Undergraduate Course: Origins of competence: Cognitive Ability, Interests, and Conscientiousness (PSYL10158)
|School||School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences
||College||College of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
|Credit level (Normal year taken)||SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate)
||Availability||Available to all students
|Summary||This course provides an introduction to, and discussion of, research into the role played by individual difference characteristics in determining key socio-economic outcomes.
The course will give an overview current research on personality, interests, and cognitive ability as causes of socio-economic competence and attainment. A primary focus will be on traits of conscientiousness and cognitive ability. The course will begin with documenting how these traits higher socioeconomic status. We will then examine the measurement of conscientiousness and of intelligence. This will be followed by research on factors claimed to increase these traits, including genetics and family environment, as well as interventions. The course will cover these topics over 10 weeks of lectures. The course will develop students skills at critical analysis and writing, as well as in depth content knowledge of the key data and theories in the field.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting students welcome. Should have degree major in Psychology and passes in psychology courses at least to the equivalent of junior honours level in Edinburgh.
|High Demand Course?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2022/23, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
Final: MCQ and Short Essay
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand the main concepts of conscientiousness and cognitive ability.
- Show awareness of major findings in behaviour genetics of ability. Interpreting these.
- Understand the major methods for measurement, as applicable to HR and personality assessment, along with their limitations.
- Show awareness of relations between individual differences major socioeconomic outcomes. Ability to interpret causal inferences critically.
- Understand the major strengths and limitations of alternative approaches, including mindset theory, grit, meta-cognition, bias/prejudice, and hyper-environmentalism.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Prof Timothy Bates
Tel: (0131 6)51 1945
|Course secretary||Miss Susan Scobie
Tel: (0131 6)51 5505