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Revision Date: 23-Apr-20

PSY-1050-VR01 - Human Growth & Development

Synonym: 185075

Location: Rutland - Meets Online

Credits: 3 (45 hours)
Day/Times: Meets online
Semester Dates: 05-26-2020 to 08-17-2020
Last day to drop without a grade: 06-11-2020 - Refund Policy
Last day to withdraw (W grade): 07-14-2020 - Refund Policy
Faculty: Patricia Cook | View Faculty Credentials
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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.

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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:

Welcome to Human Growth and Development

Instructor Welcome:


Most students find both they really like this class and that studying Human Development is relevant and applicable across a variety of majors and interests. Learning about how humans grow and change over time will help you understand yourself more and strengthen your understanding of ways you can positively influence your own life.

I'm looking forward to meeting all of you online. For a little bio: I have a Bachelor of Arts in Liberal Arts, Masters of Science in Counseling Psychology, and a Doctorate in Educational Leadership and Policy Studies. I've been a college instructor for a long time. I've recently completed a Certificate in Applied Positive Psychology at the University of Pennsylvania and focused on positive human development. I promise we'll all learn a lot that we can use to make our well-being flourish.

The topics we'll cover include:

1- Introductions: Character strengths & personality

2- Big picture of positive human development & the Blue Zones project

3- Science of human development & resilience research

4- Theories of human development & the science of well-being

5- Conception to birth & impact of poverty

6- First two years & nature + nurture

7- Childhood & nutrition + obesity

8- Adolescence & grit

9- Emerging adulthood & growth mind-set

10- Adulthood & positive psychology of work & relationships

11- Late adulthood & revisit to the Blue Zones

12- Closing & reflection on lessons learned

I like to use a diversity of assignments and assessments. Class includes participation in discussion forums every week. On rotating weeks, one of the follow will be also be due: journal assignment, short quizzes, or choice assignments (where I give you options and you can pick one or design your own).

I encourage you to get the text early. Students have told me that faculty sometimes require a book and then don’t use it. We use the book almost every week and it’s important for your success to have it for the start of class. The text is: Invitation to the Life Span (4th edition) by Kathleen Stassen Berger. It's fine with me if you want to get the 3rd edition which will be less expensive. Many students (especially human service, psychology and pre-nurse) comment after class that they wish they had bought the text (as opposed to renting) so they could use it as reference in future classes.

Please touch base if you have any questions. My email is

I'm good at getting back to you within a day if not sooner.

I look forward to meeting you, Dr. Cook


Summer 2020 textbook data will be available on April 6. 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.

PSY-1050-VR01 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: Patricia Cook
Hiring Coordinator for this course: Philip Crossman

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.
  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.

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