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Basic Information:




Name of the Instructor: Tiffany Collier, MA, LPC
Email: collier_t@utpb.edu
Phone: 432-552-2349
Office Location: MB 3248
Office Hours: By Appointment

Course Credits:
Location: This course is a full Web course and is conducted in Blackboard

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Course Description and Overview:




Course Prerequisites: Introduction to Psychology. This course surveys the relationship among physical, emotional, social and mental influences in human growth from birth throughout the life-span. Emphasis is on the theories, research, and applications that influence the scholarly field of life-span development.

Course 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.

Course Objectives: After successfully completing this course the student will:

  • gain an overview of the various processes within development

  • identify major milestones and indicators at each stage of development

  • effectively apply theories of development to personal life and clinical cases

  • describe major theories of cognitive and social development.

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Materials:




Required Materials:

Textbook:
Santrock, J. W. (2012). A Topical Approach to Lifespan Development. (7th Ed.) New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.
ISBN-10: 0078035503

The University of Texas of the Permian Bookstore contact information is below.


Phone: (432) 552-0220



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Course Structure:




Date

Topic

Assignments

Reading
(Santrock, 7th ed.)

Module 1

Jun 1-8


Life-Span Perspective
The study of life-span development; Areas of change in life-span; Theories of development; Research methods.

Quiz Chapter 1
Essay Chapter 1
Complete Ethics Training

1




Biological Beginnings
Evolutionary perspectives; genetic foundations; nature-nurture through the life-span; prenatal development; birth.

Quiz Chapter 2
Essay Chapter 2

2

Module 2 

June 9-15

Physical Development and Biological Aging
Physical development and change; neural development; sleep; longevity.

Health
Health, illness, and disease; nutrition and eating; exercise; substance use.

Quiz Chapter 3
Essay Chapter 3

Quiz Chapter 4No Essay on Chapter 4

3, 4




Motor, Sensory, and Perceptual Development
Motor development; sensory and perceptual development;
perceptual-motor coupling.

Quiz Chapter 5
Essay Chapter 5

5

Module 3

June 16- 22

Cognitive Developmental Approaches
Piaget's theory of cognitive development; applying and evaluating Piaget's theory; Vygotsky's theory; cognitive changes in adulthood.
Child Observation Project Due

Quiz Chapter 6
Essay Chapter 6
Child Proj.

6




Information Processing
Information-processing approach; attention; memory; thinking; metacognition.

Quiz Chapter 7
Essay Chapter 7

7

Module 4

June 23- 29

Intelligence
Concept of intelligence; controversies in comparing; development of intelligence; extremes of intelligence and creativity.

Quiz Chapter 8
Essay Chapter 8

8




Language Development
Defining language; development milestones; biological and environmental influences.

Quiz Chapter 9
Essay Chapter 9

9

Module 5

June 30- July 6

Emotional Development
Emotions; emotional development; temperament; attachment/love.
Adolescent Observation Project Due

Quiz Chapter 10
Essay Chapter 10
Adolescent Proj.

10

Module 6

July 7- 13

The Self, Identity, and Personality
Self; identity; personality.

Quiz Chapter 11
Essay Chapter 11

11




Gender and Sexuality
Biological, social and cognitive influences on gender; gender stereotypes, similarities and differences; life-span development; exploring sexuality; sexuality through life-span.

Quiz Chapter 12
Essay Chapter 12

12

Module 7

July 14- 20

Moral Development, Values, and Religion
Domains of moral development; contexts of moral development; prosocial and antisocial behavior; values, religion, spirituality and meaning in life.
Middle Adulthood Project Due

Quiz Chapter 13
Essay Chapter 13

Mid Adult Proj.

13




Families, Lifestyles, and Parenting
Family processes; diversity of adult lifestyles; parenting; other family relationships; aging and the social world; sociocultural influences.

Quiz Chapter 14
Essay Chapter 14

14

Module 8

July 21- Aug 3

Peers and the Sociocultural World
Peer relations in childhood and adolescence; friendship; play and leisure; aging and the social world; sociocultural influences.

Schools, Achievement, and Work
Schools; achievement; careers, work and retirement.

Quiz Chapter 15
Essay Chapter 15

Quiz Chapter 16No Essay Chapter 16

15, 16




Death, Dying, and Aging
The death syndrome and cultural contexts; defining death and life/death issues; perspectives on death; facing own death; coping with death of someone else.
Late Adulthood Project Due

Quiz Chapter 17
Essay Chapter 17
Late Adult Proj.

17



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Course Assessment:




Course Activity

Points

Student Introductions

5

Human Nature Survey

5

Chapter Quizzes

340

Chapter Essays

150

Child Observation Project

30

Adolescent Observation Project

30

Middle Adulthood Project

30

Late Adulthood Project

30

Total

620

Grading Scale

570 and above

A

496 to 569

B

372 to 495

C

248 to 371

D

Less than 248

F



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Policies & Procedures:




1. Grading and Feedback:

As mentioned above, all course assignments will be graded one week after the set due date. You can check your grades by going to GradeBook. If there is any discrepancy in the grade, you must contact me immediately. I will provide individual feedback or a general feedback in the performance of the course activity.



2. Cheating/Plagiarism/Academic Dishonesty:

Scholastic 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.

Also, you are expected to do your own work. While you are welcomed and encouraged to work with other students, you must submit your own work. In the past, students have submitted virtually identical assignments, with perhaps a few word changes. This is a form of collusion.

NOTE: Students found plagiarizing, colluding, or cheating will receive a zero on the course assignment which could cause failure in the class and/or suspension or dismissal from the college.

3. Discussion Board Participation:

The Discussion Board will primarily be used for discussing course content-related topics and issues. There will be four discussion topics for the semester. Each discussion topic is worth 5 points.

For each graded discussion question, first, you must respond to the question directly and second, you must read the other students posts and reply to at least two other students' responses. You must ensure that the responses to the questions are meaningful, reflective, that they refer to personal experience and support your course readings. Avoid postings that are limited to 'I agree' or 'great idea', etc. If you agree (or disagree) with a posting then say why you agree by supporting your statement with concepts from the readings or by bringing in a related example or experience.

You are expected to read all messages. You are responsible for reading all of the messages that are posted in the online discussion. Not reading messages is the equivalent of sleeping in class.

Use a person's name in the body of your message when you reply to that person's message. It not only helps to keep all of us oriented, it also helps us maintain a clearer sense of who is speaking and who is being spoken to.

It is quite possible that several students will be online at the same time. There is no assurance that the response you make will immediately succeed the post that you are commenting upon. Again, that is why it is so important that you use the name of the person to whom you are responding. As we begin to associate names with tone and ideas, we come to know each other better.

Change the subject line when you introduce a new topic. The value of this tip will become apparent as the number of messages grows.

4. Submission of Course Assessment Activities:

All the course assessment activities will be submitted via Assignment Tool. Keep in mind the following standards/practices for submission of assignments:



  1. All course assessment activity files that will be submitted to the instructor should be in MS Word 2010, 2007 or .rtf format.

  2. Be sure to put your name at the top of each page header

  3. Always keep a copy of all the work you submit so that you won't need to re-do it if it should get lost in cyberspace.

5. Make-Up/Late Submission Policy:

All course activities must be submitted before or on set due dates and times. If you are unable to abide by the due dates and times, it is your responsibility to contact the instructor immediately. There will be a 10% deduction for each day of late submission of the assignment.

NOTE: The due dates and times for the activities will adhere to the Central Time Zone.

6. 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. Students needing assistance because of a disability must contact the Director, Programs Assisting Student Study (PASS) Office, 552-2630, no later than 30 days prior to the start of the semester.

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.

If you need accommodations because of a disability, if you have emergency medical information to share with the instructor, or if you need special arrangements in the case the building must be evacuated, please inform the instructor immediately. It is best to contact the instructor after class or during his/her office hours.

7. 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 and will only be granted if the student has complete at least half/75% of the course with a grade of 'C' or better and provides a valid, documented excuse for not being able to complete the course on time and has contacted prior to the scheduled last class to request an extension. The student will sign a contract that includes the incomplete course activities and the new due dates.

For grade appeal process go to Student Grievances

8. Netiquette:

Anything you type in the discussion area is public - which means that every student in this class (including your instructor) will see what you write. Please pay attention to and adhere to the following guidelines:



  1. Pay attention to your grammar, spelling and punctuation. College is in many ways your only professional preparation. Write like a professional. Use full sentences that are concise, coherent, and free from mistakes. Your assignment grades may be reduced for faulty use of grammar, spelling, and punctuation.

  2. Do not post anything too personal;

  3. Do not use language that is inappropriate for a classroom setting or prejudicial in regard to gender, race, sexual orientation, or ethnicity;

  4. Do not use all caps in the message box unless you are emphasizing (it is considered shouting)

  5. Be courteous and respectful to other people on the list

  6. Do not overuse acronyms like you would use in text messaging (e.g., IMHO, LOL, etc.). Some of the list participants may not be familiar with acronyms. As mentioned above, use full sentences.

  7. If the posting is going to be long, use line breaks and paragraphs

  8. Fill in a meaningful Subject Line

  9. Write your full name at the end of the posting

  10. Be careful and very limited in your use of sarcasm and subtle humor; one person's joke is another person's insult.

NOTE: If you do not adhere to the guidelines for any posting, you will lose the points that would have been granted, and the instructor reserves the right to remove your posting and to deny you any further posting privileges.

Refer to the following links for additional help on netiquette: Netiquette Core Rules



9. Attendance and Class Participation:

Regular and active participation is an essential, unmistakably important aspect of this online course. The expectation of the instructor is that students will log on a minimum of three times every seven days. It is critical that you read all of the lecture and assignment materials as well as all of the public discussion materials. Your full participation ON A WEEKLY BASIS is not only a requirement; it is also an essential aspect of the online course process. All students are expected to do the work assigned, notify the instructor when emergencies arise, and make up assignments no later than the due dates.



10. Tracking:

Blackboard course platforms have a tracking feature. This feature quantifies how often and when students are active in the course and also provides information if the student has accessed different pages of the course.



11. 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. Thus, if you are ill for a prolonged time and cannot complete the activities, you must contact me and update the situation. You are expected to log into the course at least once a week.

If I am going to be out because of ill health, attending a conference, etc you will be notified through email.

12. Extra Credit:

Your grade for this course is based entirely on the grading for the assignments and tests within the four units. In other words, there are no extra credit assignments for this course.



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Hardware/Software Requirements




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.

Blackboard, the Learning Management System (LMS), conducts extensive testing of the operating systems and browser configurations supported by their system.

Computer:

PC Configuration - A CPU with 1 GHz processor, 256 MB RAM and Windows 7 operating system
Mac Configuration - A CPU with 300 MHZ (G3), 256 MB RAM and Mac OS X 10.6 or newer operating system

Peripherals: You will need external speakers to be able to listen to audio files. A printer is not required, although you may find one useful and convenient.

More Information: Blackboard: System Requirements

Technologies Not Supported: The following technologies are not supported in Service Pack 10:


  • Internet Explorer 6, 7

  • Firefox 1.x, 2.0, 3.0, 3.5, and 3.6

  • Safari 2.0, 3.x and any version of Safari Windows

  • Windows XP 64-bit

  • Mac OSX 10.3, 10.4, 10.5

  • Java 5, although it may continue to work

Peripherals:

You will need external speakers to be able to listen to audio files. A printer is not required, although you may find one useful and convenient.



Software:

The course content is presented through Microsoft Office 2007 - Powerpoint presentations and Word documents, Acrobat documents and Tegrity files. In order to view the content you must have Microsoft 2007 programs and Acrobat Reader. You are required to submit all the course activities typed in Microsoft Word 2007.



Anti-Virus Software:

It is highly recommended for students and instructors. Online courses involve much file sharing, which increases your risk of computer virus infection. Anti-virus software will help protect your computer in case of exposure to a computer virus.



Other Software:

There may be audio/video files in the course for which you will need Windows Media Player or QuickTime or Real Player.



Internet Connection:

Recommended - Cable modem, DSL, or intranet (T-1); or 128 KBPS modem

Note: Corporate or academic security firewalls may block some course content, such as chat or streaming media. Accommodations for access can usually be arranged if you contact your network administrator, though local security policies ultimately dictate what is allowed. 56 K modem or better.

Technical Information:


  • 24/7 Technical Help

  • Browser Test

  • Browser Configuration

  • Download Plug-ins

Technical Information:

Firefox 3.6 or higher for PC; and Safari 4.0 - 5.1 for Mac



  • Download Firefox

  • Download Safari

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Preparation for Computer 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.



Server Problems

When the Blackboard server needs downtime for maintenance, the Blackboard administrator will post an announcement in your course informing the time and the date. If the server experiences unforeseen problems your course instructor will send an email.



Complete Loss of Contact

If you lose contact with me completely (i.e. you cannot contact me via Blackboard email), you need to call me at my office, 432-552-2164, and explain the reason you cannot contact me and leave me a way to contact you.



Lost/Corrupt/Disappeared Files

You must keep/save a copy of every project/assignment on an external disk or personal computer. In the event of any kind of failure (e.g., Blackboard server crash or virus infection, students own computer crashes, loss of files in cyberspace, etc) or any contradictions/problems, I may/will request you to resubmit the files. In other words, if you submit a document to me, and I either do not receive it (lost in cyberspace) or it is corrupted when I open it, it is incumbent upon you to resend it to me, corrected, with little or no "downtime" in regard to the timeline for submission.



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Student Support Services:




ADA Accommodation Support

Programs Assisting Student Study (PASS)
432-552-2630

Admissions & Registration & Transcripts

(432) 552-2605

Blackboard Technical Support
UTPB Online Support Center

1-877-633-9152 (toll-free)

Bookstore

(432) 552-0220

Counseling/Advising

(432) 552-2661

Financial Aid and Scholarship

(432) 552-2620

UTPB Library

(432) 552-2370
The J. Conrad Dunagan Library Online

Student Services

UTPB E-Advisor




Tutoring & Learning Resources: If you are taking courses through UTPB the following links provide services: Smarthinking Online Tutoring (provides tutoring services), SmarterMeasure (measures learner readiness for online course).

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Course Evaluation:




Every student must complete end-of-course evaluation provided by UTPB. You will be informed on how to access the evaluation near the end of the semester.

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Disclaimer & Rights:




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.


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