PS 315 Theories of Personality
F2E 2012 PE
Jenkins, Christina E.
Adjunct Professor of Psychology & Sociology
B.A. Pepperdine University, Public RelationsM.A. Pepperdine University, Counseling/Clinical Psychology
Camp Pendleton campus
Before/after class with an appointment
October 22 - December 16, 2012
5:00 - 10:25 PM
Feist, J., & Feist, G. J. (2009). Theories
of Personality (7th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw Hill.
required, but helpful: American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: Author.
http://www.psywww.com/resource/apacrib.htm (writing resource)
Additional Theory web helps:
Test Web Sites:
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has proven that utilizing a variety of teaching techniques enhances learning,
understanding and retention. Consequently,
this classroom atmosphere will be interactive and employ an assortment of
learning methodology. My personal goal
will be to make the course content engaging in order to further the learning
experience. In a collaborative environment,
there will be a frank exchange of ideas and learning from the literature as
well as from one another’s unique set of experiences. For this reason, class attendance and
participation will be germane toward accomplishing class objectives. In turn, I
will expect my students to be prepared, participating and providing input
during class discussion. I will set high
expectations for myself and my students with relation to our performance and our
professional behavior inside and outside of the classroom. We will be required to interact with one
another in an ethical and respectful manner.
A variety of instructional methods will be used in this course - possibilities
include: lectures, guest speakers, small and large group discussions,
brainstorming, multi-media, role-play, debates, demonstrations, games, case
studies, group activity projects, hands-on class participation activities and a
variety of readings, as well as lab/field work and assignments to be completed
outside of class.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
PS315 Theories of PersonalityCore 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.
Link to Class RubricClass Assessment:
1. Presentation and Homework Assignments: The purpose of these assignments is to ensure familiarity with the literature and to maximize participation in class. Assignments will be posted by students on appointed due dates in a word.doc via the Dropbox in eCompanion.?
2. Core Assessment/ Literature Review: The purpose of the literature review is for students to research a topic relevant to Theories of Personality, formulate a research question, and conduct a literature review to address their target question. A literature review is not simply a report or an annotated bibliography; a literature review is a summary of the available information on a specific topic organized by common themes, trends or findings.
3. Examinations: The three examinations will primarily be multiple-choice questions with potentially short-response essay questions. The final (last) exam will not be cumulative. There may be a possibility of a section of the exam to be completed outside of class.
4. Instructor Evaluation/Participation and Preparation: (a) Each student will be assessed on his/her contribution to the lectures, discussion, debates, and class time activities. (b) In addition, course notes found in eCompanion will need to be printed out and brought to class each week as well as other requested materials. (c) Attendance (students who do not make contact with instructor prior to class will be given an unexcused absence). In addition, student will lose all participation points for an unexcused absence.
*Those students who attend and participate in all classes will be awarded an extra 10 points to the overall course grade
The final course grade will be determined using the following measurements:
Item / Assignment
Presentation and Homework on a Chapter Topics (20%)
4 Assignments x 50 pts. = 200 pts.
Core Assessment/ Literature Review (24%)
Exam # 1 (12%)
Exam # 2 (12%)
Exam # 3 (12%)
Participation and Preparation (20%)
8 wks. x 25 pts. = 200
Total Points Possible
1000 - 900
899 - 800
799 - 700
699 - 600
Less than 600
Literature Review RUBRIC
One Hundred and eighty (240) points possible; below is the basic outline for the Lit Review.
1. Formatting: APA Format utilized and followed (48 points total)
• Title Page- 4 points
• Body of paper- 12 points
• Summary of Paper- 12 points
• Reference Page* -20 points
*References used within the text are cited on the reference page and consistency in how you have cited the references. In addition, if the reference is used in the paper there should be a listing in the Reference Page and vice versa.
2. Body of Paper: (130 points total)
· Writing in a professional (non-conversational) manner. Professional writing includes, but is not limited to, the use of complete sentences, clear topic statements and supporting sentences, research or evidenced based rationales instead of unsupported opinions, transition sentences across paragraphs, integrating information from multiple sources, demonstrating multiple applications of critical thinking, and a concluding paragraph.
· Minimum of three main points given [i.e., points that illustrate those in favor (pro), points that illustrate those opposed (con), and your conclusions and opinions.]
· Main Points equally discussed; smooth transitions between points; convincing arguments made; points supported with references.
· References cited within text; properly cited.
3. Length of overall paper (40 points total):
The paper should be between 10 – 12 pages in length (plus Title and Reference pages).
4. Spelling and Grammar (22 points total)
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Phone/Pagers: These items are to be placed in the
silent, vibrate, or off mode during class. Use of these devices in class
(e.g., text messaging) is both rude and disrespectful.
Be Respectful (both inside and outside of the
actual classroom): As
a student in this class, you should know upfront that you will encounter new
ideas, topics, images and discussions, which may challenge your
worldview. Some students may
find this information personally offensive, uncomfortable, distasteful, or
upsetting. Because the field of psychology addresses positive, neutral and
negative aspects of human and animal behavior, we will discuss a broad range of
topics that may not be pleasant for everyone. Please be respectful to
your classmates and your instructor. Debates on relevant issues are
encouraged, however no one should engage in personal attacks inside or outside
of the classroom.
Our course follows the general schedule in the table below.
Assignments and Due Dates
Chapters 1 & 2
Homework Due Sunday 10/28 NLT 1159 pm PST
Ch. 2, 3 & 4
Chapters 3 & 4
Study for Exam #1
Ch. 5 & 6
Exam #1 (Chap. 1-4)
Lecture: Chapters 5 & 6
Homework Due Sunday 11/11 NLT 1159 pm PST
Ch. 7 & 8
Chapters 7 & 8
Homework Due Sunday 11/18 NLT 1159 pm PST
Ch. 9 & 10
Chapters 9 & 10
Study for Exam #2
Ch. 11 & 12
Exam # 2 (Chap. 5-10)
Lecture: Chapters 11 & 12
Homework Due Sunday 12/2 NLT 1159 pm
Ch. 15 & 16
Chapters 15 & 16
Lit. Review Due Monday 12/3 NLT 1159 pm PST
Study for Exam #3
FINAL Exam # 3 (Chap. 11, 12, 15 & 16)
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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I am sick or out of town, I will usually respond to emails within a 24-48 hour
period (Mondays-Fridays) when classes are in session. During the weekdays
I do not make this guarantee on the weekends, when I’m ill, or over
holidays. Please, do not be surprised or
upset if you do not receive an immediate response to your emails.
Policy: [This is
supplemental to Park University’s standard attendance policy.]. Students are expected to attend all
classes. As a reward, students with 0
absences (regardless of the type of absence i.e., excused vs. unexcused) will
earn an addition 10 points toward their total course points.
Obtaining lecture notes for missed
classes is the responsibility of the student, meaning contacting a fellow classmate
for the notes/materials missed. If you know in advance that you will miss class please
notify the professor immediately. Ideally
any missed work is completed in advance of the due date.
compliance with Park University’s policy, students will be dropped from the
course after two consecutive unexcused absences or three unexcused absences in a semester.
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