Module title: Individual Differences 2

SCQF level: 09:
SCQF credit value: 20.00
ECTS credit value: 10

Module code: PSY09103
Module leader: Hilary Tait
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology

PSY07100 Individual Differences 1

2019/0, Trimester 1, 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: Hilary Tait
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Students will receive one two-hour lecture a week, coupled with a weekly one-hour tutorial in which they can test and expand their own understanding of key topics. Lectures will focus on theoretical aspects and recent developments (LOs 1-6), while tutorials will allow students to gain hands-on experience with individual differences assessment methods as well as engaging in debates on current topics in the field (LOs 1-6). Moodle will be used throughout the module to support students’ learning.

Formative Assessment:
Students’ understanding of module material will be assessed formatively by their ability to engage in critical analysis and debate within the tutorial programme.

Summative Assessment:
Students are assessed summatively through a combination of a 2-hour exam, covering learning outcomes 1,2,3,5,6, and an essay, covering learning outcome 4.

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 22
Face To Face Tutorial 11
Independent Learning Guided independent study 165
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
Essay 40 4 10 HOURS= 0, WORDS= 2000
Centrally Time Tabled Examination 60 1,2,3,5,6 14/15 HOURS= 2, WORDS= 0
Component 1 subtotal: 40
Component 2 subtotal: 60
Module subtotal: 100

Description of module content:

Historical & conceptual perspectives in personality: psychodynamic, behaviourist, humanistic/phenomenological, cognitive/social-cognitive, and trait approaches; personality assessment
Historical & conceptual perspectives in intelligence: intelligence testing & IQ; general factor theories vs. multiple abilities; biological influences on intelligence; environmental and socio-cultural influences on intelligence
Recent developments in individual differences: alternative views of intelligence (e.g. emotional intelligence, multiple intelligences); other individual differences (e.g. creativity; leadership; optimism, personnel selection, mood and motivation).

Learning Outcomes for module:

LO1: Contrast the psychological concepts of personality and intelligence from their commonsensical, everyday usage
LO2: Evaluate approaches to studying and assessing personality (e.g. psychodynamic, behaviourist, humanistic/phenomenological, cognitive/social-cognitive, and trait approaches)
LO3: Evaluate factor theories of intelligence and demonstrate a sound knowledge of at least one seminal and one contemporary factor theory.
LO4: Critically reflect on recent developments and current debates in the areas of personality and intelligence.
LO5: Critically reflect on the validation and evaluation of a psychometric measure of personality.
LO6: Evaluate the role that individual differences plays in areas such as creativity, leadership, optimism, personnel selection, mood and motivation.

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PSY09103 Individual Differences 2