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Personality (PSYCH 154) Syllabus
SPRING 2007

 Personality (PSYCH 154) is held on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays from 10:30 a.m. – 11:45 a.m., in Science 2, Room 107.  This 4-unit course is designed to give students an overview of the field of personality.  In this course, students will learn about the concept of personality, the various components and theories of personality, and contemporary research and issues in the field of personality.  The first half of the course will focus on the basic theoretical and empirical approaches to understanding the concept of personality.  The second half of the course will focus on contemporary research and issues in personality. 

Syllabus for Personality

Spring 2007                                                                 California State University, Fresno
 Classroom Location: S2, Room 107                           Instructor Name:  Sundé M. Nesbit, Ph.D.
Units:  4 credits                                                            Instructor Room: S2, Room #330
Time: Mon, Wed, and Fri, 10:30-11:45                        e-mail:   snesbit@csufresno.edu
                                                                                    Telephone:  278-5471
                                                                                    Office Hrs: Mon, Wed, & Fri 9:00-10:20 (also by appointment)

Course Goals and Primary Learning Outcomes

The general goals of this course are to introduce students to the various concepts and issues surrounding the field of personality research in psychology.

Once this course is completed, students are expected to be able to:

  • Be thoroughly familiar with basic concepts in the field of personality.
  • Be familiar with the various components and theories of personality.
  • Know contemporary research and understand ongoing issues in this field.

Prerequisites

Psychology major or minor status.  Students are also expected to have foundations in basic writing and critical thinking skills prior to enrolling in this course. 

Students who are having difficulty completing writing assignments may want to seek additional assistance from the C.S.U., Fresno Writing Center (http://www.csufresno.edu/writingcenter/).

What You Will Need for this Course

Larsen, R. J., & Buss, D. M.  (2006).  Personality Psychology:  Domains of Knowledge about Human Nature.  (Third Edition.)  Boston:  McGraw Hill Publishers.

Students will also need to have access to this course online through the Blackboard system (http://blackboard.csufresno.edu/webapps/login/).  If you have been officially enrolled in this class, then you should have access to this course by the end of the first week of class (or as noted by the professor).  If you do not have access, then please let me know.

Class Format

Students are expected to come to class having read the assigned chapters and prepared for class discussion.  Although a substantial portion of this class will consist of lecture, there will also be films, experiments, demonstrations, guest presentations, and expected class participation in discussion.  In-class labs will be scheduled on Fridays throughout the semester, and all students are expected to contribute to these projects.  In addition, a writing assignment will be required of all students in this class (see details below).

Examinations

There will be three quizzes in this class. All quizzes are multiple choice questions designed to measure each student’s knowledge, understanding, and application of textbook, lecture, and handout material.  Each quiz is worth 100 points.  They are scheduled at various points in the first half of the semester, as indicated by the course schedule (noted at the end of the syllabus).

There will be no makeup quizzes in this class, and missed quizzes will be counted as a zero.  The only exceptions to this rule are the following: (1) a medical problem, which requires a note signed by the attending physician that includes the physician’s telephone number; (2) mandatory attendance at a C.S.U., Fresno-sanctioned event, which requires you to notify me 48 hours before the exam and also requires a note signed by the sponsoring coach or faculty member; or (3) a death in the family, which requires verification and/or notification in advance.  It is up to the discretion of the professor whether makeup quizzes will be granted.

Class Readings

Required readings are listed in the course schedule included in the syllabus.  It is expected (and strongly recommended) that readings be completed prior to lecture.  The readings are designed to get you to think about the topics lectured on in class.  Readings will also help you understand the material covered in class.

Personality Opinion Survey

A questionnaire will be administered in this course that asks each student to reflect on their knowledge and opinions about various personality topics.  This questionnaire will be handed out in class during the first week of class, and a scantron of your answers is due in class by Wednesday, January 24.  (NOTE:  If you add this class late, you MUST see the instructor to get a copy of the questionnaire and complete it outside of class.)  The questionnaire will be handed out in class, and is worth 10 points.  (You will want to hold onto your questionnaire packet throughout the semester, as it contains several questionnaires that are useful for homework assignments.) 

In-Class Labs and Major Assignments

There will be eleven in-class labs assigned on Fridays throughout the semester.  Each of these labs will require class participation and completion of a lab exercise, either in class or over the following weekend.  Although they are noted on the class schedule and are scheduled to occur on Fridays, they are subject to date changes. 

Assignments will be related to work done in in-class labs.  Assignments will be posted on Blackboard, and will be due at the beginning of class the following Monday (or the next lecture after each lab).  Each assignment will be worth 10 points. Your lowest two lab assignments will be dropped.

Final Paper

The final paper is designed to make you think critically about the concept of personality.  It will give you the opportunity to put forth everything that has been learned in the course, as well as your own thoughts concerning personality in a reasoned and descriptive manner.  You will be given a choice among three questions to answer pertaining to the topic of personality.  One class period (tentatively scheduled on February 2) will be devoted to a discussion of the papers, and more formal instructions will be handed out at that time.  Another class period (tentatively scheduled on March 28) will be devoted to answering additional questions and addressing concerns about this paper. 

The paper is worth 100 points, and will be due April 20 at the beginning of class.  Papers accepted after 10:45 a.m. of that day will be considered late.  Late assignments will be penalized one letter grade for each day after the due date and time. 

Class Attendance

Although class attendance is not mandatory, students who attend lecture typically do better than those who do not.  Moreover, a substantial portion of the content on exams is based on information taken from lectures.

Grading

Grades will be assigned on the basis of the following criteria:  Three quizzes (100 points each, 300 points total); one personality opinion survey (10 points); ten class assignments (10 points each, 100 points total); and one paper assignment (100 points). The total possible score for the class is 500 points.  Course grades will be calculated as a percentage, by the number of points earned in the class divided by 600 (then multiplied by 100).  Course grades will then be assigned as follows:

                        A                     90% - 100%
                        B                      80% - 89%
                        C                     70% - 79%
                        D                     60% - 69%
                        F                      under 60%

Grades will be rounded up to the nearest whole number in order to determine the assignment of course grades.  For example, if a student receives an 89.51% in the course, then they will receive an ‘A’ for this course.  If the student receives an 89.49% in the course, then this constitutes a ‘B’ for the course.  No exceptions will be made with this grading policy. 

Course Policies

Deadlines.  Deadlines are firm.  Extensions for assignments and/or exams will only be granted in cases of extenuating circumstances.  All work must be completed by the end of the course or the student will receive an ‘F’ for the course.

Policy on Lecture Notes.  I do not supply lecture notes.  If you have to miss class, arrange for someone to take notes for you. 

University Policies

Students with Disabilities.  Students with documented disabilities who may need academic accommodations should discuss these needs with me during the first two weeks of class.  Students should also contact Services to Students with Disabilities (278-2811).

Honor Code.  Members of the C.S.U., Fresno academic community (including students and faculty) must adhere to the principles of academic integrity and mutual respect while engaged in university work and related activities.  Students are expected to abide by the C.S.U., Fresno Honor Code.  This includes:

  • Understanding and seeking clarification about expectations for academic integrity in this course (this includes no cheating, plagiarism, and inappropriate collaboration).
  • Neither giving nor receiving unauthorized aid on examinations or other course work that is used by the instructor as the basis of grading.
  • Taking responsibility to monitor academic dishonesty in any form and to report it to the instructor or other appropriate official for action.

Any violation of this will be dealt with according to university procedures.

Cheating and Plagiarism.  Academic dishonesty in any form (e.g., cheating, plagiarism, lying) will result in an ‘F’ for the course.  Moreover, all cases of academic dishonesty will be reported to the Dean and could potentially result in expulsion from the university.  SO DON’T DO IT!!!  For more information on the University’s policy regarding cheating and plagiarism, refer to the Class Schedule (Legal Notices on Cheating and Plagiarism) or the University Catalog (Policies and Regulations).  You may also refer to: http://academicaffairs.csufresno.edu/assocprovost/RequiredSyllabusPolicyStatements.htm

Cheating is the actual or attempted practice of fraudulent or deceptive acts for the purpose of improving one's grade or obtaining course credit; such acts also include assisting another student to do so. Typically, such acts occur in relation to examinations. However, it is the intent of this definition that the term 'cheating' not be limited to examination situations only, but that it include any and all actions by a student that are intended to gain an unearned academic advantage by fraudulent or deceptive means.

Plagiarism is the act of presenting the ideas, words, or other intellectual property of another as one’s own.  The use of other people’s work must be properly acknowledged and referenced in all written material.  The use of material without acknowledgment is an offense.

Bear in mind that allowing another to copy one’s work is an academic offense just as is copying from someone else.  Furthermore, submitting the same paper for two courses without arrangement is also an academic offense.

Use of Computers.  All students are expected to have his/her own computer or have personal access to a workstation, along with a modem, a printer, and all recommended software.  It is expected that you will have 24-hour access to a computer workstation and the necessary communication links to the University’s information resources.

Disruptive Behavior.  The classroom is a special environment in which students and faculty come together to promote learning and growth.  It is essential to this learning environment that respect for the right of others seeking to learn, respect for the professionalism of the instructor, and the general goals of academic freedom are maintained.

Student behavior that disrupts the classroom will not be tolerated.  Disruptive behavior includes speech and behavior that are clearly disrespectful of either the instructor or other students.  Such conduct includes, but is not limited to, physically or verbally abusive behavior, interruptions of the instructor or other students, failure to adhere to the instructor’s rules or instructions, vulgar or obscene language, clear disregard by the student of the instructor’s lecture (such as reading a newspaper or writing personal notes to other classmates), slurs and other forms of intimidation.  As the instructor, it is my responsibility to inform the chair in Psychology and the Dean of Science and Mathematics of any incident of disruptive classroom behavior.  Student conduct which disrupts the learning process will not be tolerated, and may lead to disciplinary action and/or removal from the classroom.

University Copyright Policy.  Please refer to www.lib.csufresno.edu/extra/copyright/ for information regarding copyright and fair use policies held by C.S.U., Fresno.

Tentative Course Schedule1

Day

Date

Assignment

Chapter(s)2

Supplements3

Wednesday

01/17

Introduction to class

 

 

Friday

01/19

Introduction to Personality

*Personality Opinion Survey handed out in class

1

 

Monday

01/22

Assessment

2

 

Wednesday

01/24

Assessment

*Surveys due at beginning of class

2

 

Friday

01/26

Lab #1: Utility of Assessment in Personality

2

 

Monday

01/29

Genetics & Personality

6

 

Wednesday

01/31

Genetics & Personality

6

 

Friday

02/02

Overview of Class Paper

 

Handout

Monday

02/05

Evolution & Personality

8

 

Wednesday

02/07

Evolution & Personality

8

Gosling & John (1999)

Friday

02/09

Lab #2:  Ideal Mate

 

 

Monday

02/12

Psychoanalytic Theory of Personality

9

 

Wednesday

02/14

Psychoanalytic Theory of Personality

9

 

Friday

02/16

Lab #3:  Projectives & Personality

 

 

Monday

02/19

PRESIDENT’S DAY- NO CLASS

 

 

Wednesday

02/21

Quiz #1

1, 2, 6, 8, 9

 

Friday

02/23

TBA

 

 

Monday

02/26

Neo-Analytic Theory of Personality

10

 

Wednesday

02/28

Humanistic Theory of Personality

10

Ch. 9 in F & S4

Friday

03/02

Lab #4:  Myers-Briggs Personality

 

 

Monday

03/05

Personality Types & Traits

3

 

Wednesday

03/07

Personality Types & Traits

4

 

Friday

03/09

Lab #5:  Big Five

 

 

Monday

03/12

Behaviorism & Personality

 

Ch. 6 in F & S4

Wednesday

03/14

Behaviorism

 

Ch. 6 in F & S4

Friday

03/16

Lab #6:  Shaping Behavior

 

 

Monday

03/19

Cognition & Personality

12

 

Wednesday

03/21

Emotion & Personality

13

 

Friday

03/23

Lab #7:  Person Perception

 

 

Monday

03/26

Quiz #2

3, 4, 10, 12, 13

Ch. 6, 9

in F & S4

Wednesday

03/28

Paper Appointments

 

 

Friday

03/30

CAESAR CHAVEZ DAY- NO CLASS

 

 

Monday

04/02

SPRING BREAK- NO CLASS

 

 

Wednesday

04/04

SPRING BREAK- NO CLASS

 

 

Friday

04/06

SPRING BREAK- NO CLASS

 

 


 

Monday

04/09

Personality & Relationships

15

 

Wednesday

04/11

Personality & Relationships

15

 

Friday

04/13

Lab #8:  Relationships

 

Kalmijn & Flap

Monday

04/16

Personality & Health

18

 

Wednesday

04/18

Personality & Health

18

 

Friday

04/20

Lab #9:  Type A Personality

*Papers due at beginning of class

 

 

Monday

04/23

Personality & Gender

16

 

Wednesday

04/25

Personality & Ethnicity

17

Kitayama et al.

Friday

04/27

Lab #10:  Machiavellianism

 

 

Monday

04/30

Love & Hate in Personality

 

Ch. 14

in F & S4

Wednesday

05/02

Personality & Sexual Relationships

 

 

Friday

05/04

Lab #11:  Disordered Behavior

 

 

Monday

05/07

Personality Disorders

19

 

Wednesday

05/09

Personality Disorders

19

 

Friday

05/11

CONSULTATION DAY5

 

 

Monday

05/14

Final Quiz

11:00-1:00 (in S2, Room 107- same classroom)

15, 16, 17, 19

Ch. 14

in F & S4

 1This syllabus and schedule are subject to change in the event of extenuating circumstances.  If you are absent from this class, it is your responsibility to check on announcements made while you were absent. 

2It is expected that students will have read the assigned chapters prior to attending class, unless noted otherwise by the professor.

3Unless otherwise noted, these supplemental readings will be administered by the professor.

4from Friedman, H. S., & Schustack, M. W. (2003).  Personality:  Classic Theories and Modern Research.  (Second Edition.)  Boston:  Allyn & Bacon Publishers.

5The professor will be available during class time in her office for consultation.  Any other times for consultation during the Spring 2007 semester consultation days (held on Thursday, May 10, and Friday, May 11) will be held either by appointment or as announced in class.

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