PSYCHOL 3022 - Individual Differences, Personality & Assessment
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
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, PSYCHOL 2005, PSYCHOL 2006 and PSYCHOL 2007 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 BurnsAdditional Academic Staff:
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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. Know how to format a manuscript for submission to a psychology journal according to American Psychological Association format guidelines
9. Prepare a practical report that takes the form of a manuscript similar to that which would be submitted to a journal for publication
10. Prepare a tutorial paper, participate in group discussion of relevant issues and make a presentation to the tutorial group.
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 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
7, 8, 9, 10
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
• Self-directed learning activities
• 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, including the research practical, 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.
24 x 1 hour lectures = 24 hours
1 x 1 hour practical = 1 hours
4 x 1 hour tutorials = 4 hours
1 x exam = 2.5 hours
Reading & revision = 50.5 hours
Preparation for tutorials = 12 hours
Preparing practical report = 37 hours
Completing summative assignments = 25 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 1. Psychometrics I
2. Psychometrics II
Week 2 1. Psychometrics III
2. Personality Models I
Week 3 1. Personality Models II
2. Behavioural Genetics & Personality
Week 4 1. Current Topics in Personality
2. Bias in Decision Making I
Week 5 1. Bias in Decision Making II
2. Bias in Decision Making III
Week 6 1. Intelligence: Psychometric Theories I
2. What the Flynn Effect Means
Week 7 1. Other intelligences I
2. Other intelligences II
Week 8 1. Beyond IQ
2. Emotional intelligence
Week 9 1. Sex differences in intelligence
2. Creativity, expertise, giftedness & wisdom
Week 10 1. Applications in education and the workplace
2. Applied individual differences: Just world beliefs
Week 11 1. Applied individual differences: Forgiveness
2. Applied individual differences: Optimism
Week 12 1. Applied individual differences: Human values
2. Individual differences and Social Psychology
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 5% 1-5 Summative exercise 2 Summative 5% 1-5 Summative exercise 3 Summative 5% 1-5 Summative exercise 4 Summative 5% 1-5 Practical Report Summative 30% 6-9 Examination
Summative 50% 1-5
Assessment DetailEach summative exercise is a completed on-line and covers topics within the course: personality & psychometrics; decision making; intelligence; and applied individual differences.
The practical aims to provide experience in (i) completing cognitive and personality test inventories, (ii) collecting, collating and analysing data to test theoretically generated hypotheses , and (iii) writing a report that conforms with discipline publication requirements. Part (i) is completed in-class and online. Parts (ii) and (ii) are completed in the student’s own time within a specified deadline for submission.
The examination consists of short answer and essay questions, that, together, cover the full course of lectures.
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.
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