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North Idaho College • Coeur d'Alene • Social & Behavioral Sciences • Psychology


Developmental Psychology PSYC-205

  • Fall 2012

  • Sections 10, 7

  • 3.0 Credits

  • 01/09/2012 to 05/07/2012

  • Modified 09/26/2012



 

 

 

 

Contact Information


Instructor: Dr. Martha R. George Ph. D.

Email: mrgeorge@nic.edu
Phone: 208-769-7782

Office Hours:

Monday, 3:00 PM to 5:00 PM, Online

I will be available by way of e-mail at other times as well, but the response time may not be as quick as during office hours.

Meeting Times


This is an entirely online class.    There are no in-person class meetings.

Description


Course Description: This course covers the full spectrum of human development from conception through death. Students examine the biological, cognitive, and social aspects of an individual’s development. Individual faculty preparation will determine areas of emphasis. This course is valuable to students pursuing a career that will necessitate working with and being sensitive to people of various ages (teachers, social workers, nurses, law enforcement officers, etc.). This course fulfills a social science1 requirement for both the A.A. and A.S. degrees.

Materials


Required Matierals:

 

 

                   Textbook:  Santrock, J. W. Essentials of Life-span Development 2nd Ed. New York, N.Y: Mc-Graw Hill Companies, 2011.

 

                    

Outcomes


Psyc 205 Outcomes:


1. Student can explain the major theories of development and their importance to lifespan psychology.

2. Student can describe how the findings from developmental research help us understand behavior of individuals at different stages of life.

3. Student is able to explain the cognitive, physical, emotional, and social changes that individuals undergo during their lifetimes.

4. Student is able to describe the major psychological events of different
stages of development.

Outcomes are measured by any of the following: classroom participation, exams, in-class group activities, and papers.


Psyc 205 Abilities:

Critical/Creative Thinking and Problem Solving: Student analyzes and evaluates information and arguments, and constructs a well-supported argument.
Historical, Cultural & Global Awareness: Student demonstrates a basic understanding of diverse cultural views and the impact of these views on local and national events.
Social Responsibility/Citizenship: Student demonstrates awareness of the relationship that exist between an individual and social groups and/or private/public institutions, the nature of these relationships, and the responsibilities and consequences that result from change in these relationships.
Abilities are measured by any of the following: classroom participation, exams, in-class group activities, and papers.

Assessment


 Students' performance in the class will be assessed by online tests, online discussion participation and an autobiography project.

Course Policies


Expectations

 

Academic Honesty

 

I assume and expect all of you to be honest in your course work.  I expect each of you to do your own work and to abide by my rule of closed book and notes during the tests.  For the purposes of this course, academic dishonesty is defined as receiving inappropriate assistance of any kind including copying the work of another on discussion topics, learning objectives or on an exam or possessing any notes in any form during an exam.   Students identified as being dishonest (both those copying and those who let them copy) will receive no credit for the work in which the copying occurred.

 

In addition to this consequence, there are personal consequences of being dishonest:  Even if noone else ever knows that you were dishonest, you will know and that knowledge will be corrosive to your self-esteem.  You will never know how well you could have done if you hadn’t cheated.  The grade you achieve in the class will not reflect what you learned and try as you might, you’ll never be able to forget that reality.  If you and another person collaborate in dishonesty, both of you will always know that the other is someone who cannot be trusted to be honest and that knowledge will be corrosive to your relationship. 

 

Performance Evaluation and Performance Levels

 

 

 

Your grade in this class will be determined by the following:  a) your participation in classroom and online discussions;  b) your performance on multiple choice exams that are focused on selected learning objectives which are directly related to the information presented in the textbook; and

c) your performance on an autobiography project.

 

Discussions:

 

 One aspect of this class will be class discussions.  The idea behind the discussions is to supplement the information presented in the textbook with our own ideas. The discussions are not meant to be clever tests to see whether or not you've read the chapter, or how well you understood it. The questions or topics will always be opinion-based rather than fact-based. I do it this way because I believe that in psychology many of the important things, the interesting things, the things that motivate research are based on opinion. Given that I believe that, there's nothing that says that my opinion is better, more valid or valuable than your opinion (it also follows that your opinion is no better, more valid or valuable than those of your classmates). The point, then, in the discussion is for us to express as many different alternate opinions as are held by the members of the group--it is NOT meant for us to argue, or engage in intellectual sparring. For our discussions to be effective, we must all agree to the following ground rule. Whatever your opinion is, you are entitled to it. You are invited and encouraged to express your thinking relative to our topics, as long as what you say does not put down, belittle, or make fun of the ideas expressed by others in the group. So, we will be polite and courteous to one another. At those times when we disagree, we will do so respectfully.

 

The online discussion will be in a threaded format, meaning that each person's contribution will be recorded in the order in which it is received (much like beads are strung on a thread).  For the online discussions, we do not all have to be logged on simultaneously. 

  

You may earn up to 150 course points by participating in the 15 discussions. 

 

Tests:

There is a Practice Test(15 multiple choice questions) over the first chapter that is worth up to 15 bonus points. The remaining four tests cover more than one chapter and are all multiple choice in nature. They are each 40 questions long and each is worth 100 points (thus, each question is worth 2.5 points).

The procedure for the tests is as follows:  In line with the Course Schedule prepare answers for the learning objectives for each chapter.  For this purpose, treat the objectives as open book, short answer or essay questions.   Summarize what the text says relative to the objective.  Save your answers in a file and then, at the appropriate time, convey all of your responses to all of the objectives for a particular test to me using the e-mail system that is internal to Angel. 

When I have received and reviewed your answers I will release videotaped review to you (you will find it within the appropriate week in the Weekly Folders link on the course home page) and I will send you a password that you will need in order to take the test online.  All of the tests are to be taken closed book, closed notes.

NOTE:  While the overall plan is for everyone to take all of the tests online, I reserve the authority to require a student to take one or more tests in a proctored location.

ALSO NOTE:  The tests are all timed (10 minutes for the Practice Test and 30 minutes for each of the other four).

The deadlines for the tests are indicated in the Course Schedule.  Although, with my permission, you may take Tests 1, 2, and 3 after their deadline, there is a stiff penalty:  Twenty (20) points will be deducted if you take the test withijn one week after the deadline; Thirty (30) points will be deducted if you take it more than 1 week, but less than 2 weeks after the deadline; Fifty (50) points will be deducted if you take it more than 2 weeks after the deadline.  No late testing will be permitted for the Practice Test or Test 4.

Autobiography Project: 

 

 

You may earn up to 100 course points by completing the autobiography project.   Project details and guidelines may be found under the Lessons Tab on the Course Home Page.   The deadline is specified in the Course Schedule.  The project must be submitted before its deadline.  At my discretion, I will accept it late only under extraordinary circumstances, with a penalty of 30 points deducted from the score. 

 

  • Autobiography—You will write a description of your own development, from the circumstances surrounding your birth to the present time and your hopes/plans for the future, using relevant terms and theoretical concepts from the text. 

 

Course Points:

 

The course points are as follows:

 

Discussion:  150

Tests:           400

Project:        100

            Total:                       650          

 

 

 

 

Grading Scale:

 

The table below presents the grading scale for the course.  The total number of points earned in the class is converted to a percentage of the total possible and the percentage is then matched with a Letter Grade.

 

Point Total  (650 possible)

Percent of Total

Letter Grade

 585 and above     

90 and above

A

 565.5 – 578.5

87 – 89

A-

 539.5 - 559

83 – 86

B+

 520 - 533

80 – 82

B

 500.5 – 513.5

77 – 79

B-

 474.5 - 494

73 – 76

C+

 455 - 468

70 – 72

C

 435.5 – 448.5

67 – 69

C-

 409.5 - 429

63 – 66

D+

 390 - 403

60 – 62

D

 370.5 – 383.5

57 – 59

D-

 364

56 and below

F

 

Due Dates, Deadlines, and Lateness Penalties

 

Due Dates:

The due dates for tests start at the beginning of the week during which they are scheduled.   They may be taken at any point during the week up to the deadline that is posted in the schedule.  The due dates for answers to the learning objectives start at the beginning of the week during which they are scheduled.  They may be submitted at any point during the week up to the deadline that is posted in the schedule.   The due dates for the discussions start at the beginning of each week.   Replies may be posted at any point during the week up to the deadline, which is specified in the Course Schedule.  The due date for the Autobiography project is  April 26.   It may be submitted at any point in the week up to its deadline, which is specified in the Course Schedule.

Deadlines for Objectives and Discussions

Be certain to note the deadlines for submitting the objectives.   In order to have access to the test review, the objectives must be submitted before the deadline.  Discussion replies are to be posted before the deadline specified in the Course Schedule and the Instructions for each Week's discussion; no points will be awarded for late replies. 

Deadlines and Lateness Penalties for Tests:

The deadlines for the tests are indicated in the Course Schedule.  Be certain to note them.   Although, with my permission, you may take  Tests 1, 2, 3, & 4 after their deadline, there is a penalty: Ten (10) points will be deducted from your score if you take the test within one day after the deadline; Twenty (20) points will be deducted if you take it more than one day, but less than two days after the deadline; Thirty (30) points will be deducted if you take it more than two days after the deadline, and so on…. No late testing will be permitted for the Practice Test and Test 4. 

Deadline for Autobiography Project

 The deadline for the project is specified in the schedule.   It must be submitted before its deadline.  At my discretion, I will accept it late only under extraordinary circumstances, with a penalty of 30 points deducted from the score. 

No late projects will be accepted.

I strongly encourage you to complete assignments early rather than planning on doing them just before deadline!!!!!!!!    

 

 

Schedule


Course Schedule

Note that there is at least a week during which each assignment can be completed, leading up to a specified deadline.  Please remember that the deadlines are firm.  The wise thing to do is to submit assignments early in the week instead of waiting until just before the deadline.      

 

 

Week

Start Date

Assignments

1

8/27

  • Read Chapter 1;
  • Participate in Week   1 Discussion (Deadline is midnight, 9/4)

2

9/4*

  • Read Chapter 2;
  • Participate in Week 2 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight, 9/10)
  • Prepare and submit answers online to Chapter 1   Learning Objectives (Deadline: 8 a.m., 9/10);
  • Access Practice Test Review;
  • Take Practice   Test online (Deadline: 9 p.m., 9/10)

3

9/10

  • Read Chapter 3;
  • Participate in Week 3 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight, 9/17

4

9/17

  • Read Chapter 4;
  • Participate in Week 4 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight, 9/24);
  • Prepare and submit answers online to Test 1   (Chapters 2, 3, & 4)  Learning   Objectives (Deadline: 8 a.m., 9/24);
  • Access Test 1 Review;
  • Take Test   1 online (Deadline: 9 p.m., 9/24)

5

9/24

  • Read Chapter 5;
  • Participate in Week 5 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight, 10/1)

6

10/1

  • Read Chapter 6;
  • Participate in Week 6 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight, 10/8)

7

10/8

  • Read Chapter 7;
  • Participate in Week 7 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight, 10/15);

8

10/15

  • Read Chapter 8;
  • Participate in Week 8 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight,10/22)
  • Prepare and submit answers online to Chapters   5, 6, 7 & 8 Learning Objectives (Deadline: 8 a.m., 10/22);
  • Access Test 2 Review;
  • Take Test   2 online (Deadline: 9 p.m., 10/22)

9

10/22

  • Read Chapter 9;
  • Participate in Week 9 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight, 10/29)

10

10/29

  • Read Chapter 10;
  • Participate in Week 10 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight, 11/5)

11

11/5

  • Read Chapter 11;
  • Participate in Week 11 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight, 11/12)

 

12

11/12

  • Read Chapter 12;
  • Participate in Week 12 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight, 11/19)
  • Prepare and submit answers online to Chapters   9, 10, 11,& 12 Learning Objectives (Deadline: 8 a.m., 11/19);
  • Access Test 3 Review;
  • Take Test   3 online (Deadline: 9 p.m., 11/19)

13

11/19

  • Read Chapter 13;
  • Participate in Week 13 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight, 11/26)

14

11/26

  • Read Chapter 14;
      
  • Participate in Week 14 Discussion (Deadline is        midnight, 12/3)

15

12/3

  • Submit Autobiography Project (Deadline is 9 p.m., 12/10);
  • Read Chapter 15;
  • Participate in Week 15 Discussion (Deadline is   midnight, 12/10)

16

12/10

  • Read Chapters 16 & 17
  • Prepare and submit answers online to Chapters   13, 14, 15, 16 & 17  Learning   Objectives (Deadline: 8 a.m., 12/17);
  • Access Test 4 Review;
  • Take Test   4 online (Deadline: 9 p.m., 12/17)

 

* This Mondays is a holiday.   That is the reason the week starts on Tuesday.

Additional Items


Chapter Learning Objectives

 A set of Learning Objectives for each of the text chapters will be provided online within Blackboard.   Answers to these objectives must be submitted as specified in the Course Schedule and Syllabus in order to gain access to  videotaped test reviews.

Institutional Policies


Student Responsibiltiy

Student Responsibility
As outlined in the Student Code of Conduct, all North Idaho College students have both rights and responsibilities: Please access www.nic.ferpa.StudentCode/index.htm for complete information that pertains to this subject.

Academic Honesty

For a complete explanation of the North Idaho College Statement on Academic Honesty & Academic Integrity please go to: http://www.nic.edu/policy/  Student Code of Conduct; Policy 5.06 & Procedure: 5.06.01

Academic Dishonesty.
Violations of academic integrity involve using or attempting to use any method that enables an individual to misrepresent the quality or integrity of his or her work at North Idaho College. These violations include the following:
• Cheating: using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or
study in any academic exercise.
• Fabrication: falsifying or inventing any information or citation in an academic
exercise.
• Plagiarism: knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in an academic exercise.
• Violation of Intellectual Property: stealing, altering, or destroying the academic work of other members of the community or the educational resources,materials, or official documents of the college.
• Facilitating Academic Dishonesty: knowingly helping another to attempt to
violate any provisions of this policy.

Disability Statement

North Idaho College, in compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, provides both services and accommodations to students who meet the guidelines provided in these acts.  Please see:  http://www.nic.edu/policy/Section5/PL-5-13.pdf for a complete description.

Please contact the North Idaho College Center for Educational Access in Seiter Hall, Room 207 for assistance.  Phone:  208-769-5947

Course Withdrawal Information

A student may withdraw from any course or from the college prior the final date of withdrawal established by North Idaho College. A proportional length of time will be used as the deadline for courses of less than a semester in length. A student who withdraws officially before the close of business hours of the last day for withdrawal will receive a grade of W for the course(s).

Course withdrawal:
A student may withdraw from any course by completing a course withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office. The withdrawal form must be processed by the Registrar's Office before the close of business hours on the final day to withdraw for the course.
Students who do not attend or stop attending a class for which they have registered and do not officially withdraw from the class may receive a grade of F.

College Withdrawal:
To withdraw from all courses a student must obtain a college withdrawal form from the Registrar's Office, secure the signatures of those persons indicated on the form, and return the form to the Registrar's office.
No student may withdraw from the college after the final date of withdrawal from courses except for compelling and extraordinary reasons. In such circumstances a student must petition the Admissions and Academic Standards Committee for late withdrawal from college using the college withdrawal form available in the Registrar's Office.

The last day to withdraw from regular length Fall 2012 classes is November 9, 2012.  The last day to withdraw for a 100% refund is January 20th.  Please note that instructors have the right to withdraw students for disruptive behavior.

Please see the North Idaho College Policy manual: 5.04.01 @ http://www.nic.edu/policy/  for complete information regarding student withdrawals.

 

 

Non-payment Information

If you are registered for a class and do not attend, you will still be liable for the tuition unless you drop the class.

Course Incomplete Information

An incomplete is assigned only if the student has been in attendance and has done satisfactory work to within three weeks of the end of the semester (or proportional lengthof time for a course of less than a semester in length).  Incompletes are issued only in cases of extenuating circumstances, such as severe illness or injury.  Incompletes are not issued in cases in which the student is simply unable to complete his/her work within the specified semester or session.  If a final grade of "I" is recorded, the instructor will indicate in writing to the Registrar what the student must do to make up the deficiency.  The instructor will indicate in the written statement what permanent grade should be entered if the Incomplete is not removed by the deadline.

All incomplete grades must be removed within six weeks after the first class day of the following term, excluding the summer session.  If the Incomplete is not removed by that date, the grade reverts to the grade indicated by the instructor's written statement authorizing the incomplete. 
(page 34, NIC College Catalog 2009-2010)

http://www.nic.edu/catalog/2009-10fullCatalog.pdf

Student Responsibilities

As students undertake to fulfill the obligations and duties outlined in this document, the college community of which they are a part undertakes to respect the basic freedoms of students. In recognition of students’ rights and dignity as members of the college, North Idaho College is committed to the principles found on pages 135-136 of the 2010-2011 ASNIC Student Handbook and Planner

http://www.thezonelive.com/zone/02_SchoolStructure/ID_NorthIdahoCollege/handbook.pdf

Center for Educational Access/Disability Support Services

In compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990 and Section 504/508 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, North Idaho College provides accommodations to eligible students who experience barriers in the educational setting due to learning, emotional / mental, physical, visual, or hearing disabilities.  Instructors will provide accommodations to students only after having received a Letter of Accommodation from the Center for Educational Access. 

If a student would like to request accommodations, he or she must contact the Center for Educational Access so that a Letter of Accommodation may be sent to the instructor.  Students requesting accommodations must contact the Center for Educational Access at the beginning of each semester, 665-4520, or

http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=16&pageID=1993

Course Withdrawal Information

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawal, Course Withdrawal, and Tuition Payment Information:

The last day for students to withdraw from classes the spring term is April 2, 2012. Instructors have the right to withdraw students for academic reasons up until the same date; in doing so, instructors must notify students through NIC e-mail within 48 hours of submitting documentation to the Registrar's office, and students have the right to appeal the instructor's decision. For more information, see the NIC Procedure: http://www.nic.edu/modules/images/websites/121/file/section5/5.04.02procedure.pdf.

All withdrawals, whether for individual classes, total withdrawal from school, or instructor-initiated are not considered to be satisfactory progress for financial aid.  See the Financial Aid Satisfactory Progress Policy: 
http://www.nic.edu/Websites/index.asp?dpt=29&pageID=1439

For more information on withdrawals visit:
http://www.nic.edu/catalog/2009-10fullCatalog.pdf

Discrimination Statement

North Idaho College has a zero tolerance policy for any acts of discrimination or harassment of any kind.  For more information, please see the Student Handbook, Code of Conduct Article III and Article VIII. Compliance efforts with respect to these laws and regulations are the responsibility of each member of the campus community and are under the direction of the Dean of Students Office for Student Issues (2nd floor, ESU, 676-7156) and the Human Resources Office (Sherman Administration Building, 769-3304) for employee issues.