Psychology 2314

Child and Lifespan Development





Schedule of Class Activities

Monday/Wednesday Classes and

Tuesday/Thursday Classes





Dr. Paul Bowers

Office: 903-463-8630



Psychology 2314

Child and Life-Span Development




Course Description:  The study of development of the individual from conception to late adulthood.  Various stages in the process and factors that influence development are noted in the areas of physical, cognitive, and social-emotional domains are reviewed.



Instructor:                                          Dr. Paul Bowers

                                                            903-463-8630 (office)

                                                            E-mail:  Use Blackboard e-mail to contact instructor


Course:                                               Child and Life-Span Development


Textbook:                                           Life-Span Development, 11th Edition by

                                                            John Santrock. McGraw Hill Publishers.


Course Requirements:


Units of Chapters:  The chapters to be studied in this course this semester are as follows:  Chapters 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 9, 11, 12, 13, 15, 17, 18, 19, 20, and 21.


Chapter Tests:  There are six (6) Chapter Tests in this course.  All tests will cover selected chapters in the textbook.  Please refer to the sections below for detailed information on the assignments.


Chapter Tests:  Chapter Tests are given upon the completion of discussions for each of the following chapters: 3/4, 5/7, 8/9/11, Mini-lectures on Adolescent Issues, 15/17, 18/19/20/21.  Each Chapter Test consists of multiple choice questions based upon the material found in the chapters in the textbook and selected questions from class discussions power points, and/or handouts.  On many of the tests, the power point presentations can be used to help study for all tests.  Bonus points may be earned for each of the Chapter Tests.  The value of each test is 100 points.


Mini-lecture on Adolescent Issues:  These mini-lectures cover Chapters 12 and 13.  The professor will give mini-lectures using power point presentations over the following subjects:  Sexual maturation; health issues and eating disorders; friendships and dating; and substance abuse and suicide.  Students will be responsible for completing certain tasks, exercises, and questions pertinent to these mini-lectures.   A Chapter Test will be given over these four (4) subject areas.  The power point presentations should be studied for these tests.  Bonus points may be earned for this Chapter Test.  The value of the test is 100 points.  


MISSED CHAPTER TESTS:  This information pertains to my Psychology 2314 Child and Lifespan Development class:   There are no makeup tests in these courses.  If you do miss taking one (1) of the Chapter Tests, you will earn a grade of zero.  I will replace the grade of zero with a grade of 40 unless one of the remaining five (5) Chapter Tests grades is less than 40.  In that case, your grade for the missed Chapter Test is equivalent to the lowest Chapter Test grade.  For example, if your grades are 0, 80, 77, 88, 90, and 86, then, the zero will be replaced with the grade of 40.  If your grades are 0, 30, 77, 88, 90, and 88, then, the zero will be replaced with the grade of 30.  Note:  Not applicable if you have two or more zeros on Chapter Tests. 


How Are Assignments Graded In This Course?


Assignments/Components:                                                                                        Value


Chapter Tests                                                                                                   5 @100 points each


 Chapter Test over Adolescent Issues                                                                100 points



(Note:  If you miss a Chapter Test; you need to read the policy above concerning missed chapter tests.     Not applicable if two zeros are earned on the Chapter Tests. Not applicable if you have taken all of the Chapter Tests).


Grade:  Calculate average based on the components noted above.


Grade Distribution:

                              90 to 100               =                      A

                              80 to 89.99            =                      B

                              70 to 79.99            =                      C

                              60 to 69.99            =                      D

                              59 and below         =                      F


Class Attendance:

Academic success is closely associated with regular classroom attendance.  All students are required to attend classes regularly and punctually.  Responsibility for work missed because of illness or school business is placed upon the student.  More than three (3) absences are considered to be excessive.  Your professor reserves the right to deduct points for excessive absences.  Your professor reserves the right to give pop tests in this course.  Points for these pop tests will be deducted from Chapter Test grades when students are not present for them.   Attendance is recorded when the roll is called.  If you are not present, then an absence is recorded.  It is your responsibility to read and understand the Student Conduct Statement in this syllabus.


Cheating on Exams:

As per college policy, if a student is found cheating on an assignment/test, the grade of zero will be earned for the assignment/test and the name of the student reported to the Dean’s office.  There will be no make-up opportunities under these circumstances.  Anytime the professor suspects complicity, he has the authority to challenge the submitted work, and if deemed there has been wrongdoing, may reject the test or paper and give the student a zero for that particular assignment/test.


Disability Statement:

Students with special needs should contact the Disability Services Coordinator in the Learning Assistance Center no later than the first week of classes.  Once appropriate documentation for the disability is received, the Disability Services Coordinator will coordinate delivery of approved accommodations with students and their instructors.


Student Conduct Statement:

Students are expected to maintain classroom decorum that includes respect for other students and the professor, prompt and regular attendance, and an attitude that seeks to take full advantage of the educational opportunity.  All students are expected to be in class at the designated time, prepared to work, ready to take class notes and actively participate in class discussions and activities.  At no time will a student be allowed to sleep, lay their head down during lecture, or interrupt the lecture through casual chatting or other disturbing behavior.  Cell phones and pagers are to be turned off during class time.  At any time, the professor has the authority to ask a student to leave the classroom for any of the above reasons and this expulsion will be treated as an absence for that particular class.  Note:  Once class lectures/activities have begun, the door will be closed and locked.  No one will be admitted after that point.  No exceptions!  Be in your chair and prepared to begin class on time.  In addition, lap top computers and recorders are not allowed in class.


Withdrawal from the Course:

GC will no longer utilize the grades of WP or WF.  Students who withdraw prior to the thirteenth week of a long semester (week before final exams of a summer day or evening session, or two days before the final exam for a mini-mester) will receive a grade of W.  The Office of Admissions will no longer accept Withdrawal Date Deadline appeals.

  Schedule of Class Activities

PSYC 2314

Child and Lifespan Development


Week 1

August 25, 2008 through August 29, 2008



                                    Introduction to course.  Opening Remarks for Course. 


                                    Chapter 3 




Week 2 

September 1, 2008 through September 5, 2008


                                    Chapter 3




Week 3

September 8, 2008 through September 12, 2008


                                    Chapter 4




Week 4

September 15, 2008 through September 19, 2008


                                    Chapter 4


                                    Chapter Test 1:   Chapters 3 and 4   Value:  100 points

                                    Bring Scantron to class




Week 5

September22, 2008 through September 26, 2008


                                    Chapter 5




Week 6

September 29, 2008 through October 3, 2008


                                    Chapter 5 




Week 7

October 6, 2008 through October 10, 2008


                                    Chapter 7


                                    Chapter Test 2:   Chapters 5 and 7   Value:  100 points

                                    Bring Scantron to class





Week 8

October 13, 2008 through October 17, 2008


                                    Chapter 8 (This chapter will be discussed) Chapter 9 (Not discussed).


                                    Chapter 8


Week 9

October 20, 2008 through October 24, 2008


                                    Chapter 11



Week 10

October 27, 2008 through October 31, 2008


                                    Chapter 11


                                    Chapter Test 3:   Chapters 8, 9 and 11   Value:  100 points

                                    Bring Scantron to class




Week 11

November 3, 2008 through November 7, 2008


                                    Mini-Lecture:     “Sexual Maturation”


                                    Mini-Lecture:     “Health in Adolescence “

                                                             “Eating Disorders”




Week 12

November 10, 2008 through November 14, 2008



                                    Mini-Lecture:    “Friendship and Dating”


                                    Mini-Lecture: “Substance Abuse and Suicide”




Week 13

November 17, 2008 through November 21, 2008


                                    Chapter Test 4:  Mini-lectures on Adolescent Issues.  Value:  100 points

                                    Bring Scantron to class.


                                    Chapter Test 5:  Chapters 15 and 17.  No discussion of these chapters.  Value:  100 points                                               

                                    Bring Scantron to class.




Week 14

November 24, 2008 through November 28, 2008


                                    Chapters 18-19-20-21






Week 15

April 28, 2008 through May 2, 2008


                                    Chapters 18-19-20-21



                                    Chapter Test 6:   Chapters 18-19-20-21   Value:  100 points

                                    Bring Scantron to class


 A note about taking all tests:  Students will not be allowed to wear hats or other coverings of the head during a test.  Students will meet in a designated area for all tests.      


Class Ends!