PSYCH 4333


Fall, 2003


Instructor: William L. Hargett, Ph.D.

                    Office:  402 North Murray

                    Phone: 744-5702

                    Office Hours: 7:30-8:50 am Tuesday & Thursday


Prerequisites: PSYCH 1113, 3443


Course Objectives: This course is designed to present the basic assumptions of theories of personality, research and clinical issues related to personality theories.


Textbook:  Required Textbook: Personality Theory and Research (Eighth Edition, 2001).  Authors: Pervin, Lawrence A., & John, Oliver P. 


Course Outline and Activities: 


Readings:  Students will be required to read the entire textbook.  Other readings will be done in the form of journal reports and will be assigned throughout the semester at various times.  Five journal reports will be due on dates to be determined and will be completed on forms supplied by the instructor.


Paper:  A paper will be required for this class.  It will be a minimum of 10 pages (in the body of the paper), typed (double spaced), with a minimum of 8 references and concerning one of the theoretical approaches to personality covered in class or in the textbook.  Biographical papers related to personality theorists will be accepted as well as clinical issues related to personality development and topics related to research of personalities.


Tests:  Tests will be given on a regular basis covering information from the textbook and lecture notes.  Some material will be presented in class that is not found in the textbook and not all of the textbook material will be discussed in class.  Tests will be announced in advance and will be in the form of essay type tests.  There will be a comprehensive final exam.  The last test of the semester will be given at the final exam period and will cover the material from the previous test period to the end of the semester and all previous material from the semester. 






Grading Procedures:  Each test, the term paper and the journal reports (5 journal reports 20 points each) are worth 100 points each and will be averaged together to determine semester grades.  Letter grades will be earned according to the following grading scale:  A = 90 to 100

                          B = 80 to 89

                          C = 70 to 79

                          D = 60 to 69


Attendance:  Class participation is important for gaining all the material needed to do well on exams and to gain the most from the class.  Absenteeism will not automatically adversely effect your grades, however, the material missed by absences will bring about their own consequences.  Remember that students will be held responsible for all material presented in class including changes made in the syllabus during the semester. 


Courtesy:  Courteous behavior is expected in this class as an atmosphere of mutual respect for each class participant is maintained.  Disruptive behavior cannot be tolerated and could result in a student being dismissed from the course and/or university disciplinary action being taken according to university policy.


Late Assignments and Missed Exams:  Assignments turned in late will be assessed a 10 point penalty for each day they are late.  Missed exams can only be made up with verifiable excuses such as doctors notes for illnesses, death of a family member (verification by Clergy or elder family member such as parents or grandparents) or if arrangements are made ahead of time.  Missed exams without following these guidelines will result in a “0” for the exam.  Make up exams will be arranged to be given during the instructor’s office hours in the instructor’s office and will be a different exam than the original.


Dishonesty:  Academic dishonesty, including cheating on  exams, will result in a grade of F for the course and report to university officials may be required (see the University Policy and Procedures Letters for specific information).  Papers you turn in must be your own work.  Plagiarism cannot be tolerated.


Drop Policy:  Refer to the policies and dates published in the university publication:      Class Schedule: Fall 2003.


Extra Credit:  2% will be added to your semester average if you participate in a research project as a subject for one of the psychology department research projects during this semester.  Your participation must be verified by a note from the supervising professor for the project by the last day of regular classes before final exams.


The home phone number for Dr. Hargett is (405) 691-2219.  Cell phone: 826-7795.

e-mail:  BILLHARGETT@WORLDNET.ATT.NET Weekends (918) 689-3400.




(Subject to change with notification from the instructor)



DATE                                           TOPICS                                   ASSIGNMENTS


August 19                             Class Orientation                                       None

August 21, 26, 28                                                                                   Chapters 1 & 2

Sept      2                                Introduction to Personality

                                               & The Scientific Study of People

September 4                       Exam #1 (Chapters 1-2 & Lectures)    

September 9, 11, 16, 18   Psychodynamic Theory                            Chapters 3&4

                    23,  *25            Psychodynamic Theory (Continued)

September 30                      Fall Break

October 2                            Exam #2 (Chapters 3-4 & Lectures)    

October 7, 9, 14              Person Centered Theory                          Chapters 5&6

October 16                          Exam #3 (Chapters 5-6 & Lectures)

October 21, 23, 28              Trait Theory                                              Chapters 7&8

October 30                          Trait Theory (Continued)

November 4                       Exam #4  (Chapters 7-8 & Lectures)

November 6, 11, 13, 18      Behavioral & Cognitive Theory              Chapters 9,10,

November 20                     Exam #5 (Chapters 9,10,11 & Lectures)

November 25                     Social Cognitive Theory     

                           Papers & Journal reports are due at the beginning of class today


November 27                      Thanksgiving Vacation

December 2, 4                      Social Cognitive Theory                           Chapters 12&13


December 8-12                  FINAL EXAM (date to be announced)  covering Chapters

                                            12 & 13 and lectures  & all previous work.            




The 5 Journal Reports and term papers will be due on November 25.

* September 25 will be set aside as a day to work on gathering information for papers and journal reports.