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Syllabus for PSY 201


Description: Personality and Adjustment (PSY 201) Online is a three (3) credit course examines theories and development of personality, mental hygiene, growth, and the choices we make as we adjust to our world. Challenges and problems associated with different stages of maturation and areas of social interaction are addressed. These areas include individual microsystems such as home, office, and school and their impact upon each other. Larger social systems such as community and macroculture will also be explored in an effort to understand the importance of context. In addition, this course will focus on the identification of internal and external sources of stress with an emphasis on personal application of a management program.

Prerequisite: Successful exit from Introduction to Psychology (PSY 101).


The course requirements, relevant assignments and readings are outlined in the material that follows on this page.


Required Books

Corey and Corey,  7th Ed. I Never Knew I Had a Choice

Frankl, Victor Man's Search for Meaning

Readings Packet for PSY 201 Online -- pick up at M2054 on January 20th

 The Corey text and the Frankl book are available at the College Bookstore. You may buy books in person or have them shipped to your home.   Contact the bookstore by phone, email or in person. The Readings Packet must be picked up from the Social Science Division Office, M2054.

Learning Objectives


Upon completing PSY 201, you the student will have been exposed to 10 major unit objectives and should gain both a conceptual and a practical (applied) understanding of the material. The 10 objective areas are:

1.   overview of learning/growth

2.   childhood and adolescence--theories of personality development, impact of childhood on the adult, challenges during the lifespan, and choices we make during developmental crises

3.   becoming the man/woman you want to be

4.   work and leisure--mapping out a career, clarifying values, balancing work with play

5.   wellness, stress, and coping

6.   love, relationships, and communication--healthy and unhealthy

7.   sexuality

8.   loneliness and solitude

9.   death, loss, and coping

10. meaning and values--developing and refining a life philosophy

As a student, you should be able to communicate your ability to understand these concepts in both oral and written form. Overall, I will stress in this course a four-fold learning process with respect to the material: definition of the concepts covered, assessment of yourself, application of knowledge to enrich your own growth, and evaluation of that application process.

Course Policies

This is a distance learning course. As such, participants have a great amount of flexibility in completing the course. Persons enrolled in this section must complete all course requirements as outlined in the following section.  The due dates listed below are firm; it is the responsibility of the course participant to schedule, complete and submit required course assignments on time.

Likewise, participants are responsible for scheduling and completing the course chapters, the relevant reading for the course and understanding of associated exercises and tools. Weekly material must be completed and submitted on time, usually by Sunday 11:59 PM.  A final grade will be issued at the end of the term on the date required by the College.

Assignments/Tasks and Assessment

There will be four (4) major components of your overall grade.

Discussion Board/ In-class activities (25 percent of total grade): A cumulative class participation score of 100 possible points may be earned by you as you actively participate in  whole-class Discussion Board. Each week you can earn up to 10 points. Not all class activities will be scored (you will be notified which 2 weeks will not be scored on that week). If you miss a Discussion Board activity you have one week to complete the activity at credit.  You therefore need to make every effort to participate in the Discussion Board. All Discussion Board is due on Sunday 11:59 PM.  

At-home activities(25 percent of total grade): For each chapter you are going to read, you will discover that following the material are several suggested learning activities. I will assign one (1) to two (2) weekly exercises totaling 10 points per week with the exception of two weeks where there will be two 5 point exercises (to be announced). Weekly activities for each chapter finished will always be due on the next Sunday by 11:59PM. You may receive a cumulative score of 100 possible points at the end of the semester.

           Tests (25 percent of total grade): There will be four (4) comprehensive tests, each worth 25 points.  The chapter tests will be taken individually in the Testing Center. The collective total will be 100 points.  It is not my intention that you gear all of your efforts in this class toward taking examinations; I believe that in a growth class our energies can be focused on learning through many additional avenues. It is essential, however, that you grasp basic concepts so you can apply them to your own life.  For this reason we will have short exams after every three to four chapters, as delineated below. All exams will be left in the Testing Center for the entire week, from Sunday to Sunday. You will have one week to take each exam.  Under no circumstances will a test be given online for any student, for any reason. If you are unable to plan to take 4 tests in the Testing Center at Largo Campus during the semester, you must drop this class immediately.

          Journals (25 percent of total grade): A journal should be started as soon as you begin to read chapter one. The journal is not an intimate diary of your deep, dark secrets. A journal is a learning tool! In it you will write down what you have learned, what you would like to explore further, how you apply what you learn to your life, as well as what the outcomes, or consequences are of that application. Each completed Journal entry is worth up to points per week. 

For each chapter, you will address the following four (4) Journal Criteria and will receive up to ten (10) points based on the quality of your responses:

1. The course/textbook topics and activities that week that were of most interest to me and my reaction(s) to them (agree/disagree, emotional or cognitive responses evoked) (2.5 points)

2. Particular issues in class discussion/textbook that had the greatest        impact upon me and why (2.5 points)

3. Some of the things I am learning about myself or others in reading or in participating in class (2.5 points)    

4. Some of the things I will be doing in everyday life as a result of this class (2.5 points)

Journal entries will be submitted by Sundays, 11:59 PM every week under the Assignment function so that at I may assess whether or not you are on the right track. At the end of the semester they may add up to a total possible 100 points. If you consistently, thoroughly, and conscientiously address all four criteria for each chapter, then you will earn maximum points.





1 Introduction
2 1
3 2
4 3
5 4 Test 1, Ch 1,2,3
6 5
7 6
8 7 Test 2, Ch 4,5,6
9 8
10 9
11 10 Test 3, Ch7,8,9
12 11
13 12
14 13
15 Test 4, Ch10,11,12


Total Grade Scale by cumulative points:

400-360 = A

359-320 = B

319-280= C

279-240 = D

239 and below = F