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PS 221 Adolescent Psychology
Christ, Susann T.


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.
CoursePS 221 Adolescent Psychology
SemesterS1R2005
FacultyChrist, Susann T.
TitleSenior Professor
Office LocationScott AFB, IL
Office Hours8-5 P.M. Mon - Thur 8-12 P.M. Fri
Daytime Phone618-398-7581
Other Phone618-256-3685
E-Mailp203781@pirate.park.edu
bhutch@accessus.net
Semester DatesJan 10 - Mar 6, 2005
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time7:45 - 10:15 PM
PerquisitesPS 101
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Adolescence, Santrock, John, 8th ed, 2001, McGraw-Hill.  (Provided by the instructor during class meeting session number 1)

Additional Resources:
See Park University web site.

Course Description:
Developmental factors and problems common to the period from puberty to adulthood.  Topics include:  self-identity, sexuality, life-styles, parent-adolescent relationships, and conditions leading to optimal development.  3:0:3

Learning Outcomes:
The student will be able to:
-  outline and evaluate the theories of adolescent behavior.
-  compare the research techniques used to study adolescence.
-  evaluate the cognitive development of adolescence.
-  interpret and synthesize the development of adolescence.  
-  compare information processing models.
-  outline the facets of intelligence in adolescence.
-  evaluate the factors affecting adolescent family relationships.
-  evaluate the factors affecting peer relationships.
-  compare and interpret the role of adolescents in schools.
-  interpret the adolescent role in culture.
-  evaluate the concepts of adolescent identity.
-  outline the affects of gender in adolescence.  
-  synthesize adolescent sexuality.
-  compare the theories of moral behavior.
-  interpret and analyze achievement and vocational goals in adolescence.  
-  compare and evaluate both mental and physical problems in adolescence.

Course Assessment:
There will be a comprehensive mid term and final examination consisting of multiple choice and essay questions.  

Grading:
Course requirements will result in your final grade as follows:
Mid Term Exam:   33 1/3 Percent
Final Exam:  33 1/3 Percent
Term Paper   33 1/3 Percent
Note:  Students must have a grade in each of the above areas in order to receive a final course grade.  
Grades will have the following numerical values:
Grade        Numerial Value
A           90% or higher
B           80 - 89%
C           70 - 79%
D           60 - 69%
F           59% or below

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class participation on the part of the student is strongly encouraged.  A portion of the students' final course grade will reflect the degree of individual involvement in class discussion.  Each student is encouraged to ask questions at any time.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week     Date    Assignment
1       Jan 10  Introduction, Ch 1
        Jan 12   Ch 2
2       Jan 17   Ch 2
        Jan 19    Ch 4
3       Jan 24   Ch 5
        Jan 26   Ch 5 and Review
4       Jan 31   Ch 6
        Feb 3    Ch 7 & Mid Term Exam
5       Feb 7    Ch 8
        Feb 9    Ch 9
6       Feb 14   Ch 10
        Feb 16   Ch 11
7       Feb 21   Ch 12
        Feb 23   Ch 13
8       Feb 28   Ch 14 and Review
        Mar 3     Ch 15 & 16 & 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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 "WH".
  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.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


Attendance in class is mandatory.  Roll call will be taken at the beginning of each class.  If a student would come to class late, it will be the student's responsibility to contact the instructor personally at some time during the class session and have the record corrected.  Two weeks of unexcused absence is considered to be excessive and the student will be given a grade of "F" for the course and dropped.  Only illness and TDY will be accepted as authorized excuses.  TDY orders will be provided to the Park University office.  Other reasons for absence will be considered on a case by case basis.  

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.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 learners 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: http://www.park.edu/disability .
Any student needing special accomodations will contact the instructor immediately.

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