This course provides an overview of human development across the life span. Theory and research related to physical, cognitive, and socioemotional development will be explored.
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.
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 the Course Overview.
Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the provided prompt for each Discussion. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to the threads of at least 2 classmates. Most Discussion posts will require 1 reference to a biblical principle and at least 1 citation in current APA format. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 2, 3.
Theories and Worldview Assignment
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. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 2, 3.
Prenatal Development Reflection Essay Assignment
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. (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F). This assignment aligns with the following FSLO: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1.
Research Article Exploration Assignment
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 Adobe Reader. (CLO: B, D, E). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 3.
Public Service Announcement for Emerging Adults Assignment
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). (CLO: A, B, C, D, E, F). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 2, 3.
Chapter Quizzes (8): Each quiz will cover the Learn 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. (CLO: A, B, C, D). This assignment aligns with the following FSLO: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1.
Research Overview Quiz (1): This quiz will assess your understanding of basic concepts related to research, theories, and worldview. You will answer 10 questions (true and false or multiple choice). You may consult the Research Overview video at any time during the quiz. (CLO: F). This assignment aligns with the following FSLOs: Social and Scientific Inquiry 1, 3.