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Summer 2018

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PSY203 - Dev Psychology Across Lifespan
Credits: 3

Catalog Description: A study of the development of human behavior throughout the life cycle (conception to death). Emphasizes the principles of physical, social/emotional, and cognitive development as well as the interaction of heredity and the environment. Prerequisite: PSY 101.


Course Student Learning Outcomes (CSLOs):
Upon successful completion of the course as documented by papers, exams, classroom or online discussion/activities, the student will be able to:

1.Write a minimum of a 5 page paper, using APA format, describing at least one primary (empirical) journal article located in a psychology journal, identifying in the paper the research hypothesis, variables being investigated, procedures used, major findings and conclusions of the authors, with an earned grade of 70% or higher as documented by a grading rubric.*

2.Using an experience from each student's daily life, present an example in a classroom or on-line activity showing the practical application of research findings throughout the lifespan.

3.Identify examples of cross-sectional, longitudinal and sequential studies as documented on a closed-book exam or in classroom activities.

4.Develop an original example in a classroom or on-line activity demonstrating that one domain (physical, social/ emotional, or cognitive) of development influences the development of each of the other domains of development.

5.Identify on an exam, definitions of nature and nurture, and examples
illustrating how nature and nurture interact to shape each of the major domains of development (physical, social/ emotional, and cognitive), as well as how the development of the domains influence one other.

6.Identify and describe on a test or through classroom or on-line activities, the key concepts from a minimum of two major theories of lifespan development.

7.Identify on a test or through a classroom or on-line discussion two significant changes in each of the following three domains of development (physical, social/ emotional, and cognitive) as they occur in each of the major life stages.

8.Through testing or discussion, identify the major stages of prenatal development stating one major characteristic of each stage and a minimum of four prenatal environmental factors influencing in-utero development.

9.Through testing or discussion, name and describe Kubler-Ross' stages of death and dying and then describe 3 variables which influence the validity of these stages.

*This course objective has been identified as a student learning outcome that must be formally assessed as part of the College's Comprehensive Assessment Plan. All faculty teaching this course must collect and submit data on student performance, as measured by the class paper-grading rubric.




Content Outline:
I. Introduction
A. Why study lifespan development?
B. Research methodology


II. Prenatal Development
A. Fetal Development
B. Prenatal Environmental Influences


III. Infancy & Toddlerhood
A. Physical development
B. Cognitive development
C. Social/emotional development
D. Issues pertinent to Infancy/toddlerhood


IV. Early Childhood
A. Physical development
B. Cognitive development
C. Social/emotional development
D. Issues pertinent to Early Childhood


V. Middle Childhood
A. Physical development
B. Cognitive development
C. Social/emotional development
D. Issues pertinent to Middle Childhood


VI. Adolescence
A. Physical development
B. Cognitive development
C. Social/emotional development
D. Issues pertinent to Adolescence


VII. Early Adulthood
A. Physical development
B. Cognitive development
C. Social/emotional development
D. Issues pertinent to Early Adulthood


VIII. Middle Adulthood
A. Physical development
B. Cognitive development
C. Social/emotional development
D. Issues pertinent to Middle Adulthood


IX. Late Adulthood
A. Physical development
B. Cognitive development
C. Social/emotional development
D. Issues pertinent to Late Adulthood


X. Death and Dying
A. Attitudes
B. The process of dying
C. Grief and bereavement




Effective Term: Fall 2013