Course: PSY-121 DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY Spring 2011 Instructor: Jane Hoegh, Hampton-Dumont HS NIACC, Adjunct Faculty Course SyllabusCourse Description: Developmental Psychology is a topical approach toexamining the physical, cognitive, social, moral and emotional domains ofhuman development from conception to death. Research in these areas willallow students to construct real-world applications to different contexts in life asthey relate to culture, ethnicity, and gender. Learning activities reﬂectdiscussions on a variety of psychological issues including learning, personality,moral behavior, psychological well-being, and life satisfaction across thelifespan.Prerequisites: Reading ability 12th grade or above or by special permission. Ilook closely at the RIT (map testing) scores from this past fall and past ITEDand ACT data input from the guidance counselor. 12th grade RIT score this fallwas 225 minimum.This course is appropriate for students enter the education and health ﬁelds,“people” careers, and for those seeking a general education elective.Course Objectives:•Students will recognize and explain major issues/controversies that inﬂuenceresearch in developmental psychology.•Students will identify physical changes that occur from birth and up to thetime of death and the consequences for lifespan development.•Students will identify and apply cognitive changes that occur from birththrough later adulthood.•Students will identify and apply emotional and social changes throughout thelifespan.•Students will demonstrate understanding of the biological and socialinﬂuences on infant attachment and its relationship to later social interactions.•Students will identify examples of different parenting styles and predict futureoutcomes for children.•Students will identify speciﬁc early behaviors and draw conclusions for futurebehavior and development.•Students will review research on important factors that contribute to lifesatisfaction across the lifespan.
Learning Activities:Lecture and discussionCase studiesVideo illustrationsIndividual and small group assignmentsResearchScheduled exams and announced and unannounced quizzesComprehensive Final ExamEvaluation:Students will be evaluated on tests and quiz performances.70% of grade: Test/quiz about every 2 weeks…40 points each.20% of grade: Attendance/In-class assignments/discussions…10 pts everyday In-class assignments and activities are completed periodically. These points may not be able to be able to made up. Exceptions aremade for a school related activity (FFA ﬁeld trip, College visit,..)10% of grade: Online pretests….10 pts per pretestNo extra credit work.Cell phones must remain in pockets, computer bags, or wherever and NOT beused (even to check the time...) during class! Cell phone use will result in adeduction for in-class work and they will be taken to the ofﬁce, no question.Computers are to be used as a tool for educational purposes. If you are foundon inappropriate sites that aren’t class related, points will be deducted for thatclass time. Detention time may also be assigned for inappropriate use.I expect all students to be prepared for class and to be in their seats preparingfor class when the bell rings and remain seated until the bell rings at the end ofthe period. Bring textbook and computers to class daily for reference.Course Requirements: Attendance: Required. Generally, those will excessiveabsences tend to fail or do poorly.Assignments: Other assignments in class may be assigned and applied to theattendance/in-class assignments and discussion portion of the grade.Exams: 8-10 exams, approximately 40 pts each, will be given. Each exam willcontain multiple choice items, with the possibility of a short answer essay
question. No student will be allowed to make up more than one exam, unlesswritten documentation is provided (drs note or required school event away).NIACC: This is an ofﬁcial college course. The Hampton-Dumont High School ispaying for your college credit. Disciplinary rules will be followed by NIACC’spolicy on cheating.Text: A Topical Approach to Lifespan Development, 5th ed. John W. SantrockOnline website for study and support:http://highered.mcgraw-hill.com/sites/0073370932/student_view0/index.htmlmy email: firstname.lastname@example.org I’m using this email as the school email blockssome emails from getting to me.
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