This course will be an introductory look at the psychological development of human beings across the life span. Focus of this course is on the major domains of development, including the (1) Physical, (2) Cognitive, and (3) Psychological/Emotional domains. The emphasis will be upon the latter two domains, with less attention given to the physical aspects of development, maturity, and aging. The course will also give more weight to the "outcomes" of development, being less concerned with the detailed steps of the developmental process. Course material will essentially follow the outline of your textbook, but additional material may be presented from time to time. Thus, keeping up with the readings (about one chapter per week, sometimes more) AND class attendance will be important for success. Study material is available on Blackboard.
Grades will be based primarily upon four tests, given each week – starting with week 2. Chapters to be covered will be clearly stated, and the type of test will also be made known in advance, though most likely multiple choice, short answer, objective questions will make up the bulk of test items. Each exam is worth 150 points. Exams open on Monday and close on Thursday. Missed exams cannot be made up.
All exams will be web based, which means that you will take the exam on the net. On the scheduled date, the exam will be posted for a period of time during which you may log on and take the exam. You may not log on before or after the specified time. Once you log on you have 60 minutes (~1 minute per question) to take the exam. Questions will appear one at a time and you cannot backtrack. Please do not try to backtrack or print the questions. The exam is designed to lock up if you do those things. If you go over the allotted time, one point will be deducted from the exam grade for each minute that you are over the allotted time for the first 5 minutes. Five points per minute for the next five minutes will be deducted and then 15 points per minute after that point. Additional instructions may be posted before the exam date.
A fifth grade, 100 points, will be awarded based upon completion of a paper. The paper will be 5-7 typewritten, double-spaced pages addressing a major topic or issue in developmental psychology, as it applies to you, or someone you know. The paper will be due July 27th. Because the Department of Psychology at MSU emphasizes the importance of written work, these papers will be read critically. Please allow yourself enough time to review and perhaps re-draft the paper before turning it in. That is, you must write well to do well. Title page, abstract and bibliography do not count in the page total. (12 point Times New Roman font – 1” margins). This paper will be submitted through WebCT and should be written in first or third person. Late work will not be graded.
A sixth grade of 200 points will be awarded based upon completion of four journal article reviews (50 points each). I will provide the journal articles via WebCT. Reviews will be at least three pages in length not counting name and bibliographic information. Articles will be turned in using WebCT. 1 inch margins, double spaced, 12 point Arial font. Due dates are listed in WebCT in the assignments folder. These are due on Mondays starting 7/9. Late work will not be graded.
The last part of your grade is on the discussion board. Each discussion question is worth 20 points. Late responses, for any reason, do not count.
900 - 1000 A
800 - 899 B
700 - 799 C
600 - 699 D
< 600 F
All papers will be turned in electronically using WebCT
Late work is not accepted
This is an Internet course. Your discussion board entries, exams, journal reviews and paper are open for more than one day. Missed work is just like an unexcused absence. Get it done early. Late work will not be graded and missed exams cannot be made up.
Given the nature, scope, and intensity of this course, it is essential that each student keep up. It is the responsibility of each student to seek assistance when needed.
Academic Dishonesty: Please do not cheat or plagiarize. The MSU policy on cheating and plagiarism is in 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!!!
Test 1 – Chapters 1 – 5
Test 2 - Chapters 6 – 9
Test 3 – Chapters 10 – 12
Test 4 – Chapters 13 - 16