PS121 Human Growth & Development

for F2R 2010

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PS 121 Human Growth & Development


F2R 2010 SC


Bergo, Kenneth M.


Senior Instructor Social Psychology/Adjunct Faculty


MA, Psychology, Webster University
Licensed Professional Counselor, State of Missouri
National Board Certified Counselor

Office Location

Scott AFB, IL

Office Hours

By Appointment

Daytime Phone


Other Phone



Semester Dates

Oct 18, 2010-- Dec 12, 2010

Class Days


Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM


None, PS 101 strongly recommended

Credit Hours



Life-Span Development (2009) 11th ed, By John W. Santrock. New York: McGraw-Hill

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Strongly Recommended for Social Psychology Students:   Manual of the American Psychological Association (APA).

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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:
This instructor's educational philosophy is one of interactiveness and practical application, based on lectures, reading assignments, discussion, quizzes, projects, writing assignments, and videos.  The instructor looks forward to meeting and getting to know each of you personally.  Students are encouraged to engage in the lively exploration of ideas, issues and contradictions presented by this course.  Please hare your experiences and viewpoints with the class.  We learn best from each other.

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

Class Assessment:

There will be three examinations worth 100 points each, 7 quizzes worth 20 points each, two one-page papers worth 30 points each, and the core assessment worth 150 points.  The papers will be described in full on the first class meeting.
Area Points each Total
2 one-page papers   30  60
7 Quizzes   20 140
3 Exams 100 300
Core Assessment 150 150
Total Points Possible 650


Grade Point Range Percentage Range
A 585 to 650 90 to 100
B 520 to 584 80 to 89
C 455 to 519 70 to 79
D 390 to 454 60 to 69
F 389 or Fewer 50 or Less

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Work submitted after the due date will be subject to penalties.  If it is submitted one week late there will be a 10% deduction.  Work submitted more than eight days late will receive a 50% deduction.  EXCEPTIONS:  If the student has a legitimate absence, i.e., TDY, ill, or has duty during the class period.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Be prepared to discuss assignments during the appropriate class period.
The rules of academic freedom apply.  Anyone in the classroom may attack the ideas or logic of the instructor or other students with logical arguments.  Verbal or physical attacks on either the instructor or other students will not be tolerated.
Confidentiality rules apply.  If personal information is presented during the discussion this information will be treated as if it were confidential and will not be discussed outside of the classroom with the instructor or others students at any time.
If you know that you will be absent please email the instructor with the dates prior to class.  If you are ill please email the instructor as soon as possible.  If you know you will be late please call the instructor or the Park office at Scott AFB.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Week Date Assignment
1 10/18 to 10/20 Orientation and Theories Development
10/20 Quiz 1
2 10/25 to 10/27    Prenatal Development and Birth
10/27 Quiz 2
3 11/1 to 11/3 Infancy and Early Childhood
11/1 Quiz 3
11/3 Exam 1
4 11/8 to 11/10 Middle Childhood and Adolescence I
11/10 Quiz 4
5 11/15 to 11/17 Adolescence II
11/17 Quiz 5
6 11/22 to 21/24 Young Adulthood
11/22 Exam 2
11/24 Quiz 6
7 11/29 to 12/1 Middle Adulthood
11/29 Core Assessment Due
8 12/6 to 12/8 Late Adulthood, Death and Bereavement
12/6 Quiz 7
12/8 Exam 3

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 students and faculty members are encouraged to take advantage of the University resources available for learning about academic honesty ( or Park University 2010-2011 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. from Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 92-93

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 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96

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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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