Psychology of Personality – PSYC 341

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

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.

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 Assignment

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

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.

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.

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.

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.