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LACKAWANNA COLLEGE

Adulthood & Aging-Psy 215-HA

Tuesday - 6-9

                                           

Instructor

Rosemarie  Best MS/ABD-Phd

Phone

570-807-9314

Office

In Classroom-8/31/2015 - 12/11/2015

E-mail

Rose40a@ptd.net

Office Hours

Before Class

 

 

 

Required Course Materials

Textbook: Whitbourne, Susan & Whitbourne Stacey (2014).  Adult development and Aging.  (5th ed.).  Wiley Publishers

Course Description

Prerequisite: PSYC 100,  Recommended: PSYC 300.

An overview of the development of physiological, intellectual, and interpersonal social functioning from early adulthood through the end of life. The objective is to apply knowledge of adult development critically and creatively to explain particular cases. Topics include theory and research in adult development.

Course Introduction: Why study adult development and aging? In earlier times, people died at age 40 or younger, so the study of aging was not relevant. As medical advances and changes in society enabled people to live longer lives, the study of these later years became important.

Psychologists once believed that psychosocial growth stopped at adolescence. For a long time researchers ignored the important developmental changes that occur after the age of 18. In the 1980s, we began to see the study of adulthood, aging, and gerontology flourish. Researchers began to study older adults and produced exciting new knowledge. We now recognize that the many years that follow our childhoods are as rich and complex as any time in our lives. Development in adulthood is a fascinating, and at times ironic, combination of growth and decline, continuity and change.

Because we all age, and because we live in an aging society, Adulthood and Aging is both scientifically and personally relevant. In this course, we will examine physiological and psychosocial development in adulthood and old age as well as other issues occurring in the last part of life. This course will prepare you to think reflectively about the personal changes of aging as well as to cope with the aging of your parents and other relatives.

In this course we will explore how we age; that is, how we change physically, psychologically, intellectually, and socially. In addition, we will examine how the increase of elders in the population will affect all our societal institutions: political, educational, health-related, religious, and economic.

Course Outcomes

After completing this course, you should be able to

  • apply empirical research and theories of adult development to enhance interpersonal, community, and organizational relationships
  • apply knowledge of adult development to inform personal growth and communicate effectively
  • use critical and creative thinking and the scientific approach to make ethical and logical decisions related to adult development

Additional Information
FINAL EXAM:  There will be one take at home, open book final exam to be completed and submitted during the dates to be assigned in the last module.  (Note: There will be no “proctored” exam in this class.)

PAPER ASSIGNMENT:  Details and instructions will be included in Module 1.  The APA (American Psychological Association) citation formats are expected to be used. 

TEXTBOOK READING ASSIGNMENTS: Chapter readings are regularly assigned from the course textbook.

QUIZZES:  There will be four open book quizzes.

DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENTS:  The discussion aspect of the course provides an opportunity to interact with class members in the Conference section.  You are expected to speak and discuss in class.

TIMELINESS:  Students are expected to keep up with the assigned readings and to submit all course work on time. 

 

Grading

Grading: Course grades will be assigned based on the number of total points a student earns throughout the term. 

1)      481-600= A

2)      361-480= B

3)      241-360= C

4)      121-240= D

5)      0-120= F

 

 

AssignmentDue DateTypeStatus 

Week I-Class orientationTuesday 9/1, 11:55 PMParticipation0 of 6 complete

Week 1-chapter 1Thursday 9/3, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 2-Chapter 2Tuesday 9/8, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 2-Chapter 2 continuedThursday 9/10, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 3-Chapter 3Tuesday 9/15, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 3-Chapter 3 ContinuedThursday 9/17, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 4-chapter 4Tuesday 9/22, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 4-Chapter 4-ContinuedThursday 9/24, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 5-Chapter 5Tuesday 9/29, 11:55 PMPaper0 of 6 complete

Week 5-Chapter 5-ContinuedThursday 10/1, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 6-chapter 6Tuesday 10/6, 11:55 PMParticipation0 of 6 complete

Week 6-chapter 6-continuedThursday 10/8, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 7-Chapter 7--Midterm examTuesday 10/13, 11:55 PMExam0 of 6 complete

Week 7-Chapter 7--ContinuedThursday 10/15, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 8-Chapter 8Tuesday 10/20, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 8-chapter 8-ContinuedThursday 10/22, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 9-Chapter 9Tuesday 10/27, 11:55 PMPaper0 of 6 complete

Week 9-Chapter 9-ContinuedThursday 10/29, 11:55 PMReading0 of 6 complete

Week 10-Chapter 10Tuesday 11/3, 11:55 PMParticipation0 of 6 complete

Week 10-Chapter 10-ContinuedThursday 11/5, 11:55 PMParticipation0 of 6 complete

Week 11-Group ProjectsTuesday 11/10, 11:55 PMParticipation0 of 6 complete

Week 11-Group Projects-continued-Thursday 11/12, 11:55 PMParticipation0 of 6 complete

Week 12-Group Projects--Tuesday 11/17, 11:55 PMParticipation0 of 6 complete

Week 12-Group Projects---Thursday 11/19, 11:55 PMParticipation0 of 6 complete

Week 13-MovieTuesday 11/24, 11:55 PMParticipation0 of 6 complete

Week 13-Prentations-Thursday 11/26, 11:55 PMParticipation0 of 6 complete

Week 14-PresentationTuesday 12/1, 11:55 PMParticipation0 of 6 complete

Week 14-Presentation----Thursday 12/3, 11:55 PMParticipation0 of 6 complete

 

Additional Information

FINAL EXAM:  There will be one take open book final exam to be completed and submitted during the dates to be assigned in the last module.  (Note: There will be no “proctored” exam in this class.)

PAPER ASSIGNMENT:  Details and instructions will be given.  The APA (American Psychological Association) citation format is expected to be used.  The web address at apa.org.

TEXTBOOK READING ASSIGNMENTS: Chapter readings are regularly assigned from the course textbook.

QUIZZES:  There will be four open book quizzes.

DISCUSSION ASSIGNMENTS:  The discussion aspect of the course provides an opportunity to interact with class members in the classroom.

TIMELINESS:  Students are expected to keep up with the assigned readings and to submit all course work on time.

 

PLAGERISM:  Students are expected to do original work.  A zero or withdrawal from class is the outcome if unethical behavior regarding writing or projects does occur.