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PS 121 Human Growth and Development
Buckingham, William Paul


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

U1T 2007 DL

Faculty

Buckingham, Wm. Paul

Title

Adjunct Faculty

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Social Work
Licensed Clinical Social Worker
Board Certified Diplomate in Clinical Social Work

Office Location

San Angelo, Texas

Office Hours

TBA

Daytime Phone

325-450-3299

E-Mail

Wm.Buckingham@pirate.park.edu

Semester Dates

June 04, 2007- July 29, 2007

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Berger, K. S. (2005).  The developing person: Through the life span (6th Edition).  New York: Worth.  ISBN #: 0-7167-9159-5 (paper back) or  ISBN 0-7167-5706-0 (hard cover)

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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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:
I strongly believe in collaborative learning. My philosophy of teaching is one of interactiveness based on lectures, readings, quizzes, discussions, examinations, web sites and videos. I strongly encourage each student to strive to reach his/her highest potential by reading, questioning, reviewing and discussing.

Class Assessment:

Course Assignments

  1. Myth Quiz: There will be a weekly myth quiz offered over the chapters covered during the week. You will be allowed to take this quiz as many times as you want during the week. Each quiz will consist of 10 True/False questions. Some of the questions will be myths and others will be accurate. You will need to identify which question is a myth and which is incorrect. Once the week is over, Sunday at Midnight, you will not be able to access the quiz. Each quiz will be worth up to 10 points for a total of 80 points.
  2. Quiz: There will be a weekly quiz offered over the chapters covered during the week. You will have one hour during the week to take the quiz. Each quiz will contain 10 multiple choice questions. You will need to identify the correct answer from the distracter answers. Once the week is over, Sunday at Midnight, you will not be able to access the quiz. Each quiz will be worth up to 10 points for a total of 80 points.
  3. Research Paper (Core Assessment): Each student will conduct seven 1 hour observations/interviews with people 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

    Observation/Interview

    1 Hour

    The Play Years

    Observation/Interview

    1 Hour

    The School Years

    Observation/Interview

    1 Hour

    Adolescence

    Observation/Interview

    1 Hour

    Early Adulthood

    Observation/Interview

    1 Hour

    Middle Adulthood Observation/Interview 1 Hour
    Late Adulthood Observation/Interview 1 Hour
    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 appendices. The 1 hour used for the observation and interview needs 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.
  4. Observation/Interview Discussions: Each weekly Observation/Interview Discussion will begin on Monday and end on Sunday. Each student will be expected to synthesize information from the textbook (Berger, 2005) and their weekly observation/interview they have conducted for their Research Paper. These discussions should include information from PowerWeb, a website, or the scientific literature. Each student needs to cite each source of information using APA style and include the full reference citation at the end of the discussion. The instructor for this course will participate actively in this discussion thread by asking general questions, asking questions for clarification, and by providing further information. The student can earn up to 30 points for each weekly discussion.
    1st Source 10 Points
    2nd Source (Outside of Textbook) 10 Points
    Conclusions about observation and Textbook. 10 Points
    Total 30 Points
  5. Observation/Interview Responses: Each Didactic Response will be due on Sunday of each week. Each student will be expected to respond to Two fellow student's Observation/Interview Discussions with one objective:  to discuss how the information discussed impacts society. These responses need to be logical and based on information gleaned from the Observation/Interview discussions. Each student can also clarify or extend the chosen discussion. The instructor for this course will participate actively in this discussion thread by asking general questions, asking questions for clarification, and by providing further information. Each Observation/Interview Response will be worth up to 5 points each.
    1st Response (To a Class Member's Observation/Interview Discussion) 5 Points
    2nd Response (To Another Class Member's Didactic Discussion) 5 Points
    Total 10 Points
  6. Topic Discussion: Each weekly Topic Discussion will begin on Monday and end on Thursday. Each student will be will be expected to respond to a question or scenario that will be posted each week. Your discussion answer should use the information and vocabulary you have come to learn from your textbook and other sources. Each answer needs to contain information from Berger (2005) and information from outside the textbook. This could include PowerWeb, a website, or the scientific literature. Each student needs to cite each source of information using APA style and include the full reference citation at the end of the discussion. The instructor for this course will participate actively in this discussion thread by asking general questions, asking questions for clarification, and by providing further information. Each student can earn up to 20 points for each weekly response.
    1st Source 10 Points
    2nd Source (Outside of Textbook) 10 Points
    Total 20 Points
  7. Topic Responses: Each Topic Response will be due on Thursday of each week. Each student will be expected to respond to Two fellow students' Topic Discussions with one objective:  to discuss how the information applies to society. These responses need to be logical and based on information gleaned from the didactic discussions. Each student can also clarify or extend the chosen discussion. The instructor for this course will participate actively in this discussion thread by asking general questions, asking questions for clarification, and by providing further information. Each Topic Response will be worth up to 5 points each.
    1st Response (To a Class Member's Didactic Discussion) 5 Points
    2nd Response (To Another Class Member's Didactic Discussion) 5 Points
    Total 10 Points
  8. Midterm Exam: There will be a Midterm Examination offered covering the chapters studied in the first 4 weeks of the semester. You will have two hours during the fourth week to take the Midterm Exam. It will contain a mixture of multiple-choice, short-answer, and essay questions. Some of the questions will be obtained from your weekly quizzes. The rest will be drawn from the chapters covered during the first 4 weeks of the semester. The Midterm Exam will be taken online. Once the week is over, Sunday at Midnight, you will not be able to access the Midterm Exam. The Midterm Exam will be worth up to 100 points.
  9. Comprehensive Final Exam: There will be a Comprehensive Final Examination offered covering all chapters studied during the semester.. You will have one hour during the eighth week to take the Comprehensive Final Exam. It will contain a mixture of multiple-choice, short-answer, and essay questions. Some of the questions will be obtained from your weekly quizzes and Midterm Examination. The rest will be drawn from the chapters covered during the entire 8 weeks of the semester. The Comprehensive Final Exam will be sent to a Proctor that you have selected using the Park University guidelines and approved by your instructor. The Final Comprehensive Exam will be worth up to 200 points.
  10. Did You Know? On a weekly basis, there will be an article on a topic related to the weekly theme. This assignment is a discussion thread that will require you to reply with your thoughts about the article and new ideas to add to conclusions made in the article. You will also be required to respond to 1 other classmate entry. The instructor for this course will participate actively in this discussion thread by asking general questions, asking questions for clarification, and by providing further information. The combination of entry and response will be worth up to 5 points.
    Entry 2.5 Points
    Response 2.5 Points
    Total 5 Points
  11. Return and Report: On a weekly basis each student will be required to obtain information from their community. This assignment is a discussion thread that will require you to reply with your thoughts about the information as it applies to issues discussed in the class. You will also be required to respond to at least 1 other classmate entry. The instructor for this course will participate actively in this discussion thread by asking general questions, asking questions for clarification, and by providing further information. The combination of entry and response will be worth up to 5 points.
    Entry 2.5 Points
    Response 2.5 Points
    Total 5 Points
  12. Faculty Corner 1: The instructor for this course will select a topic of choice from the ongoing discussion threads for the whole class to focus on. This assignment is also a discussion thread that will require you to respond to what is being said and bring thoughtful information to the discussion. You will be required to respond twice in this discussion. The combination of responses will be worth up to 5 points.
    Response 1 2.5 Points
    Response 2 2.5 Points
    Total 5 Points
  13. Faculty Corner 2: The instructor for this course will select a topic of choice from the ongoing discussion threads for the whole class to focus on. This assignment is also a discussion thread that will require you to respond to what is being said and bring thoughtful information to the discussion. You will be required to respond twice in this discussion. The combination of responses will be worth up to 5 points.
    Response 1 2.5 Points
    Response 2 2.5 Points
    Total 5 Points

Grading:

Course Grading Scale

Myth Quiz 80 Points
Quiz 80 Points
Research Paper 300 Points
Observation/Interview Discussion (7) 210 Points
Observation/Interview Responses (14) 70 Points
Topic Discussions (8) 160 Points
Topic Responses (16) 80 Points
Midterm Exam 100 Points
Comprehensive Final Exam 200 Points
Did You Know 40 Points
Return and Report 40 Points
Faculty Corner 1 40 Points
Faculty Corner 2 40 Points
Total 1440 Points

90-100% A
80-89% B
70-79% C
60-69% D
59% and below F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Each week's work must be completed by the due date for the assignment that week.  The assignment due dates will be posted in the weekly announcements uder the course home dial.  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. There is no extra credit in this class, so it is important to complete the work during the time frame expected.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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 no to take disagreement personally. Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective. Being objective means maintaining boundaries and not making personal attacks on the ability of others or making statements that have the potential to be taken 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 .

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week 1: Myth 1, 5-7, Quiz 1, 5-7, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, & Return and Report
Week 2: Myth 2, 8-10, Quiz 2, 8-10, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, & Return and Report
Week 3: Myth 3, 11-13, Quiz 3, 11-13, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, & Return and Report
Week 4: Myth 14-16, Quiz 14-16, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, Return and Report, & Midterm
Week 5: Myth 17-19, Quiz 17-19, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, & Return and Report
Week 6: Myth 20-22, Quiz 20-22, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, & Return and Report
Week 7: Myth 23-25, Quiz 23-25, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, Return and Report, & Research Paper
Week 8: Myth 4-Epilogue, Quiz 4-Epiilogue, Observation/Interview, Topic, Did You Know?, Return and Report, & Final

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 2006-2007 Undergraduate Catalog Page 87-89

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 2006-2007 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 "W".
  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 2006-2007 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 .

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Last Updated:5/17/2007 5:16:59 PM