dpsy121
Metropolitan Community College Psychology Rules!
IMPORTANT DATES:

Date class begins: September 5, 2001
Date class ends: Monday, November 19, 2001
Last date to drop class: Monday, October 29, 2001


SECTION I:  THE CLASS AND THE INSTRUCTOR

COURSE SECTION AND TITLE: Psychology 121, 4A
Human Growth and Development
INSTRUCTOR’S NAME: H. Lynn Bradman
CLASS LOCATION: Fort Omaha Campus, Building 10, Room 237
METHODS OF CONTACTING INSTRUCTOR: e-mail hbradman@metropo.mccneb.edu
Phone 457-2612
Home Phone 493-2732

METRO OFFICE LOCATION: Fort Omaha Campus, Building 5,
Room 212
METRO OFFICE HOURS: Monday and Wednesday 9:00 - 9:55 AM
Tuesday and Thursday 12:00 –1:55
Additional hours announced in class
Virtual Office Hours MTWTHF via e-mail

METRO OFFICE TELEPHONE NUMBER: 457-2612

Class Web Page:  http://www.quia.com/pages/dpsy121.html



SECTION II:  THE COURSE

COURSE DESCRIPTION:

Students will study the stages of the human life span, including prenatal, infancy, toddler-hood, middle childhood, adolescence, and adulthood.  With each stage of the life span, cognitive, language, emotional/social, personality, and physical development are examined.  In addition, the student will be exposed to the procedures used in conducting research about human development.
 
COURSE PREREQUISITES:

Reading assessment: college level skills strongly recommended

COURSE OBJECTIVES:

Upon successful completion of this course, a 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 four major
theories of development: cognitive, learning, psychoanalytic, and humanistic, and recognize those theories when used by others to analyze an event.

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, Piajet, Kohlberg, and others regarding their main focus: skills needed for progression from stage to stage; indicators or 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 old age and related issues for the adult years from physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects.

8. Compare developmental issues and social issues in a variety of social settings.


REQUIRED/SUPPLEMENTAL MATERIALS:

Title:  The Developing Person Through the Life Span

Edition:  Latest

Author:  K. S. Berger

Publisher: Worth Publishing

Supplemental Materials:  As distributed by the instructor


SECTION III, PART A:  INSTRUCTOR RESPONSIBILITIES

METHODS OF INSTRUCTION: 

This course will be presented using a combination of lecture, discussion, and group activities. Outside reading and other information gathering activities may be assigned. Films and other multi-media techniques may be employed to enhance the learning experience.

METHODS OF ASSESSING STUDENT PROGRESS:

Students will demonstrate their mastery of the course material through written work, oral presentation, open book quizzes, take home quizzes, and class discussion.

SELECTED TESTING/ASSESSMENT METHODS:

Final grades will be determined based upon attendance and classroom behavior, class participation, timely completion of concept and reaction papers, class participation, and creating a term paper, poster, or PowerPoint presentation for oral report on one of the last three class sessions. There will be additional handouts with instructions for this project.


MAKE-UP TEST PROCEDURES:

There are no formal tests for this class.  However, there may be pop quizzes.  These may not be made-up if missed.

LATE ASSIGNMENTS:

Points may be deducted from assignments and exercises that are not turned in on time. 

You select the grade you wish to earn _____________________

Signature ______________________ date__________________

Additional Instructions:

· Obtain a three ring notebook
· Keep your reaction and concept papers in two sections
· Make a third section for research materials that you find for your paper or poster
· Have this with you every day, I will look at times several times during the semester
· Make a copy of a this page for your records and keep it in your notebook
· Keep your syllabus in your notebook
· PUT YOUR NAME ON YOUR NOTEBOOK and ALL WORK!


MAINTENANCE OF STUDENT RECORDS:

The instructor will retain a permanent record of each student’s grade for one year from the last date of the course.

SECTION III, PART B:  STUDENT RESPONSIBILITIES

COURSE REQUIREMENTS:
Students are expected to read and study assigned materials. In addition students should take class notes in a manner that allows for listening to lecture and participating in discussion. Students are expected to achieve high levels of understanding of the material presented in this course. Your instructor and fellow students will accomplish this through class discussion and critical evaluation of class work, participation and written assignments.

ATTENDANCE STATEMENT:

You are expected to attend all class meetings. Please exchange phone numbers with another student and make arrangements to obtain class notes in advance if they are going to be absent. This class meets once a twice so every absence means that you have missed @ 5% of class time. The instructor may drop students missing 3 or more consecutive class periods. Please be present and on time. If you are absent, make arrangements with a fellow student to obtain copies of notes and handouts from the class period that you missed.

Get the names and phone numbers of some students in class today!

Name___________________________Phone_______________________________

Name___________________________Phone_______________________________

Name___________________________Phone_______________________________

Name___________________________Phone_______________________________


STUDENT WITHDRAWAL:

If you cannot complete this course, you should officially withdraw by calling Central Registration, 457-5231. Failure to officially withdraw will result in either an instructor withdrawal (IW) or failing (F) grade. The last date to drop is identified on the attached schedule.

ACADEMIC HONESTY STATEMENT:

The College imposes specific disciplinary actions in response to incidents of academic misconduct (cheating, plagiarism, etc.). These actions may include: admonition, failing grade, failure of course, disciplinary probation, suspension and dismissal. A copy of the current disciplinary procedure is available in each campus Student Services center.

TECHNOLOGY RESOURCES:

As you pursue your educational objectives, you may be required to use computer information technology resources at metropolitan Community College.  Use of these resources is a privilege and carries with it a responsibility to respect the rights of others, the integrity of facilities, and to follow Student Conduct Guidelines and College Policies.


INFORMATION SOURCES:
Refer students to both the College catalog and student handbook as sources of general College information such as parking, children on campus, identification cards, etc.
At home students may request catalog and student handbook by calling the Office of Enrollment Management, 402-457-2418 or 800-228-9553.


DIVISION IDENTIFICATION:
Office of the Associate Dean of Curriculum Design, Elk Horn Campus, 289-1306. Contact this office with any questions or problems that the instructor is not able to resolve for you.

COURSE ASSIGMENTS

Your weekly assignments will be posted on the class web page. There will be a handout in class the during week 2.


Additional Instructions: Be on time and ready to start each time we meet. Here are the instructions on reaction papers, concept papers, and term papers/posters, Reaction Papers are three paragraph documents in which you write about your personal reaction to something we discussed in class.Concept Papers are two to three paragraph essays in which you explain a concept we have covered in class. For example: pregnancy and birth, teratogens, Piaget’s or Erikson’s stage models, the three domains, autism, learning disabilities, ADHD, etc.Term Papers or Posters are completed as your final project for this class.  A term paper is five pages, double-spaced, that covers a topic of your choice and is relevant to our course content.  You must use at least three outside resources for this paper in addition to your text, and they must be properly cited.  You must have a reference section and it must be constructed properly as per APA format.A poster or PowerPoint is like term paper in a more graphic form.  You will construct it to be no larger than 24X36 inches or using PowerPoint.  You may use any pictures, art, or lettering you wish.  It must present a topic we have talked about in this course.  You must have two outside resources for the poster in addition to your text, and hand in a reference page with your work in APA format.Term Papers, Posters and PowerPoints will be presented orally to the class during the last three class sessions of the term.All written work must be word processed or typed

SECTION V:  IMPORTANT DATES:   See handout

SECTION VI: CLASSROOM DECORUM AND ETHICS


· The following expectations constitute the
Code of Professional Decorum governing conduct
in my classes.

· These expectations are essential to my
goal of providing students with a quality education in an environment conducive to learning.

The Instructor and Students shall:
Be respectful of the learning environment
Be respectful of all individuals in class
Have and display professional integrity
The Instructor and Students shall:  

Be punctual: Arrive to class and return from breaks on-time

Keep beepers and cellular phones off during class

Avoid disruptive conduct (i.e., any behavior that interferes with class functions)

The Instructor and Students Shall:  

Be Respectful of All Individuals in Class

Appropriately participate in classroom discussions and activities

Allow equal opportunity for all class members to participate

Have respect for the opinions of others by voicing disagreements in a professional manner.

The Instructor and Students Shall:

Have a professional commitment to learning

Complete assignments on time

Make personal efforts to get assistance from fellow classmates or faculty to facilitate learning

Strive for perfect class attendance

Shall Have Professional Integrity

Engage in academic honesty

If absent from class, take personal responsibility for missed content.
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