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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.

Assessment Criteria


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Learning outcomes

  1. Demonstrate understanding, knowledge and relevance of the different approaches to the scientific study of personality and intelligence.

  2. Demonstrate understanding, knowledge and relevance of the trait paradigm and basics of psychological diagnostic and assessment.

  3. Demonstrate understanding, knowledge and application of tests of both personality and intelligence and how these are administered.

  4. Demonstrate an understanding of individual differences

  5. PLEASE NOTE: all above LO's are subject to change prior to Semester

Assessment Methods

Type Name Description Weight

MCQ exam

EXAM Final MCQ exam

MCQ exam


Midterm coursework essay on personality theories


Teaching and Learning Strategy

Practical classes and workshops

I will host office drop in sessions during week 9 (5th week of teaching semester) in which students can receive support and guidance on how to approach and write the essay. You are not expected to attend the sessions, but you should you wish to have some individualised guidance on how to approach your essay then you are encouraged to do so.


Core information will be delivered via lectures.

Private study

preparation prior to lectures, revision of lecture notes and/or podcasts. Self-test MCQs. Essay preparation and production


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.

Subject specific skills

  • Understand the scientific underpinnings of psychology as a discipline.
  • Communicate psychological concepts effectively in written 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.
  • 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.


Talis Reading list

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: