module specification

PC4104 - Introduction to Individual Differences (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18, but may be subject to modification
Module title Introduction to Individual Differences
Module level Certificate (04)
Credit rating for module 10
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 100
70 hours Guided independent study
30 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 100%   MCQ exam
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Spring semester LMET Distance Learning - Not applicable
Autumn semester LMET Distance Learning - Not applicable

Module summary

The module provides introductory level coverage of an indicative range of topics in individual differences. This module focuses on theories and models of personality and individual differences as explanations of behaviour. The learning outcomes are assessed through an end of module multiple-choice exam (100% weighting).

Module aims

The module aims to provide introductory level coverage of a range of perspectives and theories that have been proposed to explain the ways in which people differ and how such differences can shape behaviour.


Topics will be drawn from:

  • Trait theories of personality
  • Psychodynamic theories of personality
  • Humanistic theories of personality
  • Behaviourist theories of personality
  • Biological theories of personality
  • Emotions
  • Needs, motives, personal strivings and goals

Learning and teaching

Lecturer-provided materials will be placed online. These will include lecture slides with accompanying audio, self-test materials, and online readings.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will understand:

1. Various models of personality and individual differences.
2. Some of the ways in which personality and individual differences have been measured.
3. The roles played by heredity and the environment in influencing personality and individual differences.

Assessment strategy

The learning outcomes will be assessed by an end-of-term summative multiple-choice exam. A series of (weekly) formative assessments will be provided during the course.


Davey, G. (Ed.) (2008). Complete Psychology. Oxford: Hodder Education.
Martin, G.N., Carlson, M.R., & Buskist, W. (2011). Psychology (fourth edition). London: Pearson. [This book is available online via the library’s electronic catalogue]