Discusses the strengths and limitations of dispositional, evolutionary and biological personality theories as they apply to behavior.

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Dispositional, Biological and Evolutionary Theories Newspaper Article

This assignment is due in Week Four.

Content
60 Percent

Points Earned
X/6

· Describes the differences between dispositional, evolutionary and biological personality theories.
· Discusses the strengths and limitations of dispositional, evolutionary and biological personality theories as they apply to behavior.

· Discusses the Big Five personality test and how it is used to study personality.

Comments:
Organization and Development
20 Percent

Points Earned
X/2

· The paper is 1,000 to 1,250 words in length.
· The paper is clear and organized; major points are supported by details, examples, or analysis.

· The tone aligns with the assignment’s purpose and is geared toward the appropriate audience.

· The paper provides relevant and sufficient background on the topic.

· The paper is logical, flows, and reviews the major points.

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Comments:
Mechanics and Format
20 Percent

Points Earned
X/2

· The assignment file is presentable and functional.
· Rules of grammar, usage, and punctuation are followed; spelling is correct.

· The paper—including the title page, reference page, tables, and any appendices—is consistent with APA guidelines.

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Additional Comments: Total Earned
X/10

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