The Primary concepts paper

Primary Concepts

[WLO: 4] [CLOs: 1, 3, 5] 

Prior to beginning work on this assignment, review sections 1.2, 1.3, and 1.4 of Chapter 1 in the text.

We have now covered five of the seven major psychological models that serve as frameworks for understanding personality. Each model has several theorists and numerous concepts that describe personality. That is what theories are—collections of related concepts meant to explain development. It is time for you to begin to analyze these concepts to determine which you think are most useful and applicable. For this assignment, you will identify one concept from each of the following models that you think is the best description for personality development from that model (the last three will be addressed in your Final Paper). Be sure to use proper APA headings to separate your conceptual sections. Address the following models:

  • Psychodynamic
  • Neurobiological
  • Trait
  • Cognitive

For each of the concepts chosen:

  • Apply a proper APA heading to separate the section. (For specifications for writing proper headings and other document elements, see the Writing Center’s APA Style Elements.)
  • Describe the concept.
  • Identify the theorist associated with the concept.
  • Provide a rationale for why that is the most applicable concept from that model.

Keep in mind that the object of this assignment is to identify and discuss a specific concept from each model and not to focus on just one model or provide overviews of the models per se.

To review examples of the main concept from the psychodynamic model in the Breakdown of Concepts document.

For each concept, you must use a scholarly source related to the concept from the University of Arizona Global Campus Library to support your statements in the paper. Thus, the paper will have a total of four scholarly sources (as noted below) in addition to the textbook. Popular websites and your textbook may be used to augment these scholarly sources, but they will not count toward the minimum number of sources needed for the paper.

To assist you in completing the library research required for this assignment, view this The University of Arizona Global Campus Library Quick ‘n’ Dirty tutorial, which introduces the University of Arizona Global Campus Library and the research process and provides some library search tips.

The Primary Concepts paper

  • Must be five to six double-spaced pages in length (not including title and references pages) and formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA Formatting for Microsoft Word resource.
  • Must include a separate title page with the following:
    • Title of paper in bold font
      • Space should appear between the title and the rest of the information on the title page.
    • Student’s name
    • Name of institution (University of Arizona Global Campus)
    • Course name and number
    • Instructor’s name
    • Due date
  • Must utilize academic voice. See the Academic Voice resource for additional guidance.
  • Must include an introduction and conclusion paragraph. Your introduction paragraph needs to end with a clear thesis statement that indicates the purpose of your paper.
  • Must use at least four scholarly sources in addition to the course text.
    • The Scholarly, Peer-Reviewed, and Other Credible Sources table offers additional guidance on appropriate source types. If you have questions about whether a specific source is appropriate for this assignment, please contact your instructor. Your instructor has the final say about the appropriateness of a specific source for a particular assignment.
    • To assist you in completing the research required for this assignment, view The University of Arizona Global Campus Library Quick ‘n’ Dirty tutorial, which introduces the University of Arizona Global Campus Library and the research process, and provides some library search tips.
  • Must document any information used from sources in APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center’s APA: Citing Within Your Paper guide.
  • Must include a separate references page that is formatted according to APA Style as outlined in the Writing Center. See the APA: Formatting Your References List resource in the Writing Center for specifications.

Carefully review the Grading Rubric for the criteria that will be used to evaluate your assignment.

 

Description:

Total Possible Score: 10.00

Identifies and Describes One Concept from the Psychodynamic Model that is the Best Description for Personality Development from that Model Including the Theorist and Rationale for Why It is the Most Applicable Concept

Total: 1.50

Distinguished – Clearly identifies and thoroughly describes a concept from the psychodynamic model that is the best description for the personality development from that model including accurate identification of the theorist and a comprehensive rationale for why it is the most applicable concept.  

 

Proficient – Identifies and describes a concept from the psychodynamic model that is the best description for the personality development from that model including the accurate identification of the theorist and a rationale for why it is the most applicable concept. Minor details are missing or slightly unclear.  

 

Basic – Identifies and minimally describes a concept from the psychodynamic model that is the best description for the personality development from that model including the identification of the theorist and a limited rationale for why it is the most applicable concept. Relevant details are missing, unclear, and/or inaccurate. 

 

Below Expectations – Attempts to identify and describe a concept from the psychodynamic model that is the best description for the personality development from that model; however, does not include the accurate identification of the theorist and a rationale for why it is the most applicable concept, and/or significant details are missing, unclear, and inaccurate.  

 

Non-Performance – The identification and description of one concept from the psychodynamic model that is the best description for personality development from that model including the identification of the theorist and a rationale for why it is the most applicable concept are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

Identifies One Concept from the Neurobiological Model that You Think is the Best Description for Personality Development from that Model

Total: 1.50

Distinguished – Clearly identifies and thoroughly describes a concept from the neurobiological model that is the best description for the personality development from that model including accurate identification of the theorist and a comprehensive rationale for why it is the most applicable concept.  

 

Proficient – Identifies and describes a concept from the neurobiological model that is the best description for the personality development from that model including the accurate identification of the theorist and a rationale for why it is the most applicable concept. Minor details are missing or slightly unclear.  

 

Basic – Identifies and minimally describes a concept from the neurobiological model that is the best description for the personality development from that model including the identification of the theorist and a limited rationale for why it is the most applicable concept. Relevant details are missing, unclear, and/or inaccurate.  

 

Below Expectations – Attempts to identify and describe a concept from the neurobiological model that is the best description for the personality development from that model; however, does not include the accurate identification of the theorist and a rationale for why it is the most applicable concept, and/or significant details are missing, unclear, and inaccurate.  

 

Non-Performance – The identification and description of one concept from the neurobiological model that is the best description for personality development from that model including the identification of the theorist and a rationale for why it is the most applicable concept are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

Identifies and Describes One Concept from the Trait Model that is the Best Description for Personality Development from that Model Including the Theorist and Rationale for Why It is the Most Applicable Concept

Total: 1.50

Distinguished – Clearly identifies and thoroughly describes a concept from the trait model that is the best description for the personality development from that model including accurate identification of the theorist and a comprehensive rationale for why it is the most applicable concept.  

 

Proficient – Identifies and describes a concept from the trait model that is the best description for the personality development from that model including the accurate identification of the theorist and a rationale for why it is the most applicable concept. Minor details are missing or slightly unclear.  

 

Basic – Identifies and minimally describes a concept from the trait model that is the best description for the personality development from that model including the identification of the theorist and a limited rationale for why it is the most applicable concept. Relevant details are missing, unclear, and/or inaccurate.  

 

Below Expectations – Attempts to identify and describe a concept from the trait model that is the best description for the personality development from that model; however, does not include the accurate identification of the theorist and a rationale for why it is the most applicable concept, and/or significant details are missing, unclear, and inaccurate.  

 

Non-Performance – The identification and description of one concept from the trait model that is the best description for personality development from that model including the identification of the theorist and a rationale for why it is the most applicable concept are either nonexistent or lack the components described in the assignment instructions.

 

Identifies and Describes One Concept from the Cognitive Model that is the Best Description for Personality Development from that Model Including the Theorist and Rationale for Why It is the Most Applicable Concept

Total: 1.50

Distinguished – Clearly identifies and thoroughly describes a concept from the cognitive model that is the best description for the personality development from that model including accurate identification of the theorist and a comprehensive rationale for why it is the most applicable concept.  

 

Proficient – Identifies and describes a concept from the cognitive model that is the best description for the personality development from that model including the accurate identification of the theorist and a rationale for why it is the most applicable concept. Minor details are missing or slightly unclear.  

 

Basic – Briefly identifies and describes a concept from the cognitive model.  Identifies the correct theorist but provides a minimal explanation of why this concept is a good explanation for personality development.  

Below Expectations – Attempts to identify and describe a concept from the cognitive model but lacks details.  Identifies an incorrect theorist or does not identify the theorist.  Does not provide an appropriate explanation of why this concept is a good explanation for personality development if one in provided at all.  

Non-Performance – The identification of one concept from the cognitive model that the student thinks is the best description for personality development from that model is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the assignment instructions.

Written Communication: Control of Syntax and Mechanics

Total: 1.00

Distinguished – Displays meticulous comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains no errors and is very easy to understand.

Proficient – Displays comprehension and organization of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains only a few minor errors and is mostly easy to understand.

Basic – Displays basic comprehension of syntax and mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains a few errors which may slightly distract the reader.

Below Expectations – Fails to display basic comprehension of syntax or mechanics, such as spelling and grammar. Written work contains major errors which distract the reader.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: APA Formatting

Total: 0.50

Distinguished – Accurately uses APA formatting consistently throughout the paper, title page, and reference page.

Proficient – Exhibits APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout contains a few minor errors. 

Basic – Exhibits limited knowledge of APA formatting throughout the paper. However, layout does not meet all APA requirements. 

Below Expectations – Fails to exhibit basic knowledge of APA formatting. There are frequent errors, making the layout difficult to distinguish as APA.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Page Requirement

Total: 0.50

Distinguished – The length of the paper is equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages. 

Proficient – The length of the paper is nearly equivalent to the required number of correctly formatted pages. 

Basic – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least three quarters of the required number of correctly formatted pages.

Below Expectations – The length of the paper is equivalent to at least one half of the required number of correctly formatted pages.   

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

Written Communication: Resource Requirement

Total: 2.00

Distinguished – Uses more than the required number of scholarly sources, providing compelling evidence to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Proficient – Uses the required number of scholarly sources to support ideas. All sources on the reference page are used and cited correctly within the body of the assignment.

Basic – Uses less than the required number of sources to support ideas. Some sources may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are used within the body of the assignment. Citations may not be formatted correctly.

Below Expectations – Uses an inadequate number of sources that provide little or no support for ideas. Sources used may not be scholarly. Most sources on the reference page are not used within the body of the assignment. Citations are not formatted correctly.

Non-Performance – The assignment is either nonexistent or lacks the components described in the instructions.

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