PY7018 - Individual Differences (2021/22)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2021/22|
|Module title||Individual Differences|
|Module level||Masters (07)|
|Credit rating for module||20|
|School||School of Social Sciences|
|Total study hours||200|
|Running in 2021/22||
This module provides students with systematic understanding of key theories of individual differences in the areas of personality, intelligence, motivation and emotion. It also develops students’ comprehensive understanding of how these topics can be scientifically investigated using appropriate research methodologies and foster students’ skills in the development of academic argument and critical evaluation in these core areas of psychology.
Topics will be drawn from: personality, individual differences, intelligence, emotion, motivation. LO1,LO2,LO3,LO4
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
Students will develop their knowledge and understanding of the subject areas and related topics through lectures and directed independent study. Deeper understanding, evaluation and skill development will be promoted through directed study of recommended reading material and online resources.
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.
4. Be able to investigate individual differences using appropriate methodologies and present research findings in line with discipline-specific expectations and requirements.
Summative assessment consists of an extended piece of coursework. Formative assessment consists of a series of in class tests throughout the module.
Cooper, C. (2010). Individual differences and personality (3rd Ed.). London: Hodder Education. E Resource.
Maltby, J., Day, L.. & Macaskill, A. (2013). Personality, individual differences and intelligence (3rd Ed). Harlow: Prentice Hall. E Resource.
Pervin, L. A., & Cervone, D. (2010). Personality: Theory and research (11th Ed.). Hoboken, NJ: Wiley.