Undergraduate Course: Human Personality (PSYL10157)
|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||The 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 traditional lectures, group discussions and multiple choice quizzes.
The course will cover the following topics: the mission of personality science; assessment of personality and person perception; the units and structure of personality; associations of personality with life outcomes; age, gender, cultural and regional variation in personality; studying genetic and environmental influences on personality; main principles development; and maladaptive personality. The final lecture focuses on the main personality theories in the light of empirical findings.
Information for Visiting Students
|Pre-requisites||Visiting 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?
Course Delivery Information
|Academic year 2020/21, Available to all students (SV1)
|Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info)
Lecture Hours 20,
Seminar/Tutorial Hours 3,
Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4,
Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours
|Assessment (Further Info)
|Additional Information (Assessment)
||Mid-assessment: 40 MCQ questions
Final assessment: 3 x 850 word essay questions
|No Exam Information
On completion of this course, the student will be able to:
- Understand and describe the main concepts and goals of personality psychology.
- Understand and describe the main ways of representing and measuring personality.
- Understand and describe the main relations between personality traits and other constructs and life outcomes.
- Understand and describe the main principles of personality development.
- Critically assess and debate the methods and findings of personality psychology.
|Graduate Attributes and Skills
|Course organiser||Dr Rene Mottus
Tel: (0131 6)50 3410
|Course secretary||Ms Stephanie Fong
Tel: (0131 6)51 3733