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DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

Online Course [3credits]

                                          

Instructor

Tracy Dranchak

Phone

(570) 241-2031

Office

 

Seeley Hall

 

E-mail

dranchakt@lackawanna.edu

Office Hours

M-F-9:30-11:00AM

M-F-2:00-4:00PM

 

 

 

Text:

Essentials of Life Span Development; 3rd edition

Author: John Santrock

ISBN: 13: 9780078035425

Description:

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:

  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.

 

Requirements:

  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.

 

Evaluation:

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)

 

0

 

  • 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. 

 

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 stops attending a course for which he/she is registered after the published census date (end of drop/add) without having officially withdrawn from the course, the student will be assigned an AW (penalty-grade failure) for the class. 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.

 

Grading:

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

 

Grading:

Homework                                               120 pts.

Presentations                                            10 pts.

Mid Term                                                 100 pts.

Final Exam                                              100 pts.

Final Paper                                              100 pts.

Discussions                                              160 pts.

Quizzes                                                      10 pts.

                           Total                            600 pts.

 

Letter Grade

Numeric Range

Quality Points

A

96 – 100

4.0

A-

90 – 95

3.67

B+

87 – 89

3.33

B

83 – 86

3.0

B-

80 – 82

2.67

C+

77 – 79

2.33

C

73 – 76

2.0

C-

70 – 72

1.67

D+

67 – 69

1.33

D

60 – 66

1.0

F

0 – 59

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, in a classroom of any type, 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.
  • Misrepresenting identity in an online course

 

(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 Mrs. Christine Kiehart in the academic development office to discuss your options. Please note that disability services do not include exemption from participation requirements in courses considered part of the School of Distance Education, including online and hybrid courses.

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 colaa@lackawanna.edu OR Dan LaMagna, Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or lamagnad@lackawanna.edu.

 

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.

 

Course Schedule

 

Week

Topic

Course Objective Met

Related Assignment, Assessment, or Learning Activity

1: 9/3-9/6

Introductions,

Pre-Natal Development

1, & 2

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS & PAPER

2: 9/7-9/13

Memories & Emotions.

2, 4, 5, 6, & 8

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS & PAPER

3:9/14 – 9/20

Thinking

1, 3, 6, 7 & 8

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS & PAPER

4:9/21-9/27

Mid-Term

1-8

EXAM & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

5:9/28-10/4

Moral Development

3, 4, 5, 7 & 8

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS & PAPER

6:10/5-10/11

Mid-Life Transition

5, 7, & 8

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS & PAPER

7:10/12-10/18

Stages of development

1-8

DISCUSSION QUESTIONS & PAPER

8:10/19-10/21

Final Exam

1-8

EXAM & DISCUSSION QUESTIONS

 

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.

 

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!

 

Examinations:

Midterm due by: 9/27 (Online Exam)

Final Exam due by 10/21 (Online Exam)

 

 

 

 

 


 

Required Syllabus Supplement for Distance Education Faculty

 

Faculty in the School of Distance Education must adhere to the FALCONS model to ensure the most effective, successful experience for teaching and learning through the application of research-based best practice.

 

As such, faculty should identify the FALCONS tools that they have chosen to apply by marking the strategies used from each menu (i.e. highlighting, changing text color, etc.). Keep in mind that no less than two items per menu are required for each course. Also, it is required that a third item is added from each menu at least once during the course.

 

Course Name: DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

 

Faculty Name: TRACY DRANCHAK

 

Semester: FALL 2014

 

Menu 1

Week in which Menu 1 items are used

Menu 2

Week in which Menu 2 items are used

Menu 3

Week in which Menu 3 items are used

Instruction

Teacher/Student

 

Interaction

Student/Student

 

Assessment

Student/Content

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Voice over PowerPoints

 

 

Team Project

 

 

Journaling

 

 

Interactive PowerPoints

 

 

Discussion Debate Teams

 

Presentations

 

5

Video Lecture or Podcast

 

 

Discussion Questions & Interaction

1-8

Blogging

 

Simulation

 

 

Jigsaw

 

 

Essays

 

1, 2, 3, 5, 6

Case Studies

 

4

Role Playing

 

 

Quizzes

 

 

Student Generated Content

 

6

Peer Editing/Review

 

7

KWL

 

THIS SYLLABUS IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN THE EVENT OF EXTENUATING CIRCUMSTANCES