PC5056 - Individual Differences (2021/22)
|Module specification||Module approved to run in 2021/22|
|Module title||Individual Differences|
|Module level||Intermediate (05)|
|Credit rating for module||15|
|School||School of Social Sciences and Professions|
|Total study hours||150|
|Running in 2021/22||
The module introduces students to classic and contemporary theories and research in topics related to personality, intelligence, and psychometrics. The aims of this module are to provide students with an understanding of:
• key theories and models of personality, intelligence, and individual differences in their historical and cultural contexts;
• how these areas can be scientifically and ethically investigated using appropriate research methodologies (psychometrics);
• how knowledge of individual differences can be ethically applied to the ‘real-world’ and their relevance to a range of settings.
This will develop students’ knowledge and understanding of this branch of psychology, which will be beneficial in future work and training. The module also fosters skills in the development of psychological assessment, academic argument and critical evaluation.
Prior learning requirements
Any introductory psychology module
Topics will be drawn from: personality and its assessment; psychometrics; individual differences; personality and personality disorders; intelligence and its assessment; research ethics.
Learning Outcomes LO 1 - 3
Balance of independent study and scheduled teaching activity
The module is delivered through a variety of teaching and learning methods. A combination of group and individual activities will take place within a framework of lectures, seminars and workshops. Supplementary guided learning via WebLearn and self-managed private study will be provided when suitable.
On successful completion of this module students will be able to:
1. understand and evaluate key theories and modules of personality, intelligence and individual differences in their historical and cultural context and the extent to which they provide a comprehensive account of human behaviour.
2. apply theory and methodology to real world settings and, in particular, appreciate the potential strengths and limitations and ethical implications of different methods of psychological research and assessment.
3. critically evaluate key concepts, theories and methodology and debate the comparative merits of different types of explanation and methodology.
A multiple-choice test will address the breadth of material covered in the module and recommended readings. An essay of 1500 words will assess students’ depth of knowledge and understanding of core topics in individual differences. Formative assessments and constructive feedback throughout the module will allow students to develop their knowledge and understanding and help to prepare them for the summative assessments. Students must obtain a minimum average grade of 40% from the two assessments to pass the module.
Maltby, J. Day, L. & MacAskill, A. (2018) Personality, individual differences and intelligence. 4th Edition. Prentice Hall: Harlow. (core)
Chamorro-Premuzic, T. (2013). Personality and individual differences (2nd edition). Oxford: Blackwell
Rust, J., & Golombok, S. (2009). Modern psychometrics. London: Routledge.