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PS 121 Human Growth & Development
Thom, William Hardin


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

F2T 2008 DLB

Faculty

Thom, William Hardin

Degrees/Certificates

M. A. Guidance and Counseling
B. A. Speech/Communicaiton

Office Location

Online - Course Homepage

Office Hours

Ongoing via WWW

E-Mail

William.Thom@park.edu

464123@park.edu

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:
Berger, K. S. (2008). The developing person through the lifespan. Worth: New York.

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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:
Learning is Student-centered:
   It is a process unique to each individual. Learning occurs in many fashions, but is something each person engages in actively.

Learning is Creative:
    It is more than just becoming familiar with facts. It involves analysis, application, evaluation, and creation of new concepts.

The learning process is often Collaborative:
    We try to take part in activities which encourage mutual exploration and comparison of ideas.

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:

The following is the summary list of "class assessments":

  • Myth Quiz: There will be a weekly myth quiz offered over the chapters covered during the week. You will be allowed to work on the quiz all week. Each quiz will have 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. The first 5 questions in each quiz are term definitions that are worth up to 2 points each. Please define each term as closely to the definition found in the book as you can. The 6th question is an essay question that is worth up to 5 points. Answer the the essay question using an introduction, analysis, and conclusion structure. 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 with people in various stages of their development. The following table will show what stages will be required:

    Topic Area
    Data Collection
    Minimum Durations of Observation
    The First Two Years Observation 1 Hour
    The Play Years Observation 1 Hour
    The School Years Observation 1 Hour
    Adolescence Observation 1 Hour
    Early Adulthood Observation 1 Hour
    Middle Adulthood Observation 1 Hour
    Late Adulthood Observation 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. 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.

  • Observation Discussions: Each weekly Observation 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 they have conducted for their Research Paper. These discussions should include information from 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, 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
  • Observation 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 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 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, questions for clarification, and by providing further information. Each Observation 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 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, 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
  • 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. The instructor for this course will participate actively in this discussion thread by asking general questions, 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
  • 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 definition of terms 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 instructor for this course will participate actively in this discussion thread by asking general questions, 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
  • 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 instructor for this course will participate actively in this discussion thread by asking general questions, 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
  • 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
  • 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:

Grading Points

Item / Assignment Points
Myth Quizzes (8 x 10) 80
Weekly Quizzes (8 x 10) 80
Research Paper 300
Observation Discussion (7 x 30) 210
Observation/Interview Response (5 x 14) 70
Topic Discussions (7 x 20) 140
Topic Responses (14 x 5) 70
Did You Know 40
Return and Report 40
Faculty Corner I 40
Faculty Corner II 40
Final Exam 200
Total Points Possible 1310

Letter Grades

Points Grade
  90%-100% A
 80%-89.9% B
  70%-79.9% C
  60%-69.9% D
  59.9% and Less F

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Maintain mutual respect. There is room for disagreement and presentation of questions/concerns. Personal prejudice, attacks, disrespect are not permitted. Avoid any use of profanity. You may explain, but not force any religious or ethical standards on other students.

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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