Module JXH-3034:
Personality & Ind Diffs

Module Facts

Run by School of Sport, Health and Exercise Sciences

10 Credits or 5 ECTS Credits

Semester 2

Organiser: Prof Tim Woodman

Overall aims and purpose

Early theories (psychodynamic theories and derivatives) and later theories of personality, including different methods of assessment and application, self theories (e.g., self determination, self discrepancy), the Big Five, the Giant Three; specific personality traits (e.g., neuroticism, narcissism, perfectionism, optimism) in relation to sport and exercise performance; body-centred personality theories and their relation to sport and exercise performance and health; " high-risk" sports, including affect/emotion regulation and individual differences in sensation seeking and risk-taking.

Course content

Early theories (psychodynamic theories and derivaties) and later theories of personality, including different methods of assessment and application, self theories (e.g., self determination, self discrepancy), the Big Five, the Giant Three; specific personality traits (e.g., neuroticism, narcissism, perfectionism, optimism) in relation to sport and exercise performance; body-centre personality theories and their relation to sprot and exercise performance and health; "high-risk" sports, including affect/emotion regulation and individual differences in sensation seeking and risk-taking.

Module failure that prevents a student passing the year will require a resit assessment and attendance at Supplementary Assessment Week (exact date TBC but expected to be second week of July 2018).

Assessment Criteria

threshold

Students will demonstrate an acceptable level of understanding in relation to the theoretical framework that underpins the relevant areas of personality and individual differences. They will provide a fairly superficial account of the main theories and research findings in relation to the question with superficiality combined with some fairly significant errors, omissions, and/or inconsistencies. This synthesis will incorporate some of the relevant areas that were covered in the module. Students will demonstrate understanding in a fairly superficial manner with reference mainly to secondary sources or only basic understanding of primary sources. The written communication style will be acceptable, albeit somewhat unclear in places.

good

Students will demonstrate a good understanding of the theoretical framwork that underpins the various areas of personality and individual differences. They will provide a fairly concise, critical, and accurate synthesis of the main theories and research findings in relation to the question with some minor errors, inconsistencies, omissions, and/or superficiality. This synthesis will incorporate most of the relevant areas that were covered in the module. Students will answer questions in a fairly in-depth manner with sound reference to primary sources. The written communication style will be fairly clear with limited redundancy.

excellent

Students will demonstrate an in-depth understanding of the theoretical framework that underpins the various areas of personality and individual differences. Students will provide a concise, critical, and accurate sythesis of the main theories and research findings in relation to the question. This sythesis will incorporate all or most of the relevant theoretical explanations and empirical findings that were covered in the module. Students will answer questions in a concise, critical, and accurate fashion drawing upon the relevant scientific literature with sound reference to primary sources. The written communication style will be clear, precise and concise.

Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a critical understanding of research findings.

  2. Demonstrate a critical understanidng of different theoretical approaches to sensation seeking and risk-taking.

  3. On successful completion of this module, students will be able to:

    Critically discuss different theoretical approaches to personality.

  4. Demonstrate a critical understanding of the relationship between personality, individual differences, and behaviour/performance.

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight
mcq 1 15
mcq 2 15
essay 70

Teaching and Learning Strategy

Hours
Lecture

The lectures will be engaging - Most lectures will involve group and individual work as part of the lecture.

22
Private study 78

Transferable skills

  • Literacy - Proficiency in reading and writing through a variety of media
  • Numeracy - Proficiency in using numbers at appropriate levels of accuracy
  • 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.
  • Self-awareness & Reflectivity - Having an awareness of your own strengths, weaknesses, aims and objectives. Able to regularly review, evaluate and reflect upon the performance of yourself and others

Subject specific skills

  • develop a sustained reasoned argument, perhaps challenging previously held assumptions
  • work effectively independently and with others
  • take and demonstrate responsibility for their own learning and continuing personal and professional development
  • self-appraise and reflect on practice
  • develop transferable skills of relevance to careers outside of sport, health and exercise sciences.

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