module specification

PC5005A - Individual Differences in Psychology (2017/18)

Module specification Module approved to run in 2017/18
Module title Individual Differences in Psychology
Module level Intermediate (05)
Credit rating for module 15
School School of Social Sciences
Total study hours 150
36 hours Scheduled learning & teaching activities
114 hours Guided independent study
Assessment components
Type Weighting Qualifying mark Description
In-Course Test 50%   In class test - MCQ
Coursework 50%   Essay (max.1500 words)
Running in 2017/18
Period Campus Day Time Module Leader
Autumn semester North Monday Morning

Module summary

Individual differences focuses on classic and contemporary theory and research in topics related to intelligence, motivation and emotion.

Prior learning requirements

Any introductory psychology module

Module aims

The aims of this module are to

  1. provide students with systematic understanding of key theories of individual differences in the areas of intelligence, motivation and emotion;
  2. develop students’ comprehensive understanding of how these topics can be scientifically investigated using appropriate research methodologies
  3. foster students’ skills in the development of academic argument and critical evaluation in these core areas of psychology.


Topics will be drawn from:  Intelligence, emotion, motivation, attitudes

Learning and teaching

Students will gain core knowledge and understanding of the topics through lectures, but deeper understanding, evaluation and skill development will be promoted through directed study of recommended reading material, seminars, and online resources.

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of this module students will:

  1. have in-depth knowledge and understanding of key theories of individual differences and the extent to which they provide a comprehensive account of different aspects of human behaviour;
  2. have a critical understanding of the potential strengths and limitations of methods of psychological assessment and measurement;
  3. be able to critically evaluate key concepts, theories and empirical work and debate the comparative merits of different types of explanation and methodology.

Assessment strategy

The breadth of individual differences is assessed via multiple choice questions [MCQ] and depth of a specific area of individual differences via 1500 word essay.

Component Percentage of Marks Learning outcomes
MCQ 50 1,2,
Essay (max 1500 words) 50 1,2,3



Cooper, C. (2010). Individual differences and personality (3rd Ed.). London: Hodder Education.
Maltby, J., Day, L.. & Macaskill, A. (2010). Personality, individual differences and intelligence (2nd Ed). Harlow: Prentice Hall.
Pervin, L. A., & Cervone, D. (2010). Personality: Theory and research (11th Ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.