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Psychology of Personality
PSY 324
Web-Based Course

Course Syllabus

Instructor: Dr. Tim Paul
Telephone: 316.838.0487(H)  316.755.7130(W)   316.755.7117(F)

e-mail: vchsgwsu@hotmail.com


Initial class to be held on Wednesday, January 20, 1999
in room 128 Jabara Hall (1st floor, south end of building)
5:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.

It is imporant that you attend this initial class as passwords for the course materials will be distributed, along with a demonstration of the discussion board software.

Required Resources:

Engler, Barbara (1995). Personality Theories: An Introduction (4th Ed.).
Boston, Houghton Mifflin Company.

Ackerman, Paul D. (1997). Framework Educational Software.
Wichita State University, Wichita, KS.67260-3720



PSY 111Q - General Psychology

General education further studies course. This course is an examiniation of psychoanalytic, behavioral, trait, and other contemporary theories of human personality.

The course focuses on major factors influencing personality, results of research in the area, ways of assessing personality, and some of the methods of treating personality disorders. Case studies are presented and discussed.


Course Objectives:

This course is intended to provide the student a knowledge of major personality theories and to stimulate critical thinking. The substance of the course will:

  • Present a clear and concise picture of the important personality theories.

  • Focus on significant ideas and themes that structure the context of the different personality theories.

  • Provide criteria to guide the evaluation of each theory.

This knowledge will be gained through reading the chapters of the book, discussion forum via the WWW, completing a computerized tutorial, and multiple-choice quizzes.


Course requirements:

  1. This class will consist of self-paced, self-study of the text. The role of the instructor is to facilitate your learning of the course material, but your role is that of the active learner. There will be no lecture. You must master the material. The instructor will provide guidance, evaluation of your learning efforts, feedback, and structure. You will work through the chapters at your own pace. You must complete the work by the end of the session. You can use student computers in Jabara Hall, the WSU West Side computer lab, WSU Downtown computer lab, WSU Southside computer lab, or your own computer to use the computerized tutorial and multiple choice practice quizzes. I will work with you to make sure you understand how to use the World Wide Web to complete this course.

  2. You will be expected to purchase a computer testing disk from the bookstore ($3.75) to complete this course. Go to the cash register and ask for the Psychology of Personality diskette.

  3. This course will offer a discussion board via the World Wide Web. Each student will be expected to take part in discussions focusing on a variety of questions that will be posed for each chapter. To earn an "A" letter grade you must particiapte at least twice each month (January - May). Your response should be thoughtful and prepared for intellectual discourse. SpellCheck your work before you send it in. Participation points will be awarded on interaction and quality of discussion for each thread. These discussions will comprise approximately 25% of your grade. If you have a question that you want posed directly to me, you can email me direct via the web or your personal email program.

  4. There will be chapter overviews via the World Wide Web that you should view prior to using the vocabulary tutorial.

  5. Take the computer-generated fill-in-the-blank key terms tutorial (it is on the disk that you purchase from the bookstore), prior to reading each chapter in your book. Learning these key terms will enhance your knowledge of the material, thus you will move through the book at a faster rate than if you did not use the tutorial prior to reading the text.

Take the key terms tutorial in the 'learning mode' until you achieve 100%. Then run through the key terms 'random quiz mode'. If you don't get 100% on the random quiz, keep working till you get 100%. The random quiz mode will provide you with a measure of how accurately you know the material.

  1. Once you have achieved 100% on the key terms, then read the chapter, then take the multiple choice quiz over the chapter till you achieve 100%. There are 17 chapters, a conclusion, and a comprehensive practice quizzes.

  2. Your scores on the comprehensive practice quiz will be a predictive measure of how well you will perform on the comprehensive written final examination. By practicing the comprehensive until you achieve 100%, you will be prepared for the final examination. Give yourself time to work through the comprehensive quiz. You will need a few days of computer work to achieve 100%. So, allow time at the end to work on it.

  3. Your last random quiz and multiple choice quiz for each topic will contribute to your grade. Turn your disk into the instructor by the last day that classes are held. The computerized key terms tutorial and multiple choice practice quizzes will comprise roughly 25% of your grade.

  4. The final exam will be held at ______________________________.
    The written final examination will count as 50% of your grade.

    Students are invited to complete the computer quizzes at any time before the end of the semester.

Grading scale:

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


Dr. Tim Paul
Department of Psychology
College of Liberal Arts & Sciences
437 Jabara Hall
Wichita State University
Wichita, KS 67260-0078
316.838.0487 (H) 316.755.7130 (W)
e-mail: vchsgwsu@hotmail.com