Syllabus for PSY-211
The study of the life span, the subject of Developmental Psychology intrigues us all. Each of us, and everyone we care about, is constantly developing. We see development in childhood more readily because rapid changes take place in physical size, knowledge, and social interactions. Heightened public awareness of the problems of aging in our contemporary society has led to new information on the processes of growth and change taking place in middle and late adulthood as well. This course includes both scientific discoveries and personal insights.
After completing this course, you should be able to:
CO1 Describe the life span as an ongoing developmental process, or set of processes, involving
both continuity and change, by giving examples from the literature, including physical, social,
cognitive, and personality development.
CO2 Analyze different developmental events from the perspectives of the four major theories of
development—cognitive, learning, psychoanalytic, and humanistic—and recognize those
theories when used by others to analyze events.
CO3 Explain how research contributes to the understanding of development.
CO4 Identify important developmental concepts and apply these concepts in various situations.
CO5 Formulate relevant questions about developmental processes and events and use
standardized techniques for gathering objective answers to these questions.
You will need the following materials to do the work of the course. The required textbook is available from the University's textbook supplier, MBS Direct.
Accessible at: https://www.myvirtualchild.com/landing
Note about My Virtual Child
My Virtual Child is an interactive website designed to be utilized alongside the curriculum of a typical developmental or life-span psychology course. The main goal is to provide a means for you to integrate coursework with practical “experiences” in raising a virtual child through adolescence.
Go to www.myvirtualchild.com to purchase your access code and create an account. Throughout the course, you will be required to raise your virtual child to different ages and respond to questions about your child’s progress. Check out the My Virtual Child—Help Document for more information.
Developmental Psychology is a three-credit, online course, consisting of eight modules. Modules include study materials and activities.
For your formal work in the course, you are required to participate in online discussion forums, complete written assignments, take 17 chapter quizzes, submit a final project, and take two proctored examinations—a midterm and a final. See below for more details.
Consult the Course Calendar for due dates.
In addition to posting an introduction to the class in Module 1, you are required to participate in four graded online class discussions.
Communication with your mentor and among fellow students is a critical component of online learning. Participation in online class discussions involves two distinct activities: an initial response to a discussion question and at least two subsequent comments on classmates' responses. Meaningful participation is relevant to the content, adds value, and advances the discussion. Comments such as "I agree" and "ditto" are not considered value-adding participation. Therefore, when you agree or disagree with a classmate or your mentor, state and support your position. Remember, these are discussions. Responses and comments should be properly proofread and edited, mature, and respectful.
You are required to complete four written assignments. The written assignments are on a variety of topics associated with the course modules.
Your answers to each question should be in the range of 500 to 700 words, or the equivalent of 2 to 3 typed, double-spaced pages in Times New Roman, font-size 12. Make sure to answer each question completely and check for accurate spelling, punctuation, and grammar. Make sure that all sentences are complete and that your paragraphs are appropriate.
You are required to take 17 quizzes, one per chapter. You may use any materials that you wish in taking the quizzes, and there is no time limit for taking each quiz.
Students find that quiz-taking is a beneficial way to prepare for examinations. Therefore, you will be able to take each quiz an unlimited number of times, and the gradebook will record your most recent score. This arrangement will allow you to go back and reread portions of the text that you need to review and then take the quiz again for further practice.
You will be working on a final project throughout this course that consists of nine journal entries. For the final project, you will create an account with Pearson’s My Virtual Child and raise your virtual child to the age of 18. At different stages of your child’s life, you will be asked to write and submit journal entries reflecting on your child’s development. You will submit one entry per week starting at the end of Week 2. Your journal entries will be returned to you with feedback from your mentor. This feedback will provide you with a great opportunity to revise and edit your entries. At the end of the course, you will submit your finalized collection of journal entries. Your final project is worth 20 percent of your final grade.
You are required to take two proctored, closed-book examinations online: a midterm and a final. The midterm covers content from Modules 1 through 4; the final covers content from Modules 5 through 8. Both exams consist of multiple-choice questions, are two hours in duration, and require that you use the University's Online Proctor Service (OPS). Please refer to the Examinations and Proctors section of the Online Student Handbook (see General Information area of the course website) for further information about scheduling and taking online exams and for all exam policies and procedures. You are strongly advised to schedule your exam within the first week of the semester.
Online exams are administered through the course website. Consult the Course Calendar for the official dates of exam weeks.
Exam Study Tools
For a list of key concepts that may appear on your exams, refer to the exam study guides/topic outlines available in the Examinations section of the course website.
Ungraded practice exams are available. They contain questions similar to those that you will see on the graded exams and should serve as an effective way to prepare. In the course website, click on a practice exam link to begin.
You are on your honor not to cheat during an exam. Cheating means:
Your grade in the course will be determined as follows:
To receive credit for the course, you must earn a letter grade of C or better (for an area of study course) or D or better (for a course not in your area of study), based on the weighted average of all assigned course work (e.g., exams, assignments, discussion postings).
To succeed in this course, take the following first steps:
Consider the following study tips for success:
If you copy phrases, sentences, paragraphs, or whole documents word-for-word—or if you paraphrase by changing a word here and there—without identifying the author, or without identifying it as a direct quote, then you are plagiarizing. Please keep in mind that this type of identification applies to Internet sources as well as to print-based sources. Copying and pasting from the Internet, without using quotation marks and without acknowledging sources, constitutes plagiarism. (For information about how to cite Internet sources, see Online Student Handbook > Academic Standards > Citing Sources.)
Examples of Unintentional Plagiarism
When to Quote and When to Paraphrase
Writing Assistance at Smarthinking
Originality Report Checking at Turnitin
Acts of both intentional and unintentional plagiarism violate the Academic Code of Conduct.
Possible sanctions include:
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