Human Development Across the Lifespan – DBPC 400

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 07/28/2020

Course Description

This course addresses basic principles of human growth and development from pre-birth through early adulthood. Theoretical and biblical constructs are examined with a holistic orientation, as well as factors that impact the parenting process. Ethical concerns and multicultural factors are also considered.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

The mental, physical, emotional, social and spiritual implications of healthy development may vary by child, but research consistently shows the importance of key milestones in each stage. More importantly, there are strategies parents can utilize that foster healthy development for their children in each of these domains.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and discuss contemporary trends and issues related to developmental constructs across the lifespan.
  2. Demonstrate knowledge of differing developmental priorities across the lifespan for diverse populations.
  3. Identify and describe characteristics and primary tasks of each of the following developmental stages: infancy, early childhood, middle childhood, pre-adolescence, adolescence and early adulthood.
  4. Describe the developmental stages and gender specific needs of both girls and boys from infancy through early adulthood.
  5. Think critically and analytically about contemporary developmental theories throughout the lifespan and their relationship to Christian formation.
  6. Synthesize the empirical research in areas like intellectual, personality, moral, faith, and cultural development, with the Bible in a theologically appropriate manner.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and lecture presentations/notes

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. Each thread must be 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be 150 words.

Interview Summary

The student will schedule an interview with either a parent, school teacher or child/adolescent counselor to address the following questions:

  • What are the biggest barriers to a child’s emotional, relational and spiritual development today?
  • What is the greatest threat to children and adolescents today?
  • What one issue are you most concerned about, that if it is not addressed and/or corrected, can potentially destroy the next generation of young people?

The student will synthesize the interview and submit a 3–4-page summary (not including Title Page or References) in current APA format incorporating specific observations relevant to developmental stages.

Developmental Influence Paper — Girls

After reviewing relevant research and popular media messaging concerning a potential barrier to the healthy development of today’s girls, the student will write a concise 5-page paper (not including Title Page or Reference Page) in current APA style.

Developmental Influence Paper – Boys

After reviewing relevant research and popular media messaging concerning a potential barrier to the healthy development of today’s boys, the student will write a concise 5-page paper (not including Title Page or Reference Page) in current APA style.

Quizzes (4)

The student will complete four open-book/open-notes quizzes that will consist of 10 short answer questions based on the course’s video, audio, and reading materials.