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PS 121 Human Growth & Development
Keeler, Clifford Bart


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 & Development

Semester

S1LL 2009 LR

Faculty

Keeler, Clifford Bart

Title

Adjunct Faculty - Senior Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

Master of Social Work
ACSW

E-Mail

p286943@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 12 -- March 8, 2009

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

6:00 - 9:00 PM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
The Developing Person Through the Life Span; Kathleen S. Berger, 7th Edition, 2008.  

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.
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:
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 instructor will utilize interactive teaching techniques. The different developmental theories, such as Erickson and Piaget's, will be exemplified by stories of the instructor's children, grandchildren, friends, and clients.

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:

Mid-Term Examination                                          35%
Final Examination                                                   35%
Test on Reading Assingments & Participation         10%
Research Paper/Core Assessment                          20%
 
                     Total                                                100%

Grading:

90  --  100            A
80  --    89            B
70  --    79            C
60  --    69            D
Below 60               F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late submission of work and extenuating circumstances, including Final Examination, will be evaluated on a case by case basis. As soon as these situations arise, immediate notification of the instructor is required.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Students will be required to attend class prepared with the reading assignments and homework completed prior to class. Students will be expected to respect their classmates' openness in discussions and willingness to explore themselves in their journey in understanding their own personal development. Professional confidentiality standards are expected of all students.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

CLASS
NUMBER

DATE

CHAPTER
READING

TOPIC OF DISCUSSION

1

1/12/09

 

Introductions and preview of the course

2

1/14/09

1 & 2

Introduction & Theories

3

1/19/09

Holiday

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr Day
4 1/21/09 3

Heredity & Environment

5

1/26/09

4

DVD - In the Womb

6

1/28/09

4

Prenatal Development & Birth

7

2/2/09

5, 6 & 7

Infants & Toddlers

8

2/4/09

8, 9 & 10

The Play Years

9

2/9/09

11, 12 & 13

The School Years

10

2/11/09

Review

Mid-Term Examination

11

2/16/09

Holiday

President's Day

12

2/18/09

14, 15 & 16

Adolescence 

13

2/23/09

17, 18 & 19

Emerging Adulthood

14

2/25/09

20, 21 & 22

Middle Adulthood

15

3/2/09

23, 24 & 25 

Late Adulthood (Core Assessment Due)

16

3/4/09

Review

Final Examination

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 .



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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