PS315 Theories of Personality

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PS 315 Theories of Personality


U1B 2013 BL


Cotchery, David L.


Adjunct Faculty


BA Psychology / (Park University.1990)
MA Counseling / (Webster University, 1992)
Qualified Mental Health Professional L.M.C.(Q.M.H.P.)

Office Location

Before and After class/Telephone/E-Mail

Office Hours

Before and After class/Telephone/E-mail

Daytime Phone



Semester Dates

June 4 2013- July 25 2013

Class Days


Class Time

740:PM - 10:10 PM


PS 101

Credit Hours



Jess Feist, MCNEESE STATE UNIV Gregory J Feist, SAN JOSE STATE UNIV Tomi-Ann Roberts, COLORADO COLLEGE (2013) Theories of Personality, 8th Edition, Softcover 656 pgs ISBN-139780073532196:MHID-0073532193

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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:

Learning is centered on the student and focus on the course outcomes. The student is responsible for learning those outcomes. Also, implementation of additional APA style learning throughout the course.
The instructor is responsible for presenting the course material in an environment conduciveb to learning along with clarifying and/or elaborating on the goals. The instructor must guide the student to an understanding of concepts and the application of theories presented in the course.
Students are responsible for reaching the goals of the semester by taking weekly assessments, presentation of scholarly, empirical journals, examinations, and a research paper reflecting on new research in the field of psychology.

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:

The class assessment will be based on examinations, case studies, comprehensive paper, group presentations and class attendance/participation. 

·         The grading plan will consist of the following

1.      Midterm Exam:             30 points

2.      Final Exam:                   40 points

3.      Research Paper :          80 points

4.  Group Presentation:              30 Points

5.      Psychology Articles ( 4x15 ): 60 points (15 points each)

6.      Total Points = 250

·         The course is conducted primarily in English, which requires the student to be proficient in reading and writing the English language at the college level.

Research Paper Refering to Core Assessment:

The research paper will be written in English and in the APA format. An exact sample of the required format is posted at in the DOC sharing tab. The paper will be 10 pages in length, excluding the cover and reference page, double spaced, 12 font, one-inch margins, and Times New Roman. The paper will contain 10 to 15 references from credible library sources and obtained from Park University's online library resources or any other scholarly journal. Students must run their "spell checker" and edit their paper for spelling, grammar, and punctuation errors prior to submitting the paper.

All papers will be submitted on in the provided "dropbox" or instructor’s email address where the paper can be uploaded in MS Word format.

Students are expected to read the assigned textbook chapters and to be familiar with their chapter content before each class session.  Plagiarism and unauthorized collaboration on class work, or cheating is considered a serious violation by Park University and is not tolerated.  Students may be dismissed or given a failing grade if found cheating or plagiarizing.  Absences should be kept to a minimum.  If an absence is necessary then students will receive a letter grade deduction from the final score whether the absence is excused or unexcused.  Leveling work for absences may include detailed written summaries of chapters or completion of review questions or definitions at the end of chapters, or any other class-related assigned task as determined by the instructor.  Late class work will not be accepted.  Tardiness over thirty minutes, or failure to attend the entire class will be considered an absence.  Two unexcused absences will be reported immediately to the Park University administrative office for appropriate action.Psychology Articles: students will research psychology related articles and will bring them to class on the dates indicated in the course syllabus. students should be prepared to discuss the articles and their relevance to the assigned reading material and class discussions.
The groups are required to do a 30 minutes presentation about a selected topic. Each student will have to sign up on a designated day.  The topic must get approved by the instructor prior to starting the research. The components for the presentation are: 1) the disorder, 2) current research, 3) treatments, 4) handouts, 5) anything else that will allow the rest of the class to understand the mental disorder.


The following will be used to assigned course letter grades:

91 to 100  = A

81 to 90   =  B

71 to 80  =  C

61 to 70  =  D

 60 to 0   =  F

All final exams will be closed book and closed notes. No cell phones or electronic devices allowed during tests or quizzes. Turn phone off or put on vibrate mode. If there is an emergency, please let your instructor know.

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Work missed because of absences or work turned in late will not be accepted.  It is your responsibility to meet deadlines and turn in work when it's due. Military students can make alternative arrangements with the instructor because of deployments or other unforeseen military duties that often arise. Park University specializes in serving military students and accommodations will be made to help the soldier, marine, airman, or sailor complete the course successfully.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attend all classes for the entire class period and be on time to all classes. Roll will be taken before and after at each class meeting, therefore students who leave during class breaks will be considered absent and receive a "U". If classes are missed for a legitimate reason such as temporary duty or illness the student is responsible to make up the missed work, obtain lecture notes and handouts. If you are going to miss a class, I expect to be communicated with prior to class, if possible.  Assignments will be turned in on time.  There will be exceptions.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

PS315 Theories of Personality

Week 1
June 4
  • Class Introduction
  • Syllabus
  • Chapter 1
  •  June 6 
  • Chapter 2/Chapter 3
  • Class Discussion
  • Assigned Groups
 Week 2
June 11
  • Psychology Articles
  • Chapter 4
  • June 13 
  • Chapter 5/Chapter 6
  • Class Discussion
Week 3
June 18
  • Psychology Articles
  • Chapter 7
  • June 20 
  • Chapter 8 /Chapter 9
  • Class Discussion
  • MID-TERM Review
Week 4
June 25
  • Psychology Articles 
  • MID-TERM (chapters 1-9)
  • June 27
  • Freud Video/ Serial Killers
  • Psychology Articles


Week 5
July 2
  • Chapter 10 (Group 1)/ Chapter 11 (Group2)
  • July 4
  • Chapter 12 (Group 3)/ Chapter 13 (Group 4)
  • Presentations
Week 6
July 9
  • Psychology Articles
  • Chapter 14 (Group 5)
  • July 11
  • Chapter 15 (Group 6)
  • Chapter 16 (Group 7)
  • Presentations
Week 7
July 16
  • Psychology Articles
  • Chapter 17 (Group 8)
  • July 18
  • Chapter 18 (Group 9)
  • Chapter 19(Group 10)
  • Presentations
Week 8
July 23
  • FINAL Rewiew
  • July 25
  • FINAL Exam (Chapters 10-19)

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 97

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. from Park University 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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 2012-2013 Undergraduate Catalog Page 98

Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


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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