Gerontology – PSYC 336

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

Course Description

The facts of demography describe the background and present status of elderly people in the United States. Then the biological, psychological and sociological factors in aging will be studied to promote an in-depth understanding of the dynamics of aging. The dying-grieving processes, as well as LTC policies and government-sponsored programs are explored.


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


As the Baby Boomer generation enters retirement and old age, topics like Medicare and Social Security have risen to the forefront of national attention. The entrance of this large birth cohort into this phase of life has important implications for health care and the economy, among other issues. This course will seek to explain the process of aging so that students who interact with older adults will have a 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 gerontology.
  2. Analyze issues related to behavior and mental processes in older adulthood.
  3. Evaluate concepts from gerontology from a biblical perspective.
  4. Apply gerontological research and theory to real life situations involving older 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, the student will participate in 3 Discussion Board Forums. For each Discussion Board Forum, the student must submit a thread of at least 300 words. The student must then submit a reply to at least 1 of his or her fellow students. Replies must be at least 150 words. Current APA citation style must be used for these Discussion Board Forums, and the student must cite the textbook at least 1 time in each of his or her threads.

Writing Assignment

The student will have the option to choose between completing either a 5-page research paper or an 8–10-page life story paper.

The research paper must be in current APA format, with a title page, abstract, and bibliography included. The title page, abstract, and bibliography DO NOT count as part of the 5 pages. The student must have at least 5 references in this paper.

The life story paper must be in current APA format as well, with a title page included. It is not necessary to have any citations in this paper.

Field Experience Project

This assignment requires the student to work with an older adult and keep a journal of the student’s experiences and provide a 2 to 3 page summary. The student will submit a 1-page Arrangement Description and then a Final Submission.

LearnSmart (14)

There will be one LearnSmart Assignment per chapter in Connect. The LearnSmart Assignments will introduce important topics from each chapter incrementally based on students understanding and mastery. The LearnSmart assignments are expected to take students 20-45 minutes per chapter.

Exams (4)

The student will complete 4 comprehensive exams. These exams are based entirely on the textbook, and they are open-book/open-notes. Each exam will include 50 multiple-choice and true/false questions, and the student will have 1 hour and 30 minutes to finish the exam. There will be a deduction of 1 point per minute for going over the time limit.