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PS 222 Adult Development & Aging
Cardner, Patricia A.


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 222 Adult Development & Aging

Semester

S2A 2009 BE

Faculty

Cardner, Patricia A.

Title

Assistant Professor of Psychology

Degrees/Certificates

PhD - Sam Houston State University
EdD - Argosy University (Expected Completion 2009)
Licensed Professional Counselor - Texas

Office Location

Austin, TX

Daytime Phone

512-385-7275

Other Phone

361-779-0953

E-Mail

pcardner@park.edu

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:10 - 7:50 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Cavanaugh, J. C. & Blanchard-Fields, F. (2006).  Adult Development and Aging, 5th Ed. Wadsworth. ISBN: 0-534-52066-9.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS 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.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


Course Description:
PS 222 Adult Development and Aging (MGE): Focuses on the developmental tasks and psycho-social services during the adult years with special emphasis placed on the social psychology of aging. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:

My philosophy of teaching emphasizes student learning whether that learning occurs in a face to face format or in the online environment. One of my areas of expertise is psychology, and one of the main things that I learned from the study of psychology is that people have different learning styles. I have also learned as a result of study and experience, that students learn best when the material presented is timely and relevant and applicable. Adult students like to see the relevance of what they are studying. One way that I like to do this is by including current events and cases for discussions. Discussions are the heart and soul of effective learning. This is the one way that students get to know one another and it gives them an opportunity to learn from one another. In addition, there is a great deal of information on the web that students can use to enhance their learning. Thus, they are encouraged to use web resources for this purpose. 

Learning Outcomes:
  Core Learning Outcomes

  1. Demonstrate a basic level of competence in the use of the vocabulary of adult development.
  2. Identify and critique factors and problems common to the adult years.
  3. Evaluate the research methods used to study adult development.
  4. Gather, evaluate, and communicate information effectively about adult development.
  5. Identify and explain the social psychological application of aging.


Core Assessment:
  • Research Paper (Core Assessment).  Each student will write one research paper. Each student will conduct four 3 hour observations with adults in various stages of their development. There will be two additional topic areas that each student will need to address. First each student will need to address how public policy affects each period of development and secondly they will need to examine different cultural influences during each developmental period. The following table will show what stages will be required:

Topic Area

Data Collection

Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview

Early Adulthood

Observation

3 Hours

Middle Adulthood

Observation

3 Hours

Late Adulthood

Observation

3 Hours

Elderly

Observation

3 Hours

Public Policy - Adult Development

Literature Review

NA

Views of Adult Development in different cultures.

Literature Review

NA

The observation can occur in any setting where adults can be found. Each student needs to make an arguable claim (thesis statement) that will be the central theme of this research paper. They will then use the observations, class discussions, and literature as evidence to support their arguable claim. Each student will have to focus on the four different developmental periods, public policy, and cultural influences on development as they apply to their arguable claim. The 3 hours used for the observations need to be recorded in a student developed observation sheet. The paper will need to have the completed observation sheets attached as an appendix. The paper will need to be double spaced. The paper will need to use APA style when citing references and will need an APA style references list. The paper will need to have 7 references including the textbook. 3 of the 7 references will need to be empirically based research reports from a refereed professional journal. The student will need to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate these observations and the literature that they have cited. They will propose a plausible developmental research question based on their observations. They will then suggest a possible developmental research design that they could use to investigate the research question and discuss why that design was selected. The research questions and design section needs to be a small part of the paper and does not need to be the central theme of the paper.  It needs to be a seamless part of the paper and not a separate section.    The paper will be worth up to 300 points.  To see what is required and how the points will be distributed, see the rubric below and the Core Assessment Rubric at the end. See the graphic below for a list of paper requirements.

 

Research Paper Requirements

 

Differences and similarities between the 7 topic areas are outlined in comparison with the literature.

7 or more references are used from the literature. These references provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined. Three of the references are empirical reports from a scientific journal.

Each paper consistently uses developmental terms appropriately with less than 5 errors.

The research paper contains the following sections: APA citations, Introduction, Analysis, Conclusion, and APA formatted references page. 

 

A student created graph (not a copy of someone else’s graph) is included to make a point to arguer for your arguable claim.

The student develops a plausible research question that is a natural extension of the literature reviewed in the paper. This does not have to be the major theme of the paper, but should be included seamlessly in the paper.

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 identified cultural variations found in adult development in relation to the first four topic areas.

The research paper identified public policy issues that affect the first four topic areas.

 

 PS222-Core Assessment Rubric 

Competency

Exceeds Expectation                    (2)

Meets Expectation                   (1)

Does Not Meet Expectation (0)

Critical Thinking

 

 

 

Analysis & Evaluation          Outcomes - 1, 2, 5

Compared and contrasted 5-6 topic areas and corresponding literature. 9 or more references from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper. Three of the references should be empirical and refereed research articles.

Compared and contrasted 3-4 topic areas and corresponding literature. 7-9 references from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper. Three of the references should be empirical and refereed research articles

Compared and contrasted 1-2 topic areas and corresponding literature. 1-4 reference(s) from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper.

Content

 

 

 

Application          Outcomes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in the first 4 topic areas.

Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in 2-3 of the first 4 topic areas.

Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in one of the first 4 topic areas.

Technical Skills

 

 

 

Whole Artifact          Outcome - 5

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, and APA formatted references page. 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.

 

 

Class Assessment:

Assessment

Week Due

Pts

Total Pts

Participation/Attendance

all 8

100

Quizzes

1,2,3,4,5,6,7

10

70

Final

8

100

100

Core Assessment Paper

7

100

100

Portfolio

8

100

100

Total

470

Grading:

Points Grade

470 - 423

A

422 - 376

B

375 - 329

C

328 - 282

D

below 282

F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

It is unfair to other students to allow some individuals to submit assignments after the scheduled due date. The following is a list of valid reasons for submitting late work:

· A medical emergency or a serious acute illness. All medical emergencies and illnesses must be verified by a note on letterhead by an M.D., D.O., P.A., or R.N. I will not normally accept a note from other health professionals (e.g., Ph.D., MSW, D.C., Physical Therapist) because their professional functions rarely involve medical emergencies or acute illnesses. I will acccept late work for students who can provide evidence of a verified medical emergency (but not acute illness) involving a child, spouse, parent, sibling, or grandparent.

· An Accident or Police Emergency. I will require an accident report or note on letterhead from an appropriate law enforcement officer to accept late work due to accidents or police emergencies (e.g., assault on student, student taken hostage, detained witness of a crime).

· Unforeseen Jury or Witness Duty. I will require a note on letterhead from a judge or attorney to accept late work due to jury or witness duty.

· Unforeseen Military Deployment or Activation. I will require a note on official letterhead from your commanding officer.

· Funerals for Immediate Family Member (e.g., parents, siblings, grandparents, etc.). A note from the funeral director or an obituary will be required.

 


 

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

I expect that the interactions and communications in this class will be civil and professional. Derogatory language, profanity, and personal attacks are unacceptable. Please remember that we are all adults who have our own opinions and values, but we are at a univeristy in order to expand our knowledge and to learn from one another. 

 
To facilitate uniformity, I expect that papers will have 1 inch margins, double-spaced, using Times-Roman 12pt or Arial 10pt as the font. Submission of papers written for other classes is not acceptable. I expect that each paper you submit in this class is a unique paper created by you. Violation of this will result in a failing grade for the assignment.

Please recognize that technology can also cause problems. Printers run out of ink, Internet connections die, and hard drives crash. You are responsible for planning ahead and meeting deadlines in spite of technology. Be sure to save copies of your submissions and your work to a disk, a hard drive, and print out paper copies for backup purposes.

The Ecompanion classroom is for public messages. Students should use e-mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. All e-mails sent to the instructor and other students should include: PS222 and your full name in the subject line of the e-mail. Students are required to use Pirate Mail for online classes. All information concerning the class will be sent through Pirate Mail. Students should have a current anti-virus software and should update their software weekly as a protection to themselves as well as others who are participating in this class. This is everyone's responsibility.

This course is reading intensive, so please keep up! All students will participate in the class discussions and it is much easier to do if you have all the readings done prior to class.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

PS222: Adult Development and Aging

Term 1

Dates

Notation or Assignment/Discussions

Week 1

Read Chapters 1 & 2
 
Take the week 1 Quiz in E-college

Week 2

Read. Ch. 3 & 4

Take the week 2 Quiz in E-college

Week 3

Read Ch. 5 & 6

Take the week 3 Quiz in E-college

Week 4

Read Ch 7 & 8

Take the week 4 Quiz in E-college

Week 5

Read Ch 9 & 10

Take the week 5 Quiz in E-college

Week 6

Read Ch. 11 & 12

Take the week 6 Quiz in E-college

Week 7

 

Read Ch. 13
 

Take the week 7 Quiz in E-college

Core Assessment is Due in Drop-box in E-College

Week 8

 Read Ch. 14
Portfolio due

Final Exam - Thursday

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.

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 .

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Last Updated:2/16/2009 3:58:59 PM