Developmental Psychology – PSYC 210

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

Course Description

An overview of the human life span from conception through senescence. Continuity of development as well as critical periods faced by the maturing human will be emphasized using contemporary theories and research as foundation materials.

Prerequisites

None

Rationale

An understanding of human development is integral to the ability for Christ-centered men and women to impact tomorrow’s world, regardless of their future careers. The values, knowledge, and skills gained in the study of developmental psychology offer the student an opportunity to examine human behavior with the intent of helping people of any age to cope with the many problems they face in life. By exposing the student to the cognitive, psychosocial, physical, and spiritual domains, it is hoped that he or she will attain a better understanding of the complexities of human existence.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the major concepts in developmental psychology.
  2. Illustrate specific issues related to development over the lifespan.
  3. Discover differences and similarities between types of people including how gender, race, ethnicity, culture, and class affect human perspectives and experiences.
  4. Demonstrate basic technological competence.
  5. Apply psychological concepts, methods, and findings to his or her experiences.
  6. Apply a biblical perspective to the study of developmental psychology.

General Education Foundational Skill Learning Outcomes

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

  1. SSI 1: Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of science on the world in which we live.
  2. SSI 2a: Demonstrate a biblical understanding of human behavior within various social structures.
  3. SSI 3: Apply solutions for a social and/or scientific question experienced in nature or society.

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/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each forum. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Most Discussion Board Forum posts will require 1 reference to a biblical principle and at least 1 citation in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 2, 3).

Theories and Worldview Essay

The student will write an 500–800-word essay in which he or she discusses worldview concepts and their relationship to the study of developmental theories in general, and then specifically applies this thought process to one specific theory. The paper must be written in current APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F).

Prenatal Development Reflection Essay

The student will summarize and reflect on ideas related to prenatal development presented in the assigned article. The student will then write a 500-800 word essay communicating his or her evaluation of the arguments presented. Current APA formatting is required. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F). This assignment aligns with the following FSLO: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1

Research Article Exploration

Students will: 1) locate and download one scholarly article from the list provided; 2) explore the content, identifying pertinent information; and 3) write a clear and concise description of and reflection on the experience. In addition, students will gain experience in using a new software program (Adobe Reader).

PSA for Emerging Adults

The student will watch 3 videos found in the Reading & Study folder, taking notes using the study guide provided. Based on what is learned, the student will write a PSA (public service announcement) to help older adults understand individuals in this stage of life. Each of the 3 videos must be cited using current APA format. The PSA must contain 300–500 words and must be written in APA format. (MLO: A, B, C, D, E, F). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 2, 3).

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned module/week. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes; will contain 30 true/false, multiple-choice, or matching questions. The time limit for each quiz is 1 hour and 30 minutes. (MLO: A, B, C, D). This assignment aligns with the following FSLO: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1.