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Adulthood and Aging Syllabus

Adulthood and Aging PSY 215 HA Syllabus


Ms. Nancy L. Edelmann


(570) 857-1260 (H) 570-470-3439 (C)

Office Hours

Available prior to and after class.  Appt will be scheduled as needed.



Text:     Cavanaugh, J.C., Blanchard-Fields, F. (2011). Adult Development          and Aging, 6th edition.  Wadsworth Cengage Learning. ISBN:             13:978-0-495-60174-6


Adulthood and Aging This course provides an inter-disciplinary approach to its topic and considers the stigma of old age, the psychological problems of aging, the significance of individual differences in facing these problems, financial and legal strategies for surviving in old age, and the care and institutionalization of the elderly (3 Credits). Prerequisite: PSY 105.

PSY 215 Adulthood and Aging Course Objectives

  1. To study the life-span development, and review the research methods used to investigate development in adulthood and aging.
  2. To study the basic biological, intellectual, learning and memory, personality, and social changes that occur in adulthood.
  3. To examine the unique transitions and events particular to young adulthood, middle age, and old age.
  4. To study the final event in life - death and dying.


Students must read the assigned chapters prior to class..  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 papers will be evaluated based on knowledge and understanding of topic submitted.


Attendance Policy:


It is the student responsibility to contact the instructor in the event of any absences.  In the event of an absence the student is responsible for obtaining missed notes and assignments. 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:

Class participation is graded on preparedness for class by reading chapters prior to the week scheduled for that chapter.  Late work will be graded with a reduction will a 10% loss per day late.


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





Course Schedule:  Weekly Instructions




Week 1    8/28-8/30       Chapter 1

Intro to Adulthood and Aging

Read Chapter 1

Week 2    9/4-9/6            Chapter 2

Neuroscience of Adult Development/Aging

Read Chapter 2

Week 3     9/11-9/13      Chapter 3

Physical Changes

Read Chapter 3

Week 4     9/18-9/20     Chapter 4

Longevity, Health, and Functioning

Read Chapter 4

Week 5     9/25-9/27     Chapter 5

Person-Environment Interactions

Read Chapter 5

Week 6     10/2-10/4       Chapter 6

Attention and Memory

Read Chapter 6

Week 7    10/9-10/11     Chapter 7



Midterm exam (Chapters 1-6)

Read Chapter 7

Week 8   10-16-10/18 Chapter 8

Social Cognition

Read Chapter 8

Week  9   10/23-10/25   Chapter 9


Read Chapter 9

Week 10 10/30-11/1 Chapters:10 

Clinical Assessment, Mental Health, & Disorders

Read Chapter 10

Week 11   11/6-11/8     Chapter 11


Read Chapter 11

Week 12   11/13-11/15 Chapter 12

Work, Leisure, and Retirement

Read Chapter 12

Week 13   11/20    Chapter 13

Thanksgiving Break 11/21-11/25

Dying and Bereavement

Read Chapter 13

Week 14   11/27-11/29  Chapter 14

Successful Aging   Final paper due by November 27, 2012

Read Chapter 14

Week 15 12/4-12-6  Finals review and exam

Final Exam Review 12/4 (Chapters 7-14)

Final Exam Thursday 12/6/12


December 7th, 2012

Semester Ends



Final Paper: ** DUE by Tuesday November 27, 2012. **

v   4-6 page paper based on a adulthood and aging topic discussed in this course.  Papers are to be 12 point Times New Roman font, doubled spaced.  Journal articles and book references must be from empirical sources (no blogs, wiki’s or personal opinions).   Papers must include a title page and reference page, separate from the paper.  

v   Topics for Final Paper are due the week of:  November 13, 2012 before Thanksgiving Break  

v   **Topic choice must be submitted prior to paper submission**.

Due Dates and Late Penalties:

Assignments are due as scheduled; in the event of an excused absence the assignment(s) will be due at the next scheduled class. Failure to participate in class and complete assignment will hinder a student’s academic grade.

o     The grace period for late assignments is as follows:

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

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

§   1 week  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



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.

Final Grade:

            Quizzes/Class Assignments        20%

            Midterm Exam                                25%

            Final Exam                                       25%

            Final Paper                                      30%

            Total                                              100%


Midterm:   October 9, 2012

Final Exam: December 6, 2012

Final Paper due:  November 27, 2012