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Current Academic Year 2023 - 2024

Please note that this information is subject to change.

Module Title Personality Psychology
Module Code PSYC111
School 37
Module Co-ordinatorSemester 1: Lisa Fitzgerald
Semester 2: Lisa Fitzgerald
Autumn: Lisa Fitzgerald
Module TeachersLisa Fitzgerald
NFQ level 8 Credit Rating 5
Pre-requisite None
Co-requisite None
Compatibles None
Incompatibles None
Coursework Only

To Promote a broad and critical understanding of the ways in which personality and individual differences influence various aspects of human behaviour. To make explicit the problems and issues surrounding the measurement of personality and individual differences. To promote a broad understanding of the application of a range of psychometric tests and the theoretical underpinnings of such tests in both normal and clinical populations.

Learning Outcomes

1. Describe the main theories and research findings in personality psychology
2. Evaluate approaches to studying and assessing personality
3. Critically assess the usefulness of the concepts of personality and individual differences in accounting for human behaviour
4. Understand the application of a range of psychometric tests and the theoretical underpinnings of such tests both in normal and abnormal populations

Workload Full-time hours per semester
Type Hours Description
Lecture24No Description
Tutorial11No Description
Independent Study45No Description
Assignment Completion45No Description
Total Workload: 125

All module information is indicative and subject to change. For further information,students are advised to refer to the University's Marks and Standards and Programme Specific Regulations at: http://www.dcu.ie/registry/examinations/index.shtml

Indicative Content and Learning Activities

Defining Personality

Abnormal and normal personality

Psychoanalytic/psychodynamic theories

Trait Theories

Behaviourist and Social Learning Theories

Phenomenological approaches

Cognitive approaches

Biological approach

Evolutionary approach


Psychological testing: measurement issues

Assessment Breakdown
Continuous Assessment100% Examination Weight0%
Course Work Breakdown
TypeDescription% of totalAssessment Date
EssayMajor essay 2500 words60%As required
Group presentationSymposium style group presentation and individual eportfolio based on main theories and research findings in personality psychology40%As required
Reassessment Requirement Type
Resit arrangements are explained by the following categories;
1 = A resit is available for all components of the module
2 = No resit is available for 100% continuous assessment module
3 = No resit is available for the continuous assessment component
This module is category 1
Indicative Reading List

  • Cervone,D., & Pervin, L.A: 2022, Personality: Theory and Research, 15th Edition, 15th edition, Wiley, 9781119891
  • Randy J. Larsen,David M. Buss: 2021, Personality Psychology, McGraw Hill, 1260254127
  • Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic: 2016, Personality and Individual Differences, 3rd, BPS Blackwell, 978-1405199278
  • Burger, J.M., & Reevy, G.M.: 2022, Personality 11TH EDITION, sage, 9781071857281
  • Friedman, H.S., & Schustack, M.W.: 2022, Perspectives on Personality: Classic Theories and Modern Research, 6th edition, Pearson,
Other Resources

Programme or List of Programmes
BPDTBSc Psychology & Disruptive Technologies
BPMBSc in Psychology with Mathematics
BPYBSc (Honours) in Psychology

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