Please note: there may be some adjustments to the teaching arrangements published in the course catalogue for 2020-21. Given current circumstances related to the Covid-19 pandemic it is anticipated that some usual arrangements for teaching on campus will be modified to ensure the safety and wellbeing of students and staff on campus; further adjustments may also be necessary, or beneficial, during the course of the academic year as national requirements relating to management of the pandemic are revised.

Advanced Introduction to Individual Differences and Developmental Psychology PSYCH2014

  • Academic Session: 2021-22
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 2 (SCQF level 8)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 1
  • Available to Visiting Students: Yes
  • Available to Erasmus Students: Yes

Short Description

The course covers core material in the areas of individual differences and developmental psychology by giving insight into ways human beings differ from each other and how we develop from early childhood to adults - highlighting cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of behaviour, identity, and development.

Timetable

Lectures on Wednesdays and Fridays 10 a.m. - 11 a.m, for the entire semester.

Requirements of Entry

Entry to the class is offered to students who are visiting from overseas universities.

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

One written degree exam (100%) will assess the modules of Developmental Psychology and Individual Differences.

Main Assessment In: December

Course Aims

The aim of this course is to introduce students to core material in the areas of individual differences and developmental psychology by giving insight into ways human beings differ from each other and how we develop from early childhood to adults - highlighting cognitive, emotional, and social aspects of behaviour, identity, and development. Appropriate research methods will also be covered throughout. Key theories will be presented and critically evaluated.


The course is intended for students who are visiting from overseas universities. It can serve as an introduction to the field for students taking the course as part of their psychology degree at their home university, or as an outside subject in another degree programme.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

Students at the end of this course will be equipped with skills and knowledge to:

■ Discuss important issues in individual differences and relate the theoretical issues to the practical experience and current issues in the world.

■ Discuss core concepts in developmental psychology, understand how theory relates to empirical investigation, and evaluate real world applications of research.

■ Understand how findings are obtained and conclusions are drawn by using appropriate research methods. 

■ Summarise and critically evaluate key theories and research findings in an examination.  

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit the course's summative assessment.