Lifespan Growth & Development Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PSYC-2314-040 Lifespan Growth & Development


Course Description

Life-Span Growth and Development is a study of social, emotional, cognitive and physical factors and influences of a developing human from conception to death.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

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Human Development 10th Edition Crandell, Crandell and Zanden


 Pencil, pens, spiral notebook, and access to a computer. If you do not have your own computer, you will need to use AC computers.


Student Performance

Upon successful completion of this course, students will:

1. Describe the stages of the developing person at different periods of the life span from birth to death.

2. Discuss the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that affect the development process of the individual.

3. Identify factors of responsible personal behavior with regard to issues such as sexual activity, substance abuse, marriage and parenting.

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Expected Student Behavior

I expect you all to attend class, participate in class, be prepared for class, and respect everyone else who is the classroom. Cell phones must be on silent. If you are waiting on an important call you must talk with me before class so I am aware. If you decided to leave the classroom to answer the phone, if it is a short amount of time, please return quietly. If your call is longer than a several minutes, please do not return. If you do miss class it is your responsibility to get the material you missed. I will be giving assignments during class that will be due the next class so if you miss you will miss that assignment unless you contact someone else in the class. It is your responsibility! Each student is expected to engage in academic honesty and refrain from cheating and/or plagiarism. All students are expected to be tolerant and respectful of other students. There will be zero tolerance for any type of harassment!! I want this to be an environment everyone can learn and feels safe!!

Grading Criteria

There will be a total of 8 grades for this 8 week course. Grades consist of: 5 tests, one service learning assignment, reading quizzes and a final project for the class. You will be able to check your grade on AC Online. YOU MAY DROP ONE TEST GRADE. You may NOT drop the marijuana research paper or the class project. Grading will be on the standard grade scale:

100-90% =   A

89-80% =  B

79-70% =  C

69-50% =  D

Below 50% =  F

The points will be earned:

5 exams total will be given throughout the 8 week course. One will be a class discussion and the other 4 will be online multiple choice. There are also 19 reading quizzes for the 19 chapters in the book. You may drop 5 of the reading quiz grades.

A class project will be completed and carry the weight of two test grades


  • The class discussion “test” is a mandatory attendance test. If you miss this test, there will not be a way to make it up. This test will be given on Feb 14.  Missing this class will have a significant impact on your grade. You are allowed to drop one test grade and therefore this will be the test you will need to drop.
  • The project will be worth 2 test grades and will be discussed in depth the second or third class meeting.  
  • Marijuana research paper will be due FEB 20.


Because this is an 8 weeks course and we only meet 6 times there is really no room to “skip.” I realize life is extremely busy and my life is no different. Make this class a priroity and you will fair much better academically. We will be testing approximately every WEEK and if you miss one class, you will be missing almost 50% of the test content for that week. If you miss a class, find a classmate to obtain powerpoint and notes. I am not a good contact for you in this area. Find a “friend” this week and exchange information in the off chance you have to miss. Further, after your second absence, YOU MUST CONTACT ME when you miss. 


As the instructor, I reserve the right to change the syllabus and/or calendar if needed to better serve the student and the course.

 Date                                                   Lesson/Lecture

JAN 24                           Welcome     Syllabus Ch 1-3

JAN 31                             Ch 4-5  PROJECT DISCUSSION; TEST 1 OPENS 1/31 AND CLOSES 2/3

FEB 7                         Ch 6, 7, 8  TEST 2 OPENS 2/7 AND CLOSES 2/10

FEB 14                                     IN CLASS TEST ch 9-12

*******************MARIJUANA RESEARCH PAPER DUE FEB 20*************

FEB 21                                  Ch 13, 14, 15, 16 TEST 4 opens 2/22 closes 2/26

FEB 28                                  CH 17, 18, 19  TEST 5 OPENS 2/28 AND CLOSES 3/3

*****************MARIJUANA RESEARCH PAPER DUE MARCH 3RD***********

 MAR 7                               Presentations/class project

*****************ALL READING QUIZZES ARE DUE MARCH 7TH*****************

TEST 1 covers chapters 1-5 DUE 2/3

TEST 2 covers chapters 6-8 DUE 2/10

TEST 3 covers chapters 9-12 and is in class ON FEB 14

TEST 4 covers chapters 13-16 DUE 2/24

TEST 5 covers chapters 17-19 DUE 3/3


Reading quizzes: 

Week 1: complete quizzes for chapters 1-5

Week 2: complete quizzes for chapters 6-8

Week 3: complete quizzes for chapters 9-12

Week 4: complete quizzes for chapters 13-16

Week 5: complete quizzes for chapters 17-19

Additional Information

More than likely you will NOT be able to make-up an exam, if there are extreme circumstances then please talk with me and we will figure everything out. I do want all of you to succeed!! This is a different time for all of us so we will need to be very patient with one another and work hard to keep in contact so all of us, inclluding me, can be successful!

Syllabus Created on:

01/05/16 4:09 PM

Last Edited on:

01/17/22 1:50 PM