PS 121 Human Growth & Development
F1T 2008 DL
Pollock, William W.
M.A. Counseling PsychologyB.B.A. Management
Central Time Zone Texas
As required and requested
18 August - 12 October 2008
Berger, K. S. (2008). The developing person: Through the life span (7th Edition). New York: Worth.
ISBN #: 0-7167-5706-0
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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:
Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview
The First Two Years
The Play Years
The School Years
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 RubricClass Assessment:
Minimum Durations of Observation
The First Two Years
The Play Years
The School Years
· These observations can occur in any setting where people can be found. When interviewing, be sure to have your questions developed before the interview. 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. Each student will need to identify an arguable claim (thesis statement) in the area of human growth and development. The student will use their observations and the literature that they have identified as evidence to support their arguable claim. 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.
Item / Assignment
Myth Quizzes (8 x 10)
Weekly Quizzes (8 x 10)
Observation/Interview Discussion (7 x 30)
Observation/Interview Response (5 x 14)
Topic Discussions (8 x 20)
Topic Responses (8 x 10)
Did You Know
Return and Report
Faculty Corner I
Faculty Corner II
Total Points Possible
1440 - 1296
1295 - 1152
1151 - 1008
Less than 864
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work must be completed by the end of the week (Sunday at midnight Central Time). No credit will be received for work turned in after the week it was due., unless you have contacted be before the due date and explained any special circumstances. I will then decide whether the "special" circumstances are sufficient for late work. Late work is to be the exception and not a persistent pattern. There is no extra credit in this class, so it is important to complete the work during the time frame expected.
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It is required that you use Pirate Mail for your online class. All information - problems with assignments, concerns, etc. - pertaining to the class will be sent to you through Pirate Mail. I will check my e-mail frequently and will respond to course related questions within 24-48 hours unless I have notified you that I will be unavailable. All e-mail sent to me needs to be copy/pasted. No attachments will be accepted due to the risk of viruses.
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Last Updated:8/8/2008 11:02:46 AM