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Revision Date: 27-Nov-18

PSY-1050-VR01 - Human Growth & Development

Synonym: 176067
Location: Rutland
Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Tuesday, 01:00P - 04:30P
Semester Dates: 05-21-2019 to 08-06-2019
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-10-2019 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-08-2019 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Mike Sauro | View Faculty Credentials
This course has started, please contact the offering academic center about registration
This section meets the following General Education Requirement(s):
Human Behavior
  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 page, and your academic advisor.
  2. Courses may only be used to meet one General Education Requirement.

Course Description:

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 class.
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 research (both cross-sectional and longitudinal) as it is commonly practiced by the developmental psychologist.
7. Distinguish between fact and opinion, recognize unstated assumptions, and evaluate arguments according to the quality of supporting evidence in the literature.

Additional Instructor Pre-Assignments/Notes/Comments:

All written work must be typewritten and submitted in the following format: 12-point font with one inch borders. If outside sources are cited, they must be formatted to either APA or MLA specifications.

While I will accept work printed out and handed directly to me, I would much prefer that assignments be entered in the appropriate assignment drop-boxes in Moodle. This provides an electronic time-stamp for students submitting work and for the instructor grading and returning work. It also prevents student work from being misplaced or lost by the instructor.

Typewritten work must be submitted with one of the following extensions: .doc or .docx (Microsoft Office), .rtf (rich-text format), .wps (Microsoft Wordperfect), .txt (Notepad or Wordpad), .odt (Apache Open Office), or PDF.

I will not accept work submitted in .pages (Mac), PNG or JPG formats. NOTE: .pages (Mac) can be saved and submitted as a PDF.

Please do not e-mail completed assignments to me. Please submit them in the appropriate assignment drop-box on Moodle.

Please submit assignments on time. Previous experiences with students who submit late assignments or who fail to submit assignments always negatively impacts their Final Grades, up to the point of failing the course. Staying current on assignments will result in a higher grade and a lot less stress at the end of the course. Treat yourself to a low-stress experience by staying current on assignments and examinations.


  • Readings
  • In-Class Team Activities
  • Six Out-of-Class Individual Assignments (found in the course space on Moodle)
  • Five Examinations (taken through Moodle)
  • "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Book Analysis

Evaluation Criteria:

Students will be evaluated utilizing the following methods:

  • Examinations (500 possible points): Five examinations, worth 100 points each, will correspond to units of instruction and will be taken through Moodle. Examinations are open book and consist of multiple choice items. Questions will reflect knowledge of facts and concepts, as well as application of facts and concepts.
  • Individual Out-of-Class Assignments (600 possible points): Each instructional unit will have an individual assignment, worth 100 points each, attached to it. Students are expected to complete the assignments by the designated date. For each day an assignment is late, the student will be penalized five (5) points, up to a maximum of 25 points (possibly earning a grade up to 75 points).
  • "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Analysis Paper (400 possible points): Students will read Maya Angelou's "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" and write an analysis of the author's early life from three developmental perspectives. Detailed instructions can be found on the course space in Moodle. 
  • In-Class Team Activities (500 possible points): After material is introduced for each instructional unit, students will be expected to participate in and complete in-class Team activities designed to increase comprehension of course material.

Grading Criteria:

A student's grade will be determined by dividing the total number of points earned by the total number of possible points (1800) and multiplying by 100. Letter grades will be assigned as follows (decimals are rounded to the nearest whole number): 

                                                            A         95% & above

                                                            A-        92-94%

                                                            B+       88-91%

                                                            B         85-87%

                                                            B-        82-84%

                                                            C+       78-81%

                                                            C         75-77%

                                                            C-        72-74%

                                                            D+       68-71%

                                                            D         65-67%

                                                            F          Below 65%



Summer 2019 textbook data will be available on April 1. On that date a link will be available below that will take you to eCampus, CCV's bookstore. The information provided there will be for this course only. Please see this page for more information regarding the purchase of textbooks.

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

Contact Faculty:

Email: Michael Sauro
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Pamela O'Connor

Attendance Policy:

Attendance: Attendance is expected and crucial to student success in this course. Attendance itself is not graded, but graded in-class activities and assignments constitute an important part of the course grade. Keeping a passing average on these is not possible without consistent attendance. Missing class, arriving late, or leaving early means earning an automatic zero (0) for the activities or assignments missed. No make-up opportunities will be available for missed in-class activities.


Week One (Introduction/History, Theories, & Methods)
  • Introduction of instructor & classmates
  • Review of course requirements & syllabus
  • Moodle exercises
  • Read Rathus, Chapter 1
  • Individual Assignment: History, Theories, & Methods
Weeks Two & Three (Unit 1: Prenatal Development & Birth)
  • Read Rathus, Chapters 2 & 3
  • Examination #1 (Chapters 1-3)
  • Unit 1 Individual Assignment: Prenatal Development & Birth
Weeks Four & Five (Unit 2: Infancy)
  • Read Rathus, Chapters 4 - 6
  • Examination #2 (Chapters 4-6)
  • Unit 2 Individual Assignment: Infancy
Weeks Six & Seven (Unit 3: Early & Middle Childhood)
  • Read Rathus, Chapters 7 - 10
  • Examination #3 (Chapters 7-10)
  • Unit 3 Individual Assignment: Early & Middle Childhood
Weeks Eight & Nine (Unit 4: Adolescence & Early Adulthood)
  • Read Rathus, Chapters 11 - 14
  • Examination #4 (Chapters 11-14)
  • Unit 4 Individual Assignment: Adolescence & Early Adulthood
Weeks Ten & Eleven (Unit 5: Middle & Late Adulthood/Death & Dying)
  • Read Rathus, Chapters 15 - 19
  • Unit 5 Individual Assignment: Middle & Late Adulthood/Death & Dying
  • "I Know Why the Caged Bird Sings" Analysis
Week Twelve (Examination #5)
  • Examination #5 (MUST BE SUBMITTED BY 11:55 PM on Sunday, August 11, 2019 to receive credit towards the final grade.)

Please note: In order to receive accommodations for disabilities in this course, students must make an appointment to see the Americans with Disabilities Coordinator in their site and bring documentation with them.

Academic Honesty: 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.

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