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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Psychology of Personality
PSYC-341

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

The major historical and contemporary theories of the origin and development of personality are explored, emphasizing the role of the dynamics of personality.

Requisites

Prerequisites

(PSYC 200 or PSYC 210 or PSYC 101 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255

Rationale

Understanding personality is integral to the discipline of psychology. This course is designed to assist students in their exploration of the development and impact of personality on relationships, vocation, and human behavior. Students will be introduced to theoretical approaches to personality, current research in the field, and will be challenged to begin their own research.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate competence in the major concepts in the area of personality psychology.
  2. Interpret research data accurately.
  3. Use critical thinking to solve problems related to people's personalities and the interaction of those people with their environment.
  4. Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as these relate to his/her own personality development, and to the personalities of others.
  5. Communicate effectively in written, oral, and technological formats of the course assignments.
  6. Recognize and respect the impact of culture, ethnicity and diversity on personality.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource(s), he or she may purchase them through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Feist, J., Feist, G. J., & Roberts, T. (2018). Theories of personality (9th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these texts.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. APA Manual http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org
  5. Microsoft Word

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Adaptive Readings (8)

The student will be assigned homework to complete in Connect. The homework will consist of exercises, problems, and SmartBook/LearnSmart activities. All assignments for a given module/week are divided into weekly folders inside of the Connect system.

Myers-Briggs Interactive Assignment

For this assignment, the student will take the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator assessment at the website provided. After reviewing the results, the student will compose a 2-page reflection that includes the 4-letter personality type suggested to them by the assessment.

Essays (4)

The student will select 2 full-text, scholarly (peer-reviewed) journal articles that directly relate to the corresponding topic. Each essay will review a different topic from the text and will also link each topic with Scripture. Each essay must contain in-text citations and must be in current APA format.

Quizzes (8)

There will be 8 quizzes to be completed through Connect. The questions will be true/false and multiple-choice and will vary in number depending on the quiz. The quiz will cover all of the material covered within the course up to the module/week of the quiz.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Myers-Briggs Interactive Assignment

60

Adaptive Readings (8 at 30 pts ea)

240

Essays (4 at 75 pts ea)

300

Quizzes (8 at 50 pts ea)

 

400

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

PSYC 341

Textbook: Feist et al., Theories of Personality, (2018).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Feist et al.: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

 

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Myers-Briggs Interactive Assignment

Quiz 1

Adaptive Reading

10

0

60

50

30

2

Feist et al.: chs. 3–4

1 presentation

Essay 1: Adler’s Safe Guarding Tendencies

Quiz 2

Adaptive Reading

 

75

 

50

30

 

3

Feist et al.: chs. 5–7

1 presentation

Quiz 3

Adaptive Reading

50

30

4

Feist et al.: chs. 8–9

1 presentation

Essay 2: Maslow’s Motivation and Heirarchy of Needs

Quiz 4

Adaptive Reading

75

 

50

30

5

Feist et al.: chs. 10–12

1 presentation

Quiz 5

Adaptive Reading

50

30

6

Feist et al.: chs. 13–14

1 presentation

Essay 3: McCrae and Costa’s 5-Factor Model of Personality

Quiz 6

Adaptive Reading

75

 

50

30

7

Feist et al.: chs. 15–17

1 presentation

Quiz 7

Adaptive Reading

50

30

8

Feist et al.: chs. 18–19

1 presentation

Essay 4: Kelly’s Personal Constructs

Quiz 8

Adaptive Reading

75

50

30

Total

1010

NOTE:  Each course week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.