CLP 1006 Syllabus  


Instructor Information


Dr. Sheryl Hartman, Ph.D.


Email Address:


Address and Telephone Numbers:

North Campus, Room 2256, #40
11380 NW 27th Avenue
Miami, FL 33167

Telephone: (305) 237-1027 (direct line)


Office Hours:

On-campus office hours: Monday and Tuesday, 1:00 PM - 5:00 PM. Other hours by appointment.

Course Title:

Psychology of Personal Effectiveness

Course Number:

CLP 1006

Reference Number:

474508, 474517

Course Discipline:


Course Description:

This is an applied psychology course which emphasizes the understanding of the principles of effective human behavior and their application to the areas of personal awareness, interpersonal relations, communication, and work/career development (3 hr. lecture).

Students will learn the principles and practice of effective human behavior. The student will explore theoretical perspectives regarding personal effectiveness, learn to manage stress, understand the theories of healthy and successful relationships, understand the changing nature of the world of work, and understand the role of personal responsibility in workplace success.

Course Dates:

Fall 2008 (2008-1; 16-week course): August 27, 2008 - December 19, 2008


There are no prerequisites for this course.


Miami Dade College General Education Outcomes


Miami Dade College General Education Outcome Statements

Purpose: Through the academic disciplines and co-curricular activities, General Education provides multiple, varied, and intentional learning experiences to facilitate the acquisition of fundamental knowledge and skills and the development of attitudes that foster effective citizenship and life-long learning.

As graduates of Miami Dade College, students will be able to:

1. Communicate effectively using listening, speaking, reading, and writing skills.

Outcome #1, the ability to communicate effectively through listening and writing skills, is an important component of this course. In this course, you will learn about effective communications, particularly how to be a good listener and communicator. Students will communicate extensively throughout the term in weekly online discussions, providing them with an opportunity to practice communication skills. Students will also practice their communication skills in the group project.

Use quantitative analytical skills to evaluate and process numerical data.

Outcome #2, the ability to use quantitative analytical skills in evaluating and processing numerical data, while not taught directly, is woven into the readings and assignments in the course. Students will use their quantitative analytical skills in this course through analysis of statistics and computation of scores on personality assessments.

Solve problems using critical and creative thinking and scientific reasoning.

Outcome #3, the ability to use critical and creative thinking and to reason scientifically, is an important component of this course. The course teaches the importance of self-assessment and reflection which is the foundation of critical thinking and scientific reasoning. Students will also embark on an important group project which will require them to research and propose creative solutions for some of the most important issues facing our society today: global citizenship, global warming and sustainable development.

Formulate strategies to locate, evaluate, and apply information.

Outcome #4, the ability to locate, evaluate, and apply information will be practiced primarily through the group project, however, students will also learn how to evaluate and apply theories in psychology, especially the abundance of self-help books that inundate modern society.

5. Demonstrate knowledge of diverse cultures, including global and historical perspectives.

Outcome #5, which involves knowledge of diverse cultures, including global perspectives, is covered throughout the course. The final module in the course is a presentation on global warming, global citizenship, and sustainable development. Students will apply what they learn in the group project.

Create strategies that can be used to fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities.

Outcome #6, the ability to create strategies that fulfill personal, civic, and social responsibilities, is taught directly in this course which emphasizes the importance of taking responsibility for our lives. You will learn much in this course that relates to this outcome on a personal level and regarding your responsibilities to family society, community and our global society.

Demonstrate knowledge of ethical thinking and its application to issues in society.

Outcome #7 requires students to demonstrate knowledge of ethics and how it applies to issues in our society. Students will learn theories of ethics in the course and will apply issues of ethics at a global level in the group project.

Use computer and emerging technologies effectively.

Outcome #8 requires students to use computer and emerging technologies effectively by the time they graduate. This online course is an example of the important place computers and the Internet have achieved in our daily lives. Students who complete this course will have proven they can use technology effectively in order to learn and will have practiced a good deal of the technological skills required in most workplaces today, including searching the Internet for credible information, using computers effectively, creating web sites and collaborative web spaces. They will have also used discussion forums, email, and live communication tools, including instant messaging.

Demonstrate an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities.

Outcome #9, developing and demonstrating an appreciation for aesthetics and creative activities, will be practiced primarily through the group project. Students will design a website and demonstrate their artistic and creative sides in doing so.

Describe how natural systems function and recognize the impact of humans on the environment.

Outcome #10, an understanding of how natural systems function and the recognition of the impact of humans on the environment, is one of the core themes in the course. In addition to learning about issues of global citizenship, our role in global warming, and the critical importance of embracing sustainable development, students will apply their analytical and creative skills to researching and presenting possible solutions for these critically important problems.

Course Competencies


Competency 1

  • describing an overview of the major theoretical approaches to personality and human behavior
  • analyzing the theory of self-concept and the factors involved in its development, relating this to personal behavior
  • distinguishing the causes and characteristics of high and low self-esteem and the relationship of these to behavior
  • discovering the holistic nature of humankind including the cognitive, emotional, social, spiritual, and physical influences on behavior

Competency 2

  • demonstrating knowledge of stress, its sources, and the physical, psychological, and behavioral outcomes
  • applying effective stress management theory
  • demonstrating effective self-management in the use of resources such as time, money, and personal assets

Competency 3

  • describing the characteristics of effective employees and their responses to performance assessment and varying leadership styles
  • demonstrating understanding of the necessity for policies and procedures in the workplace
  • demonstrating knowledge of job satisfaction, including intrinsic and extrinsic work motivations
  • describing factors which interfere with effective job performance such as alcohol and drug use; sexual harassment; racial, gender, and age discrimination; and violations of ethical and moral standards

Textbooks and Other Resources

Required Textbook:

Essential elements for effectiveness: A guide to personal and professional success in our global community, 3rd Ed., Abascal, J. R., Brucato, L., Stephenson, P., & Brucato, D. (2006), Boston, MA: Pearson Custom Publishing

Textbook Chapters per Modules:



  • Module 1 - Cognitive Restructuring: Chapters 1 and 2 
  • Module 2 - Self-Mastery: Chapters 3, 4 and 5
  • Module 3 - Self-Efficacy: Chapters 6 and 7


  • Module 4 - Emotional Intelligence: Chapter 8
  • Module 5 - Interpersonal Intelligence: Chapter 8
  • Module 6 - Communication Skills: Chapters 9 and 10


  • Module 7 - Workplace Trends: Chapter 11
  • Module 8 - Effective Leadership: Chapters 11 and 12
  • Module 9 - Effective Attitudes: Chapters 13 and 14

Reading Requirements


Students are responsible for all assigned reading.


Withdrawal/Incomplete Policy


If you must withdraw from this course, it is your responsibility to do so officially. An Incomplete or "I" grade may be issued only at the instructor's discretion and if you document your inability to finish the course under the following conditions: a) you are passing the course at the time of the request, b) most of the course work has been completed before the emergency, and c) circumstances are beyond your control. Agreements for Incomplete grade must be completed at least one-week before the end of the term.




There are three exams, i.e. one exam at the end of each of the three units in the course.


Work Requirements


To successfully complete this course, students must:

  • Complete 8 Assignments (25% of the grade). 
    • Module 1 Assignment - 2.5 points
    • Module 2 Assignment - 2.5 points
    • Module 3 Assignment - 2.5 points
    • Module 4 Assignment - 2.5 points
    • Module 5 Assignment - 2.5 points  
    • Module 6 Assignment - 2.5 points
    • Module 7 Assignment - 2.5 points
    • Module 8 Assignment - 2.5 points
    • Module 9 Assignment (Group Project) - 10 points
  • Take 9 Quizzes (25% of the grade). There is one quiz for each of the 9 Modules in the course and the Introduction Unit Quiz on the Syllabus contents. Quizzes are based on content in the Module Lessons:
    • Module 1 Quiz - 3.0 points
    • Module 2 Quiz - 3.0 points
    • Module 3 Quiz - 3.0 points
    • Module 4 Quiz - 3.0 points
    • Module 5 Quiz - 3.0 points
    • Module 6 Quiz - 3.0 points
    • Module 7 Quiz - 3.0 points
    • Module 8 Quiz - 3.0 points
    • Module 9 Quiz - 3.0 points
  • Take 3  examinations consisting of 30 questions each (15 points each for 45% of the grade). All three exams contain multiple-choice questions and are based on content in the textbook.  
  • Participate in the course.  Participation is worth a total of up to 5 points. To receive the full 5 points, students must read all assigned Modules, actively participate in the discussions, and participate in the Group Project.
  • Group Project: You will be required to participate in a Group Project (Module 9 Assignment) where the group will research and present solutions for the critically important topics covered in the final Module.   Each group will consist of 3-6 members. The Group Topics will be sent to students in an email after the 100% drop period. The Group Project (Module 9 Assignment) will be worth from 0-10% of your grade based on your level of participation:
    • Extensive Participation - 10 points
    • Very Good Participation - 7.5 points
    • Good Participation - 5.0 points
    • Some Participation - 2.5 points
    • No participation - 0 points

Group project assignments will be sent out during the third week of class.

Your Final Grade will be calculated as follows:


Percentage of Grade





Exams (Units 1, 2 and 3 Exams @ 15 pts each)





Note: points and percentages are equal

100 points = 100%

Your Final Letter Grade will be based on the following Letter Grade Scale:


Letter Grade

90-100 points

= A

80-89 points

= B

70-79 points

= C

60-69 points

= D

59 points or less

= F