Lifespan Growth & Development Syllabus for 2021-2022
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PSYC-2314-006 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)

Class Type

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Textbook: Lifespan Development: Lives in Context 2nd edition Tara L. Kuther


Supplies: pencil, pens, spiral notebook, and access to a computer. If you do not have your own computer, you will need to use AC computers located on the 4th floor of the Ware Student Commons or the Underground. . Exams and  an assignment will be online.

Student Performance

1.    Learn and gain mastery over the basic facts and research findings, terminology, principles, and theories important in the various areas of lifespan developmental psychology.

2.    Develop understanding, skills, and techniques for analyzing human behavior using a scientific approach.

3.    Gain a basic understanding of the interaction between genetic and environmental influences on human development.

4.    Gain a basic understanding of physical, cognitive, emotional and social development across the lifespan.

5.    Gain a basic understanding of family, school and work achievement, and death and dying as they apply to lifespan development.

6.    Analyze current issues and controversies in the field of developmental psychology.

7.    Practice and develop critical thinking skills, and written communications skills.

8.    Find ways to apply psychological findings to everyday life.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

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In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

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. You need to check online Every Day to check for assignments and announcements regarding the class. Turn the ringer on your cell phones off. If you are waiting on an important call just let me know. If you need to leave the classroom to answer the phone please do. If they call again, I suggest you get your stuff and leave because obviously it is super important and you need to take care of your life. If you leave and come back, you have interrupted my class twice and that is kind of rude. NO texting, selfies or snap chat please! I like you to have access to your phone, you can look important things up on your phone and I think that is wonderful, just be respectful. 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 me or someone else in the class. It is your responsibility!!  I do not take make-up work or allow make-up exams. Each student is expected to engage in academic honesty and refrain from cheating and/or plagiarism. Having someone help you on your online exams is cheating!! 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

Grading Criteria

There will be a total of 950 possible points for the semester. I do not plan on changing the amount of points possible, but please check your points often and check online often in case there is a change. If the amount of points possible changes the amount of points needed to earn a certain grade will also change. You will be able to check your grade on AC Online. To calculate your grade you will divide the number of points you have earned (usually the smaller number) by the number of possible points that you could have earned in the class (the larger number). Grading will be on the standard grade scale:

100-90% = 950- 855 points and above A

89-80% = 854-760 points B

79-70% = 759-665 points C

69-60% = 664-570 points D

Below 60% = below 570 points F

The points will be earned:

500 points for exams (5 100 points exams and you get to replace your lowest exam with your highest exam score)

150 points social responsibility learning project

300 points for attendance and in class assignments throughout the 8 weeks.

Total points possible: 950 points

  • 4  50 question multiple choice exams in class; each exam is worth 100 points and you will get to replace your lowest test grade with your highest test grade
  • The class assignments: 300 points
    • We will do doing different in class assignments that will be worth a differing amount of points. If you know that you will not be attending class that day or you wake up sick please let me know and you can complete the assignments on your own. I will not do make-up in-class assignment.
  •  150 points for social learning project
    • You will be required to complete 4 hours of community service. You will turn in a versification sheet which will be worth 50 points
    • You will answer 4 questions with short essays. The essays are worth a total of 100 points.  You will be able to access the rubric when you are uploading your essays. You will reflect on your time volunteering


Attendance policy:

It is college, but it is an 8 week course, so you cannot skip. You will need to show up to pass the class. I will take attendance and we will do some assignments during our class and you will receive points. I understand that things come up, but please try you best to be in class and be on time!!! This class moves really quickly and if you miss once sometimes you feel very behind. Just come to class and everything will be easier. If something does come up please notify me immediately so we can work something out. Contacting me after the fact leaves me little room to work with you. I do not take late work and no make-up exams.


Class Schedule/Outline:

The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus and/or calendar if needed.

 Date                                                   Lesson/Lecture/ Assignments

Monday March 21st                             Welcome/ Introduction to developmental psychology

Tuesday March 22nd                           Chapter 1 Introduction

Wednesday March 23rd                       Finish chapter 1 and start chapter 2: Theories of development

Thursday March 24th                          Assignment on Theories of development

Monday March 28th                            Chapter 3 and chapter 4: Prenatal development, Birth and Infancy.

Tuesday March 29th                            Birth defect assignment

Wednesday March 30th                       Chapter 5 Infancy: Cognitive and Language development

Thursday March 31st                           Exam 1 in class. It will cover chapter 1-5. You will need a pencil. Once you finish the exam you will be able to leave

Monday April 4th                                Chapter 6: Infancy Emotional and Social development

 Abuse vs. discipline assignment

Tuesday April 5th                                 Chapter 7:  Early childhood-Physical and cognitive development

Wednesday April 6th                           Chapter 8: Early childhood- Emotional and social development

Thursday April 8th                              Exam 2 in class. It will cover chapter 6-8. You will need a pencil. Once you finish the exam you will be able to leave

Monday April 11th                              Chapter 9: Middle Childhood- physical and cognitive development

Tuesday April 12th                              Chapter 10: Middle Childhood-Emotional and social development

Wednesday April 13th                         Debate topics over middle childhood

Thursday April 14th                            Debate topics over middle childhood

Monday April 18th                              Chapter 11: Adolescence- Physical and cognitive development

Tuesday April 19th                              Chapter 12: Adolescence- emotional and social development

Wednesday April 20th                         Adolescents and Suicide assignment

Thursday April 21st                             Exam 3 in class. It will cover chapter 9-12. You will need a pencil. Once you finish the exam you will be able to leave  

 Monday April 25th                             Chapter 13: Early adulthood- physical and cognitive development

Tuesday April 26th                              Chapter 14: Early adulthood- emotional and social development

Wednesday April 27th                         Middle Adulthood myth and reality chapter 15 and chapter 16

 Social Learning Project is due Wednesday April 27th. This includes the 4 hours of community service and the essay portion all turned in online by 11:59 pm.

Thursday April 28th                            Exam 4 in class. It will cover chapter 13-16.  You will need a pencil. Once you finish the exam you will be able to leave   

Monday May 2nd                                 Chapter 17: Late adulthood-physical and cognitive development

Tuesday May 3rd                                 Chapter 18: Late adulthood- emotional and social development

Wednesday May 4th                            Chapter 19: Death and Dying

Your own development and life in review

Thursday May 5th                                Finish Your own development and life in review     

Monday May 9th                                  Exam 5 in class. It will cover chapter 17-19.  This is your final. You will need a pencil. Once you finish the exam you will be able to leave  

Good luck on your finals. Have a safe summer break!  

Additional Information

Office Hours:

I Hold office hour Monday-Thursday 8:00-8:50 am

The best way to reach me is my e-mail:

IF you email me from within the class when I respond it will go to your gmail account. If you do not check your gmail account please email from the email you check. Just make sure you tell me what class you are in and your name as it appears in the class.

We can always try to set-up an appointment that will work for both of us. Email first and if I do not respond you can call (806)371-5192. When I am not in class I will be in my office willing to meet with you. Please just email and we can set up an official appointment to make sure we can get everything handled.

Syllabus Created on:

03/07/22 11:57 AM

Last Edited on:

03/07/22 12:04 PM