PSY214 Introduction to Personality

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Covers a variety of personality theories including the theoretical and scientific explanations for individuals' characteristic patterns of perception, thought, emotion and behavior. Emphasizes the understanding and mastery of personality constructs applied to students' personal and professional lives. Recommended: PSY 201A or PSY 202A. Prerequisites: (WR 115 and RD 115) or IRW 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement. Audit available.  (For detailed information, see the Course Content and Outcome Guide).

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List of classes for PSY214 Introduction to Personality
CRN Location & type Days & time Dates Seats available Materials More info
30138 Web


From June 22 through August 15, 2020
Textbooks for CRN 30138
Instructor: Tani L McBeth
Tuition: credit Fees: $20
For information, contact the department at 971-722-4289.

Course details: CRN 30138

Course materials


Find out which textbooks are required for this course.

Proctored exams and activities:

There are no proctored exams and activities.

Other in-person and on-campus activities:

There are no other in-person and on-campus activities.


You will need access to the following hardware and software for this course:

  1. A computer with reliable internet access at least several times per week. Make sure you have a backup plan for potential computer/internet problems or outages. (e.g., the library, computer lab, friend, neighbor, work, or relative, etc.)
  2. A word processing program (save everything as .doc or .docx in whatever word processing program you're using) prior to submission online. You have access to Microsoft Office 365 (which includes Word) for free as a PCC student.
  3. PCC library checkout information for laptops, webcams, and headset microphones

If you don't feel comfortable with using any of these technologies, please consider taking a face-to-face version of the course instead.

Instructor comments:

Welcome to PSY 214 Introduction to Personality!

This is a great class for psychology majors, counts as social science credit, and is a recommended course for the Nursing program.

This course covers personality theories including the theoretical and scientific explanations for individuals' characteristic patterns of perception, thought, emotion, and behavior. Incorporates activities which help students apply what they have learned about personality theories to their personal and professional lives. Recommended: PSY 201A or 202A Prerequisite: WR 115, RD 115 and MTH 20 or equivalent placement test scores.

Analyzing behavior is something that all of us do regularly without really thinking about it--choosing a friend or a partner, choosing an employee/employer, selecting an instructor, etc. We will explore clues to personality, personality assessment, and using personality traits to understand (and predict) behavior.

The study of personality concerns individuality in human behavior patterns--thoughts, feelings, desires, intentions, and action tendencies--at a broad level.

We will discuss the person-situation debate about whether people do/don't have consistent personality traits. Personality psychology is the 'opposing' view from social psychology which focuses on situationism or how situational variables influence people's behavior more than personality traits. Personality psychology focuses on interactionism or how personality traits and situations interact with each other to influence behavior.

Enjoy the course!
Tani McBeth

Required Textbook
See the information at the “Textbooks” link on the class schedule online.

There are often questions about how the waitlist works and whether you're likely to get into the class from the waitlist. I can tell you that typically I'm only able to let in the top 3 from the waitlist, but it depends upon whether students who are already registered in the course drop before the class starts. Not many students tend to drop once they've registered, but it can vary from term to term. I always let a few students in from the waitlist the first few days of the term. You will know if you've been added to the class from the waitlist as I will email you once I've submitted the permission for you.

Students must log into D2L Brightspace at some point on day 1, Monday, 6.22.20, and complete the required orientation items and get started on week 1 work no later than day 3, Wednesday 6.24.20 by 11:59 PM, for Summer 2020 so that students on the waitlist can be added. Those not logging in to participate in the course or not submitting the orientation items by the deadline will be dropped as no show. Also, dive into the week 1 assignments as there is a lot going on to get started on a successful footing!

Log into D2L Brightspace
This course will be using D2L as our online classroom.

To login to your course, please go to: and click on the D2L login on the left side.

You can also log directly into D2L at and using your MyPCC log in information.

Click on 'Content' on the top navigation menu in D2L to access the weekly learning modules, quizzes, discussions, and assignments. There you will find the Introduction to Online Learning and Course Information modules, which include the Syllabus and Assignment schedule.

Course Organization
The main structure of this course will be the following:

1. Reading one-two chapters per week.
2. Quizzes on each chapter (not cumulative). There is no midterm or final test.
3. Responding to questions relating to the chapter via the discussion forums. You will be expected to contribute your own ideas as well as respond to the ideas of others in class. This acts as our 'classroom.'
4. Journal assignments every other week applying the course information in specific ways.
5. Participation is monitored by the amount of time you are logged into the class and your participation in the discussion forums. Your success in the course will depend upon how much time you devote to study and your ability to manage time. In an online class, you are in control of the learning process and you have to be very motivated to keep up with the material and assignments. You will get out of the course what you put in so approach the class as a serious endeavor. If you are interested in the class because you think you will not have to work hard, this course is not for you. Online classes are structured so you may actually have to devote more time to the course than a traditional on-campus class, however, your hard work will be rewarded with a deeper understanding of psychological concepts.

All communication for this course is through D2L. This class moves along at a fairly good clip through the term. There are aspects of the course that are flexible within the deadlines, however, regular student-to-student interaction via the discussion forums is a large part of how we explore and apply the material.


Web course information

No show policy
Your instructor can mark you as a "no show" if you do not participate in your class during the first week. This will remove you from the class. It is important to log in as soon as the class starts to see what the participation requirements are.
Web & Remote Teaching Technical Requirements:
Please be sure to read the quick guide to Online Learning technical requirements.
Students with Disabilities:
Students with disabilities should notify their instructor if accommodations are needed to take this class. For information about technologies that help people with disabilities taking Web based classes please visit the Disability Services website.
Web Prerequisite | Start Guide for Online Learning:
Before you take your first online class at PCC, you must complete the start guide for online learning. The start guide will help you decide if online classes are right for you. Once you complete the start guide, you will be eligible to register for online classes.

The Start Guide is not required for Hybrid or Remote Courses but strongly recommended. To learn more, go to