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PS 221 Adolescent Psychology
Pena, Sabrina S.


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CoursePS 221 Adolescent Psychology LA
SemesterF2K2005
FacultyPena, Sabrina S.
TitleAdjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesM.Ed. Guidance and Counseling
Office HoursBy Appointment only
Daytime Phone830-298-4545
E-Mailsabrina.pena@park.edu
sabrina.pena@laughlin.af.mil
Class Days-MTWRF-
Class Time12:00 - 1:00 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Santrock  Adolescence, 10th edition,  McGraw-Hill, 2005.   ISBN 007297754X

NOTE: Do not purchase textbook until after the first day of class.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore


Course Description:
Developmental factors and problems common to the period from puberty to adulthood.  Topics include:  self-identity, sexuality, life-styles, parent-adolescent relationships, and conditions leading to optimal development.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The instructor will engage each learner to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

Although this is a Psychology class, I believe that ensuring strong written skills are developed is the responsibility of every instructor, not just English instructors. It is a tremendous disservice to students and the entire academic process when students are allowed to turn in work that is substandard.  All work (paper, exams, etc) will be penalized for spelling and grammar errors as well as lack of composition.  Please do not rely solely on spell check.  Please have a friend, family member or co-worker review your work.

Learning Outcomes:

• Demonstrate a basic level of competence in the use of the vocabulary of adolescent psychology.
• Identify and evaluate factors and problems common to the period from puberty to adulthood.
• Identify and explain topics such as self-identity, sexuality, life-styles, parent-adolescent relationships, and conditions leading to optimal adolescent development.
• Display an understanding of research methods used to study adolescents.

Course Assessment:
Three Class projects: 50 pts each

There will be 3 class projects assigned during the course.  Additional information the project will be provided in class and will appropriate to the course.  

Mid-term and Final Exams: 100 pts each
Exams will be comprehensive and will include material from class discussions, videos, textbook readings and handouts.  The exams will include multiple choice, true false, and essay.  The essay questions will promote contemplation and measure your ability to assimilate the information.

Grading:
- The course is graded A-F and is based on a point scale.
- In accordance with Park University, a grade of I (incomplete) is assigned only for work, which has been of passing quality through the academic period, but for good reason (does not include poor planning or time management) cannot be completed within the time frame of the contract.
- It is your responsibility to plan for computer problems, emergencies, illness, etc. and to turn your work in within the contract time frame.  Please ensure you allow adequate time to complete assignments and secure a back-up plan for your computer.
- Poorly written assignments will receive lower grades regardless of the content up to 25%.
- Plagiarized materials will result in automatic failure of the course and my recommendation to the University for your removal from the Park University system.  I have found students enrolled in my Independent Study class plagiarizing in the past.  When you do not give credit to others for their ideas or work, you are stealing.  Without honor or integrity, the academic process is disgraced by plagiarism.  If you find your self asking, "Should I give credit?" -- the answer is always affirmative.  Enough on that subject!

Point Scale: Total Points Possible 350
A (315 or more)
B (280-314)
C (245-279)
D (227-244)
F (226 or less)

Late Submission of Course Materials:
It is your responsibility to plan for computer problems, emergencies, illness, etc. and to turn in your work on time. Late submissions will be considered, but final acceptance is at the discretion of the instructor.  If late submissions are accepted, there will be a point deduction of no less than 20% regardless of the reason.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
- Students are expected to prepare to discuss the readings (text as well as other readings as assigned by the instructor) and share opinions. This requires that you have read all assignments and generated ideas for discussions. I will assist with guiding discussions but expect your active, energetic, focused input as well.

- Respect confidentiality! Being actively involved in the discussion entails some level of personal self-disclosure. Because of the nature of the vulnerability, trust, and openness needed to learn about guidance and counseling, it is extremely important that confidentiality be maintained. Revealing personal information about others is a breach of confidentiality. If you wish to share with others outside the classroom, please reveal only your own reactions and understanding.  Both students and the instructor will ensure confidentiality.

- All students will respect the diversity of opinions, life experiences and cultures of fellow students.  If you are not able to conduct yourself in a respectful manner, you will be asked to leave the classroom.  

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1: Chapter One and Two
Week 2: Chapter Three and Four
Week 3: Chapter Five and Six
Week 4: Chapter Seven and Mid-Term Exam
Week 5: Chapter Eight and Nine
Week 6: Chapter Ten and Eleven
Week 7: Chapter Twelve and Thirteen
Week 8: Chapter Fourteen and Final Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.   Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing. Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-87
Plagiarized materials will result in 0 points for the assignment and failure of the course (in accordance with University Policy).

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2005-2006 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89

Disability Guidelines:

Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page:
http://www.park.edu/disability
 
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