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PS 315 Theories of Personality
Patterson, Howard A.


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Course

PS 315 Theories of Personality

Semester

U1EE 2009 MO

Faculty

Patterson, Howard A.

Title

Sr. Adjunct Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

MSW-Master of Social Work/GA. Licensed Clinical Social Worker
MS-Psychology
MS-Sociology

Office Hours

Prior to and immediately after class

Daytime Phone

229-293-6342

Other Phone

229-563-4183

E-Mail

hapatterson@park.edu

Semester Dates

May 25---July 19, 209

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 7:45 PM

Prerequisites

PS 101

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
0-495-09908-2 Theories of Personality, Feist and Feist.   7th Edition  McGraw Hill.

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    Course Description:
    PS 315 Theories of Personality: Examination of the major personality theories and contributing research evidence with particular emphasis upon motivation and dynamics of behavior. 3:0:3 Prerequisite: PS 101.

    Educational Philosophy:
    The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, internet, videos, web sites and group class activities.  The instructor will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputations learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions

    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.

    Requirements:

    • 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:
    Class Participation  and Attendance = 5 pts

           Research Reaction Paper = 25 pts (CORE ASSESSMENT)      

           Personality Profile = 20 pt

           Mid-Term Examination = 25 pts

           Final Examination = 25pts
     
           Total points:  100

    Grading:
           A          90-100%    90--100 points

           B          80-89%       80--89 points

           C          70-79%       70--79 points

           D          60-69%       60--69 points

           F          59%              59 points or BELOW

    Late Submission of Course Materials:
    The instructor will not accept assignments turned in late UNLESS permission is granted by the instructor PRIOR to the date the assignment is due.  Exams will be taken at the scheduled time UNLESS the instructor grands permission PRIOR to the date of the examination.

    Classroom Rules of Conduct:
    Students are expected to attend class and to be on time.  Absences should be approved in advance if possible.  Sickness and other emergencies should be discussed with the instructor immediately upon return to class.  Students are expected to read the assigned chapters prior to each class.  Under no circumstances will students be allowed to sleep in class.  Chewing gum in class is not allowed.  All class discussion will be done in an orderly manner and will not become disruptive to the learning atmosphere.

    Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

    WEEK

    ASSIGNMENT

    1

    Review syllabus, course requirements, personal introductions, class rules, select presentation topics.  Reading assignment:  Chapters 1-3.  


    2

    Lecture Chapters 1-3.   Group Discussion.  Reading assignment: Chapters 5-8.  Begin presentations.     

    3

    Lecture Chapters 5-8.  Group Discussion.  Reading assignment:  Chapters 9-11.  Continue presentations.  Review midterm exam.    

    4

    MIDTERM EXAM

    5

     

    Lecture Chapters 9-11.  Group Discussion.  Reading assignment:  Chapters 12-14.  Continue presentations.

    6

     

    Lecture Chapters 12-14.  Group Discussion.  Reading assignment:  Chapters 15-18.  Continue presentations. 

    7

     

    Lecture Chapters 15-18.  Group Discussion.  Review for Final Exam.  Complete presentations. 

    8

    FINAL EXAM  Turn in of all remaining assigned work.

    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
    Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated and will result in a failing grade for the course.

    Plagiarism:
    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
    Plagiarism of any kind will not be tolerated and will result in a failing grade for the course.

    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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    Rubric

    CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
    Synthesis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    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.
     
    Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    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.
     
    Evaluation                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
    Outcomes
    3                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    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.
     
    Terminology                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    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.
     
    Concepts                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
    Outcomes
    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.
     
    Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
    Outcomes
    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                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             
    Outcomes
    2                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
    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.
     
    Component                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
    Outcomes
    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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