Module title: Individual Differences (HKBU)

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

Module code: PSY09607
Module leader: Rory MacLean
School School of Applied Sciences
Subject area group: Psychology


2020/1, Trimester 1, BLENDED,
Occurrence: 001
Primary mode of delivery: BLENDED
Location of delivery: HONG KONG
Member of staff responsible for delivering module: Rory MacLean
Module Organiser:

Learning, Teaching and Assessment (LTA) Approach:
Students will receive 12 hours of face-to-face teaching from a member of Edinburgh Napier teaching staff at the start of the module, followed by a series of tutorial sessions delivered by a local tutor. The tutor will be supplied with a teaching pack, and students with study materials that will guide them through the module’s materials. Lectures will focus on theoretical overviews 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.

Critical thinking, reading and analysis are developed through the requirement for students to seek out peer-reviewed journal articles and communicate their findings to others within their tutorial group. In addition to enhancing scholarly skills, the emphasis on critical thinking is designed to help in the preparation of both the coursework assignment and the formal exam.

Throughout the module, students will be introduced to research issues related to individual differences, including research design, assessment and statistical analysis. Reference will be made to current research in lectures and tutorial, and students will be expected to read recently published, peer-reviewed empirical research articles.

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.They will also have the opportunity to discuss their coursework and exam in two scheduled Web-Ex sessions with the module leader.

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

Student Activity (Notional Equivalent Study Hours (NESH))
Mode of activityLearning & Teaching ActivityNESH (Study Hours)
Face To Face Lecture 12
Face To Face Tutorial 12
Independent Learning Guided independent study 172
Online On-demand Webinar 2
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).

Learning Outcomes for module:

Upon completion of this module you will be able to
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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