SHE Level 3
SCQF Credit Points 20.00
ECTS Credit Points 10.00
Module Code M3C824293
Module Leader Jacqueline McKechnie
School School of Health and Life Sciences
Subject Psychology
  • A (September start)
  • B (January start)
  • C (May start)

Pre-Requisite Knowledge

Successful Completon of at least one level 2 Psychology module or equivalent

Summary of Content

The module examines the theoretcal background of personality from the major schools of thought. An appraisal of personality assessment techniques is included. The important psychological characteristcs and identtes that diferentate individuals are discussed and these include gender, intelligence, creatvity and psychopathy


An advanced study of personality theories and their underlying assumptons comprises half of this module. Personality, theoretcal background to personality studies: status of science; basic assumptons, stated and implicit. General principles of assessment and test constructon. Types of reliability and validity. Major theories - Psychodynamic , Neo Freudians - from Jung, Reich, Adler, Horney. Behaviou ral - Pavlov, Skinner, Watson, Bandura, Cognitve - Kelly. Humanistc - Maslow, Rogers . Psychometric - Catell, Eysenck, Costa & Macrae. The second half of the module addresses individual diferences and includes: Gender issues in personality & ability, aggression. I ntelligence -historical background, issues of race and gender, heritability, Flynn efect, learning difcultes, the role of IQ, normalisaton, Creatvity - focus on music, testng, improving creatvity. Personality & crime , personality disorders.

Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this module students should be able to:1.understand the relevance of key historical developments in the psychology of personality and individual differences totopics in contemporary psychology (assessed by examination)2.demonstrate an understanding of ethical issues inherent in personality and intelligence testing (assessed byexamination)3.extend their existing knowledge of the psychological theory pertaining to human personality(assessed by examinationand essay)4.critically analyse the basic assumptions underlying the various theoretical positions(assessed by examination and essay)5.evaluate competing theories regarding what constitutes the human personality and individual differences (assessed byessay)6.apply a wide variety of published research in the completion of the coursework assignment(assessed by essay)

Teaching / Learning Strategy

Regular programme of lectures and seminars. Tutorials consist of group discussion based on independent research/group debate. Additonal seminars will provide formatve support to aid the preparaton of coursework. On line support through GCULearn. All lecture presentatons/additonal materials posted on GCULearn. Individual meetngs with tutors provided on request. Formative assessment will be included in this module. This module will be delivered as online/blended learning.

Indicative Reading

Ryckman, R.M. (2012) Theories of Personality , 10th Ed.Wadsworth Feist, J & Feist, G (2009) Theories of Personality , 7th Ed. McGraw Hill Maltby, J, Day, L, Macaskil A. (2013) Personality, Individual Diferences & Intelligence , 2nd Ed PrentceHall

Transferrable Skills

1. Critcal evaluaton of psychological theories and empirical studies 2. The development of evaluatve skills with regards to key critcal issues in these core areas. 3. An understanding of the key issues in each of these felds and an appreciaton for real world applicaton. 4. Responsibility for independent learning with regard to key issues covered during lectures and seminars. 5. Increased competence in task, tme and informaton management

Module Structure

Activity Total Hours
Independent Learning (FT) 150.00
Seminars (FT) 10.00
Lectures (FT) 20.00
Assessment (FT) 20.00

Assessment Methods

Component Duration Weighting Threshold Description
Exam (Exams Office) 2.00 50.00 35% Two hour formal examination
Coursework 1 n/a 50.00 35% 2500 Word Essay