Foundation Of Human Development

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Dr. Susan Durr

Office: TEB 356

Phone: 471-5748; 471-2448

Required Text: Papilia, Diane and Feldman, Ruth. Experience Human Development (12th edition) New York: McGraw-Hill, Inc., 2012.

Course Goals/Objectives:
Upon completion of this course, the student will demonstrate evidence of knowledge of the: 1. Goals of the scientific study of human development; 2. Principles of development and the impact of contextual influences; 3. Historical roots of the field; 4. Major theoretical perspectives and theorists associated with psychoanalysis, learning theory, humanism, and cognitive theory; 5. Basic scientific research designs and methodology; 6. Physical, social, emotional, cognitive and moral characteristics of each of the life stages from conception until death; 7. Major studies that have contributed to our current body of knowledge; and 8. Salient issues, tasks, and challenges that influence the individual at each developmental stage.

Nature of Course Content:
The purpose of this course is to study the principles of human growth and development from conception through late adulthood and death. Specific attention will be given to integrating perspectives on physical, social, emotional, spiritual and cognitive changes by using a life span approach.
The course is conducted primarily in a lecture format; however, a variety of small group activities will be incorporated. Active class participation by all students is expected. Students will be held responsible for all materials presented in class lectures, activities, videos, and assigned readings.

Completion of this Course:
After this course is satisfactorily completed, 3 semester hours will be earned. Psychology 1101 is a prerequisite for admission to this class.

Course Policies:
1. Attendance Policy:
In accordance with the current MSC Academic Catalog, “The classroom experience is a vital part of college education. Interaction with instructors and other students is an important element of the learning process. Students are expected to attend all class sessions. Students whose number of absences is more than twice the number of class meetings per week may be assigned a failing grade for the course at the discretion of the instructor. Students who have more absences than the number of class meetings per week but less than twice the number of class meetings per week may be penalized at the discretion of the instructor. Students who have absences which are less than or equal to the number of class meetings per week will not be penalized.” No distinction is made between excused and unexcused absences. Two tardies are counted as one full absence. Leaving class early, for any reason, is regarded in the same manner as tardiness. Should an absence occur, the student will still be held responsible for the lecture material, assignments and announcements given in that class.
Students are expected to be on-time for each class, prepared to contribute to class discussion and activities.

2. Electronic Devices:
Because of the disruptions that frequently occur with their use, electronic devices are not permitted in the classroom. Remember to turn your technology off or to a silent mode prior to class. Earphones cannot be used during class.

3. Notification of Grades:
Questions concerning test grades cannot be given over the telephone or through third parties. Aside from formal notification through the Office of the Registrar, final grades can only be released directly to the student.

4. Office Hours:
The professor maintains office hours in order to provide individualized assistance. Students are encouraged to seek consultation on Mondays 10:00-11:00am; Tuesdays 10:00am-12:30pm and Wednesdays 10:00-11:00am; and Thursdays 11:30-12:30 or by individual appointment.

5. Course Evaluation:
Given acceptable attendance,