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PS 221 Adolescent Psychology
VanHook, Dennis G.


COURSE SYLLABUS



Course Number: PS 221
Course Descriptor:
Course Title: Adolescent Psychology
Term: Fall ll
Name of Faculty Member: Dennis Van Hook, LCSW
Title of Faculty Member: Adjunct Instructor
Faculty Office: Malmstrom AFB, Education Center
Faculty Office Hours: By appointment only
Faculty Office Telephone Number: 455-5595
Faculty Park Email Address:
Other Email Address:
Faculty Web Page Address:
Dates of the term: October 18 – December 19, 2004
Class Session Days: Tuesday and Thursday
Class Session Time: 5:00 – 7:30 pm
Prerequisite(s): None
Credit Hours: 3

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 community.

COURSE DESCRIPTION: Developmental factors and problems common to the period from puberty to adulthood. Topics include: self-identity, sexuality, lifestyles, parent-adolescent relationships and conditions leading to optimal development.

COURSE OBJECTIVES:
To provide the students with a theoretical framework for understanding the basis of adolescent development and to facilitate their wisdom about practical applications to the real lives of adolescents. To understand the uniqueness of this time of development in regards to parental and peer relationships, social policy, self-identity, health and sexuality. To become aware of the fact that adolescence is affected by ones social class and ethnic group status.

COURSE TEXTBOOKS: John W. Santrock, Adolescence, 9th edition.


ACADEMIC HONESTY: “Academic Honesty is required of all members of a learning community. Hence, Park will not tolerate cheating or plagiarism on tests, examinations, papers or other course assignments. Students who engage in such dishonesty may be given failing grades or expelled from Park.”

PLAGIARISM: Plagiarism—the appropriation or imitation of the language or ideas of another person and presenting them as one’s original work—sometimes occurs through carelessness or ignorance. Students who are uncertain about proper documentation of sources should contact their instructors.

ATTENDANCE POLICY: Instructors are required to keep attendance records and report absences. The instructor may excuse absences for cogent reasons, but missed work must be made up within the term of enrollment. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of “F”. An Incomplete will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance (TA) or Veterans Administration (VA) educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student. Reports of F grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for students receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

LATE SUBMISSION OF COURSE MATERIALS: Written assignments are due on the date agreed and late assignments will not be accepted unless coordinated with the instructor first. Students are responsible for obtaining information regarding assignments made during any absence. Examinations not taken during regular scheduled dates will be of a different format from the normal examination.

COURSE ASSESSMENT: Grade evaluation will be based on the following:
Mid Term 40%
Final 40%
Participation 20%
Participation includes: coming to all classes, sharing your thoughts and questions, listening to others, verbalize to the class your thoughts on each chapter and attending ALL field trips. A missed field trip reduces participation grade by one letter grade.

CLASSROOM RULES OF CONDUCT: Students are expected to come to class prepared to discuss the readings and share their thoughts. Each student will be required to verbalize to the class what they found most interesting about the readings and what they did not agree with and why. Cell phones off! No chatting with your neighbor while anyone else is talking, this reduces your participation grade. Respect confidentiality, some students will share personal information. This information stays in the class.

DISABLITY 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities and, to the extent 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: www.park.edu/disability.

COURSE TOPICS/DATES/ASSIGNMENTS:
Week 1: Chp 1 & Introduction

Week 2: Chp 2 & 3

Week 3: Chp 6

Week 4: Chp 5 & Guest Speaker: Big Brothers & Big Sisters

Week 5: Chp 8 & MIDTERM

Week 6: Chp 9 & 10

Week 7: Chp 11

Week 8: Chp 12 & 13

Week 9: Chp 14 & FINAL EXAM

GRADING PLAN:
Mid Term 40%
Final 40%
Participation 20%

A=90-100%
B=80-89%
C=70-79%
D=60-69%
F=59% & below

Students who miss class for any reason will be required to provide to the instructor a typed outline of the pertaining chapter. In addition, the instructor may also assign a special project to be completed by the student.