Each week you will be asked to respond to 2 discussion questions (except week 2, which has 3). In addition to an original post to one of the discussion questions, a minimum of 2 additional posts to classmates’ ideas is required for full credit. Grading criteria are provided in the discussion assignments rubrics in the course Content.
In Week 1, you will be asked to introduce yourself to your classmates, using the “Personal Introductions” topic, located in the D2L Discussions area.
Analytical Discussion Assignments: The first discussion each week will present several critical thinking questions for you to choose from and develop a well thought out analysis. These assignments are intended to facilitate learning through critical analysis and evaluation of relevant issues, as well as dialogue among students. Citation of at least one scholarly source is required to earn higher grades. Examples and guidelines for APA style are also available in the course content area.Your initial response will be due by Wednesday and responses to classmates by Sunday (except in Week 8, when responses are due by Saturday).
Practical Discussion Assignments: The second discussion area in each week is titled “Explorations in Personality Psychology” and poses a critical thinking problem, often accompanied by a video, for you to think and write about. These assignments are intended to facilitate learning through “hands-on” exercises, practical experience, and the exchange of ideas and information with fellow students. These assignments consist of applied learning activities and do not require additional research or citation of references. Your initial response will be due by Friday and your responses to classmates by Sunday (except in Week 8, when responses are due by Saturday.
Each student is expected to write an original, scholarly paper, addressing a topic relevant to the course. You will be required to do a personality analysis of an important historical or contemporary person or a self-analysis by applying the theories studied in this course. Recommendations will be supplied to students who need assistance picking a topic. Specific requirements of the paper are available in the content area of the course.
The paper should demonstrate critical thinking skills commensurate with advanced levels of scholarship, such as evaluation, analysis and synthesis. The paper is expected to follow APA guidelines (refer to the APA Publication Manual and/or visit the APA website at www.apa.org for further assistance). The paper should be double-spaced, using a 12-point font size and a common font face, such as Times New Roman. The paper length is a minimum of 7 pages TOTAL. The body of the paper should be a minimum of four pages in length, excluding the title, abstract and reference pages. Grading criteria are provided in the Theory Paper Rubric in the Content area of the course.
Each student is required to complete an online quiz each week, except Weeks 4 (Midterm exam) & 8 (Final exam). Each quiz will consist of 20 multiple-choice questions covering the week’s assigned readings (except for week 1 which has 10 questions). Each week’s quiz may be completed at any time during the week but must be submitted online no later than by Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT for the assigned week, using the D2L Quizzes area for this course. Please note that all quizzes must be completed in one sitting and cannot be completed piecemeal or on separate occasions.
The Midterm Examination will be administered during Week 4. It will consist of 50 multiple-choice questions, covering all course readings to date. The exam is not proctored, and may be completed online, using the D2L Quizzes area, at any time during the period from Monday, 12:01 a.m. through Sunday, 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 4.
The Final Examination will be administered during Week 8. The Final Examination will consist of 60 multiple-choice, covering all course readings since the Midterm Examination; it is not comprehensive. The final exam is a proctored exam and no notes, books or aids are allowed. The exam may be completed online, using the D2L Quizzes area, at any time during the period from Monday, 12:01 a.m. through Saturday, 11:59 p.m. CT of Week 8.