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
Prerequisites

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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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