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SOCI 310 : Personality Development

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College of Arts & Sciences (WARSC)
Personality Development
This course is a survey of selected theories of human nature and functioning from the beginnings of modern Psychology to present developments, including psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, biological, humanistic and other types. Various concepts of personality and the associated methodologies for gathering validating knowledge are explored. Theories are applied to normal issues in personal, professional and relational life, and theory-related skills are taught for self-awareness, problem-solving, habit change, and emotional and interpersonal competence.

To introduce the student to the biological, environmental, social, cognitive psychodynamic and interaction factors in personality development; to compare, contrast, and to critically evaluate the various theoretical, methodological, and application paradigms in personality research; to acquaint the student with various tests and measuring devices and their implications for performance in educational, social, industrial and aviation settings; to allow the student opportunities for introspective and behavioral analyses conducive to increased competence in their personal, social, and professional lives.

Upon completion, students will be able to:

1. Explain the reasons for studying personality development.

2. Describe how the study of personality development is relevant to a career in aviation or industry.

3. Demonstrate the situational, national and cultural factors which led to the development of the various personality theories. Describe the traditional as well as the emerging personality theories and emphases.

4. Apply and compare the psychodynamic, humanistic, behavioral, biosocial, and social-cognitive approaches to personality development and stability in personally relevant situations.

5. Apply the theoretical paradigms to interpreting their own personality.

6. Develop skills for self awareness and interpersonal relationships.

7. Deal with stress, communication difficulties, family members, friends and co-workers.

8. Expand empathic listening skills and the ability to take the other person’s perspective.

9. Distinguish and discuss their own unique styles of interacting and responding to others.

10. Discover their personality characteristics by taking a variety of personality assessment measures such as the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Kiersey Temperament Sort and other biological and motivational scales.

11. Alter their thinking and behavior patterns to adjust more satisfactorily to their own personal needs and the needs of others.

Located on the Daytona Beach Campus, the Jack R. Hunt Library is the primary library for all students of the Worldwide Campus. The Chief Academic Officer strongly recommends that every faculty member, where appropriate, require all students in his or her classes to access the Hunt Library or a comparable college-level local library for research. The results of this research can be used for class projects such as research papers, group discussion, or individual presentations. Students should feel comfortable with using the resources of the library. 

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Written assignments must be formatted in accordance with the current edition of the Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA) unless otherwise instructed in individual assignments.

ActivityPercent of Grade
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Undergraduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
60 - 69% D
0 - 60% F

Graduate Grade Scale

90 - 100% A
80 - 89% B
70 - 79% C
0 - 69% F
Donna L. Roberts, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Donna L. Roberts, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Alan R. Bender, Ph.D. - 3/31/2015
Dr. James Schultz – 3/31/2015
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