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Course Description

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This course is a review of the theory, assessment procedures and research findings pertinent to major personality constructs. Personality research, methodology and design will also be covered.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of the course, the learner should be able to:

  • Explain the scientific principles associated with the study of personality
  • Identify the research methods associated with the study of personality
  • Articulate the key concepts of the major theories in the area of personality
  • Demonstrate knowledge of how these concept are used in applied settings
  • Display an appreciation for the complexity of psychological processes

Course Topics

  • Introduction of the study of personality
  • Personality Research Methods and Assessment Issues
  • Personality Types versus Traits
  • Psychodynamic Theory
  • Motivational Theory
  • Recapitulation: Theory of Technology
  • Behavioural Theories
  • Cognitive Theories
  • Interpersonal Theories
  • Personality and Self Concept
  • Personality and Health
  • Psychopathology

Additional Requirements

Prerequisite(s): 1 of PSYC*1000, PSYC*1100, PSYC*1200

Restriction(s): This is a Priority Access Course. Some restrictions may apply during some time periods.


Assessment Item Weight
Term Test 15%
Discussions (3 x 5% each) 15%
Case Study - Group Project 10%
Case Study - Individual Paper 20%
Online Final Exam 40%
Total 100%


Additional Technical Requirements

This course will use the following:

  • Respondus tool to invigilate one or more exams. 

Please view the Technical Considerations.

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
January 10, 2022 to April 08, 2022
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
International Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $2,908.38 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Section Notes

Note:  If you are in a degree program at the University of Guelph, please DO NOT register using the link above.  You must register through WebAdvisor.

Note: The required course resource is Larsen, Buss, King, and Ensley’s Personality Psychology: Domains of Knowledge about Human Nature. There are different purchase options. You must ensure that you have access to the required textbook, but you are not required to have access to the supplementary online materials available through the Connect learning platform.

You may choose to purchase the textbook as a standalone printed product, as a 180-day eBook, as a printed product with access to the Connect e-book and online courseware, or as the Connect eBook and online supplementary materials.

Section Materials
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Mandatory) Personality Psychology: Domains of Knowledge About Human Nature by Randy Larsen, David Buss, David King, and Carolyn Ensley © 2020 McGraw-Hill Education 2nd edition
  • Textbook (Confirmed) (Optional) Option 1: This option includes access to the print textbook. ISBN 9781260065770
  • e-book (Confirmed) (Optional) Option 2: This option includes 180-day access to the eBook. ISBN 9781260332315
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