NS7014: Individual Differences


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NS7014: Individual Differences

Module Title Individual Differences
Module Code NS7014
Module Tutor David Biggs
School School of Natural and Social Sciences
CAT Points 15
Level of Study 7
Brief Description

This module aims to investigate individual and group differences, including personality and intelligence, with an emphasis on current debates. Different theories within personality and intelligence will be examined together with an analysis of how methods affect theories. The module also aims to investigate psychological measurement such as the strengths and limitations of psychometric measures including the design and application of such measures.


Indicative Syllabus

Topics to be covered by this module include:


Introduction to understanding individual differences

Epistemological, cultural and political debates around individual differences

Approaches to studying individual differences and how they impact on theory

Techniques for psychological measurement and the principles of psychometrics

Debates in psychometric measurement, including validity, reliability and application.


Learning Outcomes

A student passing this module should be able to:

  1. Critically engage with the approaches and associated key theories applied to the study of individual differences.
  2. Identify and critically evaluate the ongoing debates in individual differences.
  3. Demonstrate advanced knowledge of current research and key theories in individual difference psychology.
  4. Show an understanding of psychological measurement including validity and reliability.
  5. Engage in critical contextual evaluation of the design and use of psychometric measures


Learning and Teaching Activities Scheduled Contact Hours: 30
Independent Learning Hours: 120
Assessment (For further details see the Module Guide) 001: 100% Coursework: Individual, standard written: 3000 words
Special Assessment Requirements None
Indicative Resources The current reading list can be found in the Module Guide, which your lecturer should make available via Moodle.

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