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PS 121 Human Growth & Development
Ryan, Melissa E.


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

F1T 2008 DLB

Faculty

Ryan, Melissa E.

Title

Instructor

Degrees/Certificates

M.A. Clinical Psychology; Roosevelt University, Chicago, IL
B.A. Psychology; St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN
B.A. Sociology; St. Cloud State University, St. Cloud, MN

Office Location

St. Cloud, MN

Office Hours

MWF 9-4 Tue. 1-4  e-mail checked and replied to daily

Daytime Phone

(320) 252-7926 Office

Other Phone

(612) 382-6005 Cell

E-Mail

melissa.ryan@park.edu

melissaryanma@gmail.com

Semester Dates

8/18/08 - 10/12/08

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
 

Berger, K. S. (2005). The developing person: Through the life span (7th Edition). New York: Worth.

ISBN #: 0-7167-5706-0

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/.
Advising - Park University would like to assist you in achieving your educational goals. Please contact your Campus Center for advising or enrollment adjustment information.
Online Classroom Technical Support - For technical assistance with the Online classroom, email helpdesk@parkonline.org or call the helpdesk at 866-301-PARK (7275). To see the technical requirements for Online courses, please visit the http://parkonline.org website, and click on the "Technical Requirements" link, and click on "BROWSER Test" to see if your system is ready.
FAQ's for Online Students - You might find the answer to your questions here.


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 educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning with a focus on application. Lectures, readings, multiple choice tests, group work, class discussion, vocabulary examinations, writing, and the use of reference systems are significant components of this learning process. Each student will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize presented information. Each student will be required to demonstrate these skills through the written word.

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:
 

·         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 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.

·         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.

·         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 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.

·         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 student can earn up to 30 points for each weekly discussion.

1st Source

10 Points

2nd Source

10 Points

Conclusions about Observation and Textbook

10 Points

Total

30 Points

·         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. 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

·         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. 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

·         Topic Responses: Each Topic Response will be due on Thursday of each week. Each student will be expected to respond to Two fellow student's Topic Discussions with one objective, that is to discuss how the information being 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. Each Topic 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

·         Midterm Exam: There will be a weekly Midterm Examination offered covering the chapters studied in the first 4 weeks of the semester. You will have one hour 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.

·         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 has been approved by your instructor. The Final Comprehensive Exam will be worth up to 200 points.

·         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 class mate entry. The combination of entry and response will be worth up to 5 points.

Entry

2.5 Points

Response

2.5 Points

Total

5 Points

·         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 class mate entry. The combination of entry and response will be worth up to 5 points.

Entry

2.5 Points

Response

2.5 Points

Total

5 Points

Grading:
 

GRADING PLAN: Course grades are determined on the following bases.

Bi-Weekly Quiz                     -           140 points

Midterm                                  -           100 points

Final                                        -           100 points

Research Paper                        -           300 points

Classroom Presenation            -           100 points

           

Total                            740 points

Grading percentages:

90 – 100%       -           A

80 up to 89%   -           B

70 up to 79%   -           C

60 up to 69%   -           D

0 up to 59%     -           F

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 Mountain 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.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT:

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 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:
 

COURSE ASSESSMENT:

·         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 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.

·         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.

·         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 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.

·         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 student can earn up to 30 points for each weekly discussion.

1st Source

10 Points

2nd Source

10 Points

Conclusions about Observation and Textbook

10 Points

Total

30 Points

·         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. 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

·         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. 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

·         Topic Responses: Each Topic Response will be due on Thursday of each week. Each student will be expected to respond to Two fellow student's Topic Discussions with one objective, that is to discuss how the information being 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. Each Topic 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

·         Midterm Exam: There will be a weekly Midterm Examination offered covering the chapters studied in the first 4 weeks of the semester. You will have one hour 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.

·         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 has been approved by your instructor. The Final Comprehensive Exam will be worth up to 200 points.

·         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 class mate entry. The combination of entry and response will be worth up to 5 points.

Entry

2.5 Points

Response

2.5 Points

Total

5 Points

·         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 class mate entry. The combination of entry and response will be worth up to 5 points.

Entry

2.5 Points

Response

2.5 Points

Total

5 Points

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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