Personality Syllabus

PSY 3113 Fall, 2017

Professor: Dr. Travis Langley              Office: McBrien 301-F

Required textbook:
Theories of Personality, by Schultz and Schultz.


This course looks at personality, your characteristic pattern of behavior. The course examines the topic from a variety of theoretical perspectives, and explores such topics as personality development, gender roles, personality disorders, character types, and other stuff.


Exam Date 8th edition 9th edition 10th edition
UNIT 1 Wed., 9/14 Chapters 1-3 Introduction, Ch. 1-2 Ch. 1-3
UNIT 2 Wed., 10/5 Chapters 4-6, 8
optional for bonus: ch. 7
Ch. 3-4, 6,
Fromm handout
optional: ch. 5
Ch. 4-6,
Fromm handout
optional: H. Murray
UNIT 3 Wed., 10/26 Chapters 9-12
optional: ch. 13
Chapters 7-9
optional: chapter 11
Chapters 7-10
optional: chapter 11
UNIT 4 Wed., 11/30 Ch. 16, personality disorders
optional: ch. 18
Chapter 12, personality disorders
optional: chapter 14
Chapter 12, personality disorders
optional: chapter 14
FINAL Refer to fall schedule for time/date. Cumulative plus chapter 15
0ptional: ch. 17
Cumulative plus chapter 13
optional: epilogue
Cumulative plus chapter 13
optional: chapter 15

Refer to official schedule for last day to drop with grade of W. After that, the professor will not assign a grade of WP to someone who is failing.


Each unit will conclude with a 40-item multiple choice exam covering lecture notes, assigned readings, and class discussion. Bring #2 pencils and Scantron sheets for every test. Erase errors completely or use correction fluid to cover incomplete erasures. Any answer marked wrong due to an incomplete erasure is simply wrong. After all, if you know you can get credit by going up to a professor later and say, “Look, I didn’t erase a couple of errors, and it counted one of them wrong,” that would not motivate you to be careful and responsible in the first place. Making responsible work habits part of your PERSONALITY will benefit you in all areas of life. On every test, put your name and ID# on the front of the answer sheet and the back of the test, or the professor will subtract a point.

ONE test score will be dropped: either your lowest test score (even if it’s the final) or one missing test score. Although the cumulative final will have up to twice as many questions, it will weigh the same as any other test. There will be NO makeup tests. There’s no such thing as a perfectly fair makeup test, so that’s why your professor simply drops a test instead.


Test questions range in difficulty to get an accurate idea of exactly how much you know and understand about the course material. The scale on the 40+ point tests is simply this:

A         35.1 –>
B         30.1 – 35
C         25.1 – 30
D         20.1 – 25
F             <– 20.0

Your professor reserves the right to subtract any number of points from the grade of someone who disrupts class (which includes monopolizing discussion or talking over the professor), or to assign a course grade of F to someone caught cheating. If you walk into class late, take a seat in the back near the door instead of walking through the class and being a distraction. Keep track of your own grades. If you want to keep up with your grades, write down your numerical scores along the way, not the letter grade for each test.

Writing Across the Curriculum: The last question on every test will be “What else did you learn from the current course material that was not otherwise covered by this test?” The normal maximum credit for this is 3 points, although someone who writes a lot of extra material might earn 3.5 or 4.0. As a rule of thumb, you get half a point per distinct fact provided in your answer. Do not simply write a name or term. Write complete sentences and tell what you learned about that name or term. For example: Writing Julian Rotter would earn no credit by itself. Writing that Rotter developed the idea of locus control would get you half a point. Defining locus of control would get you another half. Good examples could get another half. To earn full credit on the bonus question, you really need to talk about multiple topics.


Lectures and tests will normally be held in class on Mondays and Wednesdays. We will not usally meet in class on Fridays except for the last week of class and several times when I’ll be gone for conventions or other speaking engagements. Friday classes will normally be held online. However, if for some reason the Internet day has to be some other day of the week, then class will meet on the Friday of that week. Each week you will be given Internet-based study assignments to be completed by the end of class time Friday, for which you will receive a grade. If computer difficulties keep you from getting it done on time, well, that means you should have done it earlier because they’ll normally be up for at least three days before they’re due. Assignments MUST be received by their stated deadlines (the end of class time on the due date). Your end-of-semester total for these assignments will be equal in value to one test.


The #1 correlate with poor grades in any class is absenteeism. Poor attendance, therefore, punishes itself. Anyone who does not attend class at all during the first week will be dropped (because apparently they’re not really taking the class). The professor reserves the right to drop anyone for profound absenteeism. If you aren’t here when roll is taken, the reason does not matter. Unless you miss a test, do not tell me that you’re going to miss class or why you missed after the fact. If you miss class, you are responsible for getting copies of the notes from fellow students and asking them what you missed.

Class participation, however, will be more likely to help your grade than signing a roll sheet.

Because doing Internet assignments counts as attendance, missing an assignment counts as missing class. People who miss three assignments could be dropped from the class without notice.


Your phone and other electronic devices must be OFF and OUT OF SIGHT. If your phone rings or vibrates loudly enough for your professor to hear it during class, every ring is a classroom disruption and can cost you points. If it rings once, make sure it does not ring a second time. Do not text during class because that is distracting to others. If you need to be on your phone that badly, then you need to be somewhere else. Each time your phone is in sight (yours or mine) during class, you lose a point from your best test grade.

If your phones or notes are visible during a test, that will be treated as cheating because too many students use their phones to cheat. I do not have to confirm what was on your phone. (Also, do not wear hats during tests. If I have to remind you of this on test day, you lose a point. Seriously, this is a dumb reason to lose a point and yet it keeps happening, but having your phone visible is an even dumber reason for failing a test and getting reported to the university.

Don’t use computers to take classroom notes. Sorry, but too many professors have run into problems with people distracting other students by sitting there surfing the Internet.


The best way to contact your professor is via email at

If you do not normally use your email address, you MUST set it up to forward messages to you because if I have to email a message to the class, that’s where the system will send it. You are responsible for making certain you are set up to receive messages from your professor.

Students with disabilities:  Individuals who may need academic accommodation based on the impact of a documentable disability (e.g.: sensory, learning, psychological, medical, mobility) should contact the Disability Resource Center for assistance (Foster Hall, first floor, 870-230-5475).  For more information, visit the DRC website at

The schedule and other details in this syllabus may be subject to revision.

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