Personality and Individual Differences

The details
Colchester Campus
Undergraduate: Level 5
Thursday 08 October 2020
Friday 18 December 2020
04 June 2020


Requisites for this module
PS111 and PS114 and PS115



Key module for

BA 63C2 Psychological Studies,
BA C801 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BA C802 Psychology,
BA C807 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BA C810 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C800 Psychology,
BSC C803 Psychology (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C811 Psychology (Including Placement Year),
BSC C812 Psychology (Including Foundation Year),
BSC C806 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C808 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
BSC C809 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
BSC C813 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Foundation Year),
MSCIC999 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience,
MSCICA98 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Placement Year),
MSCICA99 Psychology with Cognitive Neuroscience (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C814 Psychology with Economics,
BSC C815 Psychology with Economics (Including Year Abroad),
BSC C816 Psychology with Economics (Including Placement Year),
MSCIC998 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods,
MSCICB98 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Placement Year),
MSCICB99 Psychology with Advanced Research Methods (Including Year Abroad)

Module description

This module gives a detailed review of personality, intelligence and individual differences. It includes coverage of cognitive perspectives, trait theories, and biological approaches to these topic areas. It will also cover influential topics in individual differences that are contemporary and exciting. This module will give students a theoretical and research-based knowledge of the sources of individual differences in behaviour.

Module aims

1. Investigate theories of personality, i.e. to what extent do differences in temperament influence people's behaviour.

2. Investigate theories of intelligence, i.e. how and why people differ in their problem solving and inference skills.

3. Explore further contemporary debates and applications in individual differences, i.e. how do individual differences explain a wealth of human behaviours, feelings and thinking.

Module learning outcomes

(1) Demonstrate knowledge of appropriate methodology, research, and theoretical approaches in personality, intelligence and individual differences. Assessed in the class test and exam.
(2) Critically evaluate a range of theories and methods used in personality, intelligence and individual differences. Assessed in the exam.
(3) Understand how research in this topic area informs debates about real-world issues. Assessed in the exam.

Module information

Compulsory for:
Year 2 BA Psychology, Year 2 BSc Psychology

Learning and teaching methods

The module will consist of hour long teaching slots, which will vary in content. It is made up of a combination of lecture podcasts, live lectures and drop-in sessions. Students are expected to attend all teaching sessions. This module will be taught by blended learning. This will combine online material and face to face sessions where appropriate.



Overall assessment

Coursework Exam
25% 75%


Coursework Exam
25% 75%
Module supervisor and teaching staff
Dr Tracy Robinson, email:
Dr Tracy Robinson, Dr Alasdair Clarke, Prof Gijsbert Stoet



External examiner

Dr Thomas Hunt
University of Derby
Senior Lecturer in Psychology
Available via Moodle
No lecture recording information available for this module.


Further information

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