module specification

PC4104 - Introduction to Individual Differences (2020/21)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2020/21, but may be subject to modification
Module status DELETED (This module is no longer running)
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
Unseen Examination 40%   Short answer questions
Unseen Examination 60%   MCQ
Running in 2020/21

(Please note that module timeslots are subject to change)
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Module summary

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; Creativity LO1, LO2,LO3

Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity

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

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module the student will be able to:

1. Describe various models of personality and individual differences.
2. Describe some of the ways in which personality and individual differences have been measured.
3. Explain the roles played by heredity and the environment in influencing personality and individual differences.

Assessment strategy

The learning outcomes will be assessed by mid-term and end-of-term assessments. The mid-term assessment will be based on short-answer questions. The end-of-term assessment will be multiple-choice questions.


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]

Davey, G. (Ed.) (2008). Complete Psychology (second edition). Oxford: Hodder Education.