Description: Official UIU LogoPERSONALITY PSYCHOLOGY SYLLABUS                                                    
Course:  PSY 432 1A 05
Oct 24, 2016 – Dec 16, 2016




Stephen Weiss, Ph.D.

Office: LA 214

Office Phone #: 563-425-5916

Office Hours


MTRF 11:50 AM – 12:50 PM; 2:05-2:35 PM & by appointment


Class Room: LA 112

Class Schedule:

MTRF 12:50-2:05 PM



This page last updated: 10/24/17 – 12:00 PM


PowerPoint Presentations                                                 


Chapters: 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 8, 9, 10, 11, 13, 16, 17


Course Description

n  This course will examine the major theories of personality, both historic and contemporary, the various means of assessing personality and how research is conducted in the field. This course will also address the joint contributions of genes and environment to the development of personality, the psychobiology of personality, stability and change in personality, as well as gender and cultural differences.



n  After successful completion of this course, students will be able to demonstrate the following:

·         Have an understanding of the various theories of personality and be able to evaluate the strengths and limitations of each

·         Have an understanding of research methods in the field and be able to select appropriate methods for addressing research questions

·         Have an understanding of various personality measures and be able to evaluate their effectiveness

·         Understand the complexity of the joint genetic and environmental contributions to the development of personality

·         Be able to communicate clearly and concisely about personological concepts using various media


Prerequisites:  PSY 190


Credits: 3

Required Text: Engler, B. A. (2014). Personality: 9th Edition. California: Wadsworth.


Responsibilities & Policies:

n  Student Responsibilities: Students are expected to be familiar with UIU policies and procedures. Many of the important policies and procedures are on the UIU website, located at


Statement on Academic Integrity:

Cheating, Academic Dishonesty and Plagiarism

Because cheating, academic dishonesty and plagiarism constitute a denial of the University’s and the offender’s own integrity, they will not be tolerated.

Cheating includes, but is not limited to: 

Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to: 

 Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to: 

Detected cheating or plagiarism will result in consequences that may, at the professor’s discretion, include course failure. In addition, an offender can be reported to the Faculty/Student Conduct Board for possible further disciplinary action. Refer to the Student Handbook at


Withdrawal Policy 

n  The last day to drop this course is November 24th. You will need to contact the registrar and get written documentation of your official withdrawal. Additionally, according to UIU policy, a student will be administratively withdrawn from this class if they miss five consecutive class periods before this date.   



Grading Criteria


4 Tests (100 points each)


Research Paper




5 Study Group Assignments (5 pts each)





Note: Above grading criteria is not subject to change. No extra credit assignments will be offered.


Grading System:




Total Pts






































Note: Excessive absences will negatively affect your grade. Specifically, more than eight absences will result in a decrease of a full letter grade (for example from D to F).



n  All tests will be part multiple choice, true/false and short answer format. There will be no make-ups for these exams - unless, there is an emergency and I am informed within a reasonably timeframe.


Reading Assignments

n  The majority of the readings will come from the textbook. Additional readings will be assigned as well.


Personality Assessment Presentation

n  Small group presentation; students will select a personality test (projective test or psychometric test) and design a class presentation.

n  Specific guidelines related to this assignment are below.

n  Presentations will be given on Nov 27th


Presentation Guidelines


Research Paper

n  Students will be required to write a 9-10 page paper (maximum ten pages) during this semester. The body of the paper is 6-7 pages (title page, abstract, and references will make up the rest).

n  Specific guidelines related to this assignment are below.

n  Due date: Dec 7th


Paper Guidelines


APA Guidelines


Sample APA Format


Study Group Assignments

n  Throughout the term there will be five in-class study group sessions (approx. 15-20 minutes sessions).

n  These will be reaction/reflection type assignments relating to a specific theorist/theory we have discussed in class.

n  One page summary (maximum) will be submitted for a grade.

n  Cumulative peer review will be taken into consideration.


Use of Electronic Devices

n  Use of cell phones and similar devices are not allowed during class; exceptions may be made upon request.

n  Texting is PROHIBITED!

n  I will post all PowerPoint presentations as well as other materials on my website. Laptops, etc. can be used to follow along or type in notes related to this website only. Going to other websites during class is not allowed.


Academic Accommodations

·         It is the policy of Upper Iowa University to ensure equal access to educational and co-curricular activities to students with disabilities as mandated by the Americans with Disabilities Act Amendments Act (ADAAA) and Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973. A student seeking accommodations should contact the Director of Disability Services (DDS) as early in the term as possible. In order to receive accommodations, students must disclose their disability to the DDS by completing a Voluntary Disclosure Form, as well as providing appropriate documentation. The Voluntary Disclosure Form is available in the DDS’ office or online at Students will be given a Request for Accommodations Contract during their initial appointment with the CDS. This appointment will be in person for Fayette campus students and over the phone for Center, Online, and Self-Paced students. It is the student’s responsibility to provide the instructors with a copy of the Request for Accommodations Contract. (For Center or online students, these contracts are emailed out to instructors by the DDS for the student). Additionally, students should work cooperatively with their instructors throughout the term to make sure that appropriate accommodations are being made. You can contact the DDS, Kellie A. Blanchard at (563) 425-5949,, or stop by her office in the Student Center, Office of Student Development, Room 229.


Class Cancellation

·         Concerning official university cancellations, the UIU website should be utilized to confirm these class cancellations. If I need to cancel class for any reason, students will be notified via email.


Submitting Work

·         All written assignments must be submitted as directed in Microsoft Word format, either as a .doc or .docx file.   

·         Hard-copy submission of paper is required in class on day paper is due. However, on certain occasions I will allow for an electronic submission. Two rules must be followed concerning electronic submissions: (1) file submitted is from a Word document; (2) your submission is not official unless I have sent a confirmation return email of its receipt.

·         If a hard-copy of your paper is left in my mailbox or office (and thus has not been handed to me in person) you must also send me an email informing me of this and your submission is not official unless I have sent a confirmation return email of its receipt.


Other Resources 

·         Tutoring Services: 563-425-5853

·         Counseling Services at UIU: 563-425-5786

·         Advising and Career Resources: 563-425-5229

·         Writing Center: 563-425-5854







Schedule of Classes


Tentative Topics


Oct 23

Syllabus; Introduction: What is personality?

Chapter 1

Oct 24, 26

Psychoanalytic Approach, Freudian Theory; etc.

Chapter 2

Oct 27, 30

Neopsychoanalytic Approach: Carl Jung

Chapter 3

Oct 31, Nov 2

Neopsychoanalytic Approach: Interpsychic Theories

Chapter 4

Nov 3

TEST 1: Chapters 1-4


Nov 6, 7

Neopsychoanalytic Approach: Psychoanalytic Social Psychology

Chapter 5

Nov 9, 10

Ego-Analytic Psychology

Chapter 6

Nov 13, 14

Experimental Analysis of Behavior

Chapter 8

Nov 16

TEST 2: Chapters 5-6, 8


Nov 17, 20

Social Learning Theories

Chapter 9

Nov 21

Trait & Personology

Chapter 10

Nov 23, 24

Thanksgiving Break – No Class – Enjoy!


Nov 27



Nov 28, 30

Genetic & Evolutionary Theories

Chapter 11

Dec 1

TEST 3: Chapters 9-11



Reminder: Research Paper is due next class (Dec 7th)


Dec 4, 5


Chapter 13

Dec 6, 7

Cognitive-Behavioral Theories

Chapter 16

Dec 11, 12

Zen Buddism

Chapter 17

Dec 14

10:00-11:50 AM


TEST 4: Chapters 13, 16-17