PY2PS-Personality & Social Psychology

Module Provider: Psychology
Number of credits: 20 [10 ECTS credits]
Terms in which taught: Autumn / Spring term module
Pre-requisites: PY1PR Psychological Research
Non-modular pre-requisites: For Single Hons Psychology students only
Modules excluded: PY2DSP Developmental and Social Psychology or PY2PS1 Personality and Social Psychology 1 or PY2PS2 Personality and Social Psychology 2
Module version for: 2016/7

Module Convenor: Dr Emma Pape


Summary module description:
PY2PS Personality & Social Psychology

To familiarize students with theory and research on core topics in personality and social psychology.

Assessable learning outcomes:
By the end of the module the student will be able to:
•Describe key areas of research in personality, individual differences and social psychology
•Critically evaluate some pieces of relevant research and techniques discussed in lectures
•Demonstrate understanding of a specific area within personality, individual differences and social psychology, in the form of an essay assignment and written examinations
•Demonstrate a broad understanding of topics within personality, individual differences and social psychology, in the form of multiple choice tests and weekly continuous assessment

Additional outcomes:
Students will have the opportunity to apply their general knowledge of research methodology and data analysis (from PY2RM) in seminars, essays and miniprojects undertaken in areas related to this module.

Outline content:
Topics in personality and social psychology include: social cognition; social perception; attitudes and attitude change; social influence; intergroup relations, prejudice and discrimination; group processes; aggression; pro-social behaviour; the self and self-regulation; emotion regulation; theories and measurement of intelligence and personality.

Brief description of teaching and learning methods:
(a) Lectures on personality, individual differences, and social psychology.
(b) Online discussion board following lectures.
(c) Recommended reading in personality, individual differences and social psychology.
(d) Seminar groups will be organised in these areas. Seminar groups provide the opportunity to discuss topics in personality, individual differences and social psychology, and to research and write an essay.

Contact hours:
  Autumn Spring Summer
Lectures 18 18
Seminars 2 2
Guided independent study 60 60 40
Total hours by term 80.00 80.00 40.00
Total hours for module 200.00

Summative Assessment Methods:
Method Percentage
Written exam 35
Written assignment including essay 15
Set exercise 15
Class test administered by School 35

Other information on summative assessment:
This module is assessed by a combination of coursework (30%), classroom tests (35%) and examination (35%).
Coursework includes 1 essay, prepared for your seminar tutor (15%) and continuous online assessment of your understanding of the material covered in lectures (15%).
There are two end-of-term classroom multiple-choice tests, one in Autumn term and one in Spring term.
The 1.5-hour written Summer Exam will require you to answer 2 questions on topics covered across both term’s lectures.

Formative assessment methods:

Penalties for late submission:
The Module Convenor will apply the following penalties for work submitted late, in accordance with the University policy.

  • where the piece of work is submitted up to one calendar week after the original deadline (or any formally agreed extension to the deadline): 10% of the total marks available for the piece of work will be deducted from the mark for each working day (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.

    Length of examination:
    1.5 hours

    Requirements for a pass:
    A mark of 40% overall

    Reassessment arrangements:
    Reassessment is by examination in August/September

    Additional Costs (specified where applicable):
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    Last updated: 21 December 2016

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