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1 Metropolitan Community College Class Syllabus – 2012 Fall CLASS IDENTIFICATION 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 CONTACT INFORMATION 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 EMAIL ADDRESS: firstname.lastname@example.org FACULTY WEB SITE: http://faculty.mccneb.edu/mbwalker2/ ACADEMIC AREA: Social Sciences COURSE INFORMATION 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. COURSE PREREQUISITES: None. COURSE OBJECTIVES: 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, et.al., 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. 2 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. REQUIRED & SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS: Title: Invitation to the Life Span Edition: 1st Author: Berger, Kathleen Stassen Publisher: Worth Publishers SOFTWARE/FILE SUBMISSION REQUIREMENTS: Metropolitan Community College uses Microsoft products as part of its standard software and encourages students to do the same. You may save word-processed documents for file attachments in Microsoft Word .doc or .docx format. If your software does not allow either of these, then save files in Rich Text Format (.rtf). CLASS STRUCTURE: 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. RESPONSE TIME: 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. 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. 3 Specific instructions and guidelines will be distributed in class. No late assignments will be accepted. 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. Note: 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 ASSESSMENT OF STUDENT LEARNING PROGRAM: 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 4 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. INSTRUCTOR’S EXPECTATIONS OF STUDENTS 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 http://webadvisor.mccneb.edu 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 syllabus. 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 (email@example.com). 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 5 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 expected. 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 own. 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 class. 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 6 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 points. 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 (http://www.mccneb.edu/catalog/studentinformation.asp), 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 pressing. 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 7 may lose participation points. Persistent tardiness on the part of a few students may result in no class breaks for the entire class. RECORDING IN THE CLASSROOM: 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. ACADEMIC HONESTY STATEMENT: 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 http://www.mccneb.edu/library 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 http://www.mccneb.edu/procedures/V-4_Student_Conduct_and_Discipline.pdf LEARNING SUPPORT 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 http://www.mccneb.edu/arc/. ACCOMMODATIONS FOR STUDENTS WITH DISABILITIES: 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 http://www.mccneb.edu/dss/ and/or contact Student Services. TECHNOLOGY SUPPORT For assistance with student email, passwords, and most other MCC technology, contact the Help Desk at 457-2900 or firstname.lastname@example.org. TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES: 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: http://www.mccneb.edu/procedures/X- 15_Technology_Resources_Use.pdf. 8 SCHEDULE OF ASSIGNMENTS Week Date Topic Chapter DUE 1 9/6 Introductions & Syllabus Review Defining Chapter 1: The Science of Development Development 2 9/13 Foundations of Chapter 1: The Science of Development AA 1 understanding development 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 Development 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 Development 6 10/11 Middle Childhood Chapter 7: Middle Childhood: Body and Mind AA 3 & Culture Presentation (CP) 1 Chapter 8: Middle Childhood: Psychosocial Development 7 10/18 Adolescence Chapter 9: Adolescence: Body and Mind AA 4 & CP 2 Chapter 10: Adolescence: Psychosocial Development 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 Development 10 11/8 Late Adulthood Chapter 14 & 15: Late Adulthood: Body and AA 5 & CP 3 Mind/Psychosocial 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. 9 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 http://www.mccneb.edu/schedule/classschedule.asp . 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”, https://webadvisor.mccneb.edu 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 withdrawal. 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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