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Module PPP-2014:
Personality & Indiv Diffs

Module Facts

Run by School of Psychology

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 1

Organiser: Dr Frances Garrad-Cole

Overall aims and purpose

This module addresses key topics within the field of personality, intelligence and individual differences. The module is split into two parts: intelligence and Personality and each will be assessed separately. The Areas covered include historic and current perspectives on personality, including psychoanalysis, humanistic and trait approaches. Individual differences and intelligence will be explored including intelligence testing, emotional intelligence and heritability of intelligence.

Course content

Students will gain an insight into personality and individual differences. On completion of the module, students will have gained a number of employability skills including: an understanding of the use or value of intelligence and/or personality testing; independent and self-motivated study; critical evaluation of academic topics and the relevance of such topics to current issues and debates. In 2020/21 this module will be delivered fully online. There will be asynchronous delivery of content paired with synchronous discussion forums. You will also be welcome to attend a weekly virtual drop in session if you have any questions.

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Adequate answer to the question, largely based on lecture material. No real development of arguments. <>

good

Reasonably comprehensive coverage. Well organised and structured. Good understanding of the material. <>

excellent

Comprehensive and accurate coverage of the area clarity of argument and expression. Depth of insight into theoretical issues.<< subject to change>>

Learning outcomes

  1. 1.On sucessful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate understanding, knowledge and relevance of the different approaches to the scientific study of intelligence.

  2. 2.On sucessful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate understanding, knowledge and application of tests of personality and how these are administered.

  3. 3.On sucessful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate an understanding of personality theories and the relevance of such in real world applications

  4. 4.On sucessful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate understanding, knowledge and application of tests of intelligence and how these are administered.

  5. 5.On sucessful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate understanding, knowledge and relevance of the different approaches to the scientific study of personality

  6. 6.On sucessful completion of the module, students will be able to demonstrate critical evaluation of a theory of personality and use evidence to suport opinion.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
ESSAY Critical evaluation essay 60
EXAM Quizzes

There will be four quizzes throughout the module, approximately fortnightly. Each quiz will be assessed through Blackboard and will be open book. Each quiz is worth 10% of the module

40

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Private study

Each week there will be associated readings that complement the lecture material, and additional resources, including yout tube videos or podcasts, that you are encouraged to watch

18
Private study

In preparation for the seminar you will be expected to generate written work and/or provide feedback on peer review documents. This could take up to 3.5 hours per week

42
 

The remaining time in this module will be taken up by preparation for assessment, and sitting online quizzes. You will also need to develop draft work into a final essay for submission

16
Seminar

You will be assigned to a small seminar group (approx 26/27 students) and you will meet once a week at the timetabled time to discuss lecture content and to work on seminar issues. Some seminars will focus exclusively aspects of the essay and will provide formative feedback for the essay.

12
Private study

The core material for this module will be accessed via asynchronous podcasts, Students are expected to watch and make notes on the podcasts and to use th material to prepare for assessments and to contribute to seminars. Podcasts will be delivered in short segments and will total no more than one hour per week

12

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Computer Literacy - Proficiency in using a varied range of computer software
  • Self-Management - Able to work unsupervised in an efficient, punctual and structured manner. To examine the outcomes of tasks and events, and judge levels of quality and importance
  • Exploring - Able to investigate, research and consider alternatives
  • Information retrieval - Able to access different and multiple sources of information
  • Inter-personal - Able to question, actively listen, examine given answers and interact sensitevely with others
  • Critical analysis & Problem Solving - Able to deconstruct and analyse problems or complex situations. To find solutions to problems through analyses and exploration of all possibilities using appropriate methods, rescources and creativity.
  • Presentation - Able to clearly present information and explanations to an audience. Through the written or oral mode of communication accurately and concisely.
  • Teamwork - Able to constructively cooperate with others on a common task, and/or be part of a day-to-day working team

Subject specific skills

  • Understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  • Apply multiple perspectives to psychological issues and integrate ideas and findings across the multiple perspectives in psychology.
  • Communicate psychological concepts effectively in written form.
  • Communicate psychological concepts effectively in oral form.
  • Handle primary source material critically.
  • Be sensitive and react appropriately to contextual and interpersonal psychological factors.
  • Use effectively personal planning and project management skills.
  • Work effectively under pressure (time pressure, limited resources, etc) as independent and pragmatic learners.
  • Problem-solve by clarifying questions, considering alternative solutions, making critical judgements, and evaluating outcomes.
  • Reason scientifically and demonstrate the relationship between theory and evidence.
  • Employ evidence-based reasoning and examine practical, theoretical and ethical issues associated with the use of different methodologies, paradigms and methods of analysis in psychology.

Resources

Talis Reading list

http://readinglists.bangor.ac.uk/modules/ppp-2014.html

Reading list

I would recommend that you purchase, or obtain a library copy of either the 2010, or 2013 edition of:

Maltby, J., Day. L., and McCaskill, A. (2013 *or 2010) Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence. Pearson Education. Harlow.

You will need to access, but do not need to purchase: Kaplan, R. M. and Saccuzzo, D. P (2005) Psychological testing - One chapter only, available in BU library.

Courses including this module

Compulsory in courses: