PS121 Human Growth & Development

for U1D 2010

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PS 121 Human Growth & Development


U1D 2010 DA


White, Norma A.


Adjunct Faculty


MA Counseling

Office Location

355 FSS/FSDE, Room 117

Office Hours

8:00 - 4:00 M-F

Daytime Phone

(520) 228-4249

Other Phone

(520) 282-3638


Semester Dates

7 Jun - 1 Aug

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 10:00 PM



Credit Hours


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

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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

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


1 Hour

The Play Years


1 Hour

The School Years


1 Hour



1 Hour

Early Adulthood


1 Hour

Middle Adulthood


1 Hour

Late Adulthood


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

Item / Assignment Points Chapter quizzes (5 x 20) =100. Journal Submission (7 x 20) = 140.  Core Assessment = 300. Generational Project = 150.  Class presentation = 50. Observation/Interview Response (7x50) = 350. Comprehensive Final Exam = 110. Total Points Possible = 1200. A=1200-1080.  B=1199-960.  C=959-840. D=839-720. F-719-below.

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Students who are absent on dates when a major test is given will only be permitted to make up the test if they provide documentation for an excused absence (doctors’ note, court appearance receipt, etc. If a student is permitted to make-up a test, he/she must make it up the week the test was originally scheduled. Students will not be permitted to make-up missed quizzes.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
1. The time, effort, and expense required for adult learning demands adult behavior. 2. Please be on time, any student coming to class more than 20 minutes late or leaving more than 20 minutes before class ends will be considered unexcused for attendance purposes. 3. Attendance will be taken before class. 4. Please turn cell phones off or to silent mode before class begins. No cell phones allowed during exams or a zero will be given. 5. Students who are absent for reasons other than hospitalization, severe illness with doctor's note, deployment, or mandated service connected activities will be given an unexcused absence. All work will remain due no later than the required class or points will be deducted from grade regardless of attendance. If a student accumulates 3 or more unexcused absences their grade will be reduced one letter grade at the end of the term. 6. Work more than one week late will not be accepted.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Date Topic Reading Assignments
Week 1

Chapters 1, 2

Review syllabus.  Come to class prepared to cover chapters 1-2.
Week 2 Chapters 3, 4, Appendix Quiz, journal assigment 1 due at beginning of class.  Observation/interview due.  Turn in topic for generaltional project.
Week 3  Chapters 5, 6 Quiz, journal assignment 2 due at beginning of class.  Observation/interview due. 
Week 4 Chapters 7, 8 Quiz, journal assignment 3 due at beginning of class.  Observation/interview due.  
Week 5  Chapters 9, 10 Quiz, journal assignment 4 due at beginning of class.  Observation/interview due.  Turn in rough draft of core assessment paper.
Week 6 Chapters 11, 12  Quiz, journal assignment 5 due at beginning of class. Observation/interview due. 
Week 7 Chapters 13, 14 Journal assignment 6 due at beginning of class.  Observation/interview due. Generational project class presentation.
Week 8 Chapter 15 Turn in APA core assessment paper.  Review & 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 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.

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: .


CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
•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.  
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
The research paper meets expectations while including a student developed graphic or table.

The research paper contains the following sections:

•APA citations




•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




•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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