PSYCHOL 3022 - Individual Differences, Personality & Assessment
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 3022 Course Individual Differences, Personality & Assessment Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites PSYCHOL 2004 and at least 6 units of Level II Psychology which must include PSYCHOL 2004 Course Description This course addresses the field of Differential Psychology, which is concerned with understanding how and why people differ, despite broad similarities shared by all human kind. It reviews major theories, research methods and findings and how these translate into practices in the fields of intelligence and personality, including assessment. The curriculum builds on knowledge introduced in first and second years.
Course Coordinator: Professor Nicholas Burns
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Understand the psychometric debate relating to different theories of personality and intelligence
2. Understand how contemporary psychometric theory is applied to the assessment of individual differences
3. Apply the principles of psychological assessment
4. Understand the extent to which individual differences in putative enduring characteristics and dispositions are related to human behaviour, cognition, emotion and motivation
5. Understand how individual differences can be applied to improve an understanding of psychological concepts
6. Recognise the content of different kinds of ability and personality tests and to be familiar with the practical and ethical considerations associated with psychological testing
7. Analyse data using computer-based procedures taught as part of PSYCHOL 2004 Doing Research in Psychology and more advanced methods taught in this course.
8. Prepare written work using APA style as required for submission to a journal for publication
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Deep discipline knowledge
- informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
- acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
- accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8 Critical thinking and problem solving
- steeped in research methods and rigor
- based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
- demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
Recommended ResourcesBarr Smith Library – Psychology on the Web
The Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
For additional information regarding recommended resources please refer to the relevant Psychology Program Handbook and the Undergraduate Program Handbook at the following link:
Online LearningThis course may use MyUni for one or more of the following:
• Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
• Submission of summative assessment
• Access to lecture recordings
• Access to tutorial materials
• Additional readings
• Exam preparation materials
Link to MyUni:
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures are supported by summative exercises that test course content and tutorials that extend material covered in lectures. Core curriculum is taught within a structure that reflects the research strengths of the School of Psychology so that topics covered can be explicitly linked to research conducted within the School.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
16 x 1 hour lectures = 16 hours
3 x 1 hour tutorials = 3 hours
1 x exam = 1.5 hours
Reading & revision = 60 hours
Preparation for tutorials = 10 hours
Completing assignments = 65.5 hours
TOTAL hours/semester = 156 hours
Workload per week = 13 hours
Learning Activities SummaryThe following is a provisional timetable that is subject to revision:
Week Topic Week 1 Psychometrics Week 2 Psychometrics Tutorial Week 3 Psychometrics Week 4 Personality Week 5 Personality Week 6 Applied Individual Differences Week 7 Applied Individual Differences Week 8 Applied Individual Differences Tutorial Week 9 Intelligence Week 10 Intelligence Week 11 Intelligence Tutorial Week 12 Drop-in Sessions (TBA)
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Summative exercise 1 Summative 15% 6-9 Summative exercise 2 Summative 15% 1-5 Summative exercise 3 Summative 20% 1-5 Summative exercise 4 Summative 20% 1-5 Examination
Summative 30% 1-5
Assessment DetailAll summative exercise are submitted on-line and cover topics within the course: psychometrics; personality; intelligence; applied individual differences; individual differences in decision making. There is a data analysis exercise and written assignments, which may also involve data collection and analysis.
The examination consists of multiple choice questions, that, together, cover the full course.
Please refer to the relevant Psychology Program Handbook and the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for further details relating to assessment:
SubmissionPlease refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for details on submission process/requirements, penalties for late submission, the process of applying for extensions, and the staff “turn-around” timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback and policy relating to re-submission/redemptive work.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.
Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.
Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.
The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.
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