PC4104 - Introduction to Individual Differences (2019/20)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2019/20, 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|
|Running in 2019/20||
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.
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.
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.