PS121 Human Growth & Development

for F2M 2008

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PS 121 Human Growth & Development


F2M 2008 CH


Galley, Donna J.


Senior Instructor of Psychology and Sociology/Adjunct Faculty


M.A. - Psychology and  Graduate Minor -  Social Work -  SUNY/Buffalo
B.A. Psychology with Honors -  SUNY/Buffalo
A.A. Liberal Arts/Social Sciences -  Erie Community College

Office Location

MCAS Cherry Point -  Education and Training Building

Office Hours

Appointments gladly by request.

Daytime Phone

(252) 444-1711

Other Phone

(252) 466-2655

E-Mail (Please use this email address)

Web Page

http://  n/a

Semester Dates

10/20/08 - 12/14/08

Class Days


Class Time

4:45 - 7:15 PM


None.  PS 101 (Park University) or PSY 150 (Craven or Carteret Community College) strongly suggested.

Credit Hours


Life-Span Development (2009), 11th Edition, by John W. Santrock.  New York:  McGraw-Hill.

This text is a favorite with students.  It's enjoyable to read, focuses on practical information, and features many colorful photos and drawings.  I hope you enjoy it, too.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association.

If you are a Social Psychology major, this is an important reference book to own.  Most Psychology and Sociology course papers must be completed in APA format (not MLA).  This text shows you how it's done.  It can be purchased from the University bookstore or from

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 or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information

Course Description:
PS 121 Human Growth and Development: 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:
This instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness and practical application, based on lectures, reading assignments, discussion, quizzes, projects, writing assignments, and videos.  The instructor is looking forward to getting to know each student personally.  Students are encouraged to engage in the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions.  Please share your experiences and viewpoints with us.  We learn best from each other.  

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


1 Hour

The Play Years


1 Hour

The School Years


1 Hour



1 Hour

Early Adulthood


1 Hour

Middle Adulthood


1 Hour

Late Adulthood


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:
7 Quizzes -  Students will have a quiz almost every week on previously covered material.  Questions will be mostly multiple choice with some short essay questions.  Each quiz is worth 25 points.  Students are expected to take quizzes on schedule even if they missed the previous class.  Find a class buddy who will share their notes with you if you are absent so you are prepared.

Core Assessment Assignment (Observation Project and Paper) -  Students will complete 7 life-span observations and submit a 3-5 page paper (APA format) using 3 references, including the textbook.  Each part will consist of a one hour observation and interview (separate pages).  You will come up with the interview questions and include them with your finished project.  The paper will summarize what you have learned by observing and interviewing each age group.  The project idea was developed by faculty at the main Park University campus and labeled the Core Assessment Assignment.  Students at every Park University campus must complete this assignment in order to pass PS 121.  Grammar and spelling do count.  Please proofread carefully or ask a friend to proofread for you.

All project papers and appendixes (observations and interviews) must be typed and double-spaced with a one inch margin on all four sides.  Do not add extra spaces between paragraphs.  Computers and printers are available for word processing at the Park University computer lab and the Base library.  Use Times New Roman or Palatino font in 14 point print size.  A True Type font for Times New Roman can be downloaded free and is compatible with PC's and Mac's.  One such site is:  There are many others.  If you are new to word processing, ask your Park University office staff for help in creating your computer settings.  ALWAYS save your work to disk or flash drive and print out an extra copy in case your project goes missing.    Keep extra paper and ink cartridges on hand.  Secure your project pages with a cover page and binder or staple them together.  Photos and illustrations are welcome.  Each part of the project is worth 25 points.  Please begin your project early.  


    7 quizzes -  25 points each = 175 points
    Core Assessment Assignment (project/paper) = 100 points
+  Class Participation = 25 points 
TOTAL:  300 points

Grade Scale:
90-100 = A
80-89   = B
70-79   = C
65-69   = D
Below 65 =  Below Passing

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Late coursework is subject to penalties (loss of points), unless the student has a legitimate absence (illness, SIQ, duty, TAD, family emergency) with documentation.  Please keep track of due dates, start reading assignments and projects early, and ask for help whenever you need it.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1.  Be prepared.

2.  Be on time.
3.  Attend class regularly.
4.  Start projects early and ask for help when needed.
5.  Participate positively in class discussions and activities.
6.  Respect the opinions of others.
7.  If you eat or drink in the classroom, please clean up after yourself.  Be considerate of others.
8.  Contact your instructor by phone or email if you expect to be late or absent for class.
9.  Find a class buddy who will share their notes with you if you are absent.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1:  Orientation and Theories of Development

Quiz 1: (Tuesday, 10/28)
Week 2:  Prenatal Development and Birth
Quiz 2: (Tuesday, 11/4)
Week 3:  Infancy and Early Childhood
Quiz 3: (Tuesday, 11/11)
Week 4:  Middle Childhood and Adolescence I
Quiz 4: (Tuesday, 11/18)
Week 5:  Adolescence II and Instructor Illness
Quiz 5: (Tuesday, 11/25)
Week 6:  Young Adulthood I and Thanksgiving Holiday (Class will NOT meet.)
Week 7:  Young Adulthood II and Middle Adulthood
Quiz 6: (Tuesday, 12/2)
Week 8:  Late Adulthood and Death & Bereavement (Epilogue)
Projects are due on Tuesday, 12/9.  Projects happily accepted early.  
Quiz 7: Thursday, 12/11)

** A Make Up Class will be scheduled before the end of the semester. 

For Infancy through Late Adulthood, please read the chapters titled Socioemotional Development.  Additional pages in other chapters may be assigned or brought to your attention in class.

A study guide will be distributed for each lecture.  These are very helpful for preparing for quizzes.    

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

Cheating on quizzes, giving or receiving help during quizzes, and plagiarism are all serious academic offenses and may result in a failing grade for the assignment and/or the course.

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

If you are unsure what constitutes plagiarism, please contact me.  I am available to help you.

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

Please note:  Personal Leave or vacation is not considered a legitimate absence by Park University.

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: .

If you have a learning, physical, or emotional disability, or if you have a hidden medical condition for which you may need help in the classroom, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible.  All information shared will be held in strictest confidence.


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

The research paper contains the following sections:
•APA citations
•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
•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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Last Updated:12/3/2008 12:03:27 PM