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|
|Running in 2017/18||
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).
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
- 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.
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.
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]