PS 222 Adult Development & Aging
S2T 2009 DLA
Ph.D, LPC, LMFT
830-620-7142 (phone and fax)
March 16- May 10, 2009
Bjorklund, B. R. & Bee, H. L. (2008). The journey of adulthood (6th edition). Upper
Saddle River, NJ: Person/Prentice Hall
Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore
Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore
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Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview
Public Policy - Adult Development
Views of Adult Development in different cultures.
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
Exceeds Expectation (2)
Meets Expectation (1)
Does Not Meet Expectation (0)
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.
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.
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.
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 me 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:
A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday. The first week begins the first day of the term and ends midnight the last Sunday of the term. Assignments scheduled for completion during a class week should be completed by Sunday of the week assigned. It is important to understand that this is not a course where assignments can be posted at any time during the 8-week term and there is a deadline each week for that week's assignments. Assignments posted after the weekly deadline will not receive credit.
Rules for On-Line Participation: The classroom is for public messages. Students should use e-mail for private messages to the instructor and other students. Students are required to use Pirate Mail for online classes. All information concerning the class will be sent through Pirate Mail. Students are expected to complete at least 5 hours per week logged onto the classroom in online activities. Other activities such as completing assignments, sending/receiving e-mails, exploring the text website, and conducting research will be in addition to this. Students need to remember that this is an accelerated course (covering a semester of materials in 8 weeks) and during the 8 weeks, it is anticipated that you will spend an additional 10+ hours per week completing course assignments. All students will participate in discussions through responses.
Conventions of on-line-etiquette include courtesy to all users. This is expected in this class. Students should have 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.
It is required that you use the Pirate Mail e-mail addresses that are available to all Park University students. All assignments need to be submitted by posting assignments in the classroom threads or into the dropbox. If it becomes necessary for an assignment to be sent via e-mail or FAX, arrangements need to be made before the assignment is due.
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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 not 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 is an online reference that discuss online netiquette http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.html. If you have questions about any of these policies, please contact your instructor for clarification.
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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.
Park University 2008-2009 Undergraduate Catalog Page 89-90
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