PS 121 Human Growth & Development
F2B 2010 BLA
MS CounselingBA PsychologyLPC Intern (Texas), LCDC Intern (Texas)
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My educational philosophy is one that incorporates real life situations with the interactiveness of lectures, readings, quizzes, dialogue, examinations, and writings. I enjoy, and you can expect, for me to engage each student's mental repertoire.
Learning Outcomes: Core Learning Outcomes
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:
Minimum Duration of Observation/Interview
The First Two Years
The Play Years
The School Years
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 RubricClass Assessment:
This course will include a midterm exam, final exam, five quizzes, a presentation of your observational research, attendance/participation, and a research paper grade. All assignments are expected to be in APA format, which means you must include a reference page and follow all APA guidelines. If your presentation or papers do not adhere to APA format, points will be deducted from your assignment. If you choose to turn in your assignments by hardcopy, I will accept it; however, your work needs to submitted for grading prior to the assignment’s deadline.
Item / Assignment
Power Point/Platform Presentation of Observations
Core Assessment Research Paper
Quizzes (wks 2-3; 5-7)
Total Points Possible
1000 - 900
900 - 800
800 - 700
700 - 600
Less than 600
Late Submission of Course Materials:
The due date and time of each assignment is indicated in this syllabus and will be reviewed again in class. There is no excuse for not turning in your work on time or early. I will consider granting an extension when and if you contact me, but it must be prior to the work being due. Extensions are granted for extenuating circumstances only.
With the understanding that I accept work prior to the due date, late assignments will have an automatic 20 point deduction the first day after the required submission date and time. Thereafter, there will be a 10 point per day deduction. Please keep in mind that if you are even one minute late, your work is considered late.
Classroom Rules of Conduct:
If you need to answer your cellular, please step outside of the class and return when your call in completed. Please make your calls brief. If you need a bathroom break, please excuse yourself quietly then return promptly when you are done.
Everyone has an opinion; hence, I expect for everyone in class to voice their own thoughts and argument to debate and analyze. If you have a contradictory viewpoint, they must be expressed with respect and directed at the issue not to the person. Please think critically before communicating. I will not tolerate disrespect towards another student.
Please do not wait until the last minute to contact me when a situation presents itself that will interfere with class participation or with an assignment that is due. I am flexible, fair, and I strongly value honest communication. To inform all students who will be taking this class, there will be class Thanksgiving week. I will be present so I expect you to also.
Please be sure to check your Park U e-mail and eCompanion for announcements related to the course and / or Park University.
I will respond to your e-mails or phone calls within 48 hrs. Please ensure all e-mail correspondence contains your name and course number “PS121” in the "Subject" line. Please be sure to leave your name, number, time, and date of call and your message when calling me.
You will not pass the class without taking the final. There is no alternate assignment for the midterm or final exams.
Email Icebreakers/Student Introduction - During the very first week of the class, you will be required to make sure you can use PirateMail in order to ensure we can communicate with one another. We will be communicating by e-mail, posting to doc sharing, and Virtual Cafe during your time taking this course. You will be required to "post" a Student Introduction using the Virtual Cafe link on the Course Home menu so all of us can know one another. The more detailed and thorough your posts are to virtual café and doc sharing, the more extra points will be added to your final point accumulation. It will be quality and quantity that makes the difference in the final computation of extra credit points.
Week 1 – The Beginnings (Part I)
Read Chapter(s) 1 - 4
Classroom Debate/Ice Breakers/Introductions
Syllabus Review/Classroom Expectations & Conduct
Week 2 – The First Two Years (Part II)
Read Chapters 5-7
Quiz on Chapters 1-5 (10 points)
Classroom topic discussion
Week 3 – The Play Years (Part III)
Read Chapter(s) 8-10
Power Point/Platform Presentations
Quiz on Chapters 5-10 (10 points)
Jeopardy on Chapters 1-13
Week 4 – The School Years (Part IV)
Midterm Exam on Chapters 1-13, Parts I-IV (200 points)
Read Chapters 11-13
Week 5- Adolescence (Part V)
Read Chapters 14-16
Quiz on Chapters 14-16 (10 points)
Core Assessment research paper due by Saturday midnight MST
Week 6 – Emerging Adulthood (Part VI)
Read Chapter(s) 17-19
Quiz on Chapters 17-19 (10 points)
Week 7 – Adulthood (Part VII)
Read Chapters 20-22
Quiz on Chapters 20-22 (10 points)
Jeopardy on Chapters 14-25
Week 8 – Late Adulthood (Part VIII)
Read Chapters 23-25
Final Exam includes Chapters 14-25, Parts V-VIII (300 points)
Wrap Up and Closing Remarks
One of the class sessions may be held online in the eCompanion. This will be announced in advance so please become familiar with eCompanion.
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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.
Park University 2010-2011 Undergraduate Catalog Page 95-96
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Last Updated:10/23/2010 10:32:08 AM