PSYC 3240 Psychology of Adjustment


Copyright 2003  David A. Wheeler, Ph.D., PHR, CMT   Last updated 10/11/05 04:11 PM
Robert Morris University, Pittsburgh PA , USA

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Catalog Description: PSYC 3240 PSYCHOLOGY OF ADJUSTMENT is the study of the dynamics of personal adjustment and its application to life and work, including personal and social development, interpersonal relations, psychological assessment, problems with adjustment and the major theories of personality development and their contributions to an understanding of personality. Specific skills for coping with life stresses will be taught. Prerequisite - PSYC 1010

Course Objectives: This course is meant to be taken after taking a General Psychology course. By the end of the course a student should have:

  • - Ability to evaluate the major theories of psychology.
  • - Awareness of your own personal values and goals.
  • - Comprehension of causes of stress.
  • - Ability to evaluate stressful situations in daily life.
  • - Ability to use stress management techniques in daily life.
  • - Skill at designing behavioral change programs.
  • - Knowledge of stress related psychological disorders.
  • - Knowledge of different types of psychological therapies.
  • - Ability to communicate effectively and to solve interpersonal problems.
  • Course Materials

    Textbook: Mynatt, Clifforde R. and Doherty, Michael E. (2002) Understanding Human Behavior, 2nd Edition. Allyn Bacon.


    Attendance is required but has minimal impact on grades. There are no excused absences, late arrivals, or early departures, but I appreciate receiving notice if you know you will be missing class, arriving late, or departing early. For unexpected emergencies, up to one week of classes may be missed with no penalty. Students representing the college will be excused for additional absences as specified by the Academic Policy on Attendance. Students are only covered by this policy if a written schedule of the activity from the faculty or staff advisor is provided one week before the event. The first week’s worth of classes missed for representing the college will be instead of the unexpected emergencies allowed other students. You cannot participate if you are not in class; so, class participation grades will be zero for any day you are not there. Class participation grades may also be lowered for other signs of inattention, such as, falling asleep, reading the newspaper, studying unrelated material, talking on cell phone, etc.

    Academic Integrity

    Cheating (copying another student's work), Plagiarism (using someone's ideas without giving them credit), Falsification (making up data or facts), Fraudulent Excuses ("my computer ate my paper"), Obtaining Unfair Advantage (getting copy of exam in advance), Unauthorized Access to Information, or Aiding and Abetting any of the Above will not be tolerated.  All work is expected to be done by students individually unless it is specifically assigned as a team assignment. Any incidence of these behaviors will result in receiving no credit for that assignment and referral to the RMU Judicial Review Committee. Any ideas that come from other sources, such as, the Internet, books, magazines, other students, other people, etc, must be properly cited using APA format.


    Letter Grade

    Grade Point

    Minimum Percent

    Letter Grade

    Grade Point

    Minimum Percent
























    below 60%





    Only for documented extenuating circumstances. Failure to complete work does not qualify.

    Meaning of Grades:






    Able to use knowledge to think critically.



    Good command of knowledge. Able to apply knowledge to personal experiences.



    Good grasp of knowledge.



    Evidence of learning from this class but answer a little confused.



    Little evidence of learning from this class or answer very confused.



    No evidence of learning from this class or answer extremely confused.






    Unintentionally left blank.



    No evidence of work.

    Grade Weighting

    Content Objectives
    Percent Activity  
    10% Book Quizzes Make ups will be given the week before midterms and on the day of the final.
    10% Lecture Quizzes Make ups will be given the week before midterms and on the day of the final.
    10% Comprehensive Final  
    15% Behavioral Change Project  
    20% Other Homework  
    5% Peer Evaluations  
    30% Class Participation  


    All assignments may be submitted by e-mail.

    Return receipts: as soon as I receive your e-mail, I send a reply which states "received". This e-mail just lets you know that I received an assignment. It does not mean that I have read or approved the item submitted. If you do not receive a return receipt from me within 48 hours, assume that I did not receive your e-mail and send it again.

    E-mail is not 100 percent reliable and it is not an instant message nor chat room. You should not expect to receive an immediate reply.

    Students with Special Needs

    Students with special needs who have identified themselves to the appropriate department in the college will have those needs accommodated. Reasonable accommodation for such needs may include, but not be limited to: additional time to work on projects and substitution of equivalent learning activities which meet the student's needs, the course goals, and the Communication Skills Program goals.


    Ask and ye shall receive, but ask intelligently. The number one rule of asking intelligently is to ask the person who is most able to give it to you. If you want a million dollars, ask a person who makes one billion a year instead of a person who only makes $10,000. If you are dissatisfied with something in the class, don't just gripe about it to your friends. Ask your instructor about it. He is the one who can most directly influence your learning experience.


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