PY1SID-Social Psychology and Individual Differences

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 10 [5 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn term module
Non-modular pre-requisites:
Modules excluded:
Current from: 2018/9

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Pape


Type of module:

Summary module description:

Social Psychology and Individual Differences


Students will learn about basic concepts, methods, psychological theories and research studies in the fields of social psychology and individual differences, and become acquainted with the approaches and different perspectives of researchers in this field. 

Assessable learning outcomes:

By the end of the module, students will:

  • Understand key theories in the explanation of social behaviour, such as social influence and group processes

  • Understand key issues with regards to individual differences, which a specific focus on personality

  • Evaluate appropriate empirical evidence in relation to these

Additional outcomes:

Students will be expected to draw upon and apply relevant material from this module when completing laboratory work in the module PY1PR.

Outline content:

Topics include: social influence; group processes; interpersonal relationships; non-verbal behaviour; personality and psychometrics.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:

The module is taught via 10 hour-long lectures, each followed by a further hour-long online discussion forum, and supported by recommended reading. 

Teaching methods include the following:

(a) Lectures encouraging student participation

(b) Online discussion forum following lectures

(c) Recommended reading from texts

NB The contact hours in the table below are indicative of the contact hours for students studying this module in the UK, and may vary for students taking this module at branch campuses.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 20
Guided independent study 80
Total hours by term 100.00
Total hours for module 100.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 75
Set exercise 25

Summative assessment- Examinations:

1.5 hours

Summative assessment- Coursework and in-class tests:

This module is assessed by weekly continuous assessment questions measuring the breadth of knowledge across the module (25%), and an exam (75%) comprising an essay and MCQs on a selection of topics covered in the module.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convener will apply the following penalties for work submitted late:

  • where the piece of work is submitted after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for that piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day[1] (or part thereof) following the deadline up to a total of five working days;
  • where the piece of work is submitted more than five working days after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): a mark of zero will be recorded.

  • The University policy statement on penalties for late submission can be found at:
    You are strongly advised to ensure that coursework is submitted by the relevant deadline. You should note that it is advisable to submit work in an unfinished state rather than to fail to submit any work.

    Assessment requirements for a pass:

    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:

    Reassessment is by re-examination in August/September only.

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):

    Last updated: 20 April 2018


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