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Syllabus Dev Psych

Developmental Psychology Psy 205 HA


Ms. Nancy L. Edelmann


(570) 470-3439





Office Hours

Appointments made as needed




Bigner, J., Grayson, T., 2010. Foundations in Human Development, 2nd edition. BVT Publishing, Reading, CA.


PSY 205 (Formerly SS 231) - Developmental Psychology This course studies the developmental changes in intellectual, emotional, motor and social behavior from infancy to adulthood. Special emphasis is given to the influence of heredity and to physiological, educational and social variances in the emotional and intellectual growth of the individual (3 Credits). Prerequisite: PSY 105

Objectives:     PSY 205 Developmental Psychology Course Objectives:

v  Examine the early stages of life with emphasis on nature nurture issues.

v  Explain the early origins of intelligence, habit formation, physical and motor development.

v  Investigate the relationships that exist between children and their parents, siblings, and peers.

v  Explain theories associated with several (psychodynamic, cognitive, behavioral, social, and moral) perspectives to understand growth and development.

v  Examine adolescence as a physical and cultural phenomenon.

v  Investigate the biologically maturing person and the roles that parents, peers, and society play in the individual’s quest for maturity .

v  explain the aging process in relation to sociological, cognitive, physical and

v  Cultural influences.

v  Examine the later years of life with emphasis on quality of life issues.



Weekly reading of chapters is required by all students.  Class participation and attendance are required and may impact the student’s overall grade and performance.


Students will be evaluated on class preparation and participation in class discussion.  Final research paper will be evaluated based on knowledge and understanding of topic submitted, as well as grammar and writing format.


Attendance Policy:


Students enrolled in credit-bearing courses at Lackawanna College will fail any course(s) in which they accumulate absences beyond the maximum number allowed. This pertains to online classes as well. Attendance is tracked by instructors, so be sure to log on and adhere to the following scale:


# of Times Class Meets

Maximum # of Absences Allowed

3 times a week


2 times a week 4


1 time a week 2


Developmental Classes

DE 010, DE 020, DE 030



Withdrawal Policy:

A student has the privilege of withdrawing from any courses or from the College itself without academic penalty up to and including the final date for withdrawal indicated on the College calendar.


To withdraw officially from a course or from the College, a student must obtain the proper withdrawal form from the Student Affairs Office or from your Center Director, complete this form and submit it to the Registrar's Office before the final day for withdrawal without academic penalty as indicated on the College calendar. If a student should stop attending or never attend an enrolled class or classes without officially withdrawing prior to the last day to withdraw without academic penalty, the student will receive a grade of F* (Failure) in these courses. No exceptions will be made.


Students who violate the College's Academic Integrity Policy and fail a course in consequence may not exercise the withdrawal privilege in that particular course.


Financial obligations to the College will be determined according to the Refund Policy.


Instructor Policies




Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points


96 – 100



90 – 95



87 – 89



83 – 86



80 – 82



77 – 79



73 – 76



70 – 72



67 – 69



60 – 66



0 – 59




Due Dates and Late Penalties:

o     The grace period for late assignments is as follows:

§   1 day late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade

§   2 days late-20% off of the assignment grade

§   3 days late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%


Academic Integrity

 Academic dishonesty in any form, such as plagiarism and cheating, will not be tolerated. Sanctions will include an automatic F for plagiarism, but the severity or frequency of the violation may result in dismissal from the College as well. Please see the Student Handbook for a complete explanation.


The following are among the forms of dishonesty for which sanctions may be applied:

·          Using books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly permitted;

·          Using purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;

·          Copying others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or examination;

·          Allowing another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended to be performed independently;

·          Borrowing from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;

·          Submitting as one’s own work originally done by someone else;

·          Submitting the same written report in more than one course without prior approval from the instructor(s) involved;

·          Stealing examinations or assignments;

·          Supplying or selling examinations or assignments;

·          Misrepresenting statements concerning work submitted;

·          Falsifying or fabricating experimental data or results;

·          Falsifying or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.


(Please see student handbook for more information)


Disability Statement


§   Lackawanna College is an Affirmative Action, Equal Employment Opportunity institution.  Students with disabilities and other needs should feel free to contact the instructor privately if there are services and adaptations which can be made to accommodate specific needs.  Students who are having difficulties with class material are strongly advised to seek assistance in the reading and writing lab.  If you feel that

                you have a disability that has not been formally documented, you may meet with Ms.

 Deborah Hartzell in the academic development office to discuss your options.


Equal Opportunity Statement:


§   Lackawanna College will not discriminate in its educational programs, activities or employment practices based on race, color, national origin, sex, sexual orientation, disability, age, religion, ancestry, union membership or any other legally protected classification.  Announcement of this policy is in accordance with State law, including the Pennsylvania Human Relations Act, and with Federal law, including Titles VI and

               the Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972, Sections 503

               and 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973, the Age Discrimination Act of 1975, and the

               Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990. Inquires should be directed to Dr. Gail  Scaramuzzo, 

Affirmative Action Officer  961-7848


Course Schedule:








Introduction to course and syllabus review/quiz

Read required text or assigned material.  


Human Development

Read required text or assigned material.  


Dawn of Development

Read required text or assigned material.  



Read required text or assigned material.  


Early Childhood

Read required text or assigned material.  

6 Research Paper due

Middle Childhood

Research Paper Due

Read required text or assigned material.  

7 spring break

Spring break

Spring break

8 Midterm





Read required text or assigned material.  


Early Adulthood

Read required text or assigned material.  


Middle Adulthood

Read required text or assigned material.  


Class presentations

Read required text or assigned material.  


Late Adulthood

Read required text or assigned material.  


The Dusk of Life

Read required text or assigned material.  

15 Final Exam

Final Exam

Final Exam



Examinations and assignments:

Examinations: All assignments and examinations are subject to change due to weather or other unforeseen delays.

Research Paper: week 6

Midterm: Week 8

Class presentations: week 12

Final Exam Week 16


Portfolio and Coursework


Lackawanna College will empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking,

accessing your talents and skills, motivating you toward a career choice, and encouraging you to make a difference. In evidence of this learning, the College requires a graduation portfolio containing Career Documents, including a résumé, two letters of recommendation, and a career exploration; Core Coursework, including a research paper from College Writing; three sample papers or projects from Major Coursework; and a Lackawanna College Reflection Paper.


**********This syllabus is subject to change at the instructors discretion *******