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PSYC2062 Personality and Individual Differences

Bachelor Course Unit


One trimester


2nd year

Credit points: 

6 (out of 144)



Mode(s) of delivery:

Synchronous 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)         
  • Biological and trait approaches (Eysenck, McCrae and Costa)
  • Humanistic approaches (Maslow, Rogers)   
  • Existential approaches (May)  
  • Individual differences in cognition 
  • Individual differences in emotion
  • Individual differences in behaviour
  • Individual differences in motivation (1)
  • Individual differences in motivation (2); Unit Review

Learning and teaching process

This unit is taught over 10 weeks and totals approximately 3.5 student contact hours per week. 

Students will participate in teaching and learning activities including: 

a)     Recorded Lectures and post-learning activities

b)   Live Tutorials and skill development activities 

c)   Formative quizzes  

This unit comprises ten (10) weekly 2.5 hour recorded lectures and nine (9) weekly 1 hour tutorials. The recorded lectures will be made available under the Echo Capture link on the Class Space. All students are provided with secure online access to comprehensive unit learning resources via the Student Class Space (Moodle). Unit Coordinators, Lecturers, and Student Support staff are available to students (in all modes of delivery) at designated times via email and telephone contact throughout the duration of the unit.

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.