Teaching plan for the course unit


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General information


Course unit name: Personality and Cognition

Course unit code: 568392

Academic year: 2015-2016

Coordinator: Guillem Feixas Viaplana

Department: Department of Personality, Evaluation and Psychological Treatment

Credits: 2,5

Single program: S



La Técnica de la Rejilla y el programa RECORD 5.0 (web page)





The Psychology of Personal Constructs & The Repertory Grid Technique (web site)










Estimated learning time

Total number of hours 62.5


Face-to-face learning activities



-  Lecture with practical component




-  Group tutorial



Supervised project


Independent learning




Competences to be gained during study


To have and comprehend knowledge which gives a founding or opportunity to be original in the development and/or application of ideas, in research contexts.


To have the capacity to apply the acquired knowledge and problem solving skills in new or not well known environments in wider or multidisciplinary contexts related to their area of study.


To be able to integrate knowledge and face the complexity of formulating judgements from information that, being incomplete or limited, includes reflections about the social and ethical responsibilities linked to the application of this knowledge and judgements.


To be able to have the learning abilities to continue learning in a way that will probably be self-directed and autonomous.


To show interpersonal and professional relationship abilities.


To show abilities in the writing of research papers and books, in different formats, particularly in the American Psychological Association, in the different areas related to the research in behaviour and cognition, including the knowledge of the steps required to their publication.





Learning objectives


Referring to knowledge

The main objective of the course is to develop extensive knowledge on a variety of theories approaching personality with a focus on cognitive structures and processes. A particular emphasis will be made on Personal Construct Theory and its main methodological assessment tool, the Repertory Grid Technique. It provides a way to study in detail the way an individual construes him or herself and others. Also, measures of cognitive structure (e. g., self-ideal discrepancy, cognitive differentiation, polarization, cognitive conflicts) can be derived and compared across subjects or time. In addition, the Repertory Grid Technique can be used in case formulation for therapy planning. Other theoretical approaches will be included and the connections among them will be explored.



Teaching blocks


1. Epistemology, Personality and Psychotherapy Implications

2. Personality Domains: The Role of Cognition

3. Social Cognition, Self-regulation and Personal Constructs

4. Qualitative and Quantitative Assessment Techniques



Teaching methods and general organization


Students will be required to read some materials in advance for initial classes. In those classes, lectures will be combined with discussion based on the readings and technical training for the use of the Repertory Grid Technique. In subsequent classes, students will present their own material from grid analysis of a volunteer they will have recruited for that purpose. Other activities will be directed to presentation of different theories and methods for which comparative discussion will be needed.



Official assessment of learning outcomes


Grades will be assigned as follows:
Exercise and report on a Repertory Grid application          50%
Class presentation comparing two theoretical approaches                50%


Examination-based assessment

Grades will be assigned as follows:
Exercise and report on a Repertory Grid exercise          40%
Exam based in open questions on any of the topics of the course               60%