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Lifespan Development
Spring 2013
College of Lake County, PSY 220 (Section 007)
Tuesday 3:30 – 6:15 pm
Grayslake A224

The course integrates theory and research as they relate to neurobiological, cognitive, social and emotional development of individuals in cultural context from conception through adulthood. The course emphasizes normal developmental stages and patterns of adjustment to differing life-time demands. Students will gain an understanding of hereditary and environmental factors on development; prenatal development and the birth process; physical development; language and cognitive development; family relationships; friend and peer relationships; school, college and career experiences; self identity; gender; sexuality and health and the aging process, as well as the research methods psychologists use to study development.

Name:Soyoung Suh, Ph.D.
Phone: 847-543-2000 x32815
Office Hours:By appointment

Sigelman, C. & Rider, E. (2012). Life-Span Human Development (7th Edition). Wadsworth, Cengage Learning.


Course Objectives/Outcomes
• Display knowledge of historical views of development. • Describe psychoanalytic, cognitive, behavioral and social learning, and ecological theories as applied to lifespan development. • Demonstrate an understanding of research methods used for collecting information about human development. • Describe the physical developmental changes that take place throughout the lifespan. • Describe cognitive development of individuals throughout the lifespan. • Demonstrate understanding of the influences of families, peers, schools, and culture on development. • Describe changes in the conceptions of the self, identity formation, and moral development thoughout development. • Describe the impact of gender on development of children, adolescents, and adults and the changing nature of sexuality from puberty throughout adulthood. • Describe indicators of psychological adjustment.

• Describe the sources, effects, and buffers of stress for children, adolescents, and adults. • Describe the changes in physical and mental health throughout the lifespan.

Blackboard is an online course management system that will be utilized in this course. You will be able to access your grades, locate important documents related to the course and find online resources to facilitate your understanding of the course content. In addition, you should submit all of your assignments through Blackboard. Do not submit your assignment through email or on paper. If you have never used Blackboard, begin by visiting Instructions for the system, including password information, can be accessed from that page.

Course Requirements
Two exams (50 %): There are two exams: the mid-term and the final exam. The final exam is not cumulative. The types of questions are multiple choice, short answer, and essay question. Each exam accounts for 25 % of the course grade. Make-up exams are not allowed without very compelling reasons supported by documents.

Two Quizzes (10 %): There are two quizzes to help understanding and retaining of class materials. Each quiz accounts for 5 % each and there is no make-up quiz.

Research paper assignment (20 %): For this assignment, you will write a 4-6 page research paper on a topic that interests you about development. In order to write this paper, you need to choose a topic that really interests you and investigate on the topic in depth. You are encouraged to review empirical studies for your research. Your reference should include at least one article from academic journals. Toward the end of the semester, you will present your paper in class. The topics and detailed instructions for the assignment will be presented...
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