PS315 Theories of Personality

for F2T 2005

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Course Syllabus
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Instructor Information





Dr. William (Kit) Nast

251-690-6405 (CST)

Fall 2- 2005


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Developer Name

Jean Mandernach, PhD (

Course Description

Examination of major personality theories and contributing research evidence with particular emphasis upon motivation and dynamics of behavior. Prerequisite: PS101. 3:0:3

Overview and Course Goals

Welcome to Theories of Personality (PS 315) on-line! This course examines how major theoretical approaches address the structure, process, and development of personality. It is designed to provide students with a working knowledge of psychological terminology relevant to the personality field, assist students in becoming critical consumers of psychological information, and promote educated self-reflection concerning one’s own personality. In this course, students will analyze and discuss the application of personality theory to everyday life, and critique the relevance and value of various theoretical perspectives. In addition, students will develop effective critical thinking skills as they learn to integrate, evaluate, and synthesize diverse theoretical views of personality presented from various sources of information (textbook, Internet, supplemental activities, etc).

This course is an overview of the major personality theories and contributing research evidence. The course will examine theoretical differences in the motivation and dynamics of behavior. Students will analyze the major approaches to personality theory (psychodynamic, learning, dispositional, humanistic/existential), critique key personality theorists, and examine research strategies specific to the study of personality. 

Core Learning Outcomes

After you have completed this course, you should be able to: 

    1. Describe and differentiate among the major psychological approaches which explain personality.
    2. Define and apply key personality concepts, terms, and theories.
    3. Identify psychologists who have made major contributions to an understanding of personality.
    4. Explain research methodology and the ability to evaluate the merit of personality studies.
    5. Practically apply acquired insight of personality to one’s own life

Required Texts/Materials

Feist, J. & Feist, G. (2006). Theories of Personality (6th Edition). McGraw Hill. ISBN #0-07-296980-6

Course Policies

Policy for submission of assignments: All assignments will be submitted via the dropbox or journal. I do not accept assignments emailed to me.

Policy for late work: You have one week after the due date to submit late work. Late work will receive only half of the awarded points.

Students are responsible for clicking on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy.  If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Online Course Policies

Grading Policy

You will be able to track your grade throughout the term. Grades will be determined by your performance on a final exam, a research reaction paper, weekly homework assignments, weekly journal entries, a group debate, mastery questions and participation in online class discussions. Points will be assigned as follows:

Final exam (Week 8) 120 points
Research reaction paper (Week 7) 70 points
Weekly homework assignments 80 points
Weekly journal entries 35 points
Weekly mastery questions 70 points
Group debate 45 points
Participation in online discussions 80 points
Total 500 points

Final course grades will be determined as follows:

A 90% - 100% 448 points and higher
B 80% - 89% 398 – 447 points
C 70% - 79% 348 – 397 points
D 60% - 69% 298 – 347 points
F 59% and lower 297 points and lower

You will know in advance the standards for each assignment. My goal is to give you prompt, clear, and useful feedback to help you become a better writer and thinker. Each student is responsible for:

  • Completing weekly reading assignments
  • Completing weekly homework assignments
  • Completing weekly journal entry
  • Completing weekly mastery questions  
  • Participating in weekly on-line class discussions
  • Participating in a group debate 
  • Completing a research reaction paper
  • Completing a proctored final examination  

Proctored final examination - A computerized examination will be taken in a proctored testing environment during the 8th week at one of the Park University sites around the country or at an alternative location.  For proctored examinations, photo identification is required at the time of the test.  Guidelines for selecting an acceptable proctor can be found on the Park University Website. 

Other Information on proctored exams:

  • It will be the responsibility of the student to arrange for a proctor, by the 6th week of the term, who is accepted and approved by the course instructor. 
  • Approval of proctors is the discretion of the Online instructor. 
  • A proctor request form will be made available to you during the first week of class so that you can send your requested proctor to your instructor for approval. 
  • Failure to take a final proctored exam will result in an automatic "F" grade. 

Academic Honesty

Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community.  Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of the Park University academic honesty policies, which can be found on page 101 of the Park University Undergraduate Catalog or page 13 of the Park University Graduate Catalog.

Academic dishonesty in the School of Online Learning includes but is not limited to:

  • Plagiarism occurs when a writer represents another person’s words or ideas as his/her own.  Most often, plagiarism results when writers fail to enclose direct quotations in quotation marks; fail to include citations in the text or as footnotes; and/or fail to furnish a reference/works consulted list to accompany researched writing. 

  • Cheating occurs when the integrity of an activity or examination is compromised through dishonesty or deceit.  Cheating includes unsanctioned student collaboration or the use of unsanctioned collateral materials.  Cheating includes exchanging information about proctored examinations, quizzes, or other class activities that are designed to be completed independently.

  • Misrepresentation involves providing false information in an academic assignment, furnishing false or misleading information to instructors or other University personnel, or presenting misleading or fabricated data as valid.

In the event of alleged academic dishonesty, an Academic Dishonesty Incident Report will be submitted to the an Online Academic Director who will then investigate the charge.  Students who engage in academic dishonesty are subject to a range of disciplinary actions, from a failing grade on the assignment or activity in question to expulsion from Park University. 


Professors are required to keep attendance records and report absences throughout the term. Excused absences can be granted by the instructor for medical reasons, school sponsored activities, and employment-related demands including temporary duty. The student is responsible for completing all missed work.  Any student failing to attend class for two consecutive weeks, without an approved excuse from their instructor, will be administratively withdrawn and notified via email that you have been withdrawn and a grade of "WH" will be recorded.

An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term.  PLEASE NOTE:  Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation.  Participation grades will be assigned by each individual instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

For more details, see page 100 of the Park University Undergraduate Catalog or page 14 of the Park University Graduate Catalog.

Student Resources


McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.

Park University Online Bookstore - Select "Distance Learning - Graduate," or "Distance Learning Internet," and then click on the appropriate course code (ex. AC 201, PA 501) to see the list of required and optional texts for each course that you are enrolled in. 

Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Your Campus Center Administrator or Graduate Program Director can provide advising to you, please contact them for assistance.  If you need contact information for your Campus Center, click here.

Online Tutoring Services - Park University has arranged for Online students to receive five hours of free access to Online tutoring and academic support through Smarthinking. If you would like Online tutoring, please contact me to receive their recommendation and information on how to access the Online tutoring.

Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.

Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275).  To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.

Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email or call 800-927-3024.

My Bio


Hi, my name is Dr. William (Kit) Nast and I'll be facilitating this course.  I am originally from the Chicago area, 
but now live in Pensacola, Florida.  I moved here in 1989 to work on my Master's degree in psychology, 
then I got married, got a job, finished my Doctorate, and got stuck!  (Not a bad place to be stuck.) I have been 
teaching psychology for the last 13 years, and I really enjoy facilitating online courses.  I also have experience 
working in an in-patient psychiatric hospital, so I hope to share some of what I learned there with you.   
My wife, Sue, and I really enjoy traveling, something we haven't had enough time for recently, but we hope 
to make up for that soon - I especially love skiing.  The only thing we enjoy more than traveling is eating, and 
we're on a constant search for the perfect pizza (actually, I'm on this search - Sue is just along for the 
ride).  We also enjoy music - recognize these guys?  
I know that you will find this course to be very valuable and enjoyable - it is filled with interesting information 
that I know will lead to some great discussions.  I have always hated taking boring courses, so I have done 
(and will do) everything that I can to make this as enjoyable as possible for all of us. 

CONTACT INFO:  Dr. William (Kit) Nast,