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PSY 215 Adulthood and Aging


Fall 2013


Linda Bartels






Office Hours

By Appointment



PSY 215 HA  

TR 3:00-4:30


Text: 1.   Adult Development and Aging, Whitbourne & Whitbourne, Wiley, 4th Edition


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


  1. To study the life-span development, and review the research methods used to investigate development.
  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 are required to be on time, prepared for class (including homework assignments), purchase a textbook and conduct themselves in a professional manner. Evaluation:

3 tests @ 100 points each        300 pts.
Attendance/Participation         30 pts
3 Worksheets                           35 pts
Test Prep. Presentation            45 pts.
1 Lifestyle Paper                     20 pts.
1 On-Line Research Paper      20 pts.

  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

3 times a week

2 times a week

1 time a week

Maximum # of Absences Allowed





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

Exam Policy:

  • A missed exam will result in a recorded grade of 0% until exam is taken. 
  • All exams will be given in one place at one time. 
  • Makeup exams will be given at any time for valid reason for missing the exam.
  • All exams are self explanatory. No “questions” or “hints” are allowed on test day!




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:

  • The grace period for late assignments is as follows:
    • 1 class late-10% deduction off of the assignment grade
    • 2 classes late-20% off of the assignment grade
    • 3 classes late-the assignment will receive a grade of 0%
  • There is no planned “extra credit.”


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 197 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.

Course Schedule                         PSY 215


Examinations: (Planning Dates)

Exam #1   26 Sep,    Exam #2   31 Oct,    Exam #3   3 Dec