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2010/1 Module Catalogue
 Module Code: PSY1005 Module Title: INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Module Provider: Psychology Short Name: PS.105 INDIF
Level: HE1 Module Co-ordinator: WINSTONE NE Dr (Psychology)
Number of credits: 10 Number of ECTS credits: 5
Module Availability

Semester one

Assessment Pattern
Units of Assessment
Weighting towards Module Mark (%)
Essay (1200 words)
MCQ (1.5 hours)
Module Overview

All other Level 1 Psychology modules are co-requisite

Module Aims

The aim of the module is to provide a comprehensive and reflective overview of the study of individual differences.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the module, the student should have an understanding of different perspectives on the study of individual differences and be able to draw upon evidence which assesses these views.

Module Content
  • Classical psychoanalytic theory and developments
  • Evaluation of psychoanalytic psychology
  • The dispositional perspective - the concept of traits and the factor analytic approach
  • Critique of the dispositional perspective
  • The social learning theory approach and contemporary cognitive perspectives
  • The concept of intelligence and models of intelligence
  • Evaluation of genetic and biological influences on personality and intelligence
Methods of Teaching/Learning


Selected Texts/Journals

Cooper, C. (2010) Individual Differences and Personality. (3rd ed). London: Hoofer Education. 

Maltby,J.,Day,L.,& Macaskill,A.(2010).Personality,Individual Differences and Intelligence. (2nd Ed). Harlow, UK: Pearson.

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