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Postgraduate Course: Individual Differences in Mental Health (CLPS11055)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Health in Social Science CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) AvailabilityNot available to visiting students
SCQF Credits10 ECTS Credits5
SummaryThis course provides a critical overview of theories and research on individual differences and differential psychology. The course is composed of five x 2.5-hour lectures introducing students to a range of theories of individual differences that have direct application to understanding mental health issues and illness.
Course description Students will acquire a critical and comprehensive understanding concerning the development, assessment, and implications of individual differences in psychology and mental health such as intelligence and intellectual disabilities, socio-cognitive and behavioural health, personality, and psychopathology. The course will consist of lectures and supportive materials emphasizing key theoretical perspectives and best practices in assessment.

The course will cover the following topics:

Personality: This section of the course will focus on presenting information on how personality is assessed, trait theory, personality stability and change

Personality Disorders: This section will focus on presenting different personality disorders

Intelligence: This section will focus on assessing Intelligence and theoretical models of intelligence, stability and change over the lifespan, and its relationship with developmental disorders

Intelligence and personality: Influences on health. This section will focus on the relationship that personality traits and intelligence each have with mental and physical health.

Environmental and genetic influences on mental health. This section will focus on the methods used to study environmental and genetic factors influencing behaviour, and findings for several mental illnesses and subjective wellbeing.

The course is only available to students on the MSc Psychology of Mental Health (Conversion) programme
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2022/23, Not available to visiting students (SS1) Quota:  None
Course Start Semester 2
Course Start Date 16/01/2023
Timetable Timetable
Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 100 ( Lecture Hours 12.5, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 2, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 85 )
Assessment (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 50 %, Practical Exam 50 %
Additional Information (Assessment) 50% - Recorded self-reflection oral presentation using as assessment tool and reporting the findings (10 minutes max in duration and will be presented in the form of a case study).

50% - Theoretical piece that will focus on the strength and limitations of the assessment tools used in the self-reflection presentation (up to 1,250 words).
Feedback Formative assessment will consist of a collecting and interpreting data from a standardised psychological assessment in groups.

Summative feedback will be given on the coursework assignments.
No Exam Information
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Demonstrate an In-depth knowledge and critical understanding of individual differences and differential psychology.
  2. Demonstrate psychological literacy in all aspects of students' lives.
  3. Demonstrate critical reflection on how differential psychology perspectives can aid our understanding of mental health and illness.
Reading List
To be confirmed
Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Develop your knowledge in the area of individual differences.

Develop your knowledge on how individual differences are assessed.

Develop your critical reflection and writing skills.
KeywordsNot entered
Course organiserDr Melina Kyranides
Tel: (0131 6)51 5148
Course secretaryMs Sarah Paquette
Tel: (0131 6)51 3969
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