Human Growth and Development – COUC 502

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/03/2022

Course Description

This course explores individuals throughout the lifespan in the areas of cognitive, personality, physical, and social development specifically through the examination of various theories. Understanding development crises, specific interventions, and optimal wellness are key content areas within this course. Additionally, this course provides a framework for understanding the impact of various situational, environmental, and sociocultural factors on individuals and their families and communities.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.

Rationale

This course is designed to encourage the student to understand and critique human development models and theories in light of a Christian worldview as well as to interact with some significant contemporary issues in human development as they relate to Scripture. Additionally, this course will provide the student with an understanding of the physical, mental, emotional, sociocultural, and spiritual aspects of human development while examining one’s own developmental issues.

Method of Instruction: This 8 week course is delivered in a digital asynchronous format, with Canvas® as the primary instructional delivery method. Students complete one module per week over the duration of the course. 

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Explore counseling theories and models of individual, cultural, couple, and family dynamics used by professional counselors.
  2. Identify theories of learning and personality development, including current understandings about neurobiological behavior to facilitate optimal wellness in a counseling context.
  3. Describe counseling strategies to treat effects of crises, disasters, and other trauma-causing events.
  4. Evaluate counseling approaches to facilitate optimal development, resilience, and wellness with diverse populations over the lifespan.
  5. Articulate the roles and functions of professional counselors working in diverse settings for exceptional abilities and strategies for differentiated interventions.
  6. Conceptualize human behavior, developmental milestones, and developmental crises it pertains to counseling individuals and families.
  7. Examine theories and etiology of addictions and addictive behaviors, including strategies for prevention, intervention, and treatment that will assist professional counselors in a therapeutic relationship.
  8. Apply current counseling theories in the field of human development through the lens of Scripture.

Key Performance Indicator Matrix Assignments

Key Performance Indicator

Evidence: Course/Learning Experience

KPI 3 (2.F.3). Students will understand and apply theories and concepts of human development when counseling individuals at all developmental stages across the lifespan. (Measures PLO #2, 3, 6).

Benchmark Essay: Addiction & Adolescence Assignment

Benchmark Essay: Trauma, Development, and Spirituality Assignment

Benchmark Paper: Development Analysis Assignment

Common Core Courses Matrix of Student Competencies

F.3  Human Growth & Development


CACREP Standard

Course/Experience – Learning Experiences

F.3.a. theories of individual and family development across the life span

Discussion: Empirically Based Theories

Discussion: Neurobiology

Discussion: Erikson Stage Observation

Discussion: Re-nesting

Discussion: Bereavement Counseling

Benchmark Essay: Addiction in Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adulthood

Quiz: Elderhood

Quiz: Foundations and Theories of Human Development

Quiz: Late Adulthood

Quiz: Middle Childhood

Quiz: Prenatal Development and Infancy

Quiz: Toddlerhood and Preschool

Benchmark Paper: Developmental Analysis

F.3.b. theories of learning

Discussion: Neurobiology

Discussion: Re-nesting

Benchmark Essay: Trauma, Development and Spirituality

Quiz: Early and Middle Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adulthood

Quiz: Elderhood

Quiz: Foundations and Theories of Human Development

Benchmark Paper: Developmental Analysis

F.3.c. theories of normal and abnormal personality development

Discussion: Empirically Based Theories

Discussion: Neurobiology

Discussion: Erikson Stage Observation

Discussion: Re-nesting

Discussion: Bereavement Counseling

Benchmark Essay: Trauma, Development and Spirituality

Benchmark Essay: Addiction in Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adulthood

Quiz: Elderhood

Quiz: Foundations and Theories of Human Development

Quiz: Late Adulthood

Quiz: Middle Childhood

Benchmark Paper: Developmental Analysis

F.3.d.  theories and etiology of addictions and addictive behavior

Benchmark Essay: Addiction in Adolescence

Quiz: Late Adulthood

Quiz: Middle Childhood

F.3.e.  biological, neurological, and physiological factors that affect human development, functioning, and behavior

Discussion: Empirically Based Theories

Discussion: Neurobiology

Discussion: Erikson Stage Observation

Discussion: Re-nesting

Discussion: Bereavement Counseling

Benchmark Essay: Trauma, Development and Spirituality

Benchmark Essay: Addiction in Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adulthood

Quiz: Elderhood

Quiz: Foundations and Theories of Human Development

Quiz: Late Adulthood

Quiz: Middle Childhood

Quiz: Prenatal Development and Infancy

Quiz: Toddlerhood and Preschool

Benchmark Paper: Developmental Analysis

F.3.f. systemic and environmental factors that affect human development, functioning, and behavior

Discussion: Empirically Based Theories

Discussion: Neurobiology

Discussion: Erikson Stage Observation

Discussion: Re-nesting

Discussion: Bereavement Counseling

Benchmark Essay: Trauma, Development and Spirituality

Benchmark Essay: Addiction in Adolescence

Quiz: Elderhood

Quiz: Foundations and Theories of Human Development

Quiz: Late Adulthood

Quiz: Middle Childhood

Quiz: Prenatal Development and Infancy

Quiz: Toddlerhood and Preschool

Benchmark Paper: Developmental Analysis

F.3.g. effects of crisis, disasters, and trauma on diverse individuals across the lifespan

Discussion: Empirically Based Theories

Discussion: Neurobiology

Discussion: Erikson Stage Observation

Discussion: Re-nesting

Discussion: Bereavement Counseling

Benchmark Essay: Trauma, Development and Spirituality

Benchmark Essay: Addiction in Adolescence

Quiz: Elderhood

Quiz: Foundations and Theories of Human Development

Quiz: Late Adulthood

Quiz: Middle Childhood

Quiz: Prenatal Development and Infancy

Quiz: Toddlerhood and Preschool

Benchmark Paper: Developmental Analysis

F.3.h. a general framework for understanding differing abilities and strategies for differentiated interventions

Discussion: Empirically Based Theories

Discussion: Neurobiology

Discussion: Erikson Stage Observation

Discussion: Re-nesting

Discussion: Bereavement Counseling

Benchmark Essay: Trauma, Development and Spirituality

Benchmark Essay: Addiction in Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adulthood

Quiz: Elderhood

Quiz: Foundations and Theories of Human Development

Quiz: Late Adulthood

Quiz: Middle Childhood

Quiz: Prenatal Development and Infancy

Quiz: Toddlerhood and Preschool

Benchmark Paper: Developmental Analysis

F.3.i.  ethical and culturally relevant strategies for promoting resilience and optimum development and wellness across the lifespan

Discussion: Empirically Based Theories

Discussion: Neurobiology

Discussion: Erikson Stage Observation

Discussion: Re-nesting

Discussion: Bereavement Counseling

Benchmark Essay: Trauma, Development and Spirituality

Benchmark Essay: Addiction in Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adulthood

Quiz: Elderhood

Quiz: Foundations and Theories of Human Development

Quiz: Late Adulthood

Quiz: Middle Childhood

Quiz: Prenatal Development and Infancy

Quiz: Toddlerhood and Preschool

Benchmark Paper: Developmental Analysis

Evidence of Student Competencies: School Counseling

CACREP Standard

Course/Experience – Learning Experiences

SC Contextual Dimensions

SC 2.g Characteristics, risk factors, and warning signs of students at risk for mental health and behavioral disorders

Benchmark Essay: Addiction in Adolescence

Benchmark Essay: Trauma, Development and Spirituality

Discussion: Neurobiology

Quiz: Early and Middle Adolescence

Quiz: Middle Childhood

Quiz: Prenatal Development and Infancy

Quiz: Toddlerhood and Preschool

Benchmark Paper: Developmental Analysis

Modules 1 – 5 assigned readings

SC 2.i Signs and symptoms of substance abuse in children and adolescents as well as the signs and symptoms of living in a home where substance use occurs

 

Benchmark Essay: Addiction in Adolescence

SC Practice

SC 3.h Skills to critically examine the connections between social, familial, emotional, and behavior problems and academic achievement

 

Benchmark Essay: Addiction in Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adolescence

Quiz: Early and Middle Adulthood

Quiz: Middle Childhood

Quiz: Prenatal Development and Infancy

Quiz: Toddlerhood and Preschool

Benchmark Paper: Developmental Analysis

Benchmark Essay: Trauma, Development and Spirituality

Modules 1 – 5 assigned readings

 

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module 1: Week 1.

Advising Acknowledgement Quiz

Discussions (5)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will create a thread between 400-500 words in response to questions (including at least 2 peer reviewed journal articles and at least 1 biblical principle). The student will then reply to an original post of a classmate. Each reply must be between 200-250 words. (MLO: A, B, C, D, F, H, I)

Benchmark Essay: Addiction & Adolescence Assignment

The student will write an essay between 500-600 words (excluding the title page and reference page), drawing information from the textbook and scholarly articles. Each essay must be strongly supported with 2–3  scholarly references in current APA format. These references must be less than 10 years old. The student will not write opinions but support answers to the questions with readings and outside scholarly resources. 

Note: The assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool. 

(MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)

The student will write an essay between 500-600 words (excluding the title page and reference page), drawing information from the textbook and scholarly articles. Each essay must be strongly supported with 2–3  scholarly references in current APA format. These references must be less than 10 years old. The student will not write opinions but support answers to the questions with readings and outside scholarly resources. 

Note: The assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool. 

(MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)

Benchmark Paper: Developmental Analysis Assignment

The purpose of this paper is for the student to demonstrate the ability to apply a working knowledge of the theories, terminology, and concepts of human growth and development. The student will discuss his/her own development over his/her lifetime and how it relates to the developmental concepts discussed throughout this course. The student will analyze his/her life as it relates to the key aspects of human growth and development.   

The student will also incorporate empirical studies related to his/her chosen developmental aspect of his/her life. The course readings and presentations can be used as support. Depending on the student's life and influences, there may be more attention placed during one period of time. The student is encouraged to glean information from his/her mother about her pregnancy to see if there were any notable issues during that time. The student is also to include his/her spiritual development with applicable research.   

The body of the paper will be 8–10 pages (excluding the title page, abstract, and reference page). This assignment must be completed adhering strictly to current APA format. The student will include 8–10 peer-reviewed, relevant sources in the paper (at least 7 of the sources must be empirical articles). The sources must be less than 10 years old unless any of the citations are linked to an author whose work is seminal to the student's topic. 

Note: The assignment will be checked for originality via the Turnitin plagiarism tool.  

(MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F, G, H)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz covers the Reading & Study material from the Module: Week. Each quiz contains 20 multiple-choice and true/false questions, is limited to 1 hour, allows 2 attempts and the highest attempt will count towards the grade, and is worth 50 points. 

(MLO: A, B, D, E, F)