PS121 Human Growth & Development

for F1H 2011

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PS 121 Human Growth & Development


F1H 2011 BU


Hartley, R. Derald


Senior Adjunct Instructor


MA-General Experimental Psychology
Licensed Professional Counselor in S. C.

Office Hours

Before and after class and by appointment

Daytime Phone

843-524-8899 (Emergency only)

Other Phone



Semester Dates

August 15, 2011 - October 9, 2011

Class Days


Class Time

7:35 - 10:05 PM

Credit Hours


Newman, B. M., & Newman, P. R. (2008). Development through life: A psychosocial approach. 10th ed. New York: Wadsworth.

Additional Resources:

Kuther, T. L. (2006). The psychology major's handbook. (2nd ed.). New York: Wadsworth.
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication manual of the American Psychological Association. (6th ed.). Wahsington, DC.: Author.
Houghton, P. M., & Houghton, T. J. (2009). APA: The easy way!. (2nd ed.). Flint, Mi.: Baker College. 

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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:
Lectures and classroom discussions will be the primary teaching techniques used in this class. Small group experiential activities, handouts, videos, and the internet will be used as appropriate and available to reinforce the ideas, concepts, theories, and rsearch findings covered in the assigned reading, lectures, and classroom discussions. Students will also make classroom presentations, individually or in small groups depending upon class size, on a topic of their choice (and approved by the instructor) related to developmental psychology.

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:
The final grade will be composed of: Core Assessment (see above), classroom presentation, 4 quizes, mid-term exam, and final exam. Attendance and participation will also constitute a part of the final grade.


Attendance/participation (2.5 points X16) = 40 points; Core Assessment (20%) = 100 points; Quizes (15 points X4) = 60 points; Classroom presentation = 50 points; Midterm exam = 125; final exam = 125 points; Total points = 500
450 = 500 points = A; 400 - 449 points = B; 350 = 399 points = C; 300 - 349 points = D; below 300 = F

Late Submission of Course Materials:

Students are expected to take quizes and midterm and final exams as scheduled. Make-up quizes will be administered at the next class and will not be administered again; If the quiz is not taken at that time, the related grade points will be forfeited. Students abscent the class prior to a scheduled quiz are expected to take quiz as scheduled or the related grade points will be forfeited. Make-up midterm and final exams will be give for approved, verifiable excuses arranged in advance (with the instructor). Make-up exams may not be the exam given to the class and will not be administered  during an any regularly scheduled class time. Core assessment is due as noted below and the grade of the core assessment submitted late will be reduced by 5 points for class after the due date. Core assessments will not be accepted the night of the final exam and the related points will be forfeited.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

(1) Attendance is important and, along with partricipation, constitutes a portion of the final grade.
(2) If the student is absent s/he is responsible for all materials covered -- assigned reading, lectures, handout, etc. It is the student's responsiblity to ensure that s/he keeps current and asks for handouts, etc. that may have been given in his/her absence.
(3) Cell phone and personal conversations are distractions to the learning environment; cell phones need to be turned off during class time. Persoanl conversations, unless part of the classroom learning experience, should be avoided.
(4) See information about about missed quizes, exams, and core assessment above.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:

Class   Date      Chapter            Topic/Assignment/Activity
1         8/16       Chapter 1          Life Perspective 
2         8/18       Apenndix (A2)  The Research Process
3         8/23       Chapter 2          Psycholsocial Theory; Quiz 1
4         8/25       Chapter 3          Major Theories
5         8/30       Chapter 4          Pregnancy and Prenatal Development
6         9/1         Chapter 5/6       Infancy/Toddlerhood; Quiz 2
7         9/6                                  Catch-up and Review
8         9/8        Midterm exam    Appendix; Chapters 1 - 6
9         9/13      Classroom Presentations     
10       9/15      Chapter 7/8         Early/Middle Childhood
11       9/20      Chapter 9/10       Early/Late Adolescence
12       9/22      Chapters 11/12/13   Early/Middle/Late Adulthood; Quiz 3
13       9/27      Chapter 14          Old Age; Core Assessment due
14       9/29      Chapter 15          Death and Dying; Quiz 4
15       10/4                                Catch-up and review
16       10/6      Final exam        Presentations; Chapters 7 -15 

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 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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