PS121 Human Growth & Development

for U1J 2008

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PS 121 Human Growth & Development


U1J 2008 IN


Brewer, Kathryn J.


Adjunct Faculty


BA Psychology
MA Professional Mental Health Counseling

Office Hours

Before and after class, by appointment.

Daytime Phone

(816) 468-1273


Semester Dates

June 3, 2008 to July 27, 2008

Class Days


Class Time

5:30 - 9:50 PM

Credit Hours



Santrock, John W.  Lifespan Development (11th ed.).  McGraw-Hill.  ISBN:  0-07-353191-X

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Course Description:
A discussion of the physical, social, and physiological changes occurring during the life of the individual from conception to death. Emphasis is placed on the similarities and differences of the various age groups and the specialized needs of each. 3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
This instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness.  This philosophy is demonstrated through the use of lectures, readings, writings, videos, and examinations.  This instructor engages students through group exercises, projects, and guest speakers.

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Identify and use vocabulary words related to human growth and development through the written word.
  2. Analyze the concepts found in common to each period from conception to death.
  3. Critically examine such topics as developmental science, developmental theories, heredity, prenatal development, birth, infants, toddlers, children, adolescents, young adults, adults, older adults, and death. Each of the developmental periods will be analyzed from a biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial perspective.
  4. Identify basic notions found in research method often used in human growth and development.
  5. Demonstrate high quality written communication skills through interaction with other students and the instructor in a structured, flexible environment.
  6. Identify public policy that influences the lives of people as they develop through the lifespan.

Core Assessment:

Each student will write one research paper. Each student will conduct seven 1 hour observations with children, adolescents, and adults in various stages of their development. The following table will show what stages will be required:

Topic Area

Data Collection

Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview

The First Two Years


1 Hour

The Play Years


1 Hour

The School Years


1 Hour



1 Hour

Early Adulthood


1 Hour

Middle Adulthood


1 Hour

Late Adulthood


1 Hour

These observations can occur in any setting where people can be found. Each student will be required to write a paper that will be an analysis of their observations. Each paper will need to have the observation sheets and interview questions and their responses attached as appendixes. The 1 hour used for the observation and interview need to be recorded in your appendix. Each paper will need to be double spaced. Each paper will need to use APA style when citing references and will need an APA style references list. Each paper will need to have 3 references including the textbook. The student will need to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate these observations and the literature that they have cited. The paper will be worth up to 300 points. To see what is required and how the points will be distributed, see the Core Assessment Rubric at the end.

Link to Class Rubric

Class Assessment:

Class Participation and Attendance
2 Quizzes and Final Exam
Core Assessment (5 page Research Paper)


Class Participation:  40 points
Attendance:  40 points
Quizzes (2 100 points each):  200 points
Core Assessment:  300 points
Presentation:  120 points
Final Exam:  300 points
90-100% = A {900-1000 points}
80-89% = B {800-899 points}
70-79% = C {700-799 points}
60-69% = D {600-699 points}
0-59% = F {0-599 points}

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Assignments are to be submitted on or before due dates.  Points may be deducted for each day the assignment is late.  Assignments will not be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Successful adult learning demands adult behavior. 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

The instructor reserves the right to amend this schedule based upon the progress of the course and the needs of the students.
Please have all chapters read before the class period they will be covered.
Week 1 (June 4, 2008)
Class & Instructor Introductions
Chapters 1, 2, and 3
Week 2 (June 11, 2008)
Chapters 4, 5, and 6
Week 3 (June 18, 2008)
Chapters 7, 8, and 9
*Quiz #1 - chapters 1 to 9
Week 4 (June 25, 2008)
Chapters 10, 11, and 12
*Presentations - details will be given Week 1
Week 5 (July 2, 2008)
Chapters 13, 14, and 15
Week 6 (July 9, 2008)
Chapters 16, 17, and 18
*Quiz #2 - chapters 10 to 21
*Core Assessment Papers Due
Week 7 (July 16, 2008)
Chapters 19, 20, and 21
Week 8 (July 23, 2008)
*Final Exam
Guest Speaker Panel
Note:  Weekly lectures will include a variety of power points, discussions, projects, videos, movies, and guest speakers.

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85-86

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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 85

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.
  3. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  4. 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 "F".
  5. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  6. 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.
  7. 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 2007-2008 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-88

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. Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
•Compared and contrasted 5-6 topic areas and corresponding literature. Compared and contrasted 3-4 topic areas and corresponding literature. Compared and contrasted 1-2 topic areas and corresponding literature.  
The student will offer personal experience about 5-7 topic areas. The student will offer personal experience about 3-4 topic areas. The student will offer personal experience about 1-2 topic areas.  
Technical Skill in Communicating                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
The research paper meets expectations while including a student developed graphic or table.

The research paper contains the following sections:
•APA citations
•APA formatted references page.
•References Page – all the references in the body of the text match up with those in the references list and all references in the references list match up with those in the body of the text.
The research paper will also include the following:
•Focus (arguable claim, original idea, & clear controlling idea)
•Development (full discussion, smooth style, & personal experiences)
•Organization (smooth transitions, clear paragraphing, & logical sequence of topics)
•Mechanics (proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling)

The research paper contains the following sections:
•Cover page
•Abstract–summary of Project
•APA formatted references page.
•References Page–all the references in the body of the text match up with those in the references list and all references in the references list match up with those in the body of the text.



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