2021/22 Undergraduate Module Catalogue
PSYC2521 Individual Differences
10 creditsClass Size: 300
Module manager: Dr Martin Farrell
Taught: Semester 1 (Sep to Jan) View Timetable
Year running 2021/22
Pre-requisite qualificationsSuccessful completion of all pass for progression modules in Level 1 of: BSc Psychology or MPsyc, BSc Advanced Psychology or BA Philosophy, Psychology and Scientific Thought (and its International and Industrial variants), or BSs Psychology with Education
This module is mutually exclusive with
|PSYC3421||Joint Hons/Intercalated Programme Individual Differences|
This module is not approved as a discovery module
Module summaryA historical and contemporary approach to understanding individual differences in human cognition, wellbeing and performance.The module will be taught by a team of experts in the subject. Students will continue to develop their knowledge of this discipline with particular emphasis on the research expertise of the module team.
ObjectivesThe course will present introductory and mid-level material relating to the psychology of individual differences. This will include consideration of historical perspectives, social implications, and application domains. By the end of the course students should have an understanding of the key constructs, be able to critically evaluate opposing theoretical positions, be able to place the study of individual differences in a historixcal perspective, have a critical appreciation of societal implications of topics covered, and have a critical understanding of example domains of application.
By the end of this course students should have a critical appreciation of the main approaches to the study of individual differences. They will understand the fundamental nature of these constructs, be aware of different theoretical perspectives, know how current views have been formed, and be aware of the application of these constructs in different 'real world' settings. They will understand how genetic, biological, social and developmental contributions to individual differences can be studied and know key research outcomes. They will also have an awareness of societal implications relating to this area of study.
The knowledge outcomes will be assessed in an end of module exam, with a MCQ component to assess breadth and a choice of 3 long essay style questions.
Successful completion of the module will encourage the development of skills in the critical analysis of relevant published research, and in literature search.
Historical perspective on the psychology of individual differences.
Overview of theoretical perspectives on personality and intelligence, as well as more contemporary biological and genetic approaches to individual differences in human performance. The relative contributions of nature and nurture to individual differences will be discussed and developmental issues presented.
Applied approaches to individual differences will be discussed in terms of: Health and wellbeing; Decision making; Psychological aspects of sport and motor performance; and Educational settings.
|Delivery type||Number||Length hours||Student hours|
|Private study hours||82.00|
|Total Contact hours||18.00|
|Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)||100.00|
Private study40 hours: 10 x 4 hours preparation for each lecture
8 hours: preparation for MCQs (see monitoring of progress section)
30 hours: preparation for end of semester exam
4 hours: preparation for tutorial
Opportunities for Formative FeedbackStudents will have an MCQs mid term test in order to test their knowledge.
Methods of assessment
|Assessment type||Notes||% of formal assessment|
|Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)||0.00|
Normally resits will be assessed by the same methodology as the first attempt, unless otherwise stated
|Exam type||Exam duration||% of formal assessment|
|Online Time-Limited assessment||2 hr 00 mins||100.00|
|Total percentage (Assessment Exams)||100.00|
The exam will consist of two parts. Essay questions (70% of module mark) and MCQs (30%)
Reading listThe reading list is available from the Library website
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