Lifespan Psychology PSYC 3344.783.2168 Fall 8W1 2016
Instructor Name: Tiffany Collier, MA, LPC
OFFICE: MB 3248
OFFICE PHONE: 432-552-2349
E-MAIL: email@example.com “Collier Psych Class” on Facebook
OFFICE HOURS: MWF 10-12, by appointment
This course is a Web Course and is conducted within Canvas at http://utpb.instructure.com
Course Catalog Description: The course is designed to give an overview of developmental processes throughout the life-span. It will not be able to cover many of the developmental topics in much detail. Those students who have already taken a child/adolescent class or an adulthood and aging psychology class are advised to take a different developmental class such as language acquisition or exceptional child because there will be quite a bit of overlap in this life-span course with the child/adolescent and adulthood courses. Students such as pre-nursing students, required to take a life-span course, may have to take this course anyway because of degree requirements.
Measurable Learning Outcomes: By the end of this course, you will be able to:
analyze the various processes within development
identify major milestones and indicators at each stage of development
apply theories of development to personal life and clinical cases
describe major theories of cognitive and social development.
Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology (PSYC 1301)
Santrock, J. W. (2014). A Topical Approach to Lifespan Development. (7th Ed.) New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
ISBN-10: 0078035503 ISBN 9780078035500
Students have the opportunity to utilize McGraw-Hill study materials to help with this course. LearnSmart activities are optional for students who want extra study materials that correspond to each chapter. LearnSmart consists of study guides for all chapters of the LifeSpan textbook in the form of index cards. For example, the Chapter 1: Introduction LearnSmart activity has 119 index cards that ask questions about the chapter. Questions are presented in multiple-choice form, fill in the blank form, matching, and other forms that test your knowledge of the material within the chapter. Overall, LearnSmart can be a useful tool that may help students understand course material.
Students must register for the course through McGraw-Hill at http://connect.mcgraw-hill.com/class/s_thompson_sh_spring_3344 in order to access LearnSmart activities.
Registration codes are obtained in two ways:
1. Purchasing the access code at the university bookstore.
2. Purchasing the access code through McGraw-Hill.
Registration instructions can be found at http://connect.customer.mcgraw-hill.com/students-how-to-order/
To use the LearnSmart program, one must purchase an access code. The estimated cost for the access code is 30 dollars. Directions on how to purchase one and further directions about LearnSmart are found above.
The University of Texas of the Permian Bookstore contact information is Phone: (432) 552-0220
Readings: You will be required to read all chapters in the assigned textbook.
Exams/Quizzes: Each chapter will have a timed multiple-choice quiz. This quiz contains 20 questions.
Most chapters will have a timed essay test. The questions are presented beforehand; you will be assigned one essay question upon starting the test.
Assignments: Four projects are required for the course: child observation project, adolescent observation project, middle adulthood project and late adulthood project.
Discussion Topics: Discussions are required for introduction, middle adulthood project, and late adulthood project.
The preferred method of contact is via e-mail. Phone calls and in-person meetings can be arranged upon request. E-mails will be answered within 24 hours on weekdays. Generally speaking, grading will be completed before the subsequent module’s due date. Feedback will be given individually on any assignment that does not receive a perfect score. Feedback may be given to the class as a whole through announcements or emails.
Discussion Board: Discussion Board is primarily for discussing course related topics and issues.
Best practices are:
Read all message postings in online discussion.
Respond to the question directly
Reply to minimum of two other student posts.
Use a person's name in the body of your message when you reply to their message.
Avoid postings that are limited to 'I agree' or 'great idea', etc.
Ensure responses to questions are meaningful, reflective.
Support statements with concepts from course readings, refer to personal experience, examples.
Follow Rules of Behavior.
Rules of Behavior: Discussion areas are public to every student in this class (including your instructor) who will see what you write. Please pay attention to the language you use and adhere to the following guidelines:
Use correct grammar/ spelling, as is appropriate for a college course.
Do not post anything too personal.
Do not use language that is inappropriate for a classroom setting or prejudicial in regard to gender, race, or ethnicity.
Do not use all caps in the message box unless you are emphasizing (it is considered shouting).
Do not overuse acronyms like you would use in text messaging. Some of the list participants may not be familiar with acronyms.
Use line breaks and paragraphs in long responses.
Write your full name at the end of the posting.
Be careful with sarcasm and subtle humor; one person's joke is another person's insult.
Make-Up/Late Submission Policy: Late work is accepted with a penalty of 10% point deduction per day. No work is allowed more than one week late. Discussions are not allowed late. The only exception to this deduction would include a death or hospitalization documented by the university. All work is due at 11:59pm CST on the respective due date.
Academic Dishonesty/Plagiarism/Cheating: The academic community regards academic dishonesty as an extremely serious matter, with serious consequences. Any effort to gain an advantage not given to all students is dishonest whether or not the effort is successful. Any suspicion of academic dishonesty will be reported and investigated. A student who engages in scholastic dishonesty that includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, and collusion will receive an “F” for the course.
All persons involved in academic dishonesty will be disciplined in accordance with University regulations and procedures. For complete information on UTPB student conduct and discipline procedures consult the university’s handbook at: http://ss.utpb.edu/dean-of-students/scholastic-dishonesty/
Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to cheating, plagiarism, collusion, falsifying academic records, misrepresenting facts, the submission for credit of any work or materials that are attributable in whole or in part to another person, taking an examination for another person, any act designed to give unfair advantage to a student such as, but not limited to, submission of essentially the same written assignment for two courses without the prior permission of the instructor, or the attempt to commit such acts.
Plagiarism includes, but is not limited to the appropriation of, buying, receiving as a gift, or obtaining by any means material that is attributable in whole or in part to another source, including words, ideas, illustrations, structure, computer code, other expression and media, and presenting that material as one's own academic work being offered for credit.
Attendance and Class Participation: Regular and active participation is an essential, unmistakably important aspect of this online course. Students will log on a minimum of three times every seven days. All students are expected to do the work assigned, notify the instructor when emergencies arise.
Tracking: The learning management systems have a tracking features. Statistics are collected that quantifies how often and when students are active in the course and provides information if the student has accessed different pages of the course.
Absenteeism: All the course activities have set dates to be completed and submitted. After the due dates the activities will not be available for the students. Not logging into an online course is considered absenteeism. Contact instructor immediately in case of emergency medical situation.
Course Incomplete/Withdrawal/Grade Appeal: All students are required to complete the course within the semester they are signed up. Incomplete grades for the course are rarely given, will only be granted if the student provides a valid, documented excuse for not being able to complete the course on time, and has contacted the instructor prior to the scheduled last class to request an extension. The student signs a contract that includes the incomplete course activities and the new due dates.
Find information and dates regarding drops and withdrawals at
For grade appeal process go to http://www.utpb.edu/campus-life/dean-of-students/grievances.
NOTE: The due dates and times for the activities will adhere to the Central Time Zone. Accommodation for Students with Disabilities: Americans with Disabilities Act: Students with disabilities that are admitted to The University of Texas of the Permian Basin may request reasonable accommodations and classroom modifications as addressed under Section 504/ADA regulations. The definition of a disability for purposes of ADA is that she or he (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantively limits a major life activity, (2) has a record of such an impairment or, (3) is regarded as having such an impairment.
Students who have provided all documentation and are eligible for services will be advised of their rights regarding academic accommodations and responsibilities. The University is not obligated to pay for diagnosis or evaluations nor is it obligated to pay for personal services or auxiliary aids. Students needing assistance because of a disability must contact Testing Services & Academic Accommodations Department, 432-552-2630, Leticia Madrid, firstname.lastname@example.org, no later than 30 days prior to the start of the semester.
Students must be proficient with E-mail, Internet, PowerPoint, Blackboard, Word 2007, video and audio hardware/software.
This course is designed as a web-based class, which necessitates specific computer expertise on the part of the student, specific computer equipment or programs, and a commitment on the part of the student beyond that of most other courses. Ensuring you have the proper hardware and software is vital to your success in an online learning environment.
Please check http://www.utpb.edu/online/reach/technical-requirements for information on Hardware requirements.
As an enrolled student of UT Permian Basin, you now have an e-mail account set up through the university. This e-mail account is the one that is associated with your Blackboard login. To learn more about your student e-mail account issued through UTPB, you can visit the following website: Information on E-mail.
Students, Faculty and Staff at UTPB can obtain software licensing and media for selected Microsoft titles at very low cost through a software agreement:http://www.utpb.edu/services/ird/information-for-students/software-distribution/microsoft-select
Students can use cloud version of Word, PowerPoint and other Microsoft products through use of their UTPB Outlook 365 and UTPB email address. For more information refer to Student Services below or visit: http://www.utpb.edu/services/ird/information-on-computer-accounts-e-mail/office-365
To obtain software licensing and media for selected Microsoft titles at very low cost through a software agreement visit: http://www.utpb.edu/services/ird/information-for-students/software-distribution/microsoft-select.
Computer Technical Requirements: Information at http://www.utpb.edu/online/reach/technical-requirements
Online Student Authentication
UTPB requires that each student who registers for an online course is the same student who participates in, completes, and receives credit for the course.
This course satisfies the second method of student verification by requiring the following (non-graded but mandatory):
A clear image of yourself
Well lit, and no shadows on your face or your ID that can obscure your image
Must be taken on the day you submit the photo to reflect your current appearance
Taken in full-face view directly facing the camera
With a neutral facial expression and both eyes open
Then a picture of your ID* (can be a UTPB ID or government issued ID) with only your name and picture showing (Picture ID card in which the ID number has been covered (tape over any numbers)
*Approved photo identifications are: passports, government issued identification, driver’s licenses, military ID from DoD; dual credit and early college high school students use school district identifications.
Preparation for Emergencies
Computer Crash: Not having a working computer or a crashed computer during the semester will NOT be considered as an acceptable reason for not completing course activities at a scheduled time. NOTE: Identify a second computer before the semester begins, that you can use when/if your personal computer crashes.
Complete Loss of Contact: If you lose contact with course connectivity completely (i.e. you cannot contact me via Canvas or email), you need to call instructor, and leave message regarding connectivity loss and contact information.
Lost/Corrupt/Missing Files: You must keep/save a copy of every project/assignment on an external drive, UTPB Outlook 365 OneDrive, or personal computer. In the event of any kind of failure (e.g. virus infection, student’s own computer crashes, loss of files in cyberspace, etc) or any contradictions/problems, you may be required to resubmit the files.
End-of-Course Evaluation & Instructor Evaluation
Every student is encouraged to complete an end-of-course evaluation/survey provided by UTPB. During the last few weeks of class, you will receive an announcement through email notifying you that the Course/Instructor Survey is available. You may follow the link in the email to complete the survey using the same credentials to access your courses here. When entering the emailed Survey link you will see a list of surveys for you to complete.
The survey is anonymous and you responses are confidential. Your feedback is critical to us and to your instructor as we strive to improve our offerings, and our support of you, the students.
Student Support Services
Testing Services & Academic Accommodations Department
UTPB E-Advisor at http://cas.utpb.edu/academic-advising-center/e-advisor/
Information contained in this syllabus was to the best knowledge of the instructor considered correct and complete when distributed for use in the beginning of the semester. However, the instructor reserves the right, acting within the policies and procedures of UTPB to make changes in the course content or instructional techniques without notice or obligation. The students will be informed about the changes, if any.