PSY 215AA: Adulthood
Dr. Sharon A.
Phone: (570) 504-7957
Room 242 Healey Academic Class days: M, W, & F
Building; 2nd floor Class time:
Class room: 202
Monday and Wednesday
9:00-12:00 or by appointment
Cavanaugh, John C. and Fredda Blanchard-Fields. Adult
Development and Aging, 6th Edition. Wadsworth*Thomson Learning. 2011.
All students are required to have a text for this
course. If you do not have a text, do not take the course. You cannot pass this course without a
textbook since half of the exam questions are taken from the text and half from
the PowerPoints which are on the portal.
We will be doing different activities for this
class. If you miss class do not e-mail
me and ask what you missed. Please
e-mail or call a fellow student to see what you missed.
This course provides an inter-disciplinary approach
to its topics 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.
The objectives of this course are for students to have:
the life-span development, and review the research methods used to
the basic biological, intellectual, learning and memory, personality, and
social changes that occur in adulthood.
the unique transitions and events particular to young adulthood, middle
age, and old age.
the final event in life - death and dying
After completing this course, students should be
~ Define the study of gerontology and to understand
many aspects of the aging process
~ Explain the person-environment approach to aging
~ Understand mental health and mental disorders of
~ Understand the life-span perspective
~ Address the impact on society of the increasing
adult populations that are living longer
~ Understand the ways in which social systems impact
an individual’s long life, now and in the future
There will be one in-class assignment worth 10% of
your final grade. This will be two-fold
in its requirement. Students will work
in groups of three (no more than three) and each group will cover any area in
this course that you find interesting.
You do not have to approve your topic with me, but I will be happy to
give you direction or answer any questions you may have. You will present your material during the
next class. All members of the group
must participate, but I will leave the sharing of the assignments up to each
individual group. Each member of the group may speak or you may select only one
member of your group to be the speaker.
You will be graded on content, presentation, manner of dress, how much
effort you have put into this project and how you respond to questions asked by
the class. You may use audio or visual
props. I strongly urge students to use
PowerPoint for their presentations, but again, this is your assignments.
You do not have to present any material to me. After your presentation is completed, you
will be graded. You do not return to
your seat until you come over to me and receive your grade.
Again, this assignment is worth 10% towards your
final grade. If you do not participate,
you will be given a “0”. I do not want
to hear how you weren’t in class and didn’t know about this project since I am
giving ample time (the first day of class) for you to be prepared for this
work. The in-class assignment will be given on Monday, October 28th.
This assignment is also worth 10% of your final
Many younger persons do
not have much experience in thinking about or dealing with older persons. Older
people have many life stories, all filled with adventure and challenge.
Educating younger people about some of the viewpoints and some of the issues
faced by older people is a great way of sharing these unique life stories.
The following are the areas you may
choose from for your 3-4-page paper that incorporate issues related to
older persons into specific subject areas.
Select one (1) of these areas and submit your paper by Monday, November 4th. If you paper is not submitted by 8:50am on
this date, you will be dropped one
letter grade. Below is a copy of the rubric I use for grading your papers so
you can see my expectations.
Look at how family patterns have changed -
more families have more older people in them now, many grandparents work as
primary caregivers, many families are nuclear or headed by a single parent.
What is the impact of poverty on older
What are the social costs of an ageing population
on the Canadian health care system? on the family? on individuals?
What are the gender implications of ageing?
Do different age groups face different
prejudices? If so, why?
Draw your family tree or Canada's family
What are some of the rights of older persons
in the workplace?
What are some of the stereotypical jobs held
by older persons? younger persons? Why?
What are some of the projected impacts of an
ageing society on business?
How can businesses adapt to a more active
Give examples of some of the characteristics
of consumers in specific age groups.
Look at the International Action Plan on
Ageing, What entitlements does it confer on older persons?
Look at the UN Principles for Older Persons.
How is it different from the Action Plan? What principles does it confer on
What rights do older persons have?
What are the rights of those persons caring
for an older person full-time?
Consider the impact that a law might have on
different age groups.
List the benefits and detriments of a will.
Do some types of crime happen more frequently
to older persons? If so, why?
Paper Grading Rubric
Is the topic
of the paper clearly and concisely introduced?
introduction include a clear and concise thesis statement?
information forecast the remainder of the paper for the reader?
of the Paper
Does the paper
provide examples to help the reader understand points made?
Does the paper
synthesize the material reviewed into a few main points?
information factually correct?
Does the paper
provide excellent background, context and idea development?
Does the paper
include an excellent discussion of detail?
Is there a
Does the paper
provide a brief summary of what has been discussed?
Does the body
of the paper cite sources as necessary? (4 points)
sources relatively recent? (3 points)
Is there a
variety of sources? (3 points)
Is the paper
Is the paper
free from grammar & spelling errors?
smooth transitions between sections?
manuscript clean/legible/pleasing to read?
Does the paper
follow the margin, font, and page specification found in the paper
guidelines? (3-4 pages, 12-point font, 1” margins, double spacing)
I expect students to attend class and to
participate. You need to keep up with the reading and be prepared for each
Once you have missed the allotted number of
absences, you will be dropped from the course. There will not be any
At the end of the semester you get to evaluate me.
Because missing class means missing an opportunity
to ask questions and check your understanding, it’s important to attend class
on a regular basis and take advantage of the opportunity to let me help you
clear up confusion as soon as it arises. The more I see you, the more I
can help you.
You must be in class and
participating. Anyone who misses more
classes will be dropped from the class. It is your responsibility to obtain the work
you missed so you can be prepared for the next class. If you are late for class please take the
first available seat so you don’t disrupt the class. Please try to come to class on time. You have a responsibility to be in the
classroom and in your seat at the beginning of class, not 10 or 15 minutes into
the lecture. You know that class begins
so make sure you are in class on time. Anyone who
falls asleep during class will be asked to leave and not return.
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
of Times Class Meets
# of Absences Allowed
3 times a week
2 times a week 4
1 time a week 2
DE 010, DE 020, DE 030
students to successfully complete their college work, regular class attendance
necessary. Attendance is important to you in that the things I emphasize in
are often the things that show up on exams. Although those things are
also emphasized in the text, attendance in class makes it easier to
and learn important terms and concepts, and familiarizes you with the
use when addressing those topics. Lax attendance also shows your
toward this class and its subject matter. Students with excessive
(defined by the above scale) may be dropped from the class. For these reasons,
will be taken at the beginning of every class period. Attendance is not
counted as part of the grade, however. I will pass a sign in sheet
around at the start of the class so make sure that you sign it, of you don’t
you will be considered absent.
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 Counseling
Office, 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.
Do not phone or e-mail me at the end of the semester
and ask for a grade change. You grade
will reflect exactly what you have earned. I will not give any extra credit
assignments for students who did not do well all semester and then need a
higher grade for whatever reason.
not come into the classroom late.
I will NOT tolerate students coming into the classroom
late. If you are late you will not be
allowed in class and this will count as an absence. You know class begins at 8AM so make provisions to be here on time. Students cannot just enter the classroom
whenever they feel like as it is disrupting to the class in progress.
will not be any electronic equipment in use during the class.
All cell phones are to be put away when entering
this classroom. I will not tolerate any student text messaging during
class. If you are caught doing this, you
will be asked to leave the room and not return.
Headphones are to be removed before entering the classroom.
and baseball hats:
These are to be removed when you enter the
college level, the role of the professor is to construct a context for
the development of the course—depends on student engagement.
is not transmitted, but actively created.
to your colleagues.
Contributing comments based on the reading.
other students a chance to speak.
WORK AND MAKE-UPS:
You will be responsible for any work or assignments
you miss. Your class schedule lists the
dates and the material that will be covered.
Sometimes, we deviate from the schedule or we may have class in a
different area, so it is your responsibility to know what is happening in
class. I suggest you get in touch with a
fellow classmate if you miss class. It
is your responsibility to find out what you missed in class so I suggest that
you obtain a phone number or e-mail address from a fellow student. The dates of
the exams are clearly marked on the class schedule, but if for some reason you
cannot take the exam, you must see me ahead of time to make alternative
arrangements. I do not give the same
exam for make-ups nor do I give any make-up exam for the final unless you miss
for a very good reason. If you miss an
exam, you have 24-hours to get in touch with me and schedule a make-up. Do not come into the next class after the
exam and ask for a make-up. Again,
e-mail or call me to schedule a make-up exam and to give me your reason for
missing the exam. Exams are taken from the text
and the PowerPoints so I would
advise you to keep up with the reading from the text as well as the
PowerPoints. I do not give extra credit at the end of the semester to bring up
a grade. Throughout the semester I have
several in-class projects that give you extra credit so if you are in class,
you have an opportunity to earn extra credit.
DO NOT give you your grades, you earn them
. Please do not come to me before final grades
are due and ask for extra credit assignments.
This would not be fair to those who attended classes and did well on
their exams. If you are having
difficulty, see me before the end of the semester. There will be four exams each worth 20% of
your final grade, one in-class assignment worth 10% of your final grade, and
one picture reflection paper worth 10% of your final grade. The exams will cover all of the material
prior to the date of the exam, but nothing from the previous exam, in other
words the exams are not comprehensive.
Format of the exams are multiple choice, matching, and true/false. The dates of the exams are clearly listed on
your Class Schedule and also are listed on the portal.
Below are the corresponding numerical scores and the
96 – 100
90 – 95
87 – 89
83 – 86
80 – 82
77 – 79
73 – 76
70 – 72
67 – 69
60 – 66
0 – 59
DATES AND LATE PENALTIES:
grace period for late assignments is as follows:
day late-assignment will be dropped one (1) letter grade.
you do not notify me within 24-hours after missing an exam you will
receive a “O” for that exam.
not participating in the in-class project will receive a “O.” There are no make-ups for this project.
will be no “extra credit” assignments.
Seek tutoring if you are not doing well in the class, but do not
wait until the end of the semester.
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
following are among the forms of dishonesty for which sanctions may be applied:
books, notes or other materials during an examination, unless expressly
purchased essays, term papers or preparatory research for such papers;
others' work or engaging in unauthorized cooperation during an assignment or
another student to copy from an examination or other assignment intended
to be performed independently;
from published works, whether material is taken verbatim or with minor
alterations, without proper and/or sufficient acknowledgment;
as one’s own work originally done by someone else;
the same written report in more than one course without prior approval
from the instructor(s) involved;
examinations or assignments;
or selling examinations or assignments;
statements concerning work submitted;
or fabricating experimental data or results;
or fabricating the need for extensions on papers or make-up examinations.
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
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.
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
Civil Rights Act of 1964, Title IX of the Education Amendments of 1972,
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,
Action Officer, at (570) 961-7815 or
Affirmative Action Officer, at (570) 504-1579 or
PORTFOLIO AND COURSEWORK:
Lackawanna College will
empower you to experience learning by inspiring your critical thinking,
assessing 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
Throughout the course, each student should keep a
record of his/her grades so you should have a very good idea of how you are
doing. I DO NOT change any grades
unless I have made a mathematical error; you get exactly what you earn so do
not ask for a higher grade because you need it to pass or to increase your GPA. The extra credit assignments are given during
the course sessions so you need to be in class to be eligible for these extra
credit in-class projects.
I am in this classroom every morning from 7:10am
until the start of class and am willing to cover any material that you do not
understand. You do not need an
appointment, just come in to receive tutoring.
I strongly urge all students to obtain a copy of
Lackawanna College’s Student Handbook and to become familiar with all policies.
All lectures are given via PowerPoint and these are located
on the portal. You need to read each
chapter in your text in conjunction with the Power Points.
If you have any questions or concerns, please feel
free to talk to me; don’t wait until the end of the Semester to voice
them. Do not come to me before the final
exam and ask what you need to pass the course. Do not come to me before final
grades are due and ask for extra credit assignments to bring up your
grade. This is not fair to those who
have attended class and did well on their exams and in-class assignments. If you
are having any problems I will make every reasonable effort to help you. If you want to learn about Adulthood &
Aging, I am willing to help you learn. Make sure you have a text and keep up
with the reading and the Power Points.
Monday, Aug. 26th: Introductions/Discuss syllabus/Class schedule
Monday, Sept. 2nd: No Class/ Labor Day
Monday, Oct. 14th: No Class/Columbus Day
: Monday, Oct. 28th
Monday, Nov. 11th: No Class/ Veteran’s
Monday, Nov. 148h
Wed. Nov. 27th: No Class/Thanksgiving Break
Friday, Nov. 29th: No Class/ Thanksgiving
Week of Dec. 2nd
a reminder that Academic Advising begins on Monday, October 28th. See your advisor to complete your spring
schedule. I will not sign off on any advisee that does not come to see me.