Ψ  Syllabus 

•  Lifespan Growth & Development  • PSYC 2314 

Cisco College -  2015/2016 

Professor: Robert C. Gates

Use e-mail. - rcgates@rcgates.com

Web Page: www.rcgates.com

Psychology 2314: 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. Three lecture hours per week.

Credit: 3 Semester Hours

Prerequisite: General Psychology (exception: nursing students)                           Transferability: Yes

Course Structure: This course will meet for 1.5 hours twice a week ( days ) or for 3 hours once a week 
for 16 weeks in a standard semester.

Required Textbooks and Materials: The Developing Person Throughout the Life Span, Berger, 8th or 9th edition

Recommended Optional Materials & Library Resources: Internet search for current concepts

Purpose & Goal of the course as related to the College Mission: To offer a transferable comprehensive 
course in the social sciences which helps the student to form the basis of an understanding of individual
 human behavior.

Course Objectives: The student should be able to:

•  Describe the stages of the developing person at different periods of the life span from birth to death. 
•  Discuss the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that affect the development process of 
the individual. 
•  Identify factors of responsible personal behavior with regard to issues such as sexual activity, 
substance abuse, marriage and parenting. 
•  Explain the biosocial, cognitive and psychological influences throughout the lifespan as an ongoing 
set of processes, involving both continuity and change. 
•  Describe the different developmental perspectives of the major theories of development (i.e. cognitive, 
learning, humanistic and psychodynamic). 
•  Identify examples of some of the cultural and ethnic differences that influence development 
throughout the lifespan. 
•  Discuss the various causes or reasons for disturbances in the developmental process. 

Core Objectives: 

 • Critical Thinking Skills - to include creative thinking, innovation, inquiry, and analysis, 
 evaluation and synthesis of information 
• Communication Skills - to include effective development, interpretation and expression of 
ideas through written, oral and visual communication 
• Empirical and Quantitative Skills - to include the manipulation and analysis of numerical data 
or observable facts resulting in informed conclusions 
• Teamwork - to include the ability to consider different points of view and to work effectively 
with others to support a shared purpose or goal 
• Personal Responsibility - to include the ability to connect choices, actions and consequences 
to ethical decision-making 
• Social Responsibility - to include intercultural competence, knowledge of civic responsibility, 
and the ability to engage effectively in regional, national, and global communities 

Methods of Assessment / Grading Policy

 Average of unit tests(4) - 60% 

 Unit test format: multiple choice - Time limit: 30 minutes

 Student Project - 20% 

 Final exam - 20% All tests must be completed before a student can take the final. 
 
 Doing the self testing on the instructors web site is an integral part of this course! Always take 
the self tests provided for you, it will enhance your chance of doing well on course tests.

 There is not, nor will there be made any provision for extra credit work in my classes.

Attendance Policy

•  Prompt & regular class attendance is considered necessary for satisfactory work. It is the 
responsibility of the professor to keep an accurate & comprehensive record of attendance.
•  Cisco College recognizes that absence from class may occur due to illness, death or illness 
in the immediate family, observance of a religious holiday, or participation in a college-sponsored
activity. (Absences due to participation in a college-sponsored activity must be authorized by the 
Vice President of Instruction.) When absences occur due to the above-stated reasons, the student 
is allowed to make up work missed; the professor may require the work to be made up within two 
weeks from its original due date.
•  During a regular Fall or Spring semester, the following requirements apply for face to-face classes. 
For a class that meets three times per week, a student is allowed six absences. For a class that 
meets two times per week, a student is allowed four absences. For a class that meets one time 
per week, a student is allowed two absences. If a student misses one more than the allowed number 
of absences, he/she may be dropped from the class if the professor deems the student to be failing 
due to excessive absences and/or failure to make up work due to absences.
•  For online or hybrid courses, a student may be dropped after he/she fails to access the course web 
site and/or participate in the class for a two-week period, and the professor deems the student 
to be failing.

•  Any student who ceases to attend class without officially withdrawing through the Admissions 
Office is subject to a grade of F.
•  The student will receive a grade of W for the course if withdrawn before the last day to drop with 
a W, and an F if withdrawn after the last day to drop with a W. Three tardies may constitute an absence. 
Absences immediately before or after a holiday may be counted as double absences.

Ψ  IF you leave class without prior permission while it is in session, you will receive an 
unexcused absence!

 Policy on make-ups, re-tests & extra credit work:

    If a student has an absence on a test day, the student will make up the test before the next test 
is given or receive a zero for that test grade. No makeups will be allowed during final test week!  Make 
up tests will be taken in the classroom, by appointment only!  A Doctor’s written excuse for the class 
day of the scheduled exam must be presented in order to take the make-up test. 
 

    Note: Makeup tests may be alternate versions of the test given to the class.
    There is not, nor will there be made any provision for re-tests in this class.
    There is not, nor will there be made any provision for extra credit work in this class.

Major Units of Study: 

    Beginnings, Theories of Development, Heredity & Environment, Prenatal & Birth, Biosocial 
Development, Cognitive Development, Psychosocial Development, Death & Dying.

Notices

    Course Content: College-level courses may include controversial, sensitive, and/or 
   adult material. Students are expected to have the readiness for college-level rigor and content.

    Academic Integrity: It is the intent of Cisco College to foster a spirit of complete honesty & a 
    high standard of integrity. The attempt of students to present as their own any work they have 
    not honestly performed is regarded by the faculty & administration as a serious offense & 
    renders the offender liable to serious consequences, possibly suspension. All student conduct
    will support academic honesty. Any student who is cheating on an exam or uses thoughts or 
    words or works of others without proper citation will receive an F or zero for that work & may fail
    the course. The instructional goal is that each student completes his or her own work in order to 
    master the skills needed to compete in the job market. 
    
    Student Conduct: Students are expected to take responsibility in helping to maintain a 
    classroom environment that is conductive to learning. In order to assure that all students have the 
    opportunity to gain from the time spent in class, students are prohibited from making offensive 
    remarks, reading material not related to the class, sleeping, or engaging in any kind of distracting 
    behavior. Inappropriate behavior in the classroom shall result, at a minimum, in a request to leave 
    class. A more detailed list of inappropriate behaviors is found in the current student hand book.  
    Harassment of any nature occurring on the premises of Cisco College will not be tolerated. 
   Should a student be subjected to any form of harassment, the matter may be reported to the Title IX 
   Director (254-442-5022 or 325-794-4503), Dean of Students (254-442-5173), 
   Provost (325-794-4401), or any counselor (See Directory) - Behave! - 
  
    Students should silence all communication devices, which include but are not limited to phones, 
    pagers, recorders, palm devices, and laptops. No communications devices should be visible on 
    desks during class unless otherwise directed by the instructor as part of a class activity or approved 
    by the instructor for note-taking. An exception to this policy may occur due to college-wide emergency 
    notification. If a pressing situation requires communication during class, notify the instructor before 
    class begins, sit near the door and quietly exit the classroom before answering any communication. 
    In testing situations, use of any communication, electronic, or data storage device for a reason other 
    than college emergencies or a use specified by the instructor, may lead to a charge of academic 
    dishonesty.
    
    Changes to the Syllabus: The schedule and procedures in this syllabus are subject to change 
   if deemed appropriate by the instructor.
    
    Students with Special Needs: Students who qualify for specific accommodations under the 
    Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA) should notify their instructor the first week of class. It is the 
    student's responsibility to provide the necessary documentation to the Special Populations Coordinator.