This unit (APP2014) of study focuses on personality and social psychology, and includes further training in research methods to build upon the knowledge and skills developed in APP2013 Psychology 2A. The aim of the personality and social psychology content is to present these topics in such a way as to illustrate their relevance to situations encountered in everyday life. Students will become familiar with some of the central conceptual frameworks and models developed by social psychologists to account for individual behaviour in social settings, and to explain how social phenomena are cognitively represented by the individual. The unit also focuses on contemporary personality theory and research, and introduces issues of personality assessment and measurement. Students are also introduced to more advanced statistical techniques than those covered in Psychology 2A, and these are presented in the context of research methods typically employed in personality and social psychology.

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APP2013 - Psychology 2A

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. Identify and critique core concepts and models in social psychology and their relevance in everyday life;  
  2. Review and appraise core personality theory and research and selected applications;  
  3. Evaluate and appraise a variety of advanced quantitative methods; and  
  4. Analyse and report on collected quantitative data.  


Assessment type Description Grade
Report Personality discussion task (600 words) 25%
Test Tests x 2 (1hr each) 30%
Project Social psychology research project (1300 word individual literature review, 15min group presentation of group research project slides) 45%

Required reading

Discovering statistics using IBM SPSS statistics 5th ed. revised
Field, A. (2018)
London: Sage

SPSS survival manual 6th ed.
Pallant, J., (2016)
Sydney: Allen and Unwin

These texts are used in two other 2nd year units, one 3rd year unit, and one 4th year unit.

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