Module title: Individual Differences 1

SCQF level: 07:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY07100
Module leader: Lindsey Carruthers
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology


2019/0, Trimester 2, Face-to-Face, Edinburgh Napier University
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: Face-to-Face
Location of delivery: SIGHTHILL
Partner: Edinburgh Napier University
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Lindsey Carruthers
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
This module aims to adopt an enquiry-based learning approach whereby students are given topics to research and subsequent tutorials use this material as a starting point for discussion and critique (LOs 2 & 3). Students are encouraged to learn by reflecting on their own student experiences both through carrying out an empirical study on academic motivation and by reading associated literature (LO 1).
Teaching is delivered in one, two-hour whole class teaching session each week that includes a range of student activities (e.g. lecture input, completing and scoring short inventories; ‘stop and think’ exercises) supplemented by one, one- or two-hour tutorial each week that either deepens knowledge and understanding of module material (LOs 1, 2 & 3) or helps to develop academic skills or skills necessary for the coursework assignment. There is a two-hour closed-book essay-based end of module exam to enhance exam experience (LOs 2 & 3).

Formative Assessment:
Tutorials are designed to provide opportunity for formative feedback on both the understanding of module material and the development of the coursework assignment. Past exam questions are reviewed in lectures and tutorials to encourage students to engage with module material at an appropriate level and to prepare them for the forthcoming exam.

Summative Assessment:
One group written report (LO 1), an essay-based exam lasting 2 hours (LOs 2, 3). The group report is based on a piece of empirical research, undertaken by students in groups of around 5. They gather data from the student body using three questionnaires: an achievement motivation scale, Zimbardo’s Time Perspectives inventory, and a brief custom-designed questionnaire that asks about attendance at classes, and then analyse the data gathered using descriptive and inferential statistics.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 14
Independent Learning Groupwork (Independent Study) 6
Independent Learning Guided independent study 156
Face To Face Centrally Time Tabled Examination 2
Total Study Hours200
Expected Total Study Hours for Module200

Type of Assessment Weighting % LOs covered Week due Length in Hours/Words
Report 40 1 8 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 2 & 3 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

In this module, you will be introduced to individual differences in motivation, personality and intelligence. Motivation covers perspectives on motivation and applications to areas such as hunger, thirst, eating and satiety; achievement motivation and goal setting; and sexual behaviour. Personality introduces you to trait theory, and intelligence to some of the important theories of intelligence.

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to:
LO1: Describe various perspectives on motivation and apply at least one to a practical issue.
LO2: Describe trait theory of personality.
LO3: Describe theories of intelligence.

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