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DRPS : Course Catalogue : School of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences : Psychology

Undergraduate Course: Human Personality (PSYL10157)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Philosophy, Psychology and Language Sciences CollegeCollege of Arts, Humanities and Social Sciences
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 10 (Year 3 Undergraduate) AvailabilityAvailable to all students
SCQF Credits20 ECTS Credits10
SummaryThe course covers key topics in personality science including (but not limited to) its overarching goals and mission within psychology, measurement, development and prediction of real world outcomes. The courses uses a combination of lectures and group discussions.
Course description The course will cover the following topics: the scope of personality science; personality perception and assessment; the units and structure of personality; personality traits associations with life outcomes; age, gender, cultural and regional variation in personality; genetic and environmental influences on personality; main principles development; key personality theories, and personality as a unifying model for psychopathology.
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Students MUST have passed: Psychology 2A (PSYL08011) AND Psychology 2B (PSYL08012)
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Information for Visiting Students
Pre-requisitesVisiting students should be studying Psychology as their degree major, and have completed at least 3 Psychology courses at grade B or above. These courses should include an introductory course on individual differences and/ or personality.
We will only consider University/College level courses. Applicants should note that, as with other popular courses, meeting the minimum does NOT guarantee admission. **Please note that upper level Psychology courses are high-demand, meaning that they have a very high number of students wishing to enrol in a very limited number of spaces.** These enrolments are managed strictly by the Visiting Student Office, in line with the quotas allocated by the department, and all enquiries to enrol in these courses must be made through the CAHSS Visiting Student Office. It is not appropriate for students to contact the department directly to request additional spaces.
High Demand Course? Yes
Course Delivery Information
Academic year 2023/24, Available to all students (SV1) Quota:  0
Course Start Semester 2
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) Midterm:Coursework (30%): Group debate

Final: Exam (70%): MCQs + short answers
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Exam Information
Exam Diet Paper Name Hours & Minutes
Main Exam Diet S2 (April/May)MCQ + Short questions2:00
Learning Outcomes
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
  1. Understand and describe the main concepts and goals of personality psychology.
  2. Understand and describe the main ways of representing and measuring personality.
  3. Understand and describe the main relations between personality traits and other constructs and life outcomes.
  4. Understand and describe the main principles of personality development.
  5. Critically assess and debate the methods and findings of personality psychology.
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Additional Information
Graduate Attributes and Skills Research and enquiry skills: independent literature search and synthesis; digital literacy and numeracy skills

Intellectual skills: thinking critically, independently and creatively; distinguishing between important regularities and less relevant details

Personal management skills: establishing goals and effectively using resources to achieve these; managing complexity and self-direction

Communication skills: preparing and presenting coherent verbal and written arguments; listening and respectfully responding to others arguments
KeywordsDifferential,Developmental,Biological-Behaviour Genetics,Methodology-Psychometrics
Course organiserDr John-Paul Martindale
Course secretaryMiss Georgiana Gherasim
Tel: (0131 6)50 3440
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