Psychology of Adulthood – PSYC 235

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

Course Description

The focus will be on viewing adult development as an integrative, dynamic and continuous process terminated only at death. The whole span of adulthood will be examined, including retirement and old age.


(PSYC 200 or PSYC 101 or PSYC 210 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255


Based on personal experience with adults, most individuals have an idea about what happens in adulthood. Are these personal perceptions of adult development accurate? This course will seek to explain adult development and the process of aging so that students who interact with the adult population will have a solid theoretical and empirical foundation upon which to base their relationships and work.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

  1. Describe the major theories in adult psychology.
  2. Analyze issues related to behavior and mental processes in adulthood.
  3. Evaluate concepts from adult psychology from a biblical perspective.
  4. Apply research and theory to real life situations involving adults.

Course Assignment

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the 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, there will be 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant, current course topics. The student is required to post 1 thread of at least 300 words and 2 replies of at least 150 words each. For threads and replies, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 1 citation (no more than 5 years old) in current APA format. Acceptable sources include the textbook and academic journal articles. An integrated biblical concept is also required in both the initial thread and each reply.

Blogs (3)

The student will be required to make 3 blog entries in Blackboard. He/she must also respond to 1 of his/her classmates’ blogs for each assignment (total of 3 responses). The responses need not be overly long but must be substantial.

Life Line

Based on interviews with 2 family members, the student will construct 3 life lines including family members and himself/herself. The student will compare/contrast the timing of important life events and social roles. After completing the interviews and life lines, the student will write a brief 2-page summary.

Research Paper

The student will complete a Research Paper in this course. This paper will provide a glimpse of the current state of knowledge in a specific subfield of adult development. The student will choose a research area in adult development, locate 5 articles (no more than 5 years old) from peer-reviewed, academic journals that examine that area, and write a 5-page paper synthesizing the articles and summarizing the findings.

Exams (4)

During this course, there will be 4 exams with 55 multiple-choice questions covering the textbook readings. Exams are open-book/open-notes and will have a 1-hour and 50-minute time limit. Students will have 2 attempts to complete each exam and the highest score will be recorded.