Course: Psychology of Intelligence

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Course title Psychology of Intelligence
Course code PCH/INTB
Organizational form of instruction Lecture + Exercise
Level of course Bachelor
Year of study not specified
Semester Winter
Number of ECTS credits 3
Language of instruction Czech
Status of course Compulsory-optional
Form of instruction Face-to-face
Work placements This is not an internship
Recommended optional programme components None
Course availability The course is available to visiting students
  • Pechová Olga, PhDr. Ph.D.
  • Dostál Daniel, PhDr. Ph.D.
Course content
Measurement of intelligence and its development The most important concepts of intelligence Emotional and social intelligence Creativity Practical intelligence, wisdom, and other concepts Decision-making processes, emotions and mind Artificial intelligence

Learning activities and teaching methods
Lecture, Dialogic Lecture (Discussion, Dialog, Brainstorming)
  • Attendace - 20 hours per semester
  • Semestral Work - 20 hours per semester
  • Homework for Teaching - 15 hours per semester
  • Preparation for the Exam - 20 hours per semester
Learning outcomes
The goal of the subject is to familiarize students with various concepts of intelligence, possibilities of their measuring and use in the real life. The course is focused both on the classical concepts of intelligence and their development and new intelligences which are supposed to be closer to dealing with everyday problems. The students will be given a chance to learn about the measurement of multiple intelligences by realization of team projects.
Knowledge of various concepts of intelligence, their history and context of their origin. Knowledge of related theories - emotional, social and practical intelligence, creativity, decision making, and artificial intelligence. Students will also gain a deeper knowledge of measuring intelligence and the related issues.
To participate in the course at least basic knowledge of general (especially cognitive) psychology is required. Knowledge of psychometrics, psycho diagnostics and personality psychology are welcome, but not the condition - the course is recommended even to students in higher grades.

Assessment methods and criteria
Oral exam, Dialog

Active participation in seminars (the required minimum is 75%). The project is realized by three-member teams and consists of a test creation which could be considered as a simple test of any kind of intelligence. It may be an already existing little known method or new experimental method. Students should be able to give reasons why they think the method measures what it is supposed to measure, preferably with the reference to the particular theory or personal experience. Tests have to meet the following criteria: the possibility of group administration, the administration time shorter than 15 minutes, students should be able to equip themselves with the material required for administration. Students will be tested with the newly-created methods (engagement is mandatory for each student). Obtained data will be collected, statistically evaluated and compared with each other across methods. There will be a critical discussion of individual methods at the end of the course.
Recommended literature
  • A. R. Damasio. (2000). Descartesův omyl (emoce, rozum a lidský mozek). Praha.
  • Blatný, M. a kol. Psychologie osobnosti.
  • Eysenck, M. W., Keane, M. T. Kognitivní psychologie.
  • Hříbková, L. Nadání a nadaní.
  • Mackintosh, N. J., & Hurtík, P. (2000). IQ a inteligence. Praha: Grada.
  • Ruisel, I. (2000). Základy psychologie inteligence.
  • Runco, M. A. (2005). Creativity: theories and themes : research, development, and practice. Burlington, Mass: Elsevier Academic Press.
  • Schulze, R., & Roberts, R. D. (2005). Emotional intelligence: an international handbook. Göttingen: Hogrefe and Huber.

Study plans that include the course
Faculty Study plan (Version) Branch of study Category Recommended year of study Recommended semester
Faculty of Arts Psychology (2015) Psychology courses 2 Winter