PS 276 Developmental Psychology

Fall 2019

Course Information

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  • Days/Time: ONLINE
  • Credit Hours: 3
  • Prerequisite: text
  • Required Text: The textbook is embedded within the course. However, for anyone wanting to order a hard copy, the textbook is Janet Belsky. Experiencing the Lifespan, 3rd edition. 
  • Instructor Email: Krista.carter@colbycc.edu
  • Phone Number: 785-460-5531

CCC Mission

Challenge students to adapt to a diverse society. Create opportunities for student growth. Connect student learning with professional experiences.

Course Description

Developmental Psychology is a study of the development of the individual from conception to maturity and old age. Emphasis is given to behavioral, social, emotional, intellectual and linguistic development. Developmental psychology is concerned with the description and explanation of changes in an individual's behavior that are a result of maturation and experience.

Course Reationale

This course represents an introduction to the psychology of human development throughout the lifespan.  This course is offered to all students. Education and medical majors are encouraged to complete PS 276 to fulfill their major requirements. It is intended to meet the needs of all students who are in a program that requires human development.

Course Requirements and Logistics

  1. Personal Introductions
  2. Module Assignments 
  3. Discussion Boards
  4. Tests
  5. Interview Project

Personal Introduction 

Students will be required to post a personal introduction in the discussion thread during the first week of our course. You will also need to reply to at least three of your fellow classmates! The purpose of the introduction is to provide an opportunity for the students and the instructor to learn about each other, to know each other and to work at issues that may emerge from the course. Be sure to tell us about yourself thoroughly. This must be complete or the student will be dropped from the course. 

Module Assignments

Each module/chapter may contain one or more assignments. These assignments will be listed under the module and also in the Course Schedule area. 

Discussion Boards

There will be discussion boards in some of the modules throughout the course. You will see these listed within the module. There will be specific instructions for each discussion. Be sure to review the discussion policy below! 

Tests

There will be an exam/test given over each module covered. Test questions and the material will consist of information obtained from both the class assignments and reading (which includes videos and articles) and material in the textbook.

Interview Project

Each student will be required to interview someone over the age of 60. You will need to type a 2 page, double spaced summary off the interview. There will also be a discussion board assignment along with this project. See the “Interview Project Assignment” on the course for specific guidelines and requirements. 

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Course Outcomes and Competencies

Upon completion of the Lifespan Developmental Psychology course, students will be able to: 

1. Distinguish among developmental theories. 

2. Identify research methods in development. 

3. Describe social and emotional development throughout the lifespan. 

4. Explain cognitive development throughout the lifespan. 

5. Identify physical development throughout the lifespan. 

6. Summarize neurological development throughout the lifespan. 

7. Describe the processes of death and dying.

The learning objectives and competencies detailed below meet or exceed the learning outcomes and competencies specified by the Kansas Core Competency Project for this course, as sanctioned by the Kansas Board of Regents.​


Students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of the major perspectives and theories in human growth and development.
  2. Identify and explain the major issues, themes, and processes of human development across the lifespan.
  3. Demonstrate knowledge and understanding of how human beings change from conception through late adulthood and death in the physical, cognitive, social, and personality areas.
  4. Analyze research related to lifespan development and contend with controversial issues related to lifespan development.

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Course Policies

Assignments and Tests

These include exams, videos, assignments, and a course project. Due dates of all assignments will be posted in the “Course Schedule” area in the course on Canvas.

 Other important things to note about assignments:

  • The course software standards for submissions of assignments are Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. Assignments completed in other formats will not be accepted. 
  • Your assignments will be submitted in the course on Canvas.  You can not email them to me, they must be submitted in Canvas.
  • When technical problems occur and you cannot submit your assignment electronically, send an email to me to explain the difficulty. If you cannot use e-mail, call or text me to explain the difficulty. THIS NEEDS TO BE DONE BEFORE THE DUE DATE not after the due date has passed!
  • LATE ASSIGNMENTS: All assignments not submitted by the final due date will not be accepted.
  • Students are responsible for keeping a copy of all graded assignments. Absent a copy of graded work in question, no grade change or credit for a missing assignment is possible. 
  • If you have computer problems, it is your responsibility to get to a computer to complete your assignments. Computer and internet issues are not a valid reason for late work. 

  Tests

There will be an exam/quiz given over each module.  Test questions will consist of information obtained from both the reading assignments, videos, and material in the textbook. If for any reason you are unable to take a test, you must NOTIFY the instructor BEFORE the exam expires in order to be able to make it up. Tests not taken by the final due date will not be accepted. 

Email Policy

  • This is a professional educational environment, and your emails should reflect that. Consequently, you should remember to type your first and last name at the close of every email so I know who I am replying to. Be as clear and as specific as you can with your questions in order to get a quick and satisfactory answer.  
  • Your instructor will answer e-mails received within 24 hours.
  • You need to check your e-mail to assure that you receive course information disseminated by e-mail in a timely fashion. You should especially be checking the course announcements area for everything pertaining to class.
  • NOTE: your email will go to your Trojan Web account. If you want to have those forwarded to the email account of your choice, please set that up in ePortal. 


Discussion Forums Policy

  • NETIQUETTE POLICY: This is a professional educational environment, and your emails should reflect that. Consequently, you should remember to type your first and last name at the close of every email so I know who I am replying to. 

    When posting on the Discussion Board in your online class, you should:
    • Make posts that are on-topic and within the scope of the course material
    • Always be respectful of others' opinions even when they differe from your own.                               
    • Be as brief as possible while still making a thorough comment
    • Always give proper credit when referencing or quoting another source
    • Be sure to read all messages in a thread before replying
    • Don’t repeat someone else’s post without adding something of your own to it
    • Avoid short, generic replies such as, “I agree.” You should include why you agree or add to the previous point.

  • Forums will have an associated deadline by which time all students must have posted their responses to receive credit for participation. 
  • Within 3 days of a discussion’s end, the instructor will review all students’ responses and post a response as a course announcement and at the end of the discussion. 
  •  Students will be graded on discussion postings. Points are earned based on the quality of responses and compliance with the required number of postings as specified in individual assignment instructions. 
  • Individual discussion assignment instructions will indicate the number of points that can be earned on that particular discussion assignment. 
  • The points earned by each student on a given discussion will be posted to the online grade book no later than 48 hours after the final due date. 
  • All students have a right to express their own opinions in discussions, and every other student must respect this right. Any student posting a comment disrespectful of this right will be asked to leave the discussion, and a grade of 0 points will be recorded.
  • “Flaming” is posting abusive or insulting messages. Any student who engages in "flaming" in a discussion will be required to leave the class. A grade of F for the course will be reported.
  • Controlling behavior includes, but is not limited to, attempts do dominate a discussion by posting threads excessively, intentionally changing the discussion topic, or exhibiting an inappropriate or argumentative attitude. Controlling behavior is not permitted. Violators will be asked to leave the discussion, and a grade of 0 points will be recorded.
  • Students required to leave a discussion will be notified of this consequence in a private e-mail. 

CCC Policies

Canvas Attendance

When you first view your class, look over class requirements, assignments, and other class content to ensure that you wish to remain in the class. If you decide to drop the class, do NOT post in Canvas at all, as that counts as attendance per college policy, and you would be charged a portion of tuition for dropping after attending/posting.

CCC Attendance

Colby Community College views class attendance as a mandatory activity. However, if students must be absent, the students should make arrangements in advance with the instructors. Students absent as official college representatives (athletics, activities, or scholarship fulfillment) are not counted absent but MUST make advance arrangements with instructors to complete all course work. Punitive grades cannot and will not be assigned if the absence is excused by the college. It is always the student’s responsibility to notify instructors of any absence due to illness or any other reason.

Netiquette

This is a professional educational environment, and your emails should reflect that. Consequently, you should remember to type your first and last name at the close of every email so I know who I am replying to.

When posting on the Discussion Board in your online class, you should:

  • Make posts that are on topic and within the scope of the course material
  • Take your posts seriously and review and edit your posts before sending
  • Be as brief as possible while still making a thorough comment
  • Always give proper credit when referencing or quoting another source
  • Be sure to read all messages in a thread before replying
  • Don’t repeat someone else’s post without adding something of your own to it
  • Avoid short, generic replies such as, “I agree.” You should include why you agree or add to the previous point
  • Always be respectful of others’ opinions even when they differ from your own
  • When you disagree with someone, you should express your differing opinion in a respectful non-critical way
  • Do not make personal or insulting remarks
  • Be open-minded

Tech Support Information

  • Canvas Support Hotline: 855-691-5024

    You can access Canvas Support Information by selecting the help button on the left-hand menu.

  • Colby Community College Support: support@colbycc.edu

Finals

In accordance with Colby Community College policy, students are required to be present for their final exam and/or complete any assessment during the time stated. If you have a conflict with this time, you must obtain written permission two weeks prior from the Executive Vice President and the instructor to schedule a make-up exam. Please note that vacations, previously purchased tickets or reservations, graduations, social events, misreading the final exam schedule, and oversleeping are not viable reasons for rescheduling a final.

Syllabus Information Disclaimer

I reserve the right to change any information contained in this document, when necessary, with adequate notice given to the student. Notice shall be given in the classroom during class. No other notice is required. It is the students’ responsibility to stay current with any changes, modifications, adjustments or amendments that are made to this document. Students should adhere to the attendance, cell phone, assignment, test and grading policies in the course syllabus.

Academic Integrity

Colby Community College defines academic integrity as learning that leads to the development of knowledge and/or skills without any form of cheating or plagiarism. This learning requires respect for Colby’s institutional values of quality, service and integrity. All Colby Community College students, faculty, staff, and administrators are responsible for upholding academic integrity.

Cheating is giving, receiving, or using unauthorized help on individual and group academic exercises such as papers, quizzes, tests, and presentations through any delivery system in any learning environment. This includes impersonating another student, sharing content without authorization, fabricating data, and altering academic documents, including records, with or without the use of personal and college electronic devices.

Plagiarism is representing or turning in someone else’s work without proper citation of the source. This includes unacknowledged paraphrase, quotation, or complete use of someone else’s work in any form. It also includes citing work that is not used and taking credit for a group project without contributing to it.

The following procedure will be used for students who violate the policy for the Academic Integrity Policy begins with the notification of the first infraction and continues throughout the student’s tenure at Colby Community College:

  • First Offense — Student will receive a zero for the assignment and the student will be reported to the Executive Vice President.
  • Second Offense — The student will receive a failing grade in the class and be reported to the Executive Vice President and removed from the class in which the offense occurred.
  • Third Offense — The student will be reported to the Executive Vice President and dismissed from the college.

Any questions about this policy may be referred to the Executive Vice President.

Assessment

Colby Community College assesses student learning at several levels: general education, program, and course. The goal of these assessment activities is to improve student learning. As a student in this course, you will participate in various assessment activities. An example of your work, a paper, some test questions, a presentation, or other work may be selected for assessment. This process will not affect your grade, will not require you do additional work and your evaluation will be confidentially handled. Results of these activities will be used to improve teaching and learning at Colby Community College.

Tutoring

Free tutoring is available to all students at Colby Community College. The Comprehensive Learning Center (CLC), located in the Library, provides support services for all learners, on-campus and online. To schedule an appointment, visit https://hfdavismemoriallibrary.setmore.com/, email tutor@colbycc.edu or call 785-460-5480.

Tutoring is available in Student Support Services to eligible SSS participants. Please contact Student Support Services for qualifying program criteria at 785-460-5510, or by stopping by Student Support Services, located in the Student Union.

Online tutoring from ThinkingStorm is available to Colby Community College students 24/7 through their Canvas accounts. Every student can access up to 10 free hours of online tutoring each semester. For assistance with online tutoring, students may contact ThinkingStorm Support at care@thinkingstorm.com or by phone at 1-877-889-5996.

Accomodations for Students with Disabilities

According to the Americans Disabilities Act, it is the responsibility of each student with a disability to notify the college of his/her disability and to request accommodation. If a member of the class has a documented learning disability or a physical disability and is requesting special accommodations, he/she should contact disability services at disability@colbycc.edu.

Notice of Non-Discrimination

Colby Community College provides equality of opportunity to its applicants for admission, enrolled students, graduates, and employees. The College does not discriminate with respect to hiring, continuation of employment, promotion, tenure, other employment practices, application for admission or career services and placement on the basis of race, color, gender, age, disability, national origin or ancestry, sexual orientation or religion. For inquiries regarding the nondiscrimination policies, contact the Vice President of Student Affairs, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Colby Community College, 1255 S. Range Ave., Colby, KS 67701 (785) 460-5490.

Accreditation

Higher Learning Commission
230 S. LaSalle St., Suite 7-500
Chicago, IL 60604-1411
(800) 621-7440
FAX (312) 263-4162
https://www.hlcommission.org/

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Method of Evaluation

Your grade will be based on the following:

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You will have the opportunity to earn extra credit:

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Your grade will be based on the following:

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90 - 100
B
80 - 89
C
70 - 79
D
60 - 69
F
0 - 59

Course Timeline

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