PS315 Theories of Personality

for F1N 2008

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PS 315 Theories of Personality


F1N 2008 SM


Diane H. Bryan, Ph.D.


Senior Adjunct Faculty


Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology
M.P.S. Behavioral Psychology

Office Location

Ft. Bliss

Office Hours

8:00 5:00- M-F   By appointment confirmed by Dr. Bryan

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

8/19 - 10/1/2008                                                                                                                                                      

Class Days

Tues. and Thurs.

Class Time

2:00 - 5:00 PM

Credit Hours



Ryckman, Richard M. (2008). Theories of Personality (current edition). Belmont, CA: Thompson Wadsworth ISBN-13:978-0-495-09908-6

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Course Description:
Examination of the major personality theories and contributing research evidence with particular emphasis upon motivation and dynamics of behavior.  Pre-requisite:  PS101.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
Lectures, group discussions, class discussions pertaining to the assigned “topic of the week,” research paper, and tests.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  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

Core Assessment:

PS315 Theories of Personality
Core Assessment

Research Reaction Paper In order to help you relate theories of personality to current research in the field, students will complete a research reaction paper focusing on the analysis of an empirical research article relevant to the study of personality. The research reaction paper should include a summary and discussion of the research article including the following areas: 1) topic area; 2) hypotheses; 3) method; and 4) major results and findings. Most importantly, reaction papers should include a thoughtful commentary by the student. Specifically, not only should students provide a general summary, but focus on a critique of the research question and design, as well as a discussion of how the research relates to other theories of personality. In addition, students should include a commentary about the relationship of the research findings to their own life and personality development. Students' comments, critique, and discussion should form the majority of the paper.


  • Information must be organized, presented and referenced using APA style.
  • Research Reaction Paper should be 10 pages (plus title and reference pages).

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

A. The TOPIC OF THE WEEK: Each week a topic will be introduced which pertains to the class reading material and lectures assigned for that specific week.  All students are required to enter into this discussion. Your discussion and application of course material constitutes 10% of your total grade (See Syllabus).
B. EXAMS: There will be a two written exams.
C. Depending upon the size of the class, a video clip or case study may be used for diagnostic experience in place of the weekly discussion question.  A specific set of questions will be passed out prior to the video or case study, and students are expected to answer the questions according to theoretical orientations studied that week. This will be graded as a weekly discussion, and, if missed due to absenteeism, THERE ARE NO MAKE-UP SITUATIONS for these activities.
D.  All written assignments are to be word processed.  Proper sentence structure, correct grammar and punctuation are required for all papers.  The format is to follow the American Psychological Association format for written papers.  There are no exceptions to this required format style. I will not accept papers that do not conform to all of the above guidelines. Papers will be submitted with pages stapled together.  Do not use folders, plastic carriers or report covers.


90 - 100    A
80 -  89     B
70 -  79     C
60 -  69     D
0  -  59      F
Weekly class discussions   10%
Mid term exam                  20%
Final exam                         20%
Research paper                 30%  
Oral presentation               20%

Late Submission of Course Materials:
No late assignments will be accepted without prior approval of the professor. Then it will receive reduced credit.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

1. No cell phones will be allowed in class or responding to any calls that come through the cell phone vibration mode.
2. No sidebar converations will be allowed during instruction.
3. Common courtesy will be expected at all times.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

WEEK 1     Introductions and review of course syllabus
                   Housekeeping rules
                   Reading assignment: Chapters 1 (to be completed prior to first class session).
                   Lecture: Introduction to personality:
                   Theories, assumptions, evaluations, terms, and application of the theories.
                   Reading assignments: Chapters 2 - 4 
                   Topic for discussion: Can the psychoanalysis approach be used today with the current manage care regulations?
WEEK 2     Reading assignment:    Chapters 5 - 7 Lecture
                   Topic of the week for discussion: Discuss situations for which you can apply         Neopsychoanalytic approach.
WEEK 3     Reading assignment:     Chapters 8-10
                   Topic from video for discussion
WEEK 4     Review for midterm
                   Mid term 
WEEK 5     Reading assignment: Chapters 11- 13
                   Discuss - ego development and matters of self worth                 
WEEK 6     Reading assignment: Chapters 14 - 17
                   Discuss the impact of social learning theory on today's society and world view.
WEEK 7     Review for final exam 
                   Research paper due

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 this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "F".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
1, 2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Student goes beyond identification of the major theory of personality to address the integration between various theories OR addresses specific, contemporary movements within a major conceptual framework.
Student correctly identifies and explains the major theory or theories of personality that underlie the research article.
Student inaccurately identifies the major theory OR fails to identify the most applicable theory.
Fails to use an empirical article relevant to theories of personality.
Student identifies and summarizes key aspects of the empirical study without including unnecessary or unimportant information; uses their own language to explain technical findings.
Student accurately understands and summarizes an empirical research study.
Student inaccurately understands the research article OR fails to correctly summarize the key points of the article.
No summary of the research article.
Student accurately critiques empirical findings or research methodology by going beyond the presented information to highlight original gaps, errors, inadequacies or unanswered issues.
Student accurately critiques empirical findings and methodology; focuses on the concerns that are specified in the article.
Student inaccurately critiques the research findings or methodology.
Fails to critique the findings/methodology.
1, 2, 3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                              
Student accurately and consistenly utilizes appropriate personality concepts that demonstrate a clear understanding of terminology.
Student accurately utilizes personality terminology to discuss the research article.
Student utilizes personality terminology inaccurately OR fails to consistently use personality terminology.
Utilizes no personality terminology.
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Student shows detailed insight into the conceptual basis underlying major theories of personality; extends the basic conceptual information to show unique, contemporary or innovative applications.
Student shows an accurate understanding of the conceptual basis of major theories of personality as they are applied to contemporary research settings.
Student show inaccuracies in their understanding of major personality theories OR fails to utilize key concepts relevant to specific personality theories.
Failure to discuss or address the conceptual basis of major theories of personality.
1, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
Student shows extensive insight and self-reflection as they apply the key concepts of personality theory to explain personality development and maintenance.
Student provides an accurate description of the relevance of personality theories to their own life and personality development.
Student is inaccurate in their application of personality theory to explain their own personality OR provides a self-reflection that is unrelated to the theory addressed by the research article.
Fails to provide an application of personality theory to own life.
Whole Artifact                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
Student utilizes APA style throughout paper with fewer than 3 errors.
Student utilizes APA style for title page, citations, references and overall organization of information; student has 4-6 errors in technical use of APA style.
Student utilizes APA style but has 7 or more errors.
Student fails to use APA style.
1, 2, 3, 4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Body of literature review is 11 or more double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) that includes the following subheadings: summary, critique, relationship to theory, self-reflections
Body of literature review is 10 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) that includes the following subheadings: summary, critique, relationship to theory, self-reflections
Body of literature review is 7-9 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) that includes the following subheadings: summary, critique, relationship to theory, self-reflections OR missing 1-2 specified components
Body of literature review is less than 6 double-spaced pages, 1-inch margins, 12-point font (title and reference pages are additional) that includes the following subheadings: summary, critique, relationship to theory, self-reflections OR missing 3 or more specified components


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