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Psychology of Personality

Course Details

Course Number
PSYC 4203
Section Number
PSYC 4203
Summer II 2011
Classroom Number
PY 102
Days & Times



Psychology of Personality

PSYC 4203, Section 401

Summer II, 2011


Professor:  Paul C. Guthrie, Ph.D.                                                      Office:  O-113

Office Hours:  12:15 – 1:00, M-Th                                                     Phone:  397-4178

Class Times:  10:10 – 12:10, M-Th                                                     Location:  PY 102



Text:  Ryckman, R. M. (2008). Theories of Personality (9th ed.). Belmont, CA:                  Thomson Wadsworth.


Course Objectives:  This course is intended as a survey of the major theories of personality development and functioning, including an introduction to personality assessment and current research.


Course Description:  Material will be presented in the form of class lectures and, hopefully, an occasional video presentation. Class lectures will be related to, but not identical with, material presented in the text, and you will be ed on both. Therefore, regular class attendance is required.

                Grades will be based on five equally weighted exams. s will consist of multiple-choice questions.


Grades:  Exams                (5 @ 100 points each)  100%


            A = 450 - 500 points

            B = 400 - 449

            C = 350 - 399

            D = 300 - 349

            F = less than 300 points


Tentative Reading and Exam Schedule


Unit I              (Chapters 1 - 3)  7/5 – 7/8


EXAM I          7/8


Unit II             (Chapters 4 - 7)  7/11 – 7/14


EXAM II        7/14


Unit III                       (Chapters 8 - 10)  7/18 – 7/21


EXAM III       7/21


Unit IV           (Chapters 11 - 14)  7/25 – 7/28


EXAM IV       7/28


Unit V             (Chapters 15 - 17)  8/1 – 8/4


FINAL EXAM           Thursday, 8/4


Attendance Policy:  Students are allowed three (3) absences. Once you exceed this limit, whether the absences are excused or not, you may be dropped from the course with a grade of “F.” I will not be responsible for recording attendance for students who are tardy.


Ten (10) points extra credit may be obtained by maintaining perfect attendance, defined as having no unexcused absences. Absences are excused only under the following circumstances:


            1.         the student provides a written excuse from a medical practitioner stating     

                        that the student was unable to attend class on the day(s) of the absence;

            2.         the student provides a written excuse from a medical practitioner stating     

                        that the student’s dependent child was ill on the day(s) of the absence;

            3.         the student provides a written excuse from an official of Midwestern State

                        University stating that the student was in attendance at a mandatory

                        university function on the day(s) of the absence.


In order for an absence to be excused, the written excuse must be provided within one week of the absence.


Funerals, employment-related absences, illnesses not requiring medical attention, job interviews, family emergencies, automobile problems, court appearances, etc. do not constitute excused absences.


Make-up Policy:  A mass make-up exam will be held on Thursday, 8/4, following the Final Exam, for anyone who misses any of the regularly scheduled exams. This is the only make-up, and failure to attend this session will result in a grade of  “0” for all missed exams. This may be a different format from the regular exams, at the discretion of the professor.


Cheating Policy:  Any evidence of cheating on exams, or plagiarism in the preparation of term papers, will result in dismissal from this class with a grade of “F.” To avoid questions of cheating, make sure you mark your Scantrons cleanly, with a No. 2 pencil. No grade changes will be made because of “Scantron error.”


Note:  Individuals requiring special accommodation may contact me after class or during office hours.


Also note: Pagers and cell phones are to be turned off during class. If you have a situation that requires you to receive calls, you need to contact me ahead of time, have your device on vibration mode, and take the call outside the classroom.

Dr. Paul C. Guthrie (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Submission Format Policy Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.
Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

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Campus Carry

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