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Undergraduate Course: Personality Topics (PSYL10146)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course will give an overview of major topics in current personality research.
Course description The course will give an overview of major topics in current personality research. Historical personality theories will not be covered. A primary focus will be on trait theories of personality differences, but variability within individuals over time and across situations, assessment, development, genetic and environmental interplay, involvement in life outcomes, and cross-cultural patterns will also be addressed. The first three weeks will be lectures introducing major theories, topics to be debated by the students, and the debating project. After that, sessions will alternate between student debates on specified topics to build critical thinking, verbal expression, and argumentation skills and lecture, beginning with a debate. Students will be randomly allocated to eight groups that will be randomly paired in assigned debating class periods. During the last third of each of these four sessions, each student will write a 150-word summary defending one of the positions taken by the week's debaters to consolidate the learned material. Each summary will be independently peer-marked by two other students at the end of the session, to consolidate the material further. The peer marks will not be recorded for the course but will be returned to students as feedback.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Psychology 2A (PSYL08011) AND Psychology 2B (PSYL08012)
It is RECOMMENDED that students have passed Research Methods and Statistics 2 (PSYL10126)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students who are Psychology majors and in their third or final year at their home university are welcome to take this course.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2018/19, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  34
Course Start Semester 1
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Lecture Hours 20, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 176 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 70 %, Coursework 30 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 30% Presentation (Debate)
70% Exam (Multiple choice questions (MCQ) + Essay)
Feedback Multiple-choice quizzes at the end of each lecture class, with correct answers posted after class on Learn. Each debate group will receive feedback on their debate preparation during an office session and on their debate arguments immediately (within the class session) following the debate, both by the instructor and fellow students (which may serve as input for their essays)
Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S1 (December)Personality Topics2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Awareness of the main concepts of personality psychology and major theories
  2. Awareness of major findings in personality behaviour genetics and ability to interpret them (critically) in relation to current personality theories
  3. Awareness of major methods for studying personality trait development and major findings, along with their limitations
  4. Awareness of relations between personality traits and other constructs and outcomes and ability to interpret causal inferences critically
  5. Understanding of major strengths and limitations of trait theories of personality, and awareness of alternative approaches and their strengths and limitations.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Not entered
Keywordspsychology; personality
Course organiserProf Wendy Johnson
Tel: (0131 6)51 1304
Course secretaryMs Alexandra MacAndrew
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733
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