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Online Course [3credits]



Tracy Dranchak


(570) 241-2031


Seeley Hall,

Room 130


Office Hours


9:00 AM-11:00 AM

or by appointment





Essentials of Life Span Development

Author: John Santrock

ISBN: 13: 9780078035425


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


1.   To expose to more advanced perspectives on psychological development.

2.   Additional insight into the inter-disciplinary nature of advanced study.

3.   An appreciation of critical thinking skills in exploring developmental concepts more deeply.

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

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

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

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

8.   Examine adolescence as a physical and cultural phenomenon. Investigate the biologically maturing person and the roles that parents, peers, and society play in the individual’s quest for maturity.


  1. All students are required to have knowledge on use of the portal. Be sure to have your user ID and password.
  2. Studies on learning clearly demonstrate that passive learning (sitting in your seat and listening to a lecture) is the least productive way to learn. The more active you are in the learning, the more you will learn and remember. The process will include:
    1. Complete chapter homework (readings etc.)
    2. Overview of key chapter questions.
  3. A final paper is required. Details for this assignment will be discussed.



Learning in this course will be facilitated through on-line class discussions, structured experiences, videos, reading, homework, completing the writing assignments, studying for tests and self-assessment activities. Significant value is placed on both understanding the concepts and discovering practical applications. Student participation is an essential element in my teaching style. Students are REQUIRED to participate in online discussions.


Online Course 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 courses as well.

Attendance is defined by participating in an academic activity within the online classroom, which includes posting in a graded discussion forum or submitting a written assignment. Postings not related to the aforementioned activities will not count for attendance purposes.

# of Days Required for Discussion in an Online Course

Maximum # of Weeks Allowed without Discussion 


Twice on any four days in a week (8 total)



·       You are required to engage in discussion at least TWICE on FOUR days throughout the week for a total of EIGHT posts in all, minimum.

·       You should respond to the initial DQs posted AND respond to your classmates.

·       Responses MUST be substantive. See the document titled Good Discussions in your Handouts and Links.

·       Responses that do not move the conversation forward by providing information to which others can respond and build upon will NOT be counted toward your weekly score.

·       Students who miss one week of discussion will be DROPPED from the course.

·       Students who do not log on to the course within the drop/add period for the course will be DROPPED from the course. 

Since our week starts on Monday’s and ends on Sunday’s, initial posts are due by Wednesday each week. Your responses are due by Saturday. Plan accordingly to make the minimum requirement of TWICE ON FOUR DAYS FOR A MINIMUM OF EIGHT POSTS.


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

Deadlines for initial and peer replies : Initial posts are expected by the end of the day on Wednesday each week. Partial credit with late deductions will not be given for late posts. So, ensure your posts are submitted in a timely manner. This is also the case for peer replies; replies to your classmates need to be submitted by the end of the learning week for the given discussion (Saturday’s). I definitely understand that everyone has his or her own time restrictions and other priorities. At the same time, keep in mind that everyone's presence is a potentially notably meaningful part of this experience. This includes you. Where at all possible, I encourage you to take part in our discussions throughout the week. This will enrich your experience and the learning experience of others. Early and frequent participation is especially important. At times, and I encourage, your peers will ask a question in response to your post, PLEASE don’t leave a question hanging, answer your classmates the best you can.

In addition, I encourage you to critically think about the course material and ensure your posts reflect an integration of course material with your personal perspective. Though the focus here is far more on the quality of content rather than actual length of posts, initial posts should be between 200 and 300 words (unless otherwise stated in the discussion assignment) and follow-up posts should be between 100 and 200 words.


Don’t ask! I DO NOT give make-up exam or quizzes. All assignments must be completed and turned in on time.


Homework                                                     100 pts.

Class Participation                                       100 pts.

Mid Term                                                       100 pts.

Final Exam                                                    100 pts.

Final Paper                                                   100 pts.

                           Total                             500 pts.

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:

  • There will be no “extra credit.”
  • I DO NOT accept late assignments. If you have an assignment due you must upload it under the assignments tab on the portal, but it must be on time!

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. Christine Kiehart 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. Inquiries should be directed to Anita Cola, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 961-7815 or OR Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or

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.




Midterm due by: 9/21 (Online Exam)

Final Exam due by 10/11 (Online Exam)


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