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Revision Date: 12-Jun-22
 

Fall 2022 | PSY-1050-VO08Y - 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: 11-01-2022 to 12-19-2022
Last day to drop without a grade: 11-10-2022 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 11-29-2022 - Refund Policy
Open Seats/Section Limit: 8/17 (as of 08-12-22 7:05 AM)

Faculty

Erin Valentine
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Hiring Coordinator for this course: Kate Hughes

Browse the Canvas Site for this class.

General Education Requirements


This section meets the following VSC General Education Requirement(s) for Catalog Year 21-22 and later:
Social Sciences
    Note
  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 no cost textbook or resource class ***

This course only uses free Open Educational Resources (OER) and/or library materials. Browse the Canvas Site for this class.


Methods

Teaching methods include:
Reading from the textbook: Lifespan Development: A Psychological Perspective 2nd Edition
Other assigned readings, presentations, and videos
Whole-class online discussions


Evaluation Criteria

Students are evaluated in the following ways:

  • weekly through whole-class discussion forum posts,
  • once via a reflection paper
  • once via a structured online exam
  • once via a presentation

Over the course of the semester students are evaluated using on a 100-point scale. Students gain points by fully participating in class activities and completing assignments. The point breakdown for the four course evaluation methods is as follows:

48 points – whole-class discussion posts
8 point – reflection paper
24 points – final course presentation
20 points – final exam


Grading Criteria

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

 HighLow
A+10098
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 
P10060
NPLess than 600


Weekly Schedule


Week/ModuleTopic  Readings  Assignments
 

1

November 1 - 7

Introduction to Human Growth and Development and Theories of Development

  

Read all important course document found in the Welcome module (i.e. anything that says READ ME FIRST, SECOND, or THIRD) and explore the class website (i.e. click on links, resources, documents, etc.) become familiar with Canvas

Read Chapter 1: Introduction to Lifespan Development in the class textbook

Review the assigned PowerPoint presentation on Developmental Theories and Child Development

  

Post to the two graded discussion forums by Friday at midnight

Respond to at least two classmate/instructor questions/comments by Monday at midnight

 

2

November 8 - 14

The beginning of life: Prenatal Development to Toddlerhood

  

Read Chapter 2: Heredity, Prenatal Development, and Birth &Chapter 3: Infancy and Toddlerhood in the class text

View the assigned video

  

Post to the two graded discussion forums by Friday at midnight

Respond to at least two classmate/instructor questions/comments by Monday at midnight

 

3

November 15 - 21

Childhood: The Early to Late Childhood Years

  

Read Chapter 4: Early Childhood & Chapter 5: Middle and Late Childhood in the class text

View the assigned video

  

Post to the two graded discussion forums by Friday at midnight

Respond to at least two classmate/instructor questions/comments by Monday at midnight

 

4

November 22 -28

Adolescence: The Turning Point

  

Read Chapter 6: Adolescence in the class text

View the assigned video

  

Post to the one graded discussion forum by Friday at midnight

Submit the mid-term reflection paper for grading to the Assignment area entitled 'Week 4 Midterm Reflection Paper' by Monday at midnight

Respond to at least one classmate/instructor questions/comments by Monday at midnight

 

5

November 29 - December 5

Adulthood: Becoming and Being an Adult

  

Read Chapter 7: Emerging and Early Adulthood & Chapter 8: Middle Adulthood in the class text

View the assigned video

  

Post to the two graded discussion forums by Friday at midnight

Respond to at least two classmate/instructor questions/comments by Monday at midnight

 

6

December 6 - 12

Old age: Late adulthood and passing on

  

Read Chapter 9: Late Adulthood & Chapter 10: Death and Dying in the class text

View the assigned videos

Review the assigned PowerPoint

  

Post to the two graded discussion forums by Friday at midnight

Respond to at least two classmate/instructor questions/comments by Monday at midnight

*The final exam is available for you to take at the beginning of the week

 

7

December 13 - 19

Full Circle: Reflecting and Learning From Each Other

  

Read all of your classmates’ final presentations

  

Submit your final presentation to the discussion forum entitled 'Course Presentations' by Tuesday at midnight (the beginning of the week)

Submit your final presentation to the instructor for grading in the Assignment area entitled 'Final Course Presentation' by Tuesday at midnight (the beginning of the week)

Post to the final graded discussion forum by Friday at midnight

Respond to at least two classmate/instructor questions/comments by Monday at midnight

Complete the Final Exam by Monday at midnight

Complete CCV Course Final Evaluation by Monday at midnight

 

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

Participation is a key components of this course; in fact, this course is dependent upon student participation and collaboration. In order to participate in this course, students must be present in the discussion forums. Each student is expected to contribute actively on a weekly basis. If a student is not present in at least one of the discussion forums during the class week (Tuesday-Monday) they will be considered absent for that week. Posting to a forum after the week is over will not change this absence. Additionally, and to emphasize the importance of weekly class participation, original posts submitted after the stated deadlines receive a grade of 0, regardless of the quality of the post.

These participation guidelines are in place to help facilitate discussion, shared learning, and cohesiveness in the course. If a student anticipates being unable to participate in a weekly discussion forum, the student must discuss his/her absence with the instructor as soon as possible in order to determine if an extension can be granted. Extensions are never granted after the deadline to post has passed (i.e. don’t wait until after deadline has passed to let the instructor know why you were absent). Arrangements can often be made to address absences in the forums if students are proactive about contacting the instructor as soon as possible before the end of the weekly discussions.



Missing & Late Work Policy

Discussions forum posts are not accepted late. Original posts are due by the end of the day Friday as specified in the course calendar and weekly schedule. Original posts submitted after the due date/time will not be graded and will receive a grade of 0. All discussion forum comments are due by the end of the day Sunday as specified in the course calendar and weekly schedule. Late comments will not be counted toward the weekly discussion forum grade. A late comment will mean an automatic half-point deduction from the discussion forum grade.

The mid-term reflection paper is due around the mid-point in the semester as specified in the course calendar and weekly schedule. If the reflection paper is not submitted on time a grade of 0 will be given. There is no make-up for this assignment.

The final exam is open to students to be taken anytime in the final week of the semester as specified in the course calendar and weekly schedule. If it is not completed during that time a grade of 0 will be given. There is no make-up for a missed exam.

The final presentation is due by the end of the day on the last Tuesday of the semester (the first day of the last week of class) as specified in the course calendar and weekly schedule. If the presentation is not uploaded by the due date there will be 1-point deducted for each day or portion of day that the presentation is late, up until the end of the semester. Presentations will not be accepted for grading once the semester ends and a grade of 0 will be given. There is no make-up for this assignment if it is not submitted by the end of the semester.

Personal, family, and work emergencies that may affect a student’s ability to complete an assignment are always taken into consideration and a mutually agreed upon extension can be made in these circumstances. But, please note, an extension will never be granted after the due date for an assignment has passed. If a student believes they will not be able to make any assignment deadline they should contact the instructor as soon as possible so appropriate arrangements can be agreed upon. If a student contacts the instructor after the due date has passed, no extension will be granted.


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.