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PS 222 Adult Development & Aging
Bergo, Kenneth M.


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Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.

Course

PS 222 Adult Development & Aging

Semester

S2R 2011 SC

Faculty

Bergo, Kenneth M.

Degrees/Certificates

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

618-593-2589

E-Mail

kenneth.bergo@park.edu

k_bergo@yahoo.com

Semester Dates

Mar 14 -- May 8, 2011

Class Days

-M-W---

Class Time

5:00 - 7:30 PM

Prerequisites

None, PS 101 strongly recommended

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

PS222 ADULT DEVELOPEMENT AND AG 978-0-534-52066-3 Adult Development and Aging Cavanaugh, John C. / Blanchard-Fields, Fredda 5TH 06 Old Edition Wadsworth, Inc
Adult Development and Aging, Cavanaugh, John C.;Blanchard-Fields, Fredda;  5th ed; Wadsworth, Inc.                     ISBN: 978-0-534-52066-3

Additional Resources:

The Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th ed.   

If you are a Social Psychology major, this is an important reference book to own. Most Psychology and Sociology course papers must be written in APA format (not MLA). This text shows you how it is done. It can be purchased from the University Bookstore, from APA, Amazon. com, or any other online book sales source.

McAfee Memorial Library - Online information, links, electronic databases and the Online catalog. Contact the library for further assistance via email or at 800-270-4347.
Career Counseling - The Career Development Center (CDC) provides services for all stages of career development.  The mission of the CDC is to provide the career planning tools to ensure a lifetime of career success.
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Course Description:
PS 222 Adult Development and Aging (MGE): Focuses on the developmental tasks and psycho-social services during the adult years with special emphasis placed on the social psychology of aging. 3:0:3.

Educational Philosophy:
This instructor’s educational philosophy in one of interactiveness and practical application based on the 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 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. Demonstrate a basic level of competence in the use of the vocabulary of adult development.
  2. Identify and critique factors and problems common to the adult years.
  3. Evaluate the research methods used to study adult development.
  4. Gather, evaluate, and communicate information effectively about adult development.
  5. Identify and explain the social psychological application of aging.


Core Assessment:
  • Research Paper (Core Assessment).  Each student will write one research paper. Each student will conduct four 3 hour observations with adults in various stages of their development. There will be two additional topic areas that each student will need to address. First each student will need to address how public policy affects each period of development and secondly they will need to examine different cultural influences during each developmental period. The following table will show what stages will be required:

Topic Area

Data Collection

Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview

Early Adulthood

Observation

3 Hours

Middle Adulthood

Observation

3 Hours

Late Adulthood

Observation

3 Hours

Elderly

Observation

3 Hours

Public Policy - Adult Development

Literature Review

NA

Views of Adult Development in different cultures.

Literature Review

NA

The observation can occur in any setting where adults can be found. Each student needs to make an arguable claim (thesis statement) that will be the central theme of this research paper. They will then use the observations, class discussions, and literature as evidence to support their arguable claim. Each student will have to focus on the four different developmental periods, public policy, and cultural influences on development as they apply to their arguable claim. The 3 hours used for the observations need to be recorded in a student developed observation sheet. The paper will need to have the completed observation sheets attached as an appendix. The paper will need to be double spaced. The paper will need to use APA style when citing references and will need an APA style references list. The paper will need to have 7 references including the textbook. 3 of the 7 references will need to be empirically based research reports from a refereed professional journal. The student will need to synthesize, analyze, and evaluate these observations and the literature that they have cited. They will propose a plausible developmental research question based on their observations. They will then suggest a possible developmental research design that they could use to investigate the research question and discuss why that design was selected. The research questions and design section needs to be a small part of the paper and does not need to be the central theme of the paper.  It needs to be a seamless part of the paper and not a separate section.    The paper will be worth up to 300 points.  To see what is required and how the points will be distributed, see the rubric below and the Core Assessment Rubric at the end. See the graphic below for a list of paper requirements.

 

Research Paper Requirements

 

Differences and similarities between the 7 topic areas are outlined in comparison with the literature.

7 or more references are used from the literature. These references provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined. Three of the references are empirical reports from a scientific journal.

Each paper consistently uses developmental terms appropriately with less than 5 errors.

The research paper contains the following sections: APA citations, Introduction, Analysis, Conclusion, and APA formatted references page. 

 

A student created graph (not a copy of someone else’s graph) is included to make a point to arguer for your arguable claim.

The student develops a plausible research question that is a natural extension of the literature reviewed in the paper. This does not have to be the major theme of the paper, but should be included seamlessly in the paper.

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 identified cultural variations found in adult development in relation to the first four topic areas.

The research paper identified public policy issues that affect the first four topic areas.

 

 PS222-Core Assessment Rubric 

Competency

Exceeds Expectation                    (2)

Meets Expectation                   (1)

Does Not Meet Expectation (0)

Critical Thinking

 

 

 

Analysis & Evaluation          Outcomes - 1, 2, 5

Compared and contrasted 5-6 topic areas and corresponding literature. 9 or more references from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper. Three of the references should be empirical and refereed research articles.

Compared and contrasted 3-4 topic areas and corresponding literature. 7-9 references from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper. Three of the references should be empirical and refereed research articles

Compared and contrasted 1-2 topic areas and corresponding literature. 1-4 reference(s) from the literature. The student cited references that provide evidence from the literature on the topic being examined in the research paper.

Content

 

 

 

Application          Outcomes - 1, 2, 3, 4, 5

Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in the first 4 topic areas.

Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in 2-3 of the first 4 topic areas.

Research paper identified public policy issues and culture variations in views of adult development in one of the first 4 topic areas.

Technical Skills

 

 

 

Whole Artifact          Outcome - 5

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, and APA formatted references page. 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.

 

 

Class Assessment:
 

Class assessment:

There will be three examinations worth 100 points each, 13 quizzes worth 10 points each, two one-page papers worth 35 points, and a core assessment/term paper worth 150 points. The papers will be described in detail during the first class session.

Grading:

Grading:
 

Area
Points each
Total Points
2 one page papers
35
 70
13 Quizzes
10
130
3 Exams
100
300
1 Core assessment/term paper
150
150
Total Points
650


Grading: 

Grade

Point Range

Percentage Range

A

585 – 650

90 – 100

B

520 – 584

80 -- 89

C

455 – 519

70 – 79

D

390 – 454

60 – 69

F

389 or fewer

59 or less

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Work submitted after the due date will be subject to penalties. It is submitted one week late, there will be a 10% reduction. Works submitted more than eight days late will receive a 50% reduction. EXCEPTION: If the student has a legitimate absence, i.e., TDY, ill, or has duty during the class period the reductions will be suspended.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
 

Be prepared to discuss the assignments during the appropriate class period.

The instructor follows the rules of academic freedom. Academic freedom means that anyone in the classroom may attack the ideas or logic of anyone in the classroom with logical arguments only. Verbal or physical abuse of anyone in the classroom will not be tolerated.

The rules of confidentiality will apply. At times someone in the classroom will present personal information about themselves or family members as part of the discussion. This information must remain in the classroom. Do not discuss any personal information so presented outside of the classroom, even if you are only discussing it with other class members.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

Class mtg

Date

Assignment

1

03/14

Introduction, Chapter 1, Quiz 1

2

03/16

Paper 1, Chapter 2, Quiz 2

3

03/21

Chapter 3, Quiz 3

4

03/23

Chapter 4, Quiz 4

5

03/28

Exam 1

6

03/30

Chapter 5, Quiz 5

7

04/04

Chapter 6, Quiz 6

8

04/06

Chapter 7, Quiz 7

9

04/11

Chapter 8, Quiz 8

10

04/13

Chapter 9, Quiz 9

11

04/18

Exam 2

12

04/20

Chapter 10, Quiz 10

13

04/25

Chapter 11, Quiz 11, Term Paper Due

14

04/27

Chapter 12, Quiz 12

15

05/02

Chapter 13, Quiz 13

16

05/04

Exam 3, Paper 2

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 (www.park.edu/current or http://www.park.edu/faculty/).from Park University 2010-2011 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. 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

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 .

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