PSYCHOL 6508OL - Individual Differences and Assessment
Online - Online Teaching 4 - 2020
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 6508OL Course Individual Differences and Assessment Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Online Teaching 4 Level Postgraduate Coursework Location/s Online Units 3 Contact 1 to 2 hour online tutorial Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Prerequisites PSYCHOL 6500OL and PSYCHOL 6501OL Restrictions Graduate Diploma in Psychology or Graduate Certificate in Psychology Course Description Are we all different or more similar than we think? This course addresses the field of Differential Psychology, and will help you understand how and why people differ, despite the broad similarities shared by all humankind. We will review major theories, research methods and findings, and how these translate into practices in the fields of intelligence, personality, and psychological assessment.
Course Coordinator: Dr Christopher Bean
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesOn successful completion of this course, students will be able to:
1. Explain the utility of personality and intelligence as psychological concepts. 2. Apply psychometric theory to the assessment of individual differences. 3. Determine desirable characteristics and limitations of measurement in psychology. 4. Evaluate how individual differences relate to wellbeing and ability over the lifespan. 5. Critically reflect upon issues and debates related to the study and assessment of individual differences. 6. Synthesise theory and data to answer empirical questions related to individual differences and assessment.
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
1,2,3,4,5,6 Teamwork and communication skills
- developed from, with, and via the SGDE
- honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
- encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
5,6 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
2,3,5,6 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
2,3,5,6 Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
- a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
- open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
- able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
Required ResourcesThis is a fully online offering. Students will require access to the internet to access course content and assessments and to engage in tutorials. Students will need to install a free, open-source, cross-platform package for statistical analysis (JASP) on their computer (https://jasp-stats.org/)
Recommended ResourcesAshton, M.C. (2018). Individual Differences and Personality (3rd ed.). London: Academic Press. (Available as an e-text via Barr Smith Library).
Cooper, C. (2010). Individual Differences and Personality (3rd ed.). New York: Taylor & Francis.Â (Available as an e-text via Barr Smith Library).
Additional readings will be provided within course modules.
Online LearningThis is a fully online offering. Myuni will be used for all course materials, communication, links to curated resources, online tutorial support and assignments including submissions, feedback and grades.
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesEngagement with course content is facilitated by online lectures, interactive online activities, curated readings and resources, and self directed study supported by weekly online tutorial sessions. There are 6 Weekly Modules with learning scaffolded across the modules to ensure that students develop deep discipline knowledge as well as the academic literacy, research skills and capacity to apply and communicate their understanding as specified for an AQF8 level offering.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.This course is a 6-week intensive, accelerated learning offering. Students should expect to spend around 24 per week engaging with the online content, in private study and completing the assignments for this course.
Learning Activities SummaryWeekly modules cover:
1. Introduction to Individual Differences, Assessment, and Personality
2. Personality Assessment
4. Intelligence & Ability
5. Biological Bases of Individual Differences
6. Applied Individual Differences and Assessment
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- 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 Hurdle Requirement Learning Outcomes Article review Summative 20% no 1,5 Factor analysis & a critical look at
testing (short answers)
Formative & Summative 40% no 2,3,5 Research report Summative 40% no 2,4,5,6
Assessment DetailAssessment # 1 (Due end week 2). Journal article review (800 words).The aim of this assessment exercise is for you to critically examine a contemporary article that is related to content from modules 1 and 2. This will include critical commentary and reflection on the issues the authors are addressing; the main findings and the conclusions the authors reach.
Assessment #2 (Due end week 4). Part 1 (Short Answer20%). You will conduct a factor analysis and reliability analysis of survey data to determine whether a new personality scale is reliable and is behaving as expected. Part 2 (Short Answer 20%) You will answer a series of questions based on scenarios provided. This will include an interpretation and discussion of relevant practical/ethical/safety issues related to ability testing.
Assessment #3: (Due end week 6). Research report (1750 words) written up according to APA requirements based on data set provided that will address a research question from the fields of personality and individual differences.
SubmissionOnline submission using Turnitin
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
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