GRA 2203 Psychological Measurement and Individual Differences
The study of the individual is the cornerstone of psychology. Despite an increasing focus on the dynamics of groups, teams and organizations in research, the emphasis on the individual remains. In order to understand individual differences or the individual as part of a system, it is necessary to have extensive knowledge of individual characteristics as reflected in theories of personality, intelligence, creativity, styles and other attributes. Such theories may explain important work behavior necessary to develop sustainable organizations, e.g., achievement, collaboration efforts, competition, and productivity. Such knowledge generally represents the foundation for recruitment, personal development programs, and team composition. Characteristics of measurement and statistical analyses are also of central importance in this field.
- has advanced knowledge about the most relevant theories, concepts, and methods for measuring individual differences at work, which is important in creating sustainable organizations in an international environment.
- knows how to assess the validity and reliability of scores from psychological assessments, based both on pen-and-pencil and digital platforms.
- is familiar with some psychological tests measuring individual differences.
- can develop a valid measure of individual differences.
- assess the quality of scores from psychological tests.
- interpret and give feedback on scores from a test measuring individual differences.
- can identify, communicate, and discuss strengths and weaknesses of psychological assessments in general
- can be concerned about the quality of psychological assessments
- knows the basics of how to use psychological tests in an ethical and responsible way.
- Measurement and analyses of individual differences
- Questionnaire development
- Theories of personality
- Motivational dispositions
- Theories of mental abilities
- Leadership styles and 360 degree feedback
- Diagnoses and personality disorders
The course is structured as a combination of lectures, discussions,and in-class activities. It requires substantial amount of preparation by the students and active involvement during class.
Please note that while attendance is not compulsory in all courses, it is the student’s own responsibility to obtain any information provided in class.
All courses in the Masters programme will assume that students have fulfilled the admission requirements for the programme. In addition, courses in second, third and/or fourth semester can have spesific prerequisites and will assume that students have followed normal study progression. For double degree and exchange students, please note that equivalent courses are accepted.
Due to the Covid-19 pandemic, there may be deviations in teaching and learning activities as well as exams, compared with what is described in this course description.
Information about what is taught on campus and other digital forms will be presented with the lecture plan before the start of the course each semester.
|Exam category||Weight||Invigilation||Duration||Support materials||Grouping||Comment exam|
Form of assessment:
Internal and external examiner
Examination when next scheduled course
|100||Yes||3 Hour(s)||Individual||Written examination under supervision.|
|Form of assessment:||Written submission|
|Support materials:|| |
|Comment:||Written examination under supervision.|
|Resit:||Examination when next scheduled course|
Student's own work with learning resources
A course of 1 ECTS credit corresponds to a workload of 26-30 hours. Therefore a course of 6 ECTS credits corresponds to a workload of at least 160 hours.