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PSYC 2110 Syllabus

Course Syllabus

PSYC 2110 - Psychology of Adjustment

3 Credit Hours

Course Information

Course Description:

The purpose of this course is to increase self-knowledge, personal freedom, and personal accountability, and the ability to effect positive personal change. Emphasis is on self-discovery, self-awareness, and personal growth. To succeed active participation is required. The course utilizes the principles and methods of personal adjustment. Topics focus on self-knowledge and personal growth. Growth is examined theoretically and applied to real life situations. Topics include: 1) personality and self, 2) stress and sadness, 3) coping and happiness, 4) beliefs and challenges,5) financial planning, 6) personal accountability, and 7) personal relationships

Course Outcomes:

1. Describe the theoretical concepts fundamental to personal adjustment.

2. Demonstrate reflective and critical thinking techniques to examine research that will improve personal adjustment skills.

3. Demonstrate through discussion, activities, book reports, and journal writing an increased personal awareness.

4. Review theories of personality and self-development.

5. Explain how thinking can influence feelings.

6. Identify values and beliefs that motivate behavior.

7. Explain stress and how distress can contribute to psychological disorders.

8. Identify financial and personal goals.

9. Examine financial choices.

10. Identify guidelines for personal accountability.

11. Examine ability to express love in close relationships.

12. Use eLearn, power points, and academic resource websites.

Prerequisites & Co-requisites:

College level reading and writing skills.

Course Topics:
  • Module I. Personality and Self
  • Module II. Stress and Sadness
  • Module III. Coping and Happiness
  • Module IV. Beliefs and Challenges
Specific Course Requirements:

Ability to use eLearn, purchase 4 textbooks, and attend a local event.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware and Software Requirements

Required Textbooks:

Please visit the Virtual Bookstore to obtain textbook information for this course. Move your cursor over the "Books" link in the navigation bar and select "Textbooks & Course Materials." Select your Program, Term, Department, and Course; then select "Submit."

Supplementary Materials:
Hardware and Software Requirements:

Minimum hardware requirements can be found here.

Minimum software requirements can be found here.

Common applications you might need:

Web Resources:

Purdue OWL Online Writing Lab (for APA, MLA, or Chicago style)

The Writing Center Online Writer's Handbook

Student Resources:
  • Technical support information can be found on the TN eCampus Help Desk page.
  • Smarthinking virtual tutoring is available FREE of charge. to access Smarthinking, visit the course homepage and select Smarthinking under Course Resources. You also view sample sessions to see what Smarthinking offers and how it works.
  • Information on other student issues or concerns can be located on the TN eCampus Student Resources page.

Instructor Information

Please see "Instructor Information" in the Getting Started Module for instructor contact information, virtual office hours, and other communication information. You can expect to receive a response from the instructor within 24-48 hours unless notified of extenuating circumstances.

Participation, Assessments, & Grading

Testing Procedures:

Grades are earned in this course by doing the following assignments and exams. Points earned are added for final grades. I make every effort to grade assignments and post the scores in Grades within 5 business days of receiving your completed assignments

Grading Procedures:

Grades are earned in this course by doing the following assignments and exams. Points earned are added for final grades. I make every effort to grade assignments and post the scores in Grades within 5 business days of receiving your completed assignments

Assignments 250 points

Discussions 125 points

Assessments/Quizzes 100 points

Total 475 points

Grading Scale:

Point Values Percentage Values

A: 428 to 475 points A: 90 to 100

B: 380 to 427 points B: 80 to 89

C: 333 to 379 points C: 70 to 79

D: 309 to 332 points D: 65 to 69

F: 0 to 308     points F: 0 to 64

Assignments and Projects:

Course Work:

See Course Home for due dates. Please note that late assignments are not accepted.

Assignments: See the assignments in the Assignment sections of Course Content. There are 10 assignments; each is worth up to 25 points. Submit assignments in the Dropbox.


See Discussions on the blue tool bar. There are 5 discussions. Four are “What I Am Learning” discussions and one is an Event Discussion. Each discussion is worth up to 25 points.


See Assessments on the blue tool bar. There are 4 module assessments. Each assessment is worth up to 25 points and is timed for 30 minutes.

Class Participation:

Be prepared to work every week. Psychology of Personal Adjustment is a process course that requires self-examination, self-discipline, and motivation. Plan to spend 6 to 9 hours a week working on this course.

Late Policy:

Course Ground Rules

The following two statements (1., 2.) were derived from the TBR System-wide Student Rules document, released January 2012:


Read the document in its entirety here.

1. Standards of Conduct:

  • Students are required to adhere to the same professional, legal and ethical standards of conduct online as on campus. In addition, students should conform to generally accepted standards of "netiquette" while sending e-mail, posting comments to the discussion board, and while participating in other means of communicating online. Specifically, students should refrain from inappropriate and/or offensive language, comments and actions.

2. Review the TN eCampus Academic Integrity/Academic Honesty Policy:

  • In their academic activities, students are expected to maintain high standards of honesty and integrity. Academic dishonesty is prohibited.

Such conduct includes, but is not limited to:

  • an attempt by one or more students to use unauthorized information in the taking of an exam
  • to submit as one's own work, themes, reports, drawings, laboratory notes, computer programs, or other products prepared by another person,
  • or to knowingly assist another student in obtaining or using unauthorized materials.

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited.

Students guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly through participation or assistance, are subject to disciplinary action through the regular procedures of the student’s home institution.  Refer to the student handbook provided by your home institution to review the student conduct policy.

In addition to other possible disciplinary sanctions that may be imposed, the instructor has the authority to assign an "F" or zero for an activity or to assign an "F" for the course.

Other Course Rules:

Students are expected to:

  • Participate in all aspects of the course
  • Communicate with other students
  • Learn how to navigate in Brightspace
  • Keep abreast of course announcements
  • Use the assigned course management (Brightspace) email address rather than a personal email address
  • Address technical problems immediately:
  • Observe course netiquette at all times.

Guidelines for Communications


  • Always include a subject line.
  • Remember without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your emails. Use of emoticons might be helpful in some cases.
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Special formatting such as centering, audio messages, tables, html, etc. should be avoided unless necessary to complete an assignment or other communication.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members


  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion. Be a lurker then a discussant.
  • Try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the discussion group. Be respectful of other’s ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be cooperative with group leaders in completing assigned tasks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.


The Tennessee Virtual Library is available to all students enrolled in TN eCampus programs and courses. Links to library materials (such as electronic journals, databases, interlibrary loans, digital reserves, dictionaries, encyclopedias, maps, and librarian support) and Internet resources needed by learners to complete online assignments and as background reading will be included within the course modules. To access the Virtual Library, go to the course homepage and select the Virtual Library link under Course Resources.

Students with Disabilities

Qualified students with disabilities will be provided reasonable and necessary academic accommodations if determined eligible by the appropriate disability services staff at their home institution. Prior to granting disability accommodations in this course, the instructor must receive written verification of a student's eligibility for specific accommodations from the disability services staff at the home institution. It is the student's responsibility to initiate contact with their home institution's disability services staff and to follow the established procedures for having the accommodation notice sent to the instructor.

Syllabus Changes

The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes both by individual email communication and posting both notification and nature of change(s) on the course bulletin board.


The information contained in this syllabus is for general information purposes only. While we endeavor to keep this information up-to-date and accurate, there may be some discrepancies between this syllabus and the one found in your online course. The syllabus of record is the one found in your online course. Please make sure you read the syllabus in your course at the beginning of the semester. Questions regarding course content should be directed to your instructor.

Last Revised on April 28, 2017