it. Please refer to the Academic Misconduct Policy for more information.


This unit outline may be updated and amended from time to time. To ensure you have the correct outline please check it again at the beginning of trimester.


**you must have completed PSYC2012 or enrol into PSYC2012 at the same time.