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PSYC 420 Syllabus

PSYC 420 Syllabus

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University of South Carolina
College of Arts and SciencesPsychology Department
Survey of Developmental PsychologyPsychology 420Summer 2013
Monday-Friday, 11:45-1:35PM, Hamilton 201
: Bridgette Tonnsen
kellehbl@mailbox.sc.edu (preferred)
: Psychology Annex, 819 Barnwell St
(843) 810-0238 (emergencies)
Office Hours
: 2-4PM Tuesday & by appointment
Course Description:
This course will explore human development across the lifespan, encompassing the prenatal period through late adulthood. We will incorporate social, cognitive, physical, and emotional theories. We will alsoexplore current research and practical applications of material.
Learning Objectives:
The instructor will use lecture, readings, discussion, projects, and research articles to facilitate
students’ critical thinking and successful mastery of the following learning objectives:
Describe the hallmark features of physical, cognitive, and social/emotional development over the lifespan, andappreciate the inter-relationship among these domains.
Define and contrast cross-sectional and longitudinal research methods, and articulate their advantages andlimitations.
Compare and contrast theoretical perspectives used to frame developmental findings.
Appreciate the importance of the parent-child relationship over time.
Understand the basic process of brain development over the lifespan and how developmental neurosciencecontributes to our understanding of human development.
Identify how culture influences expectations and development over time.
Recognize how individual differences including intelligence, temperament, and gender affect typical andatypical development.
List multiple examples of adolescent risky behavior and the biological, cognitive, and social mechanisms thatcontribute to these behaviors.
Describe how the mind ages and how intelligence is expressed during adulthood.
Critically evaluate claims in the media and popular press regarding developmental processes.
Integrate course concepts with real-world experiences.
 Essentials of Life-Span Development, 3
(Santrock, 2014)2.
Research articles and other readings will be assigned and can be accessed on Blackboard or via databases asidentified by the instructor.For additional reading, students may also consult
 How Children Develop
(Seigler, DeLoache, & Eisenberg,2011) and
 Human Development: A Cultural Approach
(Arnett, 2011), which complement your primary text.You will not be responsible for information from these textbooks that is not covered in lecture.
Course Policies:Lecture Notes:
Students must
attend class
and read the text
to obtain all necessary content that will becovered on the exam(s) and other assignments. Lecture notes will be posted on Blackboard before class but maynot be considered a substitute for attending class.
Course Schedule:
The instructor will attempt to keep the course schedule as-is. In the case of unforeseencircumstances, students will be notified of any changes in person and/or via e-mail.
Students must follow university guidelines for class attendance.
 Absence from more than 10 percent of the scheduled class sessions, whether excused or unexcused, isexcessive and the instructor may choose to exact a grade penalty for such absences.
…It must beemphasized that the ‘ 
10 percent rule
stated above applies to both excused and unexcused absences.
 Please note that
due to the brief duration of this course
10% of class equates to
two sessions
Instructor Contact
: Please use e-mail as your primary method of contacting the instructor.
Include “PSYC
in the subject of the e-mail to ensure accurate delivery. If your e-mail is not returned within 24 hours(excluding weekends), please re-send your message.
Late/Missing Assignments:
Students will not turn in assignments late. Late projects will be penalized 10% off  per day beginning with the day they are due (e.g. assignments turned in after the appropriate time will be penalized 10% on the first day, an additional 10% the second day, etc.)
Cell Phones:
Students will keep phones silenced and will not text during class.
Study Groups and Review Sessions:
The instructor will facilitate formation of student study groups for anyinterested class members.
Controversial topics:
The field of human development contains topics that may be controversial or uncomfortable for students. Material presented is designed to reflect recent scholarly thinking about topics
rather than the instructor’s personal viewpoint or opinion. S
tudents are encouraged to think critically about topicareas and to present arguments for why they agree or disagree with a particular area. Please be respectful of other students. It is normal to disagree with your peers about topics, but it is unacceptable to attack other students personally or to make them feel unsafe in the classroom.
Disability accommodations:
Any student needing accommodation for a disability, including exammodifications, needs to communicate these needs to the instructor within the first week of class and provideappropriate documentation through the Office of Disability Services
. All information regarding a student’s
disability will be kept strictly confidential, and students are encouraged to speak with the instructor regardingany special needs that they may have.
Academic integrity:
Plagiarism and cheating are serious offences and will not be tolerated. Any instances of 
academic dishonesty will result in a grade of “0” and referral to the academic dean. Students are expected t
oadhere to the University honor code(www.sc.edu/academicintegrity/honorcode.html).
At the close of the semester, you will be assigned a grade based on your performance on exams, papers, projects, and participation. You are responsible for lecture and reading content.
Requirement Total Points Description
Exams 140 Exams 1 and 2=35 pts, Exam 3=70 ptsReaction Papers 90 3 reports @ 30 points eachInterview Project 45In-Class Participation 25
Total points possible: 300
269-300 = A257-268 = B+239-256 = B227-238 = C+209-226 = C197-208 = D+179-196 = D<178 = F
This course includes three mandatory exams. Each exam will consist mostly of multiple-choice questionsdesigned to reflect both your understanding of core concepts, as well as your ability to effectively
these concepts beyond their definitions. Some exams may also include brief short-answer questions. Content will cover text, lecture,videos, and supplemental readings. Your instructor will clarify the format and content prior to each exam. Exams will beadministered through Blackboard.
Reaction Papers (30 points each):
The purpose of Reaction Papers is for students to demonstrate their (1) mastery of core concepts and (2) ability to effectively articulate their accumulated knowledge. Students will be given a choice of two essay prompts for each paper. Papers are to be written outside of class using text, lecture notes, and independentreading.All reports must be written in
APA formatting
and are not to exceed two double-spaced pages in length (Times New Roman 11-pt font). Title page and references may be included on additional pages.
Reports must besubmitted via Blackboard by 11:59PM on the due date
. Grades will be administered using the followingrubric:
Mastery of Content (24 points):
20-24 Student demonstrates exceptional ability to describe and apply key concepts12-19 Student adequately describes or applies key concepts6-11 Student describes and applies key concepts with several errors0-5 Student does not demonstrate understanding of key concepts
APA Formatting (2 points)
:2 Student appropriately uses APA formatting (0 or 1 errors)0
Student does not appropriately use APA formatting (2+ errors)
Writing Style (4 points)
Student writes “
with clarity, conciseness, and felicity of expression.
” (
-Charles Brewer 
)2-3 Student writes adequately but may make grammatical, spelling, or writing style errors0-1 Student does not demonstrate appropriate writing or proofreading skills
These reports are designed to provide students with helpful feedback regarding their ability to articulate courseconcepts effectively. As such, the instructor will grade reports using rigorous standards. Each student may editand re-submit
two of the three reports
within 48 hours of receiving their grade in-class
. The first draft must be included in the same document as the second submission. Students may earn back up to 50% of missed points, pending exceptional demonstration of course content mastery, APA formatting, and writing skills.
Interview Project (45 points):
Each student will choose three individuals to interview. One individual will be between3 and 8 years of age, one individual will be between 9 and 17 years of age, and one individual will be at least 45 years of age. Students will spend at least 30 minutes with each individual and will interact with them informally (e.g., play agame, talk about interests, share a meal) as well as interview them using a set of standard probes in addition to probesthat the student develops. Detailed information regarding the process and content will be provided via Blackboard.
In-Class Participation Assignments (25 points):
You will be given up to 25 points for active student participationduring class. Students are expected to have read assigned material
to class and to come to class prepared to fullyengage in course material. Participation points will include both informal participation (e.g. daily attendance,responsiveness during lectures) and structured activities.
Students may earn up to 3% extra credit by serving as experimental participants in researchconducted by Psychology Dept. faculty and students. Each research credit will gain you .5% of the final grade up to amaximum of 6 credits. Beyond the extra credit you could gain, your participation supports the research done bymembers of the Psychology Department, which in turn increases the prestige and visibility of our University. To sign up,go to:http://sc.sona-systems.com/. As the number of available studies varies throughout the semester, you should start participating as soon as possible

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