Syllabus<br />Psychology 41 – Spring 2010<br />Life Span Development- Section 3473<br />Instructor: Dr. Sandra Lee<br />Office: LL 333 Phone: (323) 241-5224<br />Class times: Mondays 6:30-9:40 P.M. SSC 201A<br />Email address: Lees@lasc.edu<br />Course Goals<br />This course will provide an overview of biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial development from the prenatal period through late adulthood. Discussion will focus on theories of development, heredity and environment, and developmental milestones that influence childhood, adolescence, and adult development. During each stage of development, the class will examine and analyze the three domains of physical, cognitive and psychosocial changes that occur. Finally, attention will be given to the processes of aging, death, and dying.<br />Course Objectives<br />Upon completion of the course, students will be able to:<br />Identify the major theories of development<br />Describe psychosocial, cognitive, and biosocial influences on development from infancy through late adulthood<br />Identify major factors that influence human development during the lifespan, including the nature-nurture controversy<br />Student Learning Outcomes (SLO’s)<br />As a result of this learning experience, students will be able to<br />a) describe and explain the major theoretical models of human development; b) describe factors that contribute to biosocial, cognitive, and psychosocial development over the lifespan; and <br />c) identify and list psychological factors that impact aging and the process of death and dying. Students are expected to demonstrate a 70% or higher mastery level of all course content as evidenced by their performance on the final comprehensive examination.<br />Office Hours<br />Office hours will be held in LL333 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 3:30 - 5:30 P.M.; or by appointment arranged in advance with the instructor.<br />Textbook<br />Berger, K.S. (2008). The Developing Person Through the Life Span, 7th. Ed. Lincoln, Nebraska: Worth Publishers.<br />Course Requirements<br />Reading the textbook: It is essential that you acquire a copy of the text, read it, take notes, outline the chapters, and review on a regular basis.<br />Attendance: Attendance at each class is critical to your success in this class. Therefore, it is essential that you attend each class, stay for the duration of the class, and arrive on time.<br />If the attendance roster indicates that you have 4 or more consecutive unexcused absences, you may be dropped from the course. If in doubt, please leave a message stating that you are still attending and do not wish to be dropped from the class.<br />Getting an excused absence is easy. Simply give me a written notice in advance with your name, class, and the date(s) you will be absent. Planned absences that I have been notified of in advance do not count as absences. Simply write me a note with the information. Planned absences and in-advance notice do not mean calling five minutes before class to say that you will not attend. Please note that any assignments or exams that are scheduled on the day of your absence (planned or otherwise) cannot be made-up. You should arrange in advance to take an exam or submit assignments in advance of your absence(s). There are no make-up exams given and there are no exceptions to this policy. <br />It is your responsibility at the end of each lecture to ensure that your attendance has been documented for that day.<br />If you are tardy or late for four or more classes without notifying the instructor, you will be dropped from the class and reinstatement will not be authorized. However, you should not assume that the instructor will automatically drop you. It is your responsibility to go to the Admissions Office and formally drop the class. Therefore, it is important that you attend all classes and arrive on time.<br />Exams: There will be eight scheduled exams administered during the semester. If an exam is missed for whatever reason, no makeup exam will be given. However, you must take the comprehensive exam during the final exam period to replace the one exam that was missed. Each exam is worth 100 points, and exam content will come from the text and lectures. Therefore, it is essential that you attend class and complete assigned readings before each class. Final grades are based on cumulative scores earned on each of the eight exams. If you miss more than one exam, you must withdraw from the class or risk failing the class, as there will be no opportunity to take a makeup exam. No pagers, beepers, phones, calculators or other electronic devices will be permitted during any of the scheduled exams.<br />Grading<br />Since there are eight exams worth 100 points each, the total number of points that can be earned is 800. The final grade distribution is based on a normal distribution with a total of 800 points that may be earned in the class. Grades will be computed based on the following:<br />Total cumulative points earnedCourse grade<br />800 - 720 A<br />719 - 640 B<br />639 - 560 C<br />559 - 480 D<br />479 - Below F<br />Important Dates and Information<br />You are required to read pages 8-11 and 69 in the LASC Spring 2010 Schedule of Classes. You are responsible for knowing policies governing student conduct, disciplinary action, grade appeal procedures, and the student grievance process, which can also be accessed online at www.lasc.edu.<br />No listening or recording devices will be allowed in this class, and Education Code 78907 prohibits anyone in a classroom from using electronic listening or recording devices without the prior consent of the instructor.<br />Your cell phone should be completely silenced while in the classroom. If your cell phone sounds and disrupts the lecture or class discussion, five points per occurrence will be deducted from cumulative points earned in the class. If your cell phone sounds during a scheduled exam, it will cost you ten points. There are no exceptions to this policy. <br />Important Dates<br />The last day to drop with a refund or without incurring fees is Tuesday, February 23, 2010.<br />The last day to drop a class without receiving a withdrawal ("
) is Saturday, March 06, 2010.<br />The absolute last day to drop a class to receive a withdrawal ("
) is Saturday, May 08, 2010.<br />Advice<br />Please make every effort to read the assigned topics before class so that you may ask questions or get clarification on difficult content as it is being discussed during class. Do not allow yourself to fall behind on your reading assignments because there is simply too much material to try to cram for exams at the last minute. Review both the lecture notes and book notes on a regular basis. Enjoy the course!<br />Readings and Exam Schedule<br />DatesTopics Reading Assignment<br />February 08IntroductionChapter 1<br />Course requirements and <br />Overview<br />Human development in context<br />February 15No Class – President’s Day<br />February 22Research methodsChapter 2<br />Theories of development<br />Genetic interactions<br />March 01The First Years:Chapter 5<br />Biosocial development<br />March 08EXAM #1 (6:30 - 7:30 P.M.)Chaps. 1,2The First Two Years:<br />Cognitive developmentChapter 6<br />March 15Psychosocial developmentChapter 7<br />The Play Years:<br />Biosocial developmentChapter 8<br />March 22EXAM #2 (6:30 - 7:30 P.M.)Chaps. 5,6,7Cognitive developmentChapter 9<br />March 29No Class - Spring Break Week<br />April 05Psychosocial developmentChapter 10<br />The School Years:<br />Biosocial developmentChapter 11<br />April 12EXAM #3(6:30 - 7:30 P.M.)Chaps. 8,9,10<br />The School Years:<br />Cognitive developmentChapter 12<br />April 19The School Years:<br />Psychosocial developmentChapter 13<br />Adolescence:<br />Biosocial developmentChapter 14<br />April 26EXAM #4 (6:30 - 7:30 P.M.)Chaps. 11,12,13<br />Adolescence:<br />Cognitive development Chapter 15<br />May 03Psychosocial developmentChapter 16<br />Adulthood:<br />Cognitive developmentChapter 21<br />May 10Adulthood:<br />Psychosocial developmentChapter 22<br />Late Adulthood:<br />Biosocial developmentChapter 23<br />May 17EXAM #5 (6:30 - 7:30 P.M.)Chaps. 14,15,16<br />Late Adulthood:<br />Cognitive developmentChapter 24<br />May 24Exam #6 – Take Home Exam DueChapters 18,19<br />Psychosocial developmentChapter 25<br />EpilogueChapter 26<br />May 31No Class – Memorial Day Holiday<br />June 07Exam #7 - Take Home Exam DueChapters 21,22,23EXAM #8 (Final Exam)Chaps. 24-267:00 - 9:00 P.M.<br />Comprehensive Exam - For those who missed one exam or who wish to drop their lowest exam score<br />