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PSYC 330 - Theory of Personality: Term Project

Instructions & Expectations

Students have flexibility to choose a term project based on their interests and on the skills they want to practice.  The term project is your chance to go deeper into a personality topic, connecting to research, a famous person, and/or an important skill, and demonstrating your growth this semester. 

The values behind the Term Project are:

  1. Explore something new to you
  2. Demonstrate a challenge was met
  3. Demonstrate a deeper understanding from at least four of the basic approaches to personality (trait, psychoanalytic, humanistic/phenomenological, biological, learning and cognitive). Biography projects cover all of them.
  4. Discuss new information (beyond course content, e.g. from journal articles, books, or case studies) about personality related to your topic
  5. Practice important skills in psychology
  6. Benefit your classmates (this means even those who write papers for their term projects will have the opportunity to share with classmates about what they are learning)


The Term Project can be conducted either as individuals or in groups (no more than four people). Groups must make sure each member contributes as much as individuals do to their projects.  For example, single presenters can present within 15-20 minutes, with at least 6 articles as resources.  Group presentations have some additional work for coordination, synthesis, and communication, but cannot simply divide the 15 minutes and 6 articles between group members.  A 3-person presentation group might deliver a 30-minute presentation, with 4 articles per person (12 total). Discuss fair adjustments with your instructor.


All of these are meant to help you practice an important skill in the field of psychology, with particular awareness of personality theory.  Choose one that best fits your personality and/or goals.

  • Presentation—to the class, usually incorporating in-class information with external information (including journal articles).  Presentations may be related to chapters in our text (and may be scheduled for the week that chapter is covered) or apply various personality theories to a new topic. Rubric on Canvas.
  • Teaching—a chapter section (or whole chapter for a group).  Choose one of the optional chapters (Ch 2, 5, 13, 18) or one of the last four chapters (Ch 14-17).  Design a lecture that will help the class learn the main points and key concepts, include at least one activity/demonstration, and some assessment of learning at the end (for example, a 5-question quiz).  Each teacher must find at least one recent journal article and use at least one personal example to supplement information from the text.  Remember that your classmates will be taking online quizzes on this material. Rubric on Canvas.
  • Biography—a detailed report on how the various theories of personality apply to a famous person (read a biographical book).  Detailed instructions on Canvas.
  • Literature Review for Dr. Chang’s research project on the Wellbeing of Youth in Nicaragua with potential to publish or present. 

See Dr. Chang for other ideas or to clarify requirements for any of these.  Standards of competence (APA-style sources and rubrics) and more specific requirements for various projects will be posted on Canvas.

Term Project Plan:  A detailed plan outlining the chosen project and topic, how the values (#1-6) for the project will be met, and what you hope to gain from it, will be due mid September.  Guidelines and requirements are posted on Canvas.

Term Project Check-up:  A report of what you have accomplished, challenges, adjustments, and detailed plan for finishing, will be due late October. 

Final due date depends on the nature of the project.  In general, presentations will happen during the last four weeks of the semester, and written materials will be due in November. 

Suggested Sources for Journal Articles

Suggested Source for Book/eBooks

The sources provide access to eBooks and print books covering a diverse range of topics related to personality theory.

Biographical Sources