Introduction to Personality

Faculty
Humanities & Social Sciences
Department
Psychology
Course Code
PSYC 3331
Credits
3.00
Semester Length
15
Max Class Size
35
Method Of Instruction
Lecture
Typically Offered
To be determined
Campus
New Westminster

Overview

Course Description
The purpose of this course is to introduce students to theory and research in personality. Students will examine such topics as the assessment of personality, personality development, biological processes and personality, health and personality, personality disorders, and treatments aimed at modifying personality.
Course Content

 

  1. The History of Personality Assessment
  2. Contemporary Methods of Assessing Personality
  3. Personality Traits
  4. The Validity and Reliability of Personality Inventories and Tests
  5. Theories of Personality
  6. The Heritability of Personality
  7. The Interaction Among Personality, Genes, and the Environment
  8. Physiological Correlates of Personality Traits
  9. Psychological Correlates of Personality Traits
  10. Personality Disorders
  11. Modifying Personality Through Treatment

 

Methods Of Instruction

The course will involve a number of instructional methods such as the following:

 

  • lectures
  • audio visual materials
  • group discussions
  • computer simulated exercises
  • classroom demonstrations

 

Means of Assessment

The course evaluation will be in accordance with Douglas College and Psychology Department Policy. Evaluations will be based on the course objectives. Specific evaluation criteria will be provided by the instructor at the beginning of the semester.

An example of a possible evaluation scheme would be:

2 Mid Term Exams (worth 20% each) - 40%

Literature review paper - 20%

Oral presentation of paper highlights - 10%

Final Exam - 30%

Total - 100%

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of the course the successful student will be able to:

 

  1. Describe the history of personality assessment.
  2. Describe how personality inventories are constructed and used.
  3. Describe how projective tests of personality are constructed and used.
  4. Distinguish between different types of validity.
  5. Distinguish between different types of reliability.
  6. Evaluate the validity and reliability of contemporary personality inventories.
  7. Evaluate the validity and reliability of contemporary projective tests of personality.
  8. Explain the interaction between personality and situational factors.
  9. Describe and evaluate the major theoretical perspectives of personality (ie: dispositional, biological, psychodynamic, psychiatric, trait, existential, phenomenological, learning, and cognitive).
  10. Describe research conducted to test the major theories of personality.
  11. Explain how the heritability of personality is assessed.
  12. Identify the role of biological and environmental processes in personality development and change.
  13. Describe research on the relationship between personality and physical health.
  14. Describe research on the relationship between personality and mental disorders.
  15. Identify and describe the various personality disorders.
  16. Describe therapeutic techniques used to treat people with personality disorders.

 

Textbook Materials

Textbook(s) such as the following, the list will be updated periodically:

  • Olson, M. H. & Hergenhahn, B. R. (2011). An Introduction to Theories of Personality (8th Ed.). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Pearson Publishing.
  • Crowne, D.P. Personality theory (current ed.). Toronto, ON: Oxford University Press.

 

Requisites

Prerequisites

and

  • PSYC 2301 or alternative research methods course (with instructor approval)

Corequisites

No corequisite courses.

Equivalencies

Courses listed here are equivalent to this course and cannot be taken for further credit:

  • No equivalency courses

Requisite for

This course is not required for any other course.

Course Guidelines

Course Guidelines for previous years are viewable by selecting the version desired. If you took this course and do not see a listing for the starting semester / year of the course, consider the previous version as the applicable version.

Course Transfers

Institution Transfer Details Effective Dates
Coquitlam College (COQU) COQU PSYC 201 (3) 2008/01/01 to -
Kwantlen Polytechnic University (KPU) KPU PSYC 2370 (3) 2008/01/01 to -
Langara College (LANG) LANG PSYC 2XXX (3) 2008/01/01 to -
Simon Fraser University (SFU) SFU PSYC 270 (3) 2008/01/01 to 2014/12/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 212 (3) 2008/01/01 to 2010/08/31
Thompson Rivers University (TRU) TRU PSYC 2120 (3) 2010/09/01 to -
Trinity Western University (TWU) TWU PSYC 301 (3) 2008/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Okanagan (UBCO) UBCO PSYO 241 (3) 2008/01/01 to -
University of British Columbia - Vancouver (UBCV) UBCV PSYC 2nd (3) 2008/01/01 to -
University of Northern BC (UNBC) UNBC PSYC 306 (3) 2008/01/01 to -
University of the Fraser Valley (UFV) UFV PSYC 370 (3) 2008/01/01 to -
University of Victoria (UVIC) UVIC PSYC 2XX (1.5) 2008/01/01 to -

Course Offerings

Winter 2021

CRN
Days
Dates
Start Date
End Date
Instructor
Status
Location
15771
Tue
04-Jan-2021
- 12-Apr-2021
04-Jan-2021
12-Apr-2021
Rochefort
Stephen
Waitlist
Online
This course will include synchronous on-line tests/exams. Students should plan to be available on-line at scheduled course times.
Max
Enrolled
Remaining
Waitlist
35
34
1
5
Days
Building
Room
Time
Tue
9:30 - 12:20