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School of Psychology
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
Course unit
PSYCHOLOGY OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
PSP5070171, A.A. 2018/19

Information concerning the students who enrolled in A.Y. 2017/18

Information on the course unit
Degree course First cycle degree in
PSYCHOLOGICAL SCIENCE
PS2192, Degree course structure A.Y. 2015/16, A.Y. 2018/19
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Number of ECTS credits allocated 6.0
Type of assessment Mark
Course unit English denomination PSYCHOLOGY OF INDIVIDUAL DIFFERENCES
Department of reference Department of General Psychology
Mandatory attendance No
Language of instruction English
Branch PADOVA
Single Course unit The Course unit CANNOT be attended under the option Single Course unit attendance
Optional Course unit The Course unit can be chosen as Optional Course unit

Lecturers
Teacher in charge MARIO BONATO M-PSI/01

ECTS: details
Type Scientific-Disciplinary Sector Credits allocated
Core courses M-PSI/01 General Psychology 6.0

Mode of delivery (when and how)
Period First semester
Year 2nd Year
Teaching method frontal

Organisation of didactics
Type of hours Credits Hours of
teaching
Hours of
Individual study
Shifts
Lecture 6.0 42 108.0 No turn

Calendar
Start of activities 01/10/2018
End of activities 18/01/2019

Syllabus
Prerequisites: Concepts provided by the course "Basic Concepts of Psychology".
Target skills and knowledge: At the end of the course students should critically understand:
- the major approaches to the study of Personality from an individual differences perspective;
- how to compare the major approaches to the study of Intelligence from an individual differences at individual level;
- the experimental methods used to study individual differences, and more specifically intelligence and cognitive functioning at individual level;
- the added value that the study of individual differences can bring in different cognitive domains.
Examination methods: The final assessment (duration 1.5 hrs) will consist of a written exam with 4 open-ended questions (determining most part of the final score) and 4 multiple-choice questions.
Assessment criteria: Students will be evaluated according to their knowledge of the topics (teaching + book). Personal elaboration and critical view on the contents (e.g. pros and cons of each approahc) will be particularly appreciated.
Course unit contents: - Introduction to the study of individual differences in personality, intelligence and cognitive functioning; differences between nomothetic and idiographic approach.
- Personality (theory and practice).
- Intelligence (theory and practice).
- Limits of intelligence as a construct and theories of "hot" intelligence (e.g., emotional intelligence).
- Nature/nurture interaction (e.g., Are we genetically or environmentally determined?), evolutionary approach.
- Individual characteristics and their impact in everyday life: Mood, motivation, creativity and leadership.
- Individual specificities in cognitive functioning. Graphical representations of individual performance. Cognitive reserve.
-Lifelong impact of education on performance.
- Pathological differences
Planned learning activities and teaching methods: - Frontal instruction will be complemented with participatory learning
- Small-group activities
- In-class workshops
Additional notes about suggested reading: The exam will be based on the contents of book AND on the contents of the slides (available in moodle).
Scientific articles on the topics included in the program will also be made available in Moodle. Some of them will be labeled as "compulsory" and some as "optional".
Textbooks (and optional supplementary readings)
  • Chamorro-Premuzic, Tomas, Personality and individual differences 3rd edition. Chichester: BPS Blackwell (Wiley), 2014.

Innovative teaching methods: Teaching and learning strategies
  • Lecturing
  • Case study
  • Interactive lecturing
  • Working in group
  • Questioning
  • Peer feedback
  • Use of online videos

Innovative teaching methods: Software or applications used
  • Moodle (files, quizzes, workshops, ...)

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