PSYCH337-21B (TGA)

Individual Differences and Measurement

15 Points

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School of Psychology

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Paper Description

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This course will cover theories of personality and intelligence and the development of various types of psychological tests/assessments. Students will be introduced to the history of psychological measurement and relevant key statistical concepts that are important in test development including reliability, validity, norms and factor analysis.
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Paper Structure

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The course will provide theoretical (through online lectures) understanding of personality and intelligence theories and psychological measurement techniques. The laboratories will focus on statistical techniques commonly used in test development and evaluation.

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Learning Outcomes

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Students who successfully complete the paper should be able to:

  • Describe a range of different personality theories
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  • Describe theories of intelligence and factors that influence intelligence
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  • Demonstrate understanding of how psychological tests are developed and used
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  • Analyse observational data
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  • Design a simple questionnaire
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  • Analyse psychometric data
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Assessment

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Students can sign up for a practical time on Moodle. Practicals start from the second week of the semester. Attendance at the practical sessions will help you to complete your assignments. Attendance at Practicals 2 and 4 is needed in order to be able to complete Assignments 2 and 4 (together worth 30 marks). A roll will be taken to record attendance. Where you cannot attend for medical or equivalent reasons please let us know the reason through Moodle and, where appropriate, provide a medical certificate.

The details of the practicals and the related assignments are in the practical manual on Moodle

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Assessment Components

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The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.

The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.

Component DescriptionDue Date TimePercentage of overall markSubmission MethodCompulsory
1. Practical Assignments
60
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
2. Personality Essay
5 Sep 2021
11:30 PM
20
  • Online: Submit through Moodle
3. Intelligence essay
24 Oct 2021
11:30 PM
20
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Assessment Total:     100    
Failing to complete a compulsory assessment component of a paper will result in an IC grade
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Required and Recommended Readings

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Required Readings

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The recommended book is Maltby, Day, Macaskill (2017) Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence. 4th Ed. This will be supplemented by chapters from Cohen & Swerdlick, Psychological Testing and Assessment (any edition) for the measurement and assessment lectures. Other readings will be given via Moodle. The Maltby text is available as an ebook via the library catalogue and we have requested an e-version of the Cohen text

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Recommended Readings

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Students are recommended to purchase:
The recommended book is Maltby, Day, Macaskill (2017) Personality, Individual Differences and Intelligence. 4th Ed

Practical Manual
A practical manual containing all of the required practical assignments will be available for download on Moodle

Recommended Readings
Lectures will refer to the text or to readings or both. Any material referred to in lectures (beyond the text) will be put on course reserve, is available as an e-book or on Moodle. There is a range of resources that you can use to help you with the course material. There is much material available on the topics covered in this course on the web and through the University Library electronic and paper-based resources.
Although Lecturers will point you to various resources, students are advised to seek training in using the electronic resources available in the Library. The University Librarians can help you here.

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Online Support

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Other information of importance to all students can be accessed via Moodle and Psych Café (under forms and guides).

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Workload

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The amount of work expected of a typical student in a 15 point paper is 10 hours per week over the full 15 weeks of the semester. These figures are only approximations, as papers vary in their requirements and students vary in both the amount of effort required and the level of grades they wish to achieve.
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Linkages to Other Papers

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The paper provides the background information for the graduate Psychological Assessment paper
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Prerequisite(s)

Prerequisite papers: PSYCH211 or PSYC208 or equivalent

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Restricted papers: PSYC337

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