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PS 121 Human Growth & Development
Xaverius, Pamela K.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PS 121 Human Growth and Development

Semester

F2T 2008 DL

Faculty

Xaverius, Pamela K.

Title

Assistant Professor

Degrees/Certificates

BA in psychology
MA in human development
PhD in developmental and child psychology

Office Location

Holts Summit, MO

Daytime Phone

573-301-0046

E-Mail

pamela.xaverius@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Textbook by Kathleen Stassen Berger

The Developing Person: Through the Life Span

ISBN 0-7167-6072-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:

The facilitator’s educational philosophy is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogues, examinations, internet, videos, web sites and writings. The facilitator will engage each learner in what is referred to as disputatious learning to encourage the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.

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

Interview

1 Hour

The Play Years

Interview

1 Hour

The School Years

Interview

1 Hour

Adolescence

Interview

1 Hour

Early Adulthood

Interview

1 Hour

Middle Adulthood

Interview

1 Hour

Late Adulthood

Interview

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:

Each week, there will be the following items that are required of students: Myths Quiz, Lecture Quiz, Topic Reviews, Did You Know?, Return and Report, Faculty Corner 1, and Faculty Corner 2. The exception is that there will not be a topic review during week 8. In addition, there will be a midterm exam during week 4, a paper due during week 7, and a proctored final exam due during week 8.

Grading:

Myths Quiz: 10 points each, for a total of 80 points.
Lecture Quiz: 10 points each, for a total of 80 points.
Topic Reviews:30 points each for a total of 240 points
Did You Know?: 5 point each, for a total of 40 points.
Return and Report: 5 point each, for a total of 40 points.
Faculty Corner 1: 5 point each, for a total of 40 points.
Faculty Corner 2: 5 point each, for a total of 40 points.
Observation / Interview: 40 points for seven weeks, for a total of 280 points.
Midterm exam: 100 points   
Core Assessment (Research Paper): 300 points
Final Exam: 200 points
Total points possible: 1440
 
90% 1296 1440 A
80% 1152 1295 B
70% 1008 1151 C
60% 864 1007 D
50% 720 0 F
Final exam: 200 points
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Late Work

Each week's work must be completed by the end of the week (Sunday at midnight Mountain Time). No credit will be received for work turned in after the week it was due, unless you have contacted me 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 of behavior. There is no extra credit in this class, so it is important to complete the work in the time frame expected.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Attendance

Attendance in this online course is determined by your keeping up to date with classroom assignments and responses. Your attendance is also tracked by the amount of time spent online. You are required to participate in weekly threaded discussions. Failure to show your weekly work will count as an absence for the week. Students can experience technical difficulties, but this is not a legitimate excuse to miss class. It is your responsibility to notify me by phone and/or other means to submit your work.

 

Online

Etiquette/Courtesy

Online communications need to be composed with fairness, honesty, and tact. Spelling and grammar are very important in an online class. What you put into an online course reflects on your level of professionalism. It is important not to take disagreement personally. An important part of online learning is discussion. Differences in thinking are good because our knowledge is broadened. Because we have differences, we will have conflict. The important thing is to handle conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness which does not promote learning. Here are online references that discuss online writing: http://goto.intwg.com/ and netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html.

Please retain the text below:

 

Students are responsible for connecting on the link below and thoroughly reading each Online course policy. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Introduction and the First Two Years (1/14)
- chapters 1, 5, 6, & 7
- assignments- Myths Quiz, Lecture Quiz, Topic Reviews, Did You Know?, Return and Report, Faculty Corner 1, and Faculty Corner 2.
 
Week 2: Theories of Development- The Play Years (1/21)
- chapters 2, 8, 9, & 10
- assignments- Myths Quiz, Lecture Quiz, Topic Reviews, Did You Know?, Return and Report, Faculty Corner 1, and Faculty Corner 2.
 
Week 3: Heredity and Environment/ The School Years (1/28)
- chapters 3, 11, 12, & 13
- assignments- Myths Quiz, Lecture Quiz, Topic Reviews, Did You Know?, Return and Report, Faculty Corner 1, and Faculty Corner 2.
 
Week 4: Adolescence (2/4)
- chapters 14, 15, & 16
- assignments- Myths Quiz, Lecture Quiz, Topic Reviews, Did You Know?, Return and Report, Faculty Corner 1, Faculty Corner 2, and midterm exam.
 
Week 5: Early Adulthood (2/11)
- chapters 17, 18, & 19
- assignments- Myths Quiz, Lecture Quiz, Topic Reviews, Did You Know?, Return and Report, Faculty Corner 1, and Faculty Corner 2.
 
Week 6: Middle Adulthood (2/18)
- chapters 20, 21, & 22
- assignments- Myths Quiz, Lecture Quiz, Topic Reviews, Did You Know?, Return and Report, Faculty Corner 1, and Faculty Corner 2.
 
Week 7: Late Adulthood (2/25)
- chapters 23, 24, & 25
- assignments- Myths Quiz, Lecture Quiz, Topic Reviews, Did You Know?, Return and Report, Faculty Corner 1, Faculty Corner 2 and paper.
 
Week 8: Prenatal Development and Birth/Death and Dying (3/4)
- chapters 4 & Epilogue
- assignments- Myths Quiz, Lecture Quiz, Topic Reviews, Did You Know?, Return and Report, Faculty Corner 1, Faculty Corner 2 and a proctored 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87

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 "F".
  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.
ONLINE NOTE: An attendance report of "P" (present) will be recorded for students who have logged in to the Online classroom at least once during each week of the term. Recording of attendance is not equivalent to participation. Participation grades will be assigned by each instructor according to the criteria in the Grading Policy section of the syllabus.

Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90

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: http://www.park.edu/disability .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2,3,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
•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.  
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
5,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
The research paper meets expectations while including a student developed graphic or table.

 
The research paper contains the following sections:
•APA citations
•Introduction
•Analysis
•Conclusion
•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
•Introduction
•Analysis
•Conclusion
•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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