PS 121 Human Growth & Development
F2T 2009 DLB
Bentley, Mara, MA
BS Human ResourcesMA Clinical PsychologyMA Experiential Psychology
online - emails checked and replied to Daily
10/19/2009 to 12/13/2009
Textbook: Berger, K.S. (2008). The developing person through the life span (7th Ed.). New York, NY: Worth. ISBN: 0-7167-6072-X
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Educational Philosophy: My educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning with a focus on application. Lectures, readings, 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
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:
Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview
The First Two Years
The Play Years
The School Years
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 RubricClass Assessment:
· 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:
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.
Conclusions about Observation and Textbook
· 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)
2nd Response (To Another Class Member's Didactic Discussion)
· 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.
2nd Source (Outside of Textbook)
· 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.
· 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.
· Case Study? 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.
· 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.
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:
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 .
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It is required that you use Pirate Mail for your online class. All information - problems with assignments, concerns, etc. - pertaining to the class will be sent to you through Pirate Mail. I will check my e-mail frequently and will respond to course related questions within 24-48 hours unless I have notified you that I will be unavailable. All e-mail sent to me needs to be copy/pasted. No attachments will be accepted due to the risk of viruses.
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Attendance Policy:Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.
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MARA BENTLEY, MA,MFTI
Mara Bentley has 20
years of progressive experience in the fields of Human Services, Social
Work, Counseling, Consulting, and Psychotherapy. In addition to heading
her private counseling practice, Mara Bentley serves as Adjunct
Professor, for the Local Community College District. Ms. Bentley
received a Bachelor in Science Degree in Human Resources from California State University, Long Beach and a Master in Arts in Clinical Psychology from the University of Pepperdine.
Last Updated:10/11/2009 4:31:48 PM