Psychology 303

Spring 2017

Table of Contents

  1. Contact Information (Office Location and Office Hours)
  2. Course Overview
  3. Exams
  4. Papers
  5. Grading
  6. Schedule
  7. Make-Up Exams and Incompletes
  8. Classroom and Email Etiquette

  1. Contact Information
  2. Professor

    Jonathon D. Brown


    135 Guthrie Hall

    Office Hours

    By appointment



    Carver, C. S. & Scheier, M. F. (2017). Perspectives on personality (8th ed.). New York: Pearson.



    Office Hours

    Dominic Sivitilli

    Winkenwerder 216

    Monday: 1:30-2:20


    322 Guthrie Hall

    Wednesday: 1:30-2:20


    Peter Zambetti

    328 Guthrie Hall

    Tuesday: 9:00-9:50


    Thursday: 10:00-10:50


  3. Course Overview
  4. This course provides students with a basic understanding of personality psychology. Students are expected to attend class meetings and to do the assigned reading in advance. Class lectures will clarify and go beyond the material covered in the text, and students will be responsible for all material covered in class. Brief demonstrations will be conducted in class to illustrate various points.

    1. Lecture Notes
    2. Each week's lecture notes will be available on the course website by Sunday evening. These notes are in outline form and will provide a structure to the day’s lecture. I suggest printing these notes and bringing them to class. Doing so will organize your thoughts during lecture, allowing you to understand and absorb the material as it is presented rather than having to jot down every word I say. Of course, you should also make clarifying comments on your copy of the lecture slides as needed.

    3. Section
    4. The discussion sections led by your graduate TA will solidify your knowledge of the material presented in lecture and demonstrate its applicability to everyday life. You are expected to attend and actively participate in these sections.

    5. Extra Help
    6. If you have a disability that we should know about, please contact us immediately and we will make reasonable accommodations.

    7. Time Management
    8. This is a 5-credit course. The UW advises that you spend 3 hours each week for each course credit hour, which means you are expected to devote 15/week to this course. You are expected to attend class 5 hours/week, so that leaves 10 hours/week to study. I estimate that each chapter will take 4 hours to read (assuming you are taking notes on the material and reading carefully). There are 18 chapters and 10 weeks in the quarter, so you will need to allot (approximately) 7 hours/week for reading. This leaves (approximately) 3 extra hours/week for you to study and review. Many students save those hours up for the night before the exam, but research shows this is not an effective way to learn. You are better off studying 3 hours/week for 3 weeks than studying 9 hours before an exam.

  5. Exams
  6. Three multiple choice exams will be given. The first two exams will have 50 questions, each worth one point; the final exam, which will cover the entire course, will have 75 questions, each worth one point. You will need to purchase a mark-sense form (available for purchase at the UW bookstore and "By George") for each exam. You will have 50 minutes for each midterm, starting with the beginning of class time and ending 50 minutes later.

    The final exam will be given during the time the final exam is scheduled by the University. We will not accommodate requests to give the final at a different day or time.

  7. Papers
    1. General Information
    2. Four papers are due at various points throughout the quarter (see the syllabus for exact dates). For each paper, you will first read a short story by Ernest Hemingway (available through the course website), and then analyze it using material we have covered in class. Late papers will not be accepted unless accompanied by a doctor's note. If you think there is any chance your printer will break or your dog will be sick on the day the paper is due, write it tonight and turn it in tomorrow. NO EXCEPTIONS.

    3. Paper Specifications
    4. Each paper is worth 10 points and must be no more than 3 pages in length with the following specifications:

      • double-spaced with no extra spacing between any of the paragraphs
      • normal font
      • 1 inch margins on all sides
      • Name, assignment # (e.g., Paper 3) and page numbers in a header that appears on every page. Note: You cannot just type this information on every page; instead you must learn to use a header
      • You must submit an electronic copy to the course dropbox (see course website for URL) by 5:00 pm on the day the paper is due. Late papers will not be accepted under any circumstances (e.g., including a slow internet connection).

    5. Paper Points
      • 4 points: Accuracy and thoroughness of your review
      • 4 points: Clarity and organization
      • 2 points: Spelling and punctuation. To receive these points your paper must be free of obvious spelling, grammatical, and typographical errors.

  8. Grades
  9. Midterm 1


    Midterm 2









  10. Schedule
  11. Week



    Lecture Topic

    01Monday March 2701 Introduction
     Tuesday March 28  Science
     Wednesday March 2902 Methods
     Thursday March 3003 Assessment
     Friday March 31   
    02Monday April 0304 Traits 1
     Tuesday April 04  Traits 2
     Wednesday April 05  Traits 3
     Thursday April 06  Traits 4
     Friday April 07   
    03Monday April 1005 Motives 1
     Tuesday April 11  Motives 2
     Wednesday April 12No Class  
     Thursday April 1306 Genes 1
     Friday April 14  Paper #1
    04Monday April 17  Genes 2
     Tuesday April 1807 Biology 1
     Wednesday April 19  Biology 2
     Thursday April 20  Biology 3
     Friday April 21: 
    05Monday April 24Midterm 1  
     Tuesday April 2508 Freud 1
     Wednesday April 26  Freud 2
     Thursday April 27  Freud 3
     Friday April 28   
    06Monday May 01  Freud 4
     Tuesday May 02  Freud 5
     Wednesday May 03  Freud 6
     Thursday May 0409 Ego 1
     Friday May 05  Paper #2
    07Monday May 08No Class  
     Tuesday May 09  Ego 2
     Wednesday May 10  Object 1
     Thursday May 11  Object 2
     Friday May 12   
    08Monday May 15MIDTERM 2   
     Tuesday May 1610 Learn 1
     Wednesday May 17  Learn 2
     Thursday May 18 Learn 3
     Friday May 19  Paper #3
    09Monday May 2211 Humanism
     Tuesday May 23  Rogers
     Wednesday May 24  Kelly
     Thursday May 25 Self-Esteem
     Friday May 26   
    10Monday May 29No Class  
     Tuesday May 3012-14 Mischel 1
     Wednesday May 31  Mischel 2
     Thursday June 01 TBA
     Friday June 02  Paper #4
    11Thursday June 08FINAL: 8:30-10:20      

  12. Make-Up Exams and Incompletes
    1. Make-Up Exams
    2. If you are facing a unique circumstance (e.g., serious illness, family emergency) that you think may impair your ability to perform well on an exam, see one of us as soon as the situation arises so that we can discuss whether a make-up or Incomplete will be granted. Do not wait until after you have taken an exam to tell us that your score was low because of some unique circumstance. Once you take an exam, that score counts no matter what. If you are under duress and feel you cannot perform up to your potential, you must receive permission AHEAD OF TIME to reschedule the exam. Be advised, however, that requests to delay taking an exam will rarely be granted. Exceptions to this rule are made only in dire, unavoidable circumstances (e.g., serious illness or emergency) that are fully documented (e.g., with official correspondence from physicians and/or Deans). On the extremely rare occasions that they are offered, make-up exams are essay exams, and are graded by Professor Brown.

    3. Early Exams
    4. Early exams will be given only in the case of student athletic travel (see below) or with approval by the Dean of Arts and Sciences. General, non-university affiliated travel and/or schedule conflicts are not legitimate reasons for taking an exam early.

    5. Incompletes
    6. Incompletes will be granted only if students experience extraordinary difficulties beyond their control, and have received permission for an incomplete no later than the start of the 8th week of the quarter. Incompletes will NOT be given out at the end of the quarter simply as a way to "take the course over again" in the case of a bad grade in the course. If your grade isn’t what you need or want, come to office hours during the quarter and the T.A.s and I will try to assist you and help you learn the material. Don't wait until it's too late.

    7. Student Athletic Travel
    8. If you need to miss an exam due to UW-related athletic travel, you will need to make arrangements to take the exam while you are away. Your coach needs to vouch for you and supervise the exam. This responsible party should contact us via email at least one week prior to the exam and provide a fax number where the exam can be sent. You are required to take the exam and return the answers via fax no later than the time and date the exam will be given in Seattle. Your coach must fax your answers back to the UW Psychology office (206.685.3157) before 2:30 p.m. PST on the day of the exam. No late exam answers will be accepted.

  13. Etiquette
    1. UW Policy: Establishing Expectations for Student Conduct

      "To establish an atmosphere where students can learn and have that learning assessed equitably, instructors may forbid conduct that distracts other students and/or interferes with their ability to teach, including such things as:

      • use of cell phones, pagers, music or video players
      • loud talking or whispering
      • eating and drinking

      When students violate the rules that have been established to promote learning, you may ask them to stop their disruptive behavior or leave the class. (From the Student Conduct Code, WAC 478-120-020 (5): An instructor has the authority to exclude a student from any class session in which the student is disorderly or disruptive.)"

    2. Classroom Behavior
    3. I expect you to behave while you are in class. This means that cell phones must be turned off during class time, and sleeping, eating (in any way other than discreetly), and resting your feet on the desk in front of you are forbidden. Anyone who violates these rules will be asked to leave.

    4. Email
    5. We are available to answer emails during normal business hours (Monday-Friday, 9 am to 5 pm). All emails must be sent to the course email account: If you send us an email, you must use correct grammar and punctuation, without typographical errors. Otherwise, we will not reply or acknowledge receipt. Emails must also begin with a salutation that doesn't include the word "Hey" and end with your name and student number.

    6. Laptop Policy
    7. The last row of the room is prioritized for laptop users. All laptop users must sit in the last row unless it is full, in which case the next-to the-last row also will be opened to laptop use. No laptop use is permitted in any other row (unless you can verify with a doctor's note that your eyesight requires that you use a laptop and sit in a closer row).

    8. Classroom Atmosphere
    9. Finally, to establish a class atmosphere in which you can ask questions and in which I can have discussions with the class and perform demonstrations, I ask that if you come to class, please come to learn. If you want to chat with classmates, read the newspaper, eat or drink, etc., then please go elsewhere. These behaviors distract your classmates. If a classmate asks me a question during lecture, please show her or him respect by not starting to talk. Remember, no one is taking attendance or making you come to class. In sum, come to class because you want to, and because you wish to learn about psychology. For my part, I will do my very best to make lectures informative and interesting. Thanks.