SyllabusPSY321 - COURSE SYLLABUS Psychology of Personality...

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COURSE SYLLABUS Psychology of Personality (PSY 321) Fall 2011 Tuesday & Thursday 11:00 – 12:20, Norton 112 Instructor: Teaching Assistant: Dr. Ericka Simms Rob Beasley Office: Park Hall 220 Office: Park Hall 306 Phone: 645-0183 Email: E-mail: Office Hours: Mon. & Fri. Office Hours: Tues. & Thurs. 12:00 – 1:00 pm 1:00 – 1:50 pm or by appointment or by appointment Required Textbook: Funder, D.C. (2010). The Personality Puzzle (5th ed.). New York: W.W. Norton. Course Overview and Objectives: This course is designed to provide you with a basic introduction to personality psychology – the study of individuals’ characteristic patterns of thoughts, feelings, and behaviors. Personality psychology is a broad area of study that includes many theories and approaches and a growing field of research. This course will introduce seven perspectives or approaches to studying personality as well as theories, historical background, and modern research. This class will provide the opportunity to broaden your understanding of the science of personality and to think critically about the application of personality theory in everyday life. Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course, students should be able to: Identify the seven approaches to studying personality, including being able to Compare and contrast the seven approaches and Describe the strengths and weaknesses of each approach. Identify the types of topics studied by personality psychologists working from the various approaches. Explain research methods used by personality psychologists. Assess the soundness of personality theories by evaluating their basis in psychological research. Apply personality psychology concepts to everyday life experiences. Evaluation and Grading: Points/Grading Grades will be based on your performance on 3 exams and 17 chapter quizzes. There also will be one extra credit opportunity provided to students.
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- 2 - I plan on assigning grades based on the following guidelines, but I may apply a more liberal grading “curve” if this scale is deemed too harsh after evaluation of exam statistics. A curve will only be used to help you; it will not ever lower your grade. Thus, the final grading scale will not require students to perform any better than the guaranteed schedule shown below. Final percentages will be calculated by dividing the number of points earned by the total number of points.
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