PSYC 1120 2B Fall 2012 Walker by ySONLHo



                                 Metropolitan Community College

                                        Class Syllabus – 2012 Fall

TITLE:                          Human Growth and Development
PREFIX/SECTION:                 PSYC 1120 2B
CREDIT HOURS:                   4.5
CLASS BEGINS/ENDS:              September 6- November 15, 2012
MEETING DAY(S)/TIMES:           Thursday 6- 10 p.m.
WITHDRAWAL DATE:                November 1, 2012
CLASS LOCATION:                 EVC Room 305

INSTRUCTOR NAME:                Maria B. Walker
OFFICE LOCATION:                EVC Adjunct Instructor’s Office
OFFICE TELEPHONE:               (402) 457-7275, Extension 8345
FACSIMILE:                      402-738-4040
OFFICE HOURS:                   Before class, or by appointment
ACADEMIC AREA:                  Social Sciences


COURSE DESCRIPTION: This course addresses the stages of the human life span: prenatal, infancy,
toddlerhood, middle childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and gerontology. With each stage of the life
span, cognitive, language, emotional, social, personality, and physical development are examined. In
addition, the procedures used to conduct research about human development are presented. Reading
assessment and college-level reading skills are recommended for success in this course.


At the completion of this course, each student will be able to:
1.      Describe a perspective on the life span as an ongoing developmental process, or set of processes,
        involving both continuity and change.
2.      Analyze different developmental events from the perspectives of the major theories of
        development: cognitive, learning, psychoanalytic, and recognize those theories when used by
        others to analyze events.
3.      Formulate relevant questions about developmental processes or events, and utilize standardized
        techniques for gathering objective answers to those questions.
4.      Differentiate among the stage theories developed by Freud, Erikson, Piaget, Kohlberg, Levinson,
        Schaie,, regarding their main focus; skills needed for progression from stage to stage;
        indicators of problems/lack of success in reaching each stage; duration of stage; and age of usual
        completion of/maturity in the stages.
5.      Compare and contrast the stage and non-stage theories.
6.      Discuss infancy, childhood, and adolescence, and related issues for the first twenty years of life
        from physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects.
7.      Discuss adulthood and late adulthood and related issues for the adult years from physical,
        cognitive, and psychosocial aspects.

 8.        Compare developmental issues and social issues in a variety of cultural settings.
 9.        Explore the interplay between the domains – biosocial, psychosocial and cognitive – as one
           develops across the lifespan.
 10.       Examine the nature versus nurture controversy by comparing the influences of genetic
           background and socio-cultural environment in which one develops.

     Title: Invitation to the Life Span
     Edition: 1st
     Author: Berger, Kathleen Stassen
     Publisher: Worth Publishers

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The class periods will be used to present lecture materials (including but not limited to the text), to
provide demonstrations, and to participate in classroom activities and discussions. Students are expected
to complete reading assignments before class, take adequate notes, complete writing assignments, and
take appropriate quizzes and exams. They should also be prepared to ask and answer questions, take any
pop quizzes, and participate in small group and class discussions.

Moreover, students are completely responsible for all textbook material, and all assignments and
materials covered in class, including videos and websites. The instructor will not cover all of the
information contained in the assigned readings. Students are therefore encouraged to come prepared to
ask any questions they have about the material.

Faculty will respond within 48 hours, Monday through Friday, to student emails concerning course
content, learning activities, and private matters appropriate for discussion within the teacher-student
relationship. Posting of feedback and grades for major assignments is addressed under Assessment of
Student Work.

Final grades in the course are based on the instructor’s judgment of how much learning has occurred, as
demonstrated by the amount of points students earn for demonstrating said learning. This will be
determined by the following requirements:

      1.        Participation- You are expected to read/review the textbook material ahead of time in order
         to participate in class discussions and activities; all homework must completed by the start of
         class. You can earn a total of 100 points for attending 11 classes and participating. Participation
         includes being attentive, taking notes, responding to and asking questions, and working on
         in-class assignments. (It is also important to note that to remain eligible for financial aid,
         students are responsible for meeting Satisfactory Academic Progress standards).
      2.        Application Assignments- Throughout the course you will be asked to complete 5
         assignments outside of class, each worth 25 points. These assignments are designed for you to
         apply the material from our course to your life in order to help you make meaning of the content.

       Specific instructions and guidelines will be distributed in class. No late assignments will be
    3.        Culture Presentations- During the quarter you will be divided into groups. Your groups
       will be asked to present 3 times regarding topics on culture and development. Each presentation
       is worth 50 points, totaling 150 points. Specific instructions and guidelines will be distributed in
       class. No late assignments will be accepted.
    4.        Examinations- Three examinations will be given throughout the quarter. Each exam will
       be worth 100 points, totaling 300 points. They will include content from lecture, application
       assignments, book material, and class discussions. They are typically composed of true/false
       statements, multiple choice, short essays, and matching questions.

        Should you miss an exam due to unforeseen emergencies, students are allowed to make-up only
        one test during the quarter. Make-up exams may include an alternative format and questions
        (i.e., fill-in-the-blank, short answer and essay questions) or a 5% point reduction. Make-up tests
        will not be eligible for any bonus point questions or class “curve”.

        In order to be eligible for a make-up exam, you must contact your instructor before the class
        meeting on the scheduled day of the exam. The make-up exam must be taken within 5 calendars
        days of the scheduled test date (or within 24 hours of the last/final exam). Make-up exams are
        typically taken at the Testing Center, and it is your responsibility to schedule and complete the
        exam within the required timeframes. Failure to follow these guidelines may result in a zero
        score for that exam.

        No “re-take” examinations will be offered.

Final Course Grade

        Participation                          10 points per class                 100
        Application Assignments                5 @ 25 points each                  125
        Culture Presentations                  3 @ 50 points each                  150
        Examinations                           3 @ 100 points each                 300

                                                 Total Available Points: 675
Grade Breakdown:

Grade    Percent         Points
A       90%-100%        675-607.5
B       80%-89%         600.75-540
C       70%-79%         533.25-472.5
D       60%-69%         465.75-405
F       59% or below    398.25-0

Metropolitan Community College is committed to continuous improvement of teaching and learning. You
may be asked to help us to accomplish this objective. For example, you may be asked to respond to
surveys or questionnaires. In other cases, tests or assignments you are required to do for this course may
be shared with faculty and used for assessment purposes.

Maintenance of Student Records

All written assignments will be returned to students; it is your responsibility to keep this work until the
end of the term to ensure the record of their work is complete and accurate. The Instructor will retain a
permanent record of each student’s grade for one year from the last date of the course.

Incomplete Policy:
As a general rule, the incomplete (I) grade is not granted. Students who have completed at least 75% of
course work but who are unable to complete the course on time will be granted the grade earned at the
end of the course. However, with permission of the instructor, may submit the remainder of the work by
a mutually agreed upon deadline. After evaluation of the make-up work, appropriate grade change forms
will be filed.


Attendance Statement: Attendance is important, because information supplementary to textbook
material will be presented through videos, lecture and group discussion. There are no “excused” or
“unexcused” absences. If you do not attend class, you will not earn participation points. Attendance,
active participation, and timely submission of assignments affect learning and grades. Please be present
(physically, mentally, and intellectually), and on time. My motto is, “If you show up, you go up!”

You are expected to attend class meetings. You are responsible for any announcements and
information you may miss due to absence or tardiness. It is also your responsibility to obtain any missed
notes, assignments, or other materials from another student. The instructor does not guarantee that she
will carry extra handouts past the initial date they are distributed, but can be obtained during office hours.

For courses meeting once a week, students who miss 3 consecutive classes or more than 4 total-and
do not withdraw from the course-will receive a final grade mark of FX (an absence related failing
grade) regardless of whether a student returns to class.

Students who fail to attend the first two class will be disenrolled (with a WX) from the class. There is no
appeal for this disenrollment.

Student Withdrawal:
If you cannot participate in and complete this course, you should officially withdraw through
WebAdvisor at or by calling Central Registration at 402-457-5231 or 1-
800-228-9553. Failure to officially withdraw will result in either an attendance-related failure (FX) or
failing (F) grade. The last date to withdraw is noted in the CLASS IDENTIFICATION section of this
Student E-mail and Contact Information:
Occasionally, your instructor may need to contact students. Please make sure that you have an active
MCC e-mail account – and check it regularly. In addition, be sure that your correct address and phone
number are listed with the college.
MCC E-mail is the best way to contact your instructor ( She will,
however, make every attempt to return your telephone calls. To make this process easier, please be sure
to leave your number and times when I can reach you (but also understand that I may not be available
when you are). Speaking slowly and clearly helps a lot, too.

                                 CLASSROOM POLICIES & CONDUCT
Below is a summary of classroom policies, expectations and any consequences associated with their
violations. Most of the policies discussed below are essentially about respecting others and maintaining a

positive and productive learning environment. Many might consider them common sense, but incidents
occur with enough frequency that they bear mentioning and will help ensure that everyone knows what is
   1. Ask for Help and Communicate—If you don’t understand something about material from
      class, including assignment guidelines, OR if you run into some other difficulty meeting
      class expectation, ASK FOR HELP before it becomes too late.
   2. Academic Honesty/Plagiarism—
          a. Your work is expected to be your own, whether homework, quizzes, exams, or
               writing assignments.
          b. Whenever possible, you should discuss concepts, ideas, and definitions in your
               own words. If you are unable to do this, then you probably don’t understand it.
          c. When you do use wording that is not your own (a general rule of thumb is more
               than three consecutive words), you should enclose them in quotation marks and
               provide an in-text citation (using APA format) giving credit to your source. In-
               text citations should also be used for any ideas or data/statistics that are not your
   3. Plagiarized work will not be accepted. Copied work or any other type academic
      dishonesty will not be tolerated. Violation will result in a zero score, and an academic
      misconduct report will be filed with the Dean. A repeated violation will be referred to the
      Dean and may result in an “F” in the course.
   4. Attendance Policy— There are no “excused” or “unexcused” absences. If you do not
      attend class, you lose points for that day. Please be present and on time.
   5. Cell Phone Usage / Texting During Class—
          a. Cell phone use during class is strictly prohibited, unless it is related to class
               content. Please, do not text for personal use. Students observed texting during
               class will automatically lose participation points (without warning). After the first
               offense, students will be asked to leave the classroom for the remainder of the
               period. If you must text or take a call, leave the classroom first.
          b. Please be sure to turn off cell phone ringers at the start of class. Students who
               repeatedly leave class to take phone calls will be asked to leave for the remainder
               of the period and may be counted absent.
   6. Computers in Class—
          a. Laptop use is fine during class, if it is used for taking notes.
          b. Please, no internet use during class unless it is recommended by the instructor for
               the class. Such activity distracts those around you and. Students who are found to
               be using their electronics for activities not associated with the class will lose the
               participation points for the day, and may be asked to put away the device or leave
          c. Again, while no one can make you pay attention during class, some behaviors are
               distracting to others around you. Physical presence is not the same as mental
               presence and will not count as class attendance. Therefore, you may as well
               engage in non-related classroom activities elsewhere.
   7. Headphone Use During Class—Please remove headphones while class is in session.
   8. Class Disruptions—
          a. Please refrain from distracting behaviors including rifling through backpacks and
               packing up your books and other belongings until class ends and you are

            dismissed. Please avoid eating overly noisy food or distractingly scented food.
            Also, not use of smokeless tobacco is permitted.
        b. Please refrain from conversation while your instructor or another student is
            talking. Students who engage in disruptive classroom behaviors, including
            talking while the instructor or other students have the floor, rifling through bags,
            or other activities that may interfere with others’ learning will lose participation
        c. Students who engage in disruptive behaviors with others will be asked to change
            seats or leave the classroom.
9. Class Preparation & Homework—
        a. You are expected to come to class prepared to take notes and participate in
            activities. Therefore, please bring adequate supplies of paper and pencils/pens.
            Your instructor does not carry extra supplies. This includes staples, hole
            punchers, etc.
        b. It is important for you to complete reading and other assignments before class.
10. Communication Expectations:
        a. When you communicate with others in this course, you must follow the Student
            Code of Conduct (, which
            calls for responsible and cooperative behavior.
        b. Please think critically, ask questions, and challenge ideas, but also show respect
            for the opinions of others, respond to them politely, and maintain the
            confidentiality of thoughts expressed in the class.
11. Inattentive Behaviors (Reading, Sleeping, etc.)—
        a. If you sleep during class, you may be awakened and asked to leave, especially if
            you snore or sprawl out into your neighbors’ space.
        b. Reading or working on homework for another class during class is disrespectful
            and distracting to your instructor and others. Students who read materials
            unrelated to the class will be held to the same consequences as those who
            inappropriately use electronic devises. If you cannot be mentally present, you
            should leave and attend to the other work or communication you find to be more
12. Respecting others—
        a. Please avoid words and/or remarks in class that other students might view as
            offensive, such as profanity, those reflecting sexism, racism, homophobia,
            ageism, and etcetera. Hate language will NOT be tolerated in the class, and will
            result in a student being asked to leave the class. Should you be asked to leave
            the class for using hate language, you will receive NO PAP points for that day.
        b. No children or animals (other than service animals) in the classrooms; this is a
            college-wide policy
13. Tardiness—
        a. You are expected to arrive for class and return from breaks on time.
        b. Students who arrive after class has begun (or leave more than 10 minutes early)
            will not receive attendance points for the day.
        c. Returning late from breaks is disruptive and rude to the rest of the class.
            Individual students who arrive late from break will be considered tardy and also

                 may lose participation points. Persistent tardiness on the part of a few students
                 may result in no class breaks for the entire class.

Students may not video or audio record class sessions without the instructor’s knowledge and permission.
If recording of class sessions is authorized as a reasonable accommodation under Americans with
Disabilities Act (ADA), the instructor must have the appropriate documentation from College Disability
Support Services. Permitted recordings are to be used only for the individual student’s educational review
of the class session and may not be reproduced, posted, sold or distributed to others. Students who violate
this policy are subject to disciplinary procedures as outlined in the Student Conduct Code.

Students are reminded that materials they use as sources for classwork may be subject to copyright
protection. Additional information about copyright is provided on the library website at or by your instructor. In response to incidents of student dishonesty
(cheating, plagiarism, illegal peer-to-peer file sharing, etc.), the College imposes specific actions that may
include receiving a failing grade on a test, failure in the course, suspension from the College, or dismissal
from the College. Disciplinary procedures are available in the Advising/Counseling Centers or at

MCC's Academic Resource Centers, Math Centers, and Writing Centers offer friendly, supportive
learning environments that can help students achieve educational success. Staff members in these centers
provide free drop-in assistance with basic computing, reading, math, and writing skills. Self-paced,
computer-assisted instructional support in reading, vocabulary, typing, English as a Second Language,
and online course orientation is also available.

Detailed information about the Academic Resource, Math, and Writing Centers is in the Student
Handbook, College Catalog, and online at

If you have a disability that may substantially limit your ability to participate in this class, please contact a
Disability Support Services Counselor located in the Student Services Office on each campus.
Metropolitan Community College will provide reasonable accommodations for persons with documented
qualifying disabilities. However, it is the student’s responsibility to request accommodations. For further
information, please visit and/or contact Student Services.

For assistance with student email, passwords, and most other MCC technology, contact the Help Desk at
457-2900 or

By using the information technology systems at MCC (including the computer systems and phones), you
acknowledge and consent to the conditions of use as set forth in the Metropolitan Community College
Procedures Memorandum on Acceptable Use of Information Technology and Resources. It is your
responsibility as a student to be familiar with these procedures. The full text of the Procedures
Memorandum may be found at the following website:

                                          SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS
Week     Date     Topic                    Chapter                                              DUE
1        9/6      Introductions &
                  Syllabus Review
                  Defining                 Chapter 1: The Science of Development
2        9/13     Foundations of           Chapter 1: The Science of Development                AA 1
                                           Chapter 2: Genes and Prenatal Development
3        9/20     The First Two Years      Chapter 3: The First Two years: Body and Brain       AA 2
                                           Chapter 4: The First Two Years: Psychosocial
4        9/27     Demonstrated                                                                  EXAM 1
                  Learning Opportunity
5        10/4     Early Childhood          Chapter 5: Early Childhood: Body and Mind
                                           Chapter 6: Early Childhood: Psychosocial
6        10/11    Middle Childhood         Chapter 7: Middle Childhood: Body and Mind           AA 3 & Culture
                                                                                                Presentation (CP) 1
                                           Chapter 8: Middle Childhood: Psychosocial
7        10/18    Adolescence              Chapter 9: Adolescence: Body and Mind                AA 4 & CP 2
                                           Chapter 10: Adolescence: Psychosocial
8        10/25    Demonstrated                                                                  EXAM 2
                  Learning Opportunity
9        11/1     Emerging Adulthood       Chapter 11: Emerging Adulthood
                  Adulthood                Chapter 12: Adulthood: Body and Mind
                                           Chapter 13: Adulthood: Psychosocial
10       11/8     Late Adulthood           Chapter 14 & 15: Late Adulthood: Body and            AA 5 & CP 3
                  Death and Dying          Epilogue: Death and Dying

11       11/15    Demonstrated                                                                  EXAM 3
                  Learning Opportunity

 NOTICE: This syllabus sets forth a tentative schedule of class topics, learning activities, and expected learning
outcomes. However, the instructor reserves the right to modify this schedule to enhance learning for students. Any
modifications will not substantially change the intent or objectives of this course and will conform to the policies
and guidelines of Metropolitan Community College.

                                        2012 Fall Quarter Important Dates
Classes Begin ......................................................................................................................... Sept 4 Tu
Current Student (greater than 50 hours) Winter 2012 (12/WI) Registration begins ............... Sept 12 W
***Census Date/Tenth Day* .................................................................................................. Sept 17 M
Current Student (less than 50 hours) Winter 2012 (12/WI) Registration begins .................... Sept 19 W
General Winter 2012 (12/WI) Registration begins .................................................................Sept 26 W
Summer Quarter Term Incomplete “I” Grades Due ................................................................. Nov 5 M
Classes end ............................................................................................................................. Nov 19 M
Fall grades due and posted by 11:59 p.m. ................................................................................ Nov 21W
Student Withdrawal Deadline to “drop” a class without receiving a grade ............... Varies by Class**
Student Withdrawal Deadline to “drop” a class with a refund varies **.......... See Refund Policy****
Fall grades due and posted by 11:59 p.m. ................................................................................ Nov 21W
Thanksgiving Day Recess/College closed .................................................................. Nov 22-25 Th-Su

* Tenth Day is the date on which your enrollment level is checked.
**To view the last day to withdraw “drop” a class to prevent receiving a grade, go to the class schedule
found on line at . Then, find the course section and
click on the Important Dates link on the same line as the course title. Dates for each course section are
automatically calculated based on the start and end dates and the number of sessions for a course. A
student must withdraw by this date to avoid an “F” grade.

Note: Schedule changes may have implications for students on Financial Aid. Check with the
Financial Aid Office prior to any schedule changes at 402-457-2330. The Census Date*** is the date
on which Financial Aid Student’s enrollment is checked to determine the type and amount of authorized
funds for the quarter. Payment is based on enrollment as of that date.

                                    ****REFUND POLICY for Credit Courses
A student is responsible for withdrawing “dropping” from a course(s) if unable to attend. Non-
attendance or non-payment does not relieve a student from the obligation to pay. To withdraw “drop”
from a course, log into WebAdvisor, soon to be named “My Services”,
and click “Register and Drop Sections”.

An official schedule change that reduces or terminates a student’s academic credit load may entitle the
student to a refund. The eligibility and amount of a refund is automatically calculated by the date of the

A student may see the refund percentage received through midnight of the same day by logging into
WebAdvisor, soon to be named “My Services”, and clicking on the Tuition Refund Calculator/Modeler.

A link to the Student Information Calendar is available once logged in on WebAdvisor, soon to be
named “My Services”.

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