Course description

Psychological Measurement and Individual Differences

Introduction

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, e.g., achievement, collaboration efforts, competition, and productivity; and generally represent the foundation for recruitment, personal development programnes, and team composition. Characteristics of measurement and statistical analyses are also of central importance in this field.

Course content

  • Measurement and analyses of individual differences
  • Questionnaire development
  • Theories of personality
  • Motivational dispositions
  • Theories of mental abilities
  • Creativity
  • Leadership styles and 360 degree feedback

Learning outcome knowledge

The students will acquire knowledge about the most relevant theories, concepts, and methods for measuring individual differences at work.

They will also know how to assess the validity and reliability of scores from psychological assessments, and be familiar with some psychological tests measuring individual differences.

Exam organisation

  • Written exam: 100%