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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%

Applies Towards the Following Certificates

Technical Requirements

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Section Title
September 05, 2024 to November 29, 2024
Contact Hours
Delivery Options
Course Fee(s)
Domestic Tuition Fee (0.5 units) $683.39 Click here to get more information
Available for Credit
0.5 units
Reading List / Textbook
You may purchase your course textbook, or other required/supplementary reading and learning materials, from the University of Guelph Bookstore or the Guelph Campus Co-op Bookstore, or from another third-party seller.
Section Notes

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Note: The required course resource is Larsen, Buss, King, and Ensley’s Personality Psychology: Domains of Knowledge about Human Nature. Please note that either the 1st or the 2nd Canadian edition is acceptable for the course. The options below refer only to the 2nd Canadian edition.

You may choose to purchase the textbook as a standalone printed product or as a 180-day subscription to the eBook.

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