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.

Individual Differences 3H PSYCH4039

  • Academic Session: 2020-21
  • School: School of Psychology
  • Credits: 10
  • Level: Level 4 (SCQF level 10)
  • Typically Offered: Semester 2
  • Available to Visiting Students: No
  • Available to Erasmus Students: No

Short Description

Key topics include the field of Individual Differences in ability, personality, emotion and cognition, including coverage of key concepts and theories in intelligence and the biological bases of personality.

Timetable

Weekly during Semester 2

Requirements of Entry

Entry to Honours Psychology is guaranteed by a B2 average over Psychology 2A and 2B. To enter level 4 honours, a satisfactory performance in level 3 honours is required as well as the fulfilment of College regulations

Excluded Courses

None

Assessment

Critical Review (2,500 words) individually written assignment 100% of final grade.

Are reassessment opportunities available for all summative assessments? Not applicable for Honours courses

Reassessments are normally available for all courses, except those which contribute to the Honours classification. For non Honours courses, students are offered reassessment in all or any of the components of assessment if the satisfactory (threshold) grade for the overall course is not achieved at the first attempt. This is normally grade D3 for undergraduate students and grade C3 for postgraduate students. Exceptionally it may not be possible to offer reassessment of some coursework items, in which case the mark achieved at the first attempt will be counted towards the final course grade. Any such exceptions for this course are described below. 

Course Aims

To provide coverage of individual differences in personality, emotion and intelligence, including coverage of the brain systems involved in these.

Intended Learning Outcomes of Course

By the end of the course students will be able to:

■ Describe and evaluate key contributions of neuroscience to the investigation of individual differences

■ Critically reflect on the contribution of a range of wider disciplines to the study of individual differences

■ Critically evaluate research exploring key aspects of individual differences in emotion and emotion regulation

■ Critically evaluate key contemporary evidence related to intelligence

■ Review and critically evaluate trait theory and key applications in practice

Minimum Requirement for Award of Credits

Students must submit at least 75% by weight of the components (including examinations) of the course's summative assessment.