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PS 121 Human Growth & Development
Pena, Sabrina S.


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

S1T 2010 DLB

Faculty

Pena, Sabrina S.

Title

Senior Adjunct

Degrees/Certificates

M.Ed. Guidance and Counseling
B.S. Psychology and Sociology (double major)

Office Location

virtual

Office Hours

by appointment

Daytime Phone

830-703-6500

E-Mail

sabrina.pena@park.edu

Semester Dates

01/11/10 to 03/07/2010

Class Days

TBA

Class Time

TBA

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Required: Newman, P. R. & Newman, M. N. (2009). Development through life: A psychosocial approach. Belmont CA: Wadsworth Cengage Learning.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

Student Companion Site: You can find additional learning resources such as practice quizzes, flash cards, Crossword Puzzles, Glossary, Web links, etc at the student companion website at http://www.wadsworth.com/cgi-wadsworth/course_products_wp.pl?fid=M20b&flag=student&product_isbn_issn=9780495553410&discipline_number=7 

For additional information on general psychology and other psychological concepts, please visit PsychBytes at http://www.psychbytes.com/, a web site created by Dr. Jean Mandernach. Need a review on how to format your paper using the APA format style? Visit http://www.psychbytes.com/APA.htm.

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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:
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

  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

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. 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:

  • 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 answers 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 hours 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
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 lists.  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.

 
  • Journal of Volunteer Experience: Each student will be required to volunteer 8 hours of their time at an agency or organzation that serves people (These observations can be used as observations for topic areas in the research paper.)  Each student will be required to keep a journal about their volunteer service each week.  Each student will enter their journal entry into a discussion thread and then will be required to respond to two fellow classmates.  The journal entry will need to be a synthesis between the textbook information and the student's own voluntary experience.  Statements like "good job", "I agree" and so on, will not count.  The response must be thoughtful and evaluative.  The journal entry discussion thread activity will be worth up to 50 points each.

Jounal Entry
Elements
Points Possible
1st Hour
Entry (Journal Entry tied to Textbook materials) 30 pts, 1st Response 10 pts, 2nd Response 10 pts
50 points
2nd Hour
same
50 points
3rd Hour
same
50 points
4th Hour
same
50 points
5th Hour
same
50 points
6th Hour
same
50 points
7th Hour
same
50 points
8th Hour
same
50 points
Total      
 
400 points

  • Topic Discussion: Each week Topic Discussion will begin on Monday and end on Thursday.  Each student 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 (2008) 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 (textbook)   
10 points
2nd Source (outside the textbook)
10 points
Total   
20 points

  • Topic Response: Each Topic Response will be due by Thursday of each week.  Each student will be expected to respond to two (2) fellow student's Topic Discussions with one objective, that is to discuss how the inforamtion 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 Reponse (To a Class Member's Observation/Interview 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 a mixture of multiple-choice, short-answer, and essay questions.  Some of the questions will be obtained from your weekly quizzes.  The remainder 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.

 

  • 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 classmate 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

Group Projects/Case Studies. A discussion thread will be provided for each group.  It is not necessary for the Instructor to enter this discussion.  All students will be combined 3-4 sized groups.  Each group will be required to develop a case study based on the theories and information found in the textbook that is being studied.  Each group will be assigned a time-period during the human lifespan (Infancy, Early Childhood, the School Years, Adolescence, Young Adulthood, Middle Adulthood, Late Adulthood, and Death and Dying) by there instructor.  Each group will create a fictional person who will be the subject of their case.  Each group will create a case study of this person that accounts for physiological, social, cultural, and psychological issues facing their case.  They will use evidence from their textbook and the literature to describe and analyze their case.   The case study will be divided into three sections.  Each sections 1-3 will be worked on by each group separately and the rubric below will be used to evaluate the groups progress each time.    There will be 1 case study with 3 sections and each section will be worth up to 100 points. 


Section 1

All activities will be included in the Discussion Thread

 

Written Case Study Elements (The elements listed below are supporting evidence to the case study)

Case Study Journal Elements

Frequency Count of Discussion Thread

Quality of Thread Entries

Section 1

  • Describe age appropriate behavior.
  • Describe appropriate developmental measures and milestones.
  •  
  • Complete each question listed for the case study journal.
  • Complete each rating scale listed for the case study journal.
  • 20
  • 18
  • 16
  • 14
  • 12
  • 10
  • 8
  • 6
  • 4
  • 2
  • Each entry thread needs to add original information to the thread.
  • Good job, interesting, and other non-information words or statement will not count.
  • Content must be congruent with discussion under way.

25 Points Available

10 Points Available

40 Points Available

25 Points Available

Total = 100 Points Available per Section

 

 

Section 2

All activities will be included in the Discussion Thread

 

Written Case Study Elements (The elements listed below are supporting evidence to the case study)

Case Study Journal Elements

Frequency Count of Discussion Thread

Quality of Thread Entries

Section 2

  • Observations from the textbook.
  • Complete each question listed for the case study journal.
  • Complete each rating scale listed for the case study journal.
  • 20
  • 18
  • 16
  • 14
  • 12
  • 10
  • 8
  • 6
  • 4
  • 2
  • Each entry thread needs to add original information to the thread.
  • Good job, interesting, and other non-information words or statement will not count.
  • Content must be congruent with discussion under way.

25 Points Available

10 Points Available

40 Points Available

25 Points Available

Total = 100 Points Available per Section

 

 

Section 3

All activities will be included in the Discussion Thread

 

Written Case Study Elements (The elements listed below are supporting evidence to the case study)

Case Study Journal Elements

Frequency Count of Discussion Thread

Quality of Thread Entries

Section 3

  • Observations from the literature.
  • Complete each question listed for the case study journal.
  • Complete each rating scale listed for the case study journal.
  • 20
  • 18
  • 16
  • 14
  • 12
  • 10
  • 8
  • 6
  • 4
  • 2
  • Each entry thread needs to add original information to the thread.
  • Good job, interesting, and other non-information words or statement will not count.
  • Content must be congruent with discussion under way.

25 Points Available

10 Points Available

40 Points Available

25 Points Available

Total = 100 Points Available per Section

 

There will be a final discussion thread where the class will have access to each group’s final case study (finalized sections 1-3) and the two types of media presentations.  Each group will need to put their final case study and media presentations into the provided discussion thread in week 8 or they will lose their points earned earlier for each section of the case study.  Each student will critically analyze two case studies from two separate groups to theirs and will include their analysis in the discussion thread.  Each group will present their case study to the rest of the class.  Each discussion thread reply will be graded according to the rubric below:

Discussion Thread Reply

Criterion

Points

Reply to First Group’s Case Study

Critical Analysis, Comparison to Textbook Material, Comparison to Literature Outside of Textbook

25 Points

Reply to Second Group’s Case Study

Critical Analysis, Comparison to Textbook Material, Comparison to Literature Outside of Textbook

25 Points

Classroom Presentation

Presentation Organization
2 Types of Media (PowerPoint, video, handout, etc.)

25 Points

 

Total

75 Points


Grading:

Item/Assignment
Points
Weekly Quizzes (10 pts x 8 weeks) 
80
Research Paper
300
Journal of Volunteer Experience (50 pts x 8 weeks)
400
Topic Discussions (20 pts x 8 weeks)
160
Topic Responses (5 pts x 2 x 8 weeks)   
80
Final Exam
200
Group Projects/Case Study (100 pts x 3 assignments)
300
Final Case Study  
75
Return and Report (5 pts x 8 weeks)
40
Total Points Possible
1635

Percentage Points  Grade
90-100%   1472 to 1635 pts A
80%-89.9% 1308 - 1472 pts B
70%-79.9% 1145 - 1307  pts C
60%-69.9% 981 - 1144 pts D
59.9% and Less 980 pts and Less F
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Each week's work is due by the end of the week (Sunday at midnight Mountain Time) except for the Topic, which is due by Thursday.  No credit will be received for work turned in after the week it is due unless you have contacted me before the due date and explained any special circumstances.  I will then decide if the "special circumstances" are sufficient for late work.  Late work is to be the exception and not a perisistent pattern.  IF I accept your work late, your work will be graded using the grading rubric and a 50% deduction of the total possible points will be applied.  There is no extra credit work in this class, so it is important to complete the work during the time frame set forth each week.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

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 your maturity and professionalism. It is important not to take a disagreement personally.  Responses to different ideas and observations need to be objective.  Being objective means maintaining boundries 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 and can result in broadening our knowledge.  Because we have differences, we will have conflict.  The important things is to handle the conflict in a way that does not create defensiveness.  Here are online references that discuss online writing (http://goto.intwg.com) and netiquette (http://www.albion.com/netiquette/corerules.htm).
 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week Chapters Topics Assignments 11, 5-7Introduction The First Two Years: Biosocial Development The First Two Years: Cognitive Development The First Two Years: Psychosocial Development Quiz Journal of Volunteer Experience Topic Return/Report 22, 8-10Theories of Development The Play Years: Biosocial Development The Play Years: Cognitive Development The Play Years: Psychosocial Development Quiz Journal of Volunteer Experience Topic Return/Report Group Projects/Case Study 33, 11-13Heredity and Environment The School Years: Biosocial Development Cognitive Development: The School Years The School Years: Psychosocial Development Quiz Journal of Volunteer Experience Topic Return/Report 414-16Adolescence: Biosocial Development Adolescence: Cognitive Development Adolescence: Psychosocial Development Quiz Journal of Volunteer Experience Topic Return/Report Group Projects/Case Study 517-19Emerging Adulthood: Biosocial Development Emerging Adulthood: Cognitive Development Emerging Adulthood: Psychosocial Development Quiz Journal of Volunteer Experience Topic Return/Report 620-22Adulthood: Biosocial Development Adulthood: Cognitive Development Adulthood: Psychosocial Development Quiz Journal of Volunteer Experience Topic Return/Report Group Projects/Case Study 723-25Late Adulthood: Biosocial Development Late Adulthood: Cognitive Development Late Adulthood: Psychosocial Development Quiz Journal of Volunteer Experience Topic Return/Report Research Paper 84, EpiloguePrenatal Development and Birth Epilogue: Death and Hope Quiz Journal of Volunteer Experience Topic Return/Report Group Projects/Case Study Final Case Study Final Exam

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92

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 2009-2010 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95

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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