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PS 121 Human Growth & Development
Kerkman, Dennis D.


Mission Statement: Park University provides access to a quality higher education experience that prepares a diverse community of learners to think critically, communicate effectively, demonstrate a global perspective and engage in lifelong learning and service to others.

Vision Statement: Park University, a pioneering institution of higher learning since 1875, will provide leadership in quality, innovative education for a diversity of learners who will excel in their professional and personal service to the global community.

Course

PS 121 Human Growth & Development

Semester

SP 2012 HO

Faculty

Kerkman, Dennis D.

Title

Professor of Psychology

Degrees/Certificates

BA (K.U.) Psychology
MS (U.G.A.) Psychology
PhD (K.U.) Developmental & Child Psychology

Office Location

MA 223

Office Hours

MWF 10:00-11:00 a.m., 2:45-3:45 p.m.

Daytime Phone

816-584-6502

E-Mail

dkerkman@park.edu

Semester Dates

January 16 - May 11, 2012

Class Days

-M-W-F-

Class Time

11:00 - 11:50 AM

Credit Hours

3


Textbook:

Santrock, J. W. (2011). Life-span development (13th Ed.) New York: McGraw-Hill.
 
McGraw-Hill's Connect is a web-based assignment solution that is required for this course. Connect is designed to assist you with your courrsework. As outlined in this syllabus, Connect LearnSmart Study Module assignment are required, and make up a large portion of your semester grade in this course.
 
Access to the Connect system for this class:
 
 
 
If you have trouble with registration, please contact Customer Support at http://mpss.mhhe.com
Connect access codes are packaged with a new textbook from the bookstore at no additional cost. Connect can also be purchsed online at your sections Connect address (shown above). If you purchase Connect online, you will have the option of purchasing Connect or ConnectPlsu, which includes an interactive eBook to suppliment the required textbook for this course (Note: You can register for Connect and have access for a limited period of time (typically 3 weeks), but you will need to purchase it when the free access period expires, since all of the required Connect LearnSmart Study Modules and all of the quizzes and the final exam are in the Connect System.

Textbooks can be purchased through the MBS bookstore

Textbooks can be purchased through the Parkville Bookstore

Additional Resources:

APA Style:
www.PsychBytes.com
There is also an eCompanion (.NeXT) website for this course.  You will need this to turn in your written assignments (Your Research project plan, Final Research PowerPoint presentation, and Final Research Report (term paper)).

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.
Park Helpdesk - If you have forgotten your OPEN ID or Password, or need assistance with your PirateMail account, please email helpdesk@park.edu or call 800-927-3024
Resources for Current Students - A great place to look for all kinds of information http://www.park.edu/Current/.


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:

The father of Educational Psychology, John Dewey, said it best: "Learning by doing".
 

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

Observation

1 Hour

The Play Years

Observation

1 Hour

The School Years

Observation

1 Hour

Adolescence

Observation

1 Hour

Early Adulthood

Observation

1 Hour

Middle Adulthood

Observation

1 Hour

Late Adulthood

Observation

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:

Connect LearnSmart Study Modules for each of the 20 chapters. 
Quizzes approximately every two weeks (see class schedule for details).
Plan for your research project.
Your Resarch Project Final presentation.
Your Final research project Report (term paper).
Attendance during the last two weeks at your fellow students' presentations
Final Exam.
 

Grading:

Connect LearnSmart Study Modules for each of the 20 chapters. (10 points each = 200 points). 
Quizzes approximately every two weeks (see class schedule for details). (15 points each except for the last one which is only 10 points = 100 points).
Plan for your research project. (20 points).
Your Resarch Project Final presentation. (60 points).
Your Final research project Report (term paper). (100 points)
Attendance during the last two weeks at your fellow students' presentations (3 points per day, + 2 if perfect attendance = 20 points).
Final Exam (50 multiple-choice questions X 2 points each = 100 points).
 
Grade Scale
Point Range    Letter grade
600-540                   A
539-480                   B
479-420                   C
419-360                   D
359-0                       F
These will not be "rounded". I have to draw the line somewhere.  This will not change, Please don't ask.
 

Late Submission of Course Materials:

LearnSmart Study Modules are due by the day shown on the schedule - If you are late, then you get a zero.
Quizzes are due by the day shown on the schedule - If you are late, you get a zero.
You must submit your PowerPoint of your research presentation by the date shown in the schedule, or 15 points will be subtracted from your grade. After 3 days late, you get a zero.
If you miss your in-class presentation, then you get a zero.  If you want to switch presentation times with another student, then you must get the other student to send me email saying that they agree to the switch. This must be down 48 hours in advance.
The lat penalty for term papers and is -15 points per day late. After 3 days late, you get a zero.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:

Please be on time.
If you must leave early, please sit next to the door so you can leave without disrupting the class.
Turn off your cell phones. No iPod earbuds may be worn during class.
You cannot use your laptop in class unless you have a documented disability that requires it (please provide official documentation from Student Services).  Exception: I may ask you to bring your laptop to class (if you have one) for certain in-class activities.
In general, the only thing I will not tolerate is intolerance.  We will be discussing some controversial topics, but I expect everyone to be sensitive to others' feelings.
 

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
 

WEEK

DATES

ASSIGNMENTS

DUE DATE

1 & 2

1/16-1/29

Connect LearnSmart Study Modules for Chapters 1, 2, 3 (10 pts each), Unit Quiz 1 (15 pts).

1/29

Your Research Plan: Topic, What behaviors you will measure, Where you will observe (20 pts).

1/29

3 & 4

1/30-2/12

Connect LearnSmart Study Modules for Chapters 4, 5, 6 (10 pts each), Unit Quiz 2 (15 pts).

2/12

 

5 & 6

2/13-2/26

Connect LearnSmart Study Modules for chapters 7, 8 (10 pts each), Unit Quiz 3 (15 pts).

2/26

7 & 8

2/27-3/11

Connect LearnSmart Study Modules for chapters 9, 10 (10 pts each), Unit Quiz 4 (15 pts).

3/11

Spring Break

3/12-3/18

SPRING BREAK

9 & 10

3/19-4/1

Connect LearnSmart Study Modules for each chapters 11, 12 (10 pts each), Unit Quiz 5 (15 pts).

4/1

 

11 & 12

4/2-4/15

Connect LearnSmart Study Modules for Chapters 13, 14, 15 (10 pts each), Unit Quiz 6 (15 pts).

4/15

13

4/16-4/22

Connect LearnSmart Study Module for chapter 16 (10 pts).

4/22

PowerPoint Presentation of Your Research Project Results (80 pts) AND Termpaper (100 pts).

4/22

14

4/23-4/29

Connect LearnSmart Study Module for Chapters 17, 18 (10 pts each), Quiz 7 (10 pts).

4/29

In-class research presentations begin (alphabetical order).

Attendance required (3 pts/day present. If present all 6 days, then you get 20 pts instead of 18).

15

4/30- 5/4

In-class research presentations continued.

Attendance required (3 pts/day present. If present all 6 days, then you get 20 pts instead of 18).

16

5/6-5/11

Connect LearnSmart Study Modules Chapter 19, 20 (10 pts each), BUT NO UNIT QUIZ!

5/11

Comprehensive FINAL EXAM (Chapters 1-20, 50 qts @ 2 pts = 100 pts., open book, online).

5/11

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 2011-2012 Undergraduate Catalog Page 93

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 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

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 .



Rubric

CompetencyExceeds Expectation (3)Meets Expectation (2)Does Not Meet Expectation (1)No Evidence (0)
Analysis                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   
Outcomes
2,3,5                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
•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.  
Application                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                
Outcomes
4                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                    
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                                                                                                                                                                                                                           
Outcomes
5,6                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                  
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

•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

•Introduction

•Analysis

•Conclusion

•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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