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Essential Objectives

Course Syllabus

Revision Date: 04-Jun-24

Fall 2024 | PSY-1050-VO05 - Human Growth & Development

Online Class

Online courses take place 100% online via Canvas, without required in-person or Zoom meetings.

Location: Online
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 09-03-2024 to 12-16-2024
Last day to drop without a grade: 09-16-2024 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-04-2024 - Refund Policy
Open Seats: 15 (as of 07-13-24 2:05 PM)
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Melissa Evans
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kate Hughes

General Education Requirements

This section meets the following CCV General Education Requirement(s) for the current catalog year:
VSCS Social Sciences
  1. Many degree programs have specific general education recommendations. In order to avoid taking unnecessary classes, please consult with additional resources like your program evaluation, your academic program catalog year page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description

This course is a survey of human growth and development throughout the life cycle including physical, cognitive, linguistic, ethical, and psychosocial dimensions.

Essential Objectives

1. Compare and contrast two major theories of developmental psychology.
2. Identify and discuss issues in human growth and development arising from differences in gender, race, and socioeconomic status.
3. Select one theory and discuss the major aspects of each stage of growth according to physical, cognitive, language, and social dimensions.
4. Explain how both environmental and genetic factors influence growth and development.
5. Apply the main concepts and principles of one developmental theory to the development of an individual.
6. Describe the process of empirical and ethical research (both cross-sectional and longitudinal) as it is commonly practiced and applied in the field of developmental psychology, including how that research informs contemporary issues.
7. Distinguish between fact and opinion, recognize unstated assumptions, and evaluate arguments according to the quality of supporting evidence in the literature.

Required Technology

More information on general computer and internet recommendations is available on the CCV IT Support page. https://support.ccv.edu/general/computer-recommendations/

Please see CCV's Digital Equity Statement (pg. 45) to learn more about CCV's commitment to supporting all students access the technology they need to successfully finish their courses.

Required Textbooks and Resources

*** This is a low cost ($50 or less) textbook or resource class. ***

PSY-1050-VO05 Link to Textbooks/Resources Information for this course in eCampus.

The last day to use a Financial Aid Advance to purchase textbooks/books is the 3rd Tuesday of the semester. See your financial aid counselor at your academic center if you have any questions.

Evaluation Criteria

· Discussions: 15 @10points each equals 150 points

· Research Paper equals 50 points

· Virtual Child: 9@20 points each equals 180 points

· Quizzes: 11@20 points each equals 220 points

· Study points: 12@5 points each equals 60 points

· Class Points Total=660

Grading Criteria

CCV Letter Grades as outlined in the Evaluation System Policy are assigned according to the following chart:

A Less than 9893
A-Less than 9390
B+Less than 9088
B Less than 8883
B-Less than 8380
C+Less than 8078
C Less than 7873
C-Less than 7370
D+Less than 7068
D Less than 6863
D-Less than 6360
FLess than 60 
NPLess than 600

Weekly Schedule

Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments


Introduction to the course


Succeeding with Waymaker





Introductions to Lifespan Development


Introductions to Lifespan Development


Quiz 1/Discussion



Theories in Lifespan Development


Theories in Lifespan Development


Quiz 2 /Discussion



Prenatal Development


Prenatal Development


Quiz 3/Virtual Child/Discussion







Quiz 4/Discussion



Early Childhood


Early Childhood


Quiz 5/Virtual Child/Discussion



Middle Childhood


Middle Childhood


Quiz 6/Virtual Child/Discussion







Quiz 7/Discussions/Virtual Child



Early Adulthood


Early Adulthood


Virtual Child/Quiz 8/Discussion



Middle Adulthood


Middle Adulthood


Quiz 9/Virtual Child/Discussion



Research Paper Due


Research Paper Due/Discussion



Late Adulthood


Late Adulthood


Virtual Child/Discussion/Quiz 10



Death and Dying


Death and Dying


Discussion/Quiz 11/Virtual Child



Virtual Child/Discussion


No required readings this week.


Virtual Child/Discussion



Final discussions and farewells


Final discussions and farewells


Attendance Policy

Regular attendance and participation in classes are essential for success in and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. A student's failure to meet attendance requirements as specified in course descriptions will normally result in a non-satisfactory grade.

  • In general, missing more than 20% of a course due to absences, lateness or early departures may jeopardize a student's ability to earn a satisfactory final grade.
  • Attending an on-ground or synchronous course means a student appeared in the live classroom for at least a meaningful portion of a given class meeting. Attending an online course means a student posted a discussion forum response, completed a quiz or attempted some other academically required activity. Simply viewing a course item or module does not count as attendance.
  • Meeting the minimum attendance requirement for a course does not mean a student has satisfied the academic requirements for participation, which require students to go above and beyond simply attending a portion of the class. Faculty members will individually determine what constitutes participation in each course they teach and explain in their course descriptions how participation factors into a student's final grade.

Participation Expectations

The Discussion forum is a very significant component of online work. It is the heart of online learning. As such, you should carefully review the following requirements in order to do well in this component this semester.

During the7 days (Tuesday to Monday midnight) that you have to participate on the discussion board, the grade you receive will be based on your active participation and completion of all aspects of the discussion forum question(s) posed by the instructor. Specifics regarding this weekly assignment are as follows;

• Post your response to the discussion question posed by your instructor no later than Thursday at 11:59pm of that discussion week. Any first postings that are later then Thursday will be given an automatic 0.

• Pose a question to the class that relates directly to the topic being covered that week.

• Respond toa minimum of two other students' postings by Saturday at 11:59pm.

• Respond to any follow-up questions the instructor poses directly to you by Sunday at 11:59pm.

• Important: With a view toward creating a stimulating dialogue between students throughout the week, you will be required to post your responses on two different days of the week with your initial post being posted before midnight Thursday.

Missing & Late Work Policy

Late Work

All work must be submitted by the posted deadline. To receive credit for late work prior arrangements must be made with the instructor. Please note, even if an extension is granted, expect your work to drop at least a letter grade as the penalty for late submission.

Attendance Policy:

Attendance at classes are essential components of a student's success in college and are completion requirements for courses at CCV. Please be aware that missing more than three classes will result in a non-satisfactory grade. For this online course it means not being present on the Discussion Board for that week.

Accessibility Services for Students with Disabilities:

CCV strives to mitigate barriers to course access for students with documented disabilities. To request accommodations, please
  1. Provide disability documentation to the Accessibility Coordinator at your academic center. https://ccv.edu/discover-resources/students-with-disabilities/
  2. Request an appointment to meet with accessibility coordinator to discuss your request and create an accommodation plan.
  3. Once created, students will share the accommodation plan with faculty. Please note, faculty cannot make disability accommodations outside of this process.

Academic Integrity

CCV has a commitment to honesty and excellence in academic work and expects the same from all students. Academic dishonesty, or cheating, can occur whenever you present -as your own work- something that you did not do. You can also be guilty of cheating if you help someone else cheat. Being unaware of what constitutes academic dishonesty (such as knowing what plagiarism is) does not absolve a student of the responsibility to be honest in his/her academic work. Academic dishonesty is taken very seriously and may lead to dismissal from the College.