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17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session

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Course Syllabus
17 / SPRG1 - Early Spring 8-Week Session
Evening Campus
1001 Rogers Street
Columbia, MO 65216
(800) 231-2391

Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 304
Course Title: Personality Theory
Semester Credit Hours: 3
Class Day and Time: Wed 
5:30 pm-9:30 pm
Additional Notes:

This course is a web-enhanced course. This course is web-enhanced, taught entirely in a classroom setting using D2L course management software to supplement in-seat content. You will access the course through your CougarTrack account using the online course link. The D2L site is a repository for instructional materials, assignments, and grades.  Many of the course handouts are posted there.



Catalog Description

Examination of the major personality theories, including those proposed by Freud and his followers, learning theorists, trait theorists, social-learning theorists, and humanists. Current research into personality, using modern methods, also reviewed. $20 lab fee (Day Program only). Prerequisites: 6 hours of PSYC courses and junior standing.


6 hours of PSYC courses and junior standing.


Theories of Personality 11th edition
Author: Schultz, D. P., & Schultz, S. E. (Wadsworth)
ISBN: 9781305652958

Course Objectives

· To engage in a comprehensive review of major theories, research methods, and assessment instruments used in personality psychology.
· To understand reliability, validity, and standardization, practicality and cross-cultural fairness in psychological assessment.
· To strengthen skills in self-assessment, archival research writing, and reporting using APA style.
· To strengthen skills in critical thinking regarding assessment of subjective areas of human psychology.

Additional Instructor Objectives

Additional course activities are geared to personal skill areas that are important for people to develop no matter their career path.

  • Team work - as a member of a team responsible for a group project.
  • Communicating ideas - as a part of class discussions and team work.
  • Critical Thinking

Measurable Learning Outcomes

· Describe major and emerging theories of personality by achieving passing scores on criterion referenced tests.
· Explain personality theories as they relate to assessment methods through classroom discourse and performance on criterion referenced tests.
· Conduct archival research on a major theory and present findings to peers in the classroom setting.
· Describe the differences between major theoretical approaches to personality in classroom discourse, performance on criterion referenced tests and in the personality self-assessment.
· Engage in a critical discourse with peers about the difficulties encountered in assessment of subjective aspects of human behavior.
· Demonstrate research skills by writing a personality self-assessment in APA style and format.
· Apply assessment methods to the analysis of their own personality.

Special Course Requirements

Course Process: The class sessions will combine classroom interaction with experiential learning.  Group activities will accent concepts. Class resources available in D2L.  

Instructional Methods

This class relies on the Constructivist learning model which means the class is student centered and relies on learning by doing experiences. We all learn from each other. The role of the instructor is that of a facilitator as you construct your learning experience. Regular attendance is not only important to your learning but to that of your classmates as well.

Out of Class Activities

READING YOUR TEXT!  Yes, it IS your responsibility! 
This is a web-enhanced class. You will need to access the course website through your CougarTrack account using the online course link. The D2L site contains links to several resources as well as all instructional materials, PowerPoints, and grades.
You will also need to schedule some time to work with your group on your project. That will be fun!  More about that the first night of class. 

Graded Activities

Weekly Thought Papers150 Points
Description -

Learners have the opportunity to write your thoughts about a theorist chosen from your readings. Each thought paper is worth 30 points and is due in the dropbox before 10 pm Sunday of Weeks 1, 2, 3, 5, and 6 for a total of 150 points. Papers turned in after 10 pm on those Sundays will be eligible for half points. We will discuss the expectations for these papers in the first class.

Method of Evaluation -

Late papers will be considered for partial credit. We will go over the remaining expectations of the thought papers the first night of class. Be there!

Midterm Examination150 Points
Description -

A 75 question Multiple Choice, True False, and Short Answer exam will be given Wednesday of Week Four.

Method of Evaluation -

If you cannot take the midterm, you will need to make arrangements to take it the Saturday of Week 4. There are no makeups for the makeup.

Group Presentation and Paper175 Points
Description -

Each learner will be a part of a group whose task will be to pick a theorist we have covered in class, then pick a famous person, explain the main points of the theorist and then explain the famous person's life using the lens of the theorist.
For example, the instructor participates in the group exercise and does Michael Jackson through the lens of Sigmund Freud. You may not choose MJ and Siggy!  THEY ARE MINE!
This Presentation includes an APA paper done by the group as well as a peer evaluation for group members.

Method of Evaluation -

This is one of the most fun nights in class. In order to get full credit, learners must be in attendance for all presentations and be a good team member. Your grade will come from both the instructor and your team member/members. The APA Paper will also be part of this grade.  The presentation will not be graded without the APA paper.

Capstone Reflection50 Points
Description -

The learner will complete a structured essay assessment of the course.  This will be due in the dropbox before Wednesday of Week 8.

Final Examination200 Points
Description -

A 100 question Multiple Choice, True False, and Short Answer exam will be given Wednesday of Week Eight.
PLEASE NOTE!  I am not inclined to give a make up for the final.

In-class Discussions120 Points
Description -

Students will be expected to discuss the basic concepts of each theorist during class.  In order to be successful, students must read the assigned chapters in the text BEFORE coming to class. 


Grading Scale

90-100 A
80-89 B
70-79 C
60-69 D
0-59 F

Additional Information / Instructions

What is Plagiarism?
Many people think of plagiarism as copying another's work, or borrowing someone else's original ideas. But terms like "copying" and "borrowing" can disguise the seriousness of the offense:
According to the Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary, to "plagiarize" means

  • to steal and pass off (the ideas or words of another) as one's own
  • to use (another's production) without crediting the source
  • to commit literary theft
  • to present as new and original an idea or product derived from an existing source.

In other words, plagiarism is an act of fraud. It involves both stealing someone else's work and lying about it afterward.
But can words and ideas really be stolen?
According to U.S. law, the answer is yes. The expression of original ideas is considered intellectual property, and is protected by copyright laws, just like original inventions. Almost all forms of expression fall under copyright protection as long as they are recorded in some way (such as a book or a computer file).
All of the following are considered plagiarism:

  • turning in someone else's work as your own
  • copying words or ideas from someone else without giving credit
  • failing to put a quotation in quotation marks
  • giving incorrect information about the source of a quotation
  • changing words but copying the sentence structure of a source without giving credit
  • copying so many words or ideas from a source that it makes up the majority of your work, whether you give credit or not

Columbia College Policy is my policy:
Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. In PSYC 304, Personality Theory, you should reference the APA Manual, Version 6. 
Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.
Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such.  
All required papers WILL be submitted for textual similarity review to for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers WILL be included in the reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the site.

Schedule of Activities and Assignments

Week 1
Getting to know you and the Psychoanalytic Approach!

1. Getting to know each other and our expectations.
2. Class interaction relating to reading assignment.
3. Colors Personality Test taken in class.


1. Introduction: The Study of Personality
2. Sigmund Freud: Psychoanalysis


Thought Paper Week 1
Turned into D2L Drop Box before 10:00 pm Sunday night of Week 1
Pick partners for Group Project

Week 2
Neopsychoanalytic Approach

Class interaction relating to reading assignment
Groups formed and Group assignments announced


3. Carl Jung: Analytical Theory
4. Alfred Adler: Individual Psychology


Thought Paper Week 2
Turned into D2L Drop Box before 10:00 pm Sunday,
Begin group work on Group Project.

Week 3
Neurotic Needs and Identity Theory

Week 3 Class interaction relating to assignments.


5. Karen Horney: Neurotic Needs and Trends
6. Erik Erikson: Identity Theory


Thought Paper Week 3
Turned into D2L Drop Box before 10:00 pm Sunday,
Continue group work on Group Project

Week 4
MIDTERM WEEK!!! Now that's Motivation!

Week 4 Class interaction relating to assignments
Take the Big 5 in class


7. Gordon Allport: Motivation and Personality
8. Cattell, Eysenck, and Trait Theorists


No Thought Paper  -  Study for your Midterm
Continue group work on Group Project


Midterm covers Chapters 1- 8 in text and Weeks 1-4 lectures.

Additional Notes:

We will discuss what the Midterm covers the first night of class. That's why it's important to be there.

Week 5
Are you Self-Actualized? Humanistic? Human?

Week 5 Class interaction relating to assignments.


9. Abraham Maslow: Needs-Hierarchy Theory
10. Carl Rogers: Self-Actualization Theory


Thought Paper Week 5
Turned into D2L Drop Box before 10:00 pm Sunday,
Continue group work.  Remember there is an APA Paper that is an important part of this project.

Week 6
Kelly, Skinner, and Bandura. Model This!

Week 6 Class interaction relating to assignments.


11. George Kelly: Personal Construct Theory
12. B.F. Skinner: Reinforcement Theory
13. Albert Bandura: Modeling Theory


Thought Paper Week 6
Turned into D2L Drop Box before 10:00 pm Sunday,
Continue group work and APA Paper.

Week 7
Mini Theories, Catch Up and Presentations...oh MY!

Class interaction relating to assignments.


14. Mini Theories


Finish up Presentation and be sure APA paper is in proper form.

Additional Notes:

Presentations begin.

Week 8
Presentations and Final and Flat Branch

Week 8 Class interaction relating to assignments
Philosophical discussion on personalities at Flat Branch after Final


Capstone Reflection due Wednesday of week 8 before class.


Final Exam on Wednesday, Week 8
Debriefing at Flat Branch

Additional Notes:



Library Resources

Columbia College Resources - Online databases are available at the Columbia College Stafford Library.  You may access them using your CougarTrack login and password when prompted.

Course Policies and Procedures


Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students are expected to attend all classes and laboratory periods for which they are enrolled.  Students are directly responsible to instructors for class attendance and work missed during an absence for any cause.  If absences jeopardize progress in a course, an instructor may withdraw a student from the course with a grade of "F" or "W" at the discretion of the instructor.  For additional information, see the Columbia College policy on Student Attendance.

Instructor Policy - BE THE DRIVER OF YOUR OWN BUS!

Class preparation and participation is important to YOUR success. Students who miss more than two classes may have their final grade reduced by one letter grade. Students who come to class late or leave early may be counted as absent on that day for purposes of this class attendance/grading policy. This may be done at the discretion of the instructor.

This is an interactive and experiential class where we learn much from each other. Regular attendance is required.

Academic Integrity

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College students must fulfill their academic obligations through honest, independent effort.  Dishonesty is considered a serious offense subject to strong disciplinary actions.  Activities which constitute academic dishonesty include plagiarism, unauthorized joint effort on exams or assignments, falsification of forms or records, providing false or misleading information, or aiding another in an act of academic dishonesty.  For more information, see the Columbia College Academic Integrity Policy and Procedures.

Instructor Policy -

All papers must be submitted with complete paragraphs with proper sentence structure and adhere to all the rules of punctuation, grammar, citation, etc. Papers should be in your own words, not directly copied from segments of the course material and/or other scholarly sources. All work for this class must be original; no work is accepted if it was originally composed for another class. In the Dropbox each paper is automatically submitted to to detect plagiarism. Documentable plagiarism results in zero points for the assignment.

Please read the policy on Academic Integrity and Plagiarism. Students who choose to cheat are students who choose to flunk. When writing your APA paper, if?in doubt....use a citation!??If still in doubt, please come see me and ask!??I will be happy to help you sort it out.??The writing center is also a wonderful resource!

Class Conduct and Personal Conduct

Columbia College Policy - Students must conduct themselves so others will not be distracted from the pursuit of learning.  Students may be disciplined for any conduct which constitutes a hazard to the health, safety, or well-being of members of the College community or which is deemed detrimental to the College's interests. Discourteous or unseemly conduct may result in a student being asked to leave the classroom.  For more information, see the Columbia College Student Code of Conduct and Student Behavioral Misconduct Policy and Procedures.

Instructor Policy - We discuss many aspects of psychology in this class. We won't always agree with each other. At least I hope we won't! That's when we learn from each other!

It is my strong belief that we learn best from each other in a variety of formats. I ask that you keep an open mind and allow each of your peers to safely express his/her own thoughts and beliefs without judgment or criticism. That being said, it's fine to disagree as long as we remember to use civility and respect.

Cancelled Class Make-Up

Columbia College Policy - Classes cancelled because of inclement weather or other reasons must be rescheduled.  For more information, see the Columbia College Inclement Weather Policy.

Make-Up Examinations

Columbia College Policy - Make-up examinations may be authorized for students who miss regularly scheduled examinations due to circumstances beyond their control.  Make-up examinations must be administered as soon as possible after the regularly scheduled examination period and must be administered in a controlled environment.

Campus Policy - Make up examinations are scheduled on designated Saturday mornings 9am in 103 Buchanan. Students must present a picture I.D. in order to be admitted to the testing session. Students must arrange with the instructor to take the exam before or after it is given in class and permission to take a makeup examination (or any graded activity) is granted at the discretion of the instructor.


Adding, Dropping, or Withdrawing from a Course

Columbia College Policy - Students may add a course through Wednesday of the first week of the session and drop a course without academic or financial liability through close of business on Monday of the second week of the session.  Once enrolled, a student is considered a member of that class until he or she officially drops or withdraws in accordance with College policy.  An official drop/withdrawal takes place only when a student has submitted a Drop/Add/Withdrawal form.  A failure to attend class, or advising a fellow student, staff or adjunct faculty member of an intent to withdraw from a class does not constitute official drop/withdrawal.  The drop/add/withdrawal periods begin the same day/date the session starts, not the first day a particular class begins. If a student stops attending a class but does not submit the required Drop/Withdrawal form a grade of "F" will be awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Registration Policy and Procedures.

Withdrawal Excused

Columbia College Policy - A student may request an excused withdrawal (WE) under extraordinary circumstances by submitting a Drop/Withdrawal form accompanied by a complete explanation of the circumstances and supporting documentation to the location director.  The WE request must include all classes in which the student is currently enrolled.  The Vice President for Adult Higher Education is the approving authority for all WE requests.  A student who receives approval of their WE request may still be required to return some or all of the federal financial assistance received for the session.  For more information, see the Columbia College Withdrawal Policy.


Columbia College Policy - A student may request that the instructor award a grade of "I" due to extraordinary circumstances (unforeseen or unexpected circumstances beyond the student's control) that prevent a student from completing the requirements of a course by the end of a session.  An "I" will not be given because a student is failing, negligent or not meeting requirements.  If the instructor believes an "I" is appropriate, the instructor will specify the work needed to complete the course and the time allowed to complete the work.  Work missed must be made up within two subsequent sessions unless the instructor specifies an earlier date.  Extensions beyond two sessions must be approved by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  If the work is completed during the specified time period, the instructor will change the "I" to the grade earned.  If the work is not completed during the specified time, the instructor may allow the incomplete to remain on the student's permanent record or change it to any other letter grade.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.

Instructor Policy - I am not inclined to give incompletes.

Grade Appeal

Columbia College Policy - A student may appeal any grade given if it is believed to be in error or in conflict with Columbia College policy and procedures.  The student must state in writing to the location director why the grade awarded is believed to be in error and request a desired remedy.  The faculty member who awarded the grade will be given the opportunity to comment on all student allegations.  If the issue cannot be resolved at the location the appeal will be transmitted through the location director to the Vice President for Adult Higher Education.  A grade appeal must be received for review by the Vice President for Adult Higher Education prior to the end of 60 days from the date the grade was awarded.  For more information, see the Columbia College Undergraduate Grading Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Course prerequisites are established to ensure that a student has adequate academic preparation to succeed in a particular course.  Staff members will attempt to ensure that students meet prerequisite requirements.  However, it is the student's responsibility to closely examine the course descriptions to determine if prerequisites exist and to enroll in courses in the proper sequence.  In some exceptional cases it may be apparent that the student possesses the required skills and knowledge to succeed in a particular course, even though they have not taken the prerequisite course.  In this case the prerequisite course may be waived by the location director.  Waiver of a course as a prerequisite does not remove the requirement to complete the course if it is a requirement for the student's degree program.


Columbia College Policy - The College provides all students access to CougarMail (the official means of e-mail communication for the College), online resources from the Stafford Library, and their Columbia College records (transcripts, grades, student schedules, etc.) through CougarTrack.


Columbia College Policy - The official student email address (also known as CougarMail) will be used for all official correspondence from faculty and staff.  Students are responsible for the information received and are required to monitor their CougarMail account on a regular basis.  Students may forward their CougarMail to another email account but will be held responsible for the information sent over CougarMail, even if there is a problem with the alternate mail service.

Cell Phones

Columbia College Policy - Cell phones can be a distraction to the learning process.  Location directors or course instructors may require that cell phones be turned off or set to vibrate during class periods.  Students requiring special arrangements to receive a cell phone call during class should make prior arrangements with their location director or course instructor.

Instructor Policy - Please turn your cell phones to vibrate during class. Cell phone Karma. Don't let it happen to you!

Bookstore Information

Columbia College Policy - As part of Truition, students will receive their course materials automatically as described below. 

eText Information

If a course uses an eText, (see Textbook information above) the book will be available directly in Desire2Learn (D2L) and through the VitalSource eText reader the Friday before the session begins, if registered for courses prior to that date.  Students will have a VitalSource account created for them using their CougarMail email address.  Upon first login to VitalSource, students may need to verify their account and update their VitalSource password.  More information about how to use the VitalSource platform, including offline access to eTexts, can be found in D2L.  Students that would like to order an optional loose-leaf print-on-demand copy of eligible eTexts can do so through the VitalSource Bookshelf at an additional cost.  Once orders are placed, it can take approximately five to seven business days for students to receive their print-on-demand books.

Physical Course Materials Information

Students enrolled in courses that require physical materials will receive these materials automatically at the address on file with Columbia College.  Delivery date of physical materials is dependent on registration date and shipping location.  Please refer to confirmation emails sent from Ed Map for more details on shipping status.

Returns:  Students who drop a course with physical course materials will be responsible for returning those items to Ed Map within 30 days of receipt of the order.  More specific information on how to do so will be included in the package received from Ed Map.  See here for Ed Map's return policy.  Failure to return physical items from a dropped course will result in a charge to the student account for all unreturned items.

Students who opt-out of having their books provided as part of TruitionSM are responsible for purchasing their own course materials.  Visit for details.


Columbia College Policy - The Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) affords students certain rights with respect to their education records.  For more information, see the Columbia College Family Education Rights and Privacy Policy.

Student Accessibility Resources

Columbia College Policy - Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources.  Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted.  If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible.  The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible.  Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626.  For more information, see the Columbia College ADA and Section 504 Policy for Students.

Alcohol and Other Drugs: Columbia College Policies & Resources

Columbia College Policy - Columbia College recognizes the negative health effects associated with the use, possession, and distribution of controlled and/or illicit substances, and their detrimental impact on the quality of the educational environment.  Therefore, all members of the College community share in the responsibility of protecting the campus environment by exemplifying high standards of professional and personal conduct.  For more information and resources, see the Columbia College Alcohol and Other Drugs Policy.

Tobacco-Free Policy

Columbia College Policy - The following policy goes into effect on August 21, 2017.  Columbia College values and is concerned for the health and well-being of its students, employees and visitors. The College is committed to providing a healthful and productive educational and employment environment for members of the College community. Consistent with this commitment and in the interest of the general health and welfare of the College community, the College prohibits the use of all tobacco products and related devices on all College property and premises.  For more information, see the Columbia College Tobacco-Free Policy.


Columbia College Policy - Discrimination, harassment, and retaliation on the basis of protected status (see Notice of Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity for a definition of "protected status") are strictly prohibited. Persons who engage in such conduct are subject to discipline up to and including termination or dismissal.  For more information, see the Columbia College Non-Discrimination and Equal Opportunity Policy and Complaint Resolution Procedure.

Columbia College Policy Library

Columbia College Policy - The policies set forth in the Online Policy Library are the current official versions of College policies and supersede and replace any other existing or conflicting policies covering the same subject matter.  The Online Policy Library is currently under construction with new policies being added on a frequent basis and the policies currently listed are not comprehensive of every College policy.  Questions regarding the Online Policy Library should be directed to the Office of the General Counsel.  For more information on policies applicable to students, see Student Policies.  For more information on policies applicable to the entire Columbia College community, see College-Wide Policies.

Technical Support

Columbia College Policy - If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Technology Solutions Center, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance.  If you have technical problems with the VitalSource eText reader, please contact VitalSource.  Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

        - Columbia College Technology Solutions Center:, 1-800-231-2391 ext. 4357

        - D2L Helpdesk:, 1-877-325-7778

        - VitalSource:, 1-855-200-4146


Course Evaluations - All students are encouraged to complete the online course evaluations. Students are notified by way of CougarMail when the evaluations are available. The evaluations are used to help instructors improve their teaching techniques. They are reviewed carefully by the Evening Campus Director, Assistant Director, and several AHE Administrators. Student should know that all responses are completely confidential, instructors only view results after grades are posted. Your input is valued and appreciated.

Late graded assignment/activity policy - All graded assignments or activities are due when stated in the syllabus or by the instructor. Graded assignments or activities submitted after the stated due date/time will not receive any credit unless the instructor has specifically stated that full or partial credit may be awarded to late submissions.


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