Developmental Psychology

Course Details

Course Number: 3233  Section Number: 201

Spring 2013

Location: Prothro-Yeager Hall

Classroom Number: 101

Course Attachments

Syllabus Spring 2013  Syllabus Spring 2013-20130110-001216.pdf

Final Exam Jeopardy Review  Jeopardy Final-20130430-200704.pdf

Final Exam Review Jeopardy Bonus Questions  Jeopardy Bonus Questions-20130430-200316.docx


Essentials of Life-Span Development
Santrock, J.W. (2012)
  ISBN: 978-0-07-353207-3

MSU Faculty Member
Dana Hodges, M.A.   
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Course Objectives
  1. To obtain an understanding of human development across the lifespan from (a) biological, (b) cognitive, (c) and socio-emotional perspectives based on psychological theories
  2. To gain knowledge of how biological inheritance and various experiences influence developmental pathways

Course Expectations

Grades will be based on four exams, four journal entries, and one paper.

Exams: Each will be worth 100 points with 50 multiple choice questions. The instructor reserves the right to add short answer/essay questions to an exam, but students will receive notification days prior to the exam administration. Testable material includes all information from the textbook and lecture relevant to the chapters on the exam. There are sixteen chapters in the textbook that will be studied, so four chapters per exam. The fourth exam will include questions from throughout the entire course (i.e, comprehensive) and will be administered on the final class day (May 2nd).

Journals: These will be typed, double-spaced, 1-2 page entries submitted through email. A specific developmental topic will be assigned, and students will apply their knowledge of the topic through application, discussing either their own developmental experiences or those of relatives, friends, acquaintances, ect. Journals will be worth 25 points each and due by midnight on the same day as each exam.

Paper: Students will choose one specific psychological theory presented in the textbook in Chapter 1 on pages 15-22 and apply that theory to a particular person. The subject of the paper may be a personal relative/friend, a famous author, a politician, a movie/television/book character, a historical figure, a musician, etc. According to the theory you choose, you may have one developmental period of emphasis (e.g., Erikson’s identity vs. identity confusion stage). Students are expected to use the terminology of their chosen theory. The paper must include (but not limited to) a brief biographical sketch of your subject, an explanation of the chosen theory, and, most importantly and most lengthy section, an assessment of how the theory applies to your subject. This assessment portion of the paper may mention progression through specific developmental stages (if applicable to your theory), how genetics and environmental experiences affected development, and /or the cognitive, social, and emotional consequences of your subject’s development.

Mechanical requirements include:

  • APA format
  • 5-7 pages (NOT including Title page or Reference Page)
  • Double-spaced, 12-pt font, 1-inch margins
  • Reference Page with a minimum of three references
    • Scholarly articles, books, peer-reviewed publications ONLY
    • (NO WIKI!!!)

Papers are worth 200 points and will be graded critically. It is recommended that students begin identifying possible subjects and theories of interest early in the semester. Papers are due April 23rd submitted by midnight through email.

Grading Standards

A: 630-700 points

B: 560-629 points

C: 490-559 points

D: 420-489 points

F: below 419 points

Final Exam5/9/2013  10:30am

Submission Format PolicyNote: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Plagiarism Policy Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception. Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters. We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student. We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed. Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

Students with Disabilities The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, 397-4140.

Safe Zones Statement The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Students are allowed 3 unexcused absences. After 3 unexcused absences, each subsequent absence will result in a 30-point (approximately 1/2 letter-grade) deduction. Tardies are equivalent to one-half absence. Leaving class before dismissal is equivalent to one-half absence. It is the responsibility of the student to notify the professor if s/he enters the classroom after attendance has been taken, otherwise the student will be counted absent for that day. The student is responsible for keeping track of his/her own absences. Students will not receive any warning from the instructor if he/she exceeds the number of allowed absences.

Absences are considered excused only if the student provides the instructor with:

  1. A written excuse from a medical practitioner stating that the student (or student’s dependent child) was unable to attend class on the day(s) of the absence
  2. A written excuse from an official of Midwestern State University stating that the student was unable to attend class on the day(s) of the absence due to a mandatory university event
  3. Emergency absences may or may not be considered excused upon the discretion of the instructor. The student must contact the instructor as soon as possible in the event of an emergency absence. It is recommended that you also contact the Dean of Students.

Writing Proficiency Requirement All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed English 1113 and English 1123 and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.