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PS 221 Adolescent Psychology
Ajas, Hiroshi


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CoursePS 221 Adolescent Psychology
SemesterS1AA2005
FacultyAjas, Hiroshi
TitleSenior Instructor
Degrees/CertificatesMSW, MA, MS
Licensed Master in Social Work in Texas
Office LocationLackland AFB, TX
Office HoursAnytime via E-Mail or work number
Daytime Phone210-592-5330
E-MailHiroshi.Ajas@pirate.park.edu
hajas@wssahosp.org
Semester Dates10 Jan 05 to 6 Mar 05
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
Copbb, Nancy J., Adolescence, Continuity, Change and Diversity, Mayfield Publishing Company.

Course Description:
Developmental factors and problems common to the period from puberty to adulthood.  Topics include:  self-identity, sexuality, life-styles, parent-adolescent relationships, and conditions leading to optimal development.  3:0:3

Educational Philosophy:
The instructor's educational philosophy is to integrate class lectures, review of current social events and examinations to meet course objectives. Instructor will engage each learner in a lively discussion on behaviors and thinking of adolescent and a lifespan view of psychological, biological, cognitive and sociological aspects of adolescence.

Learning Outcomes:
The course learning objectives are to provide the student:
(1) an opportunity to review principles, research findings and ideas about adolescence from an interdisciplinary , process oriented perspectives;
(2) an appreciation of the many issues adolescents face as they develop and mature; such issues as gender development, emotional supports, and need for autonomy;
(3) to identify the primary developmental issues and experiences of early adolescents and late adolescents;
(4) to explain how ethnic and cultural backgrounds affect adolescents' development and the many challenges faced by minorities and females;
(5) to intergrate course concepts and ideas of adolecents into a scholarly paper.

Course Assessment:
Students are required to read all assigned material prior to class and be prepared to particpate in class discussions. During the semester, each student will prepare a brief paper, 7 paged, double-spaced, following APA guidelines on social issues affecting adolescents.

Grading:
Midterm Examination-   100 points
Final Examination-     100 points
Scholarly paper-        50 points
Total-                 250 points

250-225=  A
224-200=  B
199-175=  C
174-150=  D
Below 149= F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
The instructor will not accept assignments late unless for documented, excused reasons. Unexcused reasons for late submission of assigments will receive a grade of "zero."

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
Class particpation is expected and attendance willbe taken. Classes missed for legitimate reasons such as TDY, personal emergency are excusable but wil need to be coordinated with the instructor as soon as possible.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
10 Jan- Overview of adolescent psychology/Chap 1
12 Jan- Chap 2/lecture
17 Jan- Chap 3/lecture
19 Jan- Chap 4/lecture
24 Jan- Chap 5/lecture
26 Jan- Chap 6/lecture
31 Jan- Chap 7/ Review for Midterm examination
2 Feb- Midterm Examination
7 Feb- Chap 8/lecture
9 Feb- Chap 9/lecture
14 Feb- Chap 10/lecture
16 Feb- Chap 11/lecture
21 Feb- Chap 12/lecture
23 Feb- Chap 13/lecture
28 Feb- Chap 14/lecure/Review for Final Examination
2 Mar- Final Examination

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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

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 "WH".
  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 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


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.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners 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 American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent 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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