Course Outline

PSY303 Personality and Assessment

Course Coordinator:Varghese Peter ( School:School of Health - Psychology

2023Semester 1

UniSC Sunshine Coast

UniSC Moreton Bay

Blended learning Most of your course is on campus but you may be able to do some components of this course online.

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teaching sessions and campuses where this course is usually offered.

What is this course about?


The course offers a thorough examination of personality theories, including trait, biological, humanistic, social-cognitive, behavioural and psychodynamic approaches. You will be introduced to, and are expected to become familiar with, a variety of methods and tests that are used to measure individual differences in personality and intelligence. Issues relating to the interpretation, reliability and validity of test scores are discussed.

How will this course be delivered?

Activity Hours Beginning Week Frequency
Blended learning
Learning materials – Online learning materials 1hr Week 1 13 times
Tutorial/Workshop 1 – On campus tutorial/workshop - 2 hours 2hrs Week 1 13 times
Seminar – Refer to CANVAS for details 1hr Week 1 Once Only

Course Topics

  • Basic and contemporary applications
  • Psychological assessment (reliability, validity, test construction, personality assessment)
  • Theories of personality (Psychoanalytic, Neo-Analytic, Humanistic, Behaviourism, Social Cognitive, Trait, Biological)

What level is this course?

300 Level (Graduate)

Demonstrating coherence and breadth or depth of knowledge and skills. Independent application of knowledge and skills in unfamiliar contexts. Meeting professional requirements and AQF descriptors for the degree. May require pre-requisites where discipline specific introductory or developing knowledge or skills is necessary. Normally undertaken in the third or fourth full-time study year of an undergraduate program.

What is the unit value of this course?

12 units

How does this course contribute to my learning?

Course Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this course, you should be able to... Graduate Qualities Mapping Completing these tasks successfully will contribute to you becoming... Professional Standard Mapping * Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
1 Understand and explain theories relating to the study of personality and psychological assessment (including ethical issues). Knowledgeable
1.1.1, 1.1.11, 1.1.2, 1.3, 1.6
2 Analyse, synthesise, apply and critically evaluate information. Creative and critical thinker
1.1.1, 1.1.2, 1.3, 1.6
3 Develop writing skills, including referencing in APA style. Empowered
1.3, 1.6

* Competencies by Professional Body

Australian Psychology Accreditation Council
1.1.1 Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including the history and philosophy underpinning the science of psychology and the social, cultural, historical and professional influences on the practice of psychology
1.1.11 Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including culturally appropriate psychological assessment and measurement
1.1.2 Graduates will be able to comprehend and apply a broad and coherent body of knowledge of psychology, with depth of understanding of underlying principles, theories and concepts in the discipline, using a scientific approach, including individual differences in capacity, behaviour and personality
1.3 Graduates will be able to analyse and critique theory and research in the discipline of psychology and communicate these in written and oral formats.
1.6 Graduates will be able to demonstrate self-directed pursuit of scholarly inquiry in psychology.

Am I eligible to enrol in this course?

Refer to the UniSC Glossary of terms for definitions of “pre-requisites, co-requisites and anti-requisites”.


PSY200 and PSY201 OR PSY207


Not applicable


Not applicable

Specific assumed prior knowledge and skills (where applicable)

Not applicable

How am I going to be assessed?

Grading Scale

Standard Grading (GRD)

High Distinction (HD), Distinction (DN), Credit (CR), Pass (PS), Fail (FL).

Details of early feedback on progress

A workshop will be conducted early in the semester (week 3 or 4) where students can apply their knowledge of psychological testing to a scenario. This will help students to self-assess their knowledge of psychological testing principles.

Assessment tasks

Delivery mode Task No. Assessment Product Individual or Group Weighting % What is the duration / length? When should I submit? Where should I submit it?
All 1 Examination - not Centrally Scheduled Individual 25%
1.5 hrs
Refer to Format Online Submission
All 2 Report Individual 35%
2000 words
Week 12 Online Assignment Submission with plagiarism check
All 3 Examination - Centrally Scheduled Individual 40%
2 hours
Exam Period Exam Venue
All - Assessment Task 1:Mid-semester examination
The purpose of the exam is to test your knowledge of course content.
Product: Examination - not Centrally Scheduled
This is an open-book exam consisting mainly of short answer questions. The exam will happen between weeks 5 and 7. Details of the exam will be provided in Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy and correctness of responses
1 2 3
All - Assessment Task 2:Major Lab Report
The purpose of this report is to apply personality theory to other areas of psychological functioning.
Product: Report
The word limit for this report is 2000 words. You will write up the results from data collected in class in the form of a laboratory report. It is expected that you will generate your own research topic, and hypotheses and conduct appropriate analyses (assistance will be provided in tutorials). For example, you may like to explore the relationship between personality and coping styles. Other examples and starting references will be provided in Week 1 on Canvas.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Ability to write to set word limit.
Understanding and critical review of relevant literature
1 2 3
Development of appropriate hypotheses
1 2
Correct description of the research methodology
Satisfactory interpretation and analysis of the results
2 3
Use of written expression that is consistent with writing for psychology including the correct use of APA style
All - Assessment Task 3:Examination
The purpose of this assessment is to test your knowledge of the course content.
Product: Examination - Centrally Scheduled
The two-hour exam will occur during the central examination period.
No. Learning Outcome assessed
Accuracy and correctness of responses
1 2 3

Directed study hours

A 12-unit course will have total of 150 learning hours which will include directed study hours (including online if required), self-directed learning and completion of assessable tasks. Student workload is calculated at 12.5 learning hours per one unit.

What resources do I need to undertake this course?

Please note: Course information, including specific information of recommended readings, learning activities, resources, weekly readings, etc. are available on the course Canvas site– Please log in as soon as possible.

Prescribed text(s) or course reader

Please note that you need to have regular access to the resource(s) listed below. Resources may be required or recommended.

Required? Author Year Title Edition Publisher
Required Robert J. Gregory 2015 Psychological Testing: History, Principles, and Applications, Global Edition n/a Pearson Higher Ed
Required Howard S. Friedman,Miriam W. Schustack 2013 Personality: Pearson New International Edition n/a Pearson Higher Ed

Specific requirements


How are risks managed in this course?

Health and safety risks for this course have been assessed as low. It is your responsibility to review course material, search online, discuss with lecturers and peers and understand the health and safety risks associated with your specific course of study and to familiarise yourself with the University’s general health and safety principles by reviewing the online induction training for students, and following the instructions of the University staff.

What administrative information is relevant to this course?

Assessment: Academic Integrity

Academic integrity is the ethical standard of university participation.  It ensures that students graduate as a result of proving they are competent in their discipline.  This is integral in maintaining the value of academic qualifications. Each industry has expectations and standards of the skills and knowledge within that discipline and these are reflected in assessment.

Academic integrity means that you do not engage in any activity that is considered to be academic fraud; including plagiarism, collusion or outsourcing any part of any assessment item to any other person.  You are expected to be honest and ethical by completing all work yourself and indicating in your work which ideas and information were developed by you and which were taken from others. You cannot provide your assessment work to others. You are also expected to provide evidence of wide and critical reading, usually by using appropriate academic references.

In order to minimise incidents of academic fraud, this course may require that some of its assessment tasks, when submitted to Canvas, are electronically checked through Turnitin.  This software allows for text comparisons to be made between your submitted assessment item and all other work to which Turnitin has access.

Assessment: Additional Requirements

Eligibility for Supplementary Assessment

Your eligibility for supplementary assessment in a course is dependent of the following conditions applying:

The final mark is in the percentage range of 47% to 49.4%
The course is graded using the Standard Grading scale
You have not failed an assessment task in the course due to academic misconduct.

Assessment: Submission penalties

Late submission of assessment tasks may be penalised at the following maximum rate: 
- 5% (of the assessment task's identified value) per day for the first two days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- 10% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the third day - 20% (of the assessment task's identified value) for the fourth day and subsequent days up to and including seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. 
- A result of zero is awarded for an assessment task submitted after seven days from the date identified as the due date for the assessment task. Weekdays and weekends are included in the calculation of days late. To request an extension you must contact your course coordinator to negotiate an outcome.


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