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PSYC 395: Adult Psychology

Course Description

Physiological, behavioral and cognitive changes that occur in adulthood and old age, discussed from a psychological/developmental perspective.

Prerequisite: PSYC 101

Proctored Exams: Final



Syllabus Contents

Textbooks

Required

  • Cavanaugh, J., & Blanchard-Fields, F.. (2015). Adult Development and Aging (7th). Wadsworth-Thomson.
    • [ISBN-978-1-285-44491-8]

MBS Information

Textbooks for the course may be ordered from MBS Direct. You can order

For additional information about the bookstore, visit http://www.mbsbooks.com.


Course Overview

Adult development and aging is an exciting and rapidly advancing field.  Not only is this course on adult development and aging an opportunity to learn the latest developments in a relatively new field, but it may be a unique course in your academic career.  Unlike other developmental courses that focus on the past, such as child or adolescent development, this course allows a glimpse into what the future holds.  The crystal ball aspect opens the door to many interesting and growth-enhancing possibilities in the course beyond simply learning factual material.  


Technology Requirements

Participation in this course will require the basic technology for all online classes at Columbia College:
  • A computer with reliable Internet access
  • A web browser
  • Acrobat Reader
  • Microsoft Office or another word processor such as Open Office

You can find more details about standard technical requirements for our courses on our site.


Course Objectives

  • To apply existing psychological principles and theories to adult development.
  • To explore specific theories developed to explain the cognitive and social gains and losses evidence during adulthood.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

  • Explain major biological and psychological changes that occur in early, middle, and late adulthood.
  • Explain different research methods used to study adults, as well as the limitations of testing methods in late adulthood.
  • Identify physical and mental health concerns, as well as clinical disorders, that are of special concern for young adults, middle-aged adults, and older adults.
  • Explain the nature and trajectory of cognitive changes across adulthood in the areas of intelligence, memory, attention, and social cognition.
  • Explain the nature and trajectory of social changes across adulthood in the areas of personality, interpersonal relationships, and workplace/retirement concerns.

Grading

Grading Scale
Grade Points Percent
A 900-1000 90-100%
B 800-899 80-89%
C 700-799 70-79%
D 600-699 60-69%
F 0-599 0-59%
Grade Weights
Assignment Category Points Percent
Discussions 320 32%
Final Paper 220 22%
Quizzes 160 16%
Final Exam 300 30%
Total 1000 100%


Schedule of Due Dates

Week 1
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 1 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 2 20
Quiz 1 20 Sunday
Week 2
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 3 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 4 20
Quiz 2 20 Sunday
Proctor Information N/A
Week 3
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 5 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 6 20
Quiz 3 20 Sunday
Week 4
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 7 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 8 20
Quiz 4 20 Sunday
Week 5
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 9 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 10 20
Quiz 5 20 Sunday
Week 6
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 11 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 12 20
Quiz 6 20 Sunday
Week 7
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 13 20 Wednesday/Sunday
Discussion 14 20
Quiz 7 20 Sunday
Final Paper 220
Week 8
Assignment Points Due
Discussion 15 20 Wednesday/Friday
Discussion 16 20
Quiz 8 20 Saturday
Final Examination 300
Total Points 1000

Assignment Overview

Discussion

There are two discussion opportunities each week. I expect a minimum of three posts by you for each discussion: one reflection (at least 3 paragraphs in length) and two substantive replies to your classmates. Great interaction, as you will see, requires more than just the minimum.

Weekly Topics: Odd numbered discussion topics are outlined in the syllabus below.  Each of these assignments requires one response by Wednesday and two replies to your classmates by Sunday at midnight.

Web Knowledge Analysis (WKA): Even numbered discussion topics are self-directed studies.  You will pursue issues of interest to you relating to the week’s topics and then report your findings back to the rest of the class.  You are both the learner and the teacher. Again, this assignment requires one response by Wednesday and two replies to your classmates by Sunday at midnight.

For your initial WKA post:

  1. State the relevant chapter number 
  2. Copy the chapter subheading 
  3. Give the web site's URL 
  4. Describe what you were looking for.
  5. In a paragraph or two, tell what you liked about the site and what you didn’t.

Quizzes

Weekly quizzes will help you monitor your comprehension of the information presented in the text for each week. Each quiz will be due by midnight Sunday.   There will be 20 items on each quiz.  You will have 40 minutes to complete each quiz. 


Paper

During Week 7 you will submit a formal paper on a specified topic related to adult developmental psychology.

Topics: The paper guideline will be made available in the Content section of the course.   

Length and Format:  You are required to prepare and submit a 1500-word term paper in APA format. 

References: You should reference at least two sources outside the required text. 

Style: This is a formal assignment, meaning that formal rules of English and grammar must be applied.  Points will be deducted for misspellings, incomplete sentences, poor sentence structure, etc.  Ideally, your paper will be prepared using MS Word; a compatible processor, such as Open Office is also acceptable.  Please save your document as a .doc, .docx, or .rtf file and submit to the correct Dropbox folder. 

Plagiarism and Recycled Work: Work from a previous course will not be accepted, in whole or in part. Please take the plagiarism quiz provided in the quiz section at the beginning of Week 1. Turnitin is used for assessing the originality of your paper.


Proctored Final Exam

You will complete the Final Exam in a proctored setting, using the quiz tool in D2L. You will have 120 minutes for the exam. It is comprehensive and is composed of 60 multiple-choice questions. The exam is closed book (i.e., no notes or books permitted while taking the exam).



Course Outline

Click on each week to view details about the activities scheduled for that week.

Week 1: Adult Development and Neuroscience
Readings

Chapters 1-2

Discussion Assignments

Please see the Discussion area of the course for complete description of assignments.

Each of these assignments requires one response by Wednesday midnight and at least two replies to your classmates by Sunday at midnight.

Discussion 1

The discussion for this week will revolve around the aging process as it relates to Adult Development and Neuroscience.

Discussion 2
Web Knowledge Analysis
Quiz 1

The quiz will cover the readings in Chapter 1-2. The quiz will only be available during Week 1. It will be closed at midnight Sunday evening. All students are expected to take the quiz. You have 40 minutes to answer 20 MC questions.

Week 2: Physical Changes and Longevity
Readings

Chapters 3-4

Discussion Assignments

Please see the Discussion area of the course for complete description of assignments.

Each of these assignments requires one response by Wednesday midnight and at least two replies to your classmates by Sunday at midnight.

Discussion 3

The discussion for this week will revolve around the aging process as it relates to Physical Changes and Longevity.   

Discussion 4
Web Knowledge Analysis
Quiz 2

The quiz will cover the readings in Chapter 3-4. It will only be available during Week 2. It will be closed at midnight Sunday evening. All students are expected to take the quiz.  You have 40 minutes to answer 20 MC questions.

Proctor Information
Submit your proctor form to the appropriate Dropbox folder by the end of the week. Remember to “Save” the form before placing it in Dropbox. See the Content area for more information.
Week 3: Environmental Interactions, Attention, and Memory
Readings

Chapters 5-6

Discussion Assignments

Please see the Discussion area of the course for complete description of assignments.

Each of these assignments requires one response by Wednesday midnight and at least two replies to your classmates by Sunday at midnight.

Discussion 5

The discussion for this week will revolve around the aging process and Environmental Interactions, Attention, and Memory.  

Discussion 6
Web Knowledge Analysis
Quiz 3

The quiz will cover the readings in Chapters 5-6. It will only be available during Week 3. It will be closed at midnight Sunday evening. All students are expected to take the quiz.  You have 40 minutes to answer 20 MC questions.

Week 4: Intelligence and Social Cognition
Readings

Chapters 7-8

Discussion Assignments

Please see the Discussion area of the course for complete description of assignments.

Each of these assignments requires one response by Wednesday midnight and at least two replies to your classmates by Sunday at midnight.

Discussion 7

The discussion for this week will revolve around the aging process and Intelligence and Social Cognition.

Discussion 8
Web Knowledge Analysis
Quiz 4

This quiz will cover the readings in Chapters 7-8. It will only be available during Week 4. It will be closed at midnight Sunday evening. All students are expected to take the quiz.  You have 40 minutes to answer 20 MC questions.

Week 5: Personality & Assessment
Readings

Chapter 9

Discussion Assignments

Please see the Discussion area of the course for complete description of assignments.

Each of these assignments requires one response by Wednesday midnight and at least two replies to your classmates by Sunday at midnight.

Discussion 9

The discussion for this week will revolve around the aging process and Personality.

Discussion 10
Web Knowledge Analysis
Quiz 5

This quiz will cover the readings in Chapter 9. It will only be available during Week 5. It will be closed at midnight Sunday evening. All students are expected to take the quiz.  You have 40 minutes to answer 20 MC questions.

Week 6: Relationships
Readings

Chapter 11 (Note change in Chapter sequence)

Discussion Assignments

Please see the Discussion area of the course for complete description of assignments.

Each of these assignments requires one response by Wednesday midnight and at least two replies to your classmates by Sunday at midnight.

Discussion 11

The discussion for this week will revolve around the aging process and Relationships.

Discussion 12
Web Knowledge Analysis
Quiz 6

The quiz will cover the readings in Chapter 11. The quiz will only be available during Week 6. It will be closed at midnight Sunday evening. All students are expected to take the quiz.  You have 40 minutes to answer 20 MC questions.

Course Evaluation
Please evaluate the course. You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link sent to your CougarMail will allow you to access the evaluation. Please note that these evaluations are provided so that I can improve the course, find out what students perceive to be its strengths and weaknesses, and in general assess the success of the course. Please do take the time to fill this out.
Week 7: Mental Health, Work, Leisure, and Retirement
Readings

Chapters 10 and 12

Discussion Assignments

Please see the Discussion area of the course for complete description of assignments.

Each of these assignments requires one response by Wednesday midnight and at least two replies to your classmates by Sunday at midnight.

Discussion 13

The discussion for this week will revolve around the aging process and Mental Health, Work, Leisure, and Retirement.  

Discussion 14
Web Knowledge Analysis
Quiz 7

This quiz will cover the readings in Chapters 10 and 12. It will only be available during Week 7. It will be closed at midnight Sunday evening. All students are expected to take the quiz.  You have 40 minutes to answer 20 MC questions.

Final Paper

Your paper must be submitted in the Dropbox by Sunday at midnight.

Week 8: Dying/Bereavement and Successful Aging
Readings

Chapters 13 and 14

Discussion Assignments

Please see the Discussion area of the course for complete description of assignments.

Each of these assignments requires one response by Wednesday midnight and at least two replies to your classmates by Sunday at midnight.

Discussion 15

The discussion for this week will revolve around the aging process, dying, and bereavement, 

Discussion 16
Web Knowledge Analysis
Quiz 8

This quiz will cover the readings in Chapters 13 and 14. It will only be available during Week 8. It will be closed at midnight Saturday evening. All students are expected to take the quiz.  You have 40 minutes to answer 20 MC questions.

Final Examination

The exam will be composed of multiple-choice questions. You will have two hours to complete it.  You must complete the exam in a proctored setting. The examination will be available online for a one time only access.  You will not be able to log in and out of the examination.  The final examination must be taken by midnight Saturday of week 8.  Neither books nor notes will be allowed.  Cell phones, thumb drives and other electronic devices are not allowed.



Course Policies

Student Conduct

All Columbia College students, whether enrolled in a land-based or online course, are responsible for behaving in a manner consistent with Columbia College's Student Conduct Code and Acceptable Use Policy. Students violating these policies will be referred to the office of Student Affairs and/or the office of Academic Affairs for possible disciplinary action. The Student Code of Conduct and the Computer Use Policy for students can be found in the Columbia College Student Handbook. The Handbook is available online; you can also obtain a copy by calling the Student Affairs office (Campus Life) at 573-875-7400. The teacher maintains the right to manage a positive learning environment, and all students must adhere to the conventions of online etiquette.

Plagiarism

Your grade will be based in large part on the originality of your ideas and your written presentation of these ideas. Presenting the words, ideas, or expression of another in any form as your own is plagiarism. Students who fail to properly give credit for information contained in their written work (papers, journals, exams, etc.) are violating the intellectual property rights of the original author. For proper citation of the original authors, you should reference the appropriate publication manual for your degree program or course (APA, MLA, etc.). Violations are taken seriously in higher education and may result in a failing grade on the assignment, a grade of "F" for the course, or dismissal from the College.

Collaboration conducted between students without prior permission from the instructor is considered plagiarism and will be treated as such. Spouses and roommates taking the same course should be particularly careful.

All required papers may be submitted for textual similarity review to Turnitin.com for the detection of plagiarism. All submitted papers may be included in the Turnitin.com reference database for the purpose of detecting plagiarism. This service is subject to the Terms and Conditions of Use posted on the Turnitin.com site.

Non-Discrimination

There will be no discrimination on the basis of sex, race, color, national origin, sexual orientation, religion, ideology, political affiliation, veteran status, age, physical handicap, or marital status.

Student Accessibility Resources

Students with documented disabilities who may need academic services for this course are required to register with the office of Student Accessibility Resources. Until the student has been cleared through this office, accommodations do not have to be granted. If you are a student who has a documented disability, it is important for you to read the entire syllabus as soon as possible. The structure or the content of the course may make an accommodation not feasible. Student Accessibility Resources is located in Student Affairs in AHSC 215 and can be reached by phone at (573) 875-7626 or email at sar@ccis.edu.

Online Participation

You are expected to read the assigned texts and participate in the discussions and other course activities each week. Assignments should be posted by the due dates stated on the grading schedule in your syllabus. If an emergency arises that prevents you from participating in class, please let your instructor know as soon as possible.

Attendance Policy

Attendance for a week will be counted as having submitted any assigned activity for which points are earned. Attendance for the week is based upon the date work is submitted. A class week is defined as the period of time between Monday and Sunday (except for week 8, when the work and the course will end on Saturday at midnight.) The course and system deadlines are based on the Central Time Zone.

Cougar Email

All students are provided a CougarMail account when they enroll in classes at Columbia College. You are responsible for monitoring email from that account for important messages from the College and from your instructor. You may forward your Cougar email account to another account; however, the College cannot be held responsible for breaches in security or service interruptions with other email providers.

Students should use email for private messages to the instructor and other students. The class discussions are for public messages so the class members can each see what others have to say about any given topic and respond.

Late Assignment Policy

An online class requires regular participation and a commitment to your instructor and your classmates to regularly engage in the reading, discussion and writing assignments. Although most of the online communication for this course is asynchronous, you must be able to commit to the schedule of work for the class for the next eight weeks. You must keep up with the schedule of reading and writing to successfully complete the class.

No late discussion posts will be accepted.

Late assignments must be pre-approved.

Course Evaluation

You will have an opportunity to evaluate the course near the end of the session. A link will be sent to your CougarMail that will allow you to access the evaluation. Be assured that the evaluations are anonymous and that your instructor will not be able to see them until after final grades are submitted.

Proctor Policy

Students taking courses that require proctored exams must submit their completed proctor request forms to their instructors by the end of the second week of the session. Proctors located at Columbia College campuses are automatically approved. The use of ProctorU services is also automatically approved. The instructor of each course will consider any other choice of proctor for approval or denial. Additional proctor choices the instructor will consider include: public librarians, high school or college instructors, high school or college counseling services, commanding officers, education service officers, and other proctoring services. Personal friends, family members, athletic coaches and direct supervisors are not acceptable.


Additional Resources

Orientation for New Students

This course is offered online, using course management software provided by Desire2Learn and Columbia College. The course user guide provides details about taking an online course at Columbia College. You may also want to visit the course demonstration to view a sample course before this one opens.

Technical Support

If you have problems accessing the course or posting your assignments, contact your instructor, the Columbia College Helpdesk, or the D2L Helpdesk for assistance. Contact information is also available within the online course environment.

Online Tutoring

Smarthinking is a free online tutoring service available to all Columbia College students. Smarthinking provides real-time online tutoring and homework help for Math, English, and Writing. Smarthinking also provides access to live tutorials in writing and math, as well as a full range of study resources, including writing manuals, sample problems, and study skills manuals. You can access the service from wherever you have a connection to the Internet. I encourage you to take advantage of this free service provided by the college.

Access Smarthinking through CougarTrack under Students -> Academics -> Academic Resources.


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