· Explain the 3 domains of development and the meaning of a “lifespan: perspective.
· Demonstrate knowledge of the major theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology.
· Explain the basic methods of research in developmental psychology.
· Describe the typical characteristics of individuals across the lifespan.
· Understand the normal variation across individuals at each point in the lifespan.
· Apply developmental principles to situations associated with counseling.
Course requirements: Two exams (first exam is proctored). Both exams will be available for two weeks. Six “issues” studies and a journal. The issue studies are in the green textbook and the journal entries are in the main textbook.
Exams will be multiple choice, short answer and/or essay questions over the assigned material. I use one proctored exam in each class because I sit in my Face-to-Face classes when tests are taken which means they are proctored – these courses should not be any different. I also want to make sure that the person registered for the class is the person doing the work. I also do a statistical comparison between the proctored and non-proctored exams.
Discussions – I will post weekly discussion topics. You will need to post two original postings and reply to at least three of your fellow classmates’ original postings (you may post more frequently and I hope that you do). This is usually a student moderated board – I tend to just read and “observe”. Two simple rules – be polite and no late postings are accepted – period. I will not tolerate poor behavior and since the questions are posted well in advance – there is simply no reason for not posting. Again, this is like attendance – it doesn’t matter why you miss class – it is still a missed class – discussions are the same thing.
Journal – this is a reflective exercise. The questions are at the end of each chapter. Each question should be answered with a minimum of 250 words. There really is no right or wrong answers, so the majority of your grade will be on word count. Only you and I see these journals. If I think you are way off base, I will let you know and allow you one resubmission. These will be turned in as you finish a chapter. I am looking at 3 chapters a week for a turn in requirement.
Issue Studies – again these are at the end of the segments – you can pick one from each unit except unit 1. You will need to completely answer the challenge questions associated with the pair of arguments. Due dates are posted.
Method of determining course grade:
900-1000 points – A
800 – 899 points – B
700 – 799 points – C
600 – 699 points – D
<600 points – F
Discussions – 90 points (18 points each)
2 Exams – 400 points (200 points each)
15 Journals – 150 (10 points each)
6 Issue studies – 360 points (60 points each)
All assignments and discussion are turned in via the WebCT portal. Student is responsible for their computer and ISP.
Attendance is monitored by discussion postings.
You must attend one of the four schedule orientations. You will be given an Instructor drop of "WF" if you fail to attend one of these sessions. This course is intended for students in the Health Sciences.
Academic Dishonesty: Please do not cheat or plagiarize. The MSU policy on cheating and plagiarism is on page 71 of the MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar (Code of Student Conduct, Item 11) and I encourage you to review it. Additional information regarding the Academic Dishonesty policy is available from the Dean of Students office, in Clark Student Center. Cheating or engaging in plagiarism will result in a grade of zero (0) and/or a letter grade of “F” for the course!!!!!!! If you find yourself even thinking about cheating on an exam or copying someone else’s work, please talk to me instead of doing it!!!
Dropping the course: Please let me know if you plan on dropping the course. Often times, a student will decide to drop a course based upon their own perception of their progress. If I notice a student dropping back, I will do everything possible to bring that student up to speed. Let me help you make the decision to drop. This course is laid out so that a good portion of the grading will be completed prior to the drop date. I will have a section in the “my grades” that will indicate your progress to date to help you in your decision-making process.
Distance education Drops: Students who do NOT live locally and are only enrolled in distance education courses may complete an online drop slip by going to the Registrar webpage (http://registrar.mwsu.edu) and clicking on "Course Drop Petition - Distance Ed. Only." After completing the information, they click Submit and it sends an e-mail notification to the Registrar's Office. We confirm approvals of the adviser, instructor and Financial Aid and then process the drop. If a student is dropping all classes, this is considered a withdrawal and the student must contact the Dean of Students Office instead of completing the online drop slip. This information should appear on all syllabi of distance education courses.
Americans with Disabilities Act: Midwestern State University does not discriminate on the basis of an individual's disability and complies with Section 504 and Public Law 101-336 (Americans with Disabilities Act) in its admissions, accessibility, treatment and employment of individuals in its programs and activities. A copy of the ADA Compliance Document is available online at http://students.mwsu.edu/disability/faq.asp. It is the responsibility of the student to inform the instructor of any disabling condition that will require modifications.