Developmental Psychology

Course Details

Course Number
PSYC 3233
Section Number
PSYC 3233
Summer I 2011
( All )
Classroom Number
Internet Section
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Dr. Don Knox (view Profile)

Course Attachments


The Life Span: Human development for helping profe
Clashing views in life-span development (3rd Ed)

Course Objectives

           Explain the 3 domains of development and the meaning of a lifespan: perspective.

           Demonstrate knowledge of the major theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology.

           Explain the basic methods of research in developmental psychology.

           Describe the typical characteristics of individuals across the lifespan.

           Understand the normal variation across individuals at each point in the lifespan.

           Apply developmental principles to situations associated with counseling.


Course Expectations

Course requirements: Two exams (first exam is proctored).  Both exams will be available for two weeks.  Six issues studies and a journal.  The issue studies are in the green textbook and the journal entries are in the main textbook.



Exams will be multiple choice, short answer and/or essay questions over the assigned material.  I use one proctored exam in each class because I sit in my Face-to-Face classes when tests are taken which means they are proctored these courses should not be any different.  I also want to make sure that the person registered for the class is the person doing the work.  I also do a statistical comparison between the proctored and non-proctored exams.


Discussions I will post weekly discussion topics.  You will need to post two original postings and reply to at least three of your fellow classmates original postings (you may post more frequently and I hope that you do).  This is usually a student moderated board I tend to just read and observe.  Two simple rules be polite and no late postings are accepted period.  I will not tolerate poor behavior and since the questions are posted well in advance there is simply no reason for not posting.  Again, this is like attendance it doesnt matter why you miss class it is still a missed class discussions are the same thing.


Journal this is a reflective exercise.  The questions are at the end of each chapter.  Each question should be answered with a minimum of 250 words.  There really is no right or wrong answers, so the majority of your grade will be on word count.  Only you and I see these journals.  If I think you are way off base, I will let you know and allow you one resubmission.  These will be turned in as you finish a chapter.  I am looking at 3 chapters a week for a turn in requirement.


Issue Studies again these are at the end of the segments you can pick one from each unit except unit 1. You will need to completely answer the challenge questions associated with the pair of arguments.  Due dates are posted.

Grading Standards

Method of determining course grade:


900-1000 points A

800 899 points B

700 799 points C

600 699 points D

<600 points F


Discussions 90 points (18 points each)

2 Exams 400 points (200 points each)

15 Journals 150 (10 points each)

6 Issue studies 360 points (60 points each)


Final Exam

06/30/2011 8:00 - 4:00

Submission Format Policy

All assignments and discussion are turned in via the WebCT portal.  Student is responsible for their computer and ISP.

Note: You may not submit a paper for a grade in this class that already has been (or will be) submitted for a grade in another course, unless you obtain the explicit written permission of me and the other instructor involved in advance.

Late Paper Policy

Not accepted.

Plagiarism Policy

Plagiarism is the use of someone else's thoughts, words, ideas, or lines of argument in your own work without appropriate documentation (a parenthetical citation at the end and a listing in "Works Cited")-whether you use that material in a quote, paraphrase, or summary. It is a theft of intellectual property and will not be tolerated, whether intentional or not.

Student Honor Creed

As an MSU Student, I pledge not to lie, cheat, steal, or help anyone else do so."

As students at MSU, we recognize that any great society must be composed of empowered, responsible citizens. We also recognize universities play an important role in helping mold these responsible citizens. We believe students themselves play an important part in developing responsible citizenship by maintaining a community where integrity and honorable character are the norm, not the exception.

Thus, We, the Students of Midwestern State University, resolve to uphold the honor of the University by affirming our commitment to complete academic honesty. We resolve not only to be honest but also to hold our peers accountable for complete honesty in all university matters.

We consider it dishonest to ask for, give, or receive help in examinations or quizzes, to use any unauthorized material in examinations, or to present, as one's own, work or ideas which are not entirely one's own. We recognize that any instructor has the right to expect that all student work is honest, original work. We accept and acknowledge that responsibility for lying, cheating, stealing, plagiarism, and other forms of academic dishonesty fundamentally rests within each individual student.

We expect of ourselves academic integrity, personal professionalism, and ethical character. We appreciate steps taken by University officials to protect the honor of the University against any who would disgrace the MSU student body by violating the spirit of this creed.

Written and adopted by the 2002-2003 MSU Student Senate.

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Safe Zones Statement

The professor considers this classroom to be a place where you will be treated with respect as a human being - regardless of gender, race, ethnicity, national origin, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, political beliefs, age, or ability. Additionally, diversity of thought is appreciated and encouraged, provided you can agree to disagree. It is the professor's expectation that ALL students consider the classroom a safe environment.

Contacting your Instructor

All instructors in the Department have voicemail in their offices and MWSU e-mail addresses. Make sure you add your instructor's phone number and e-mail address to both email and cell phone lists of contacts.

Attendance Requirements

Attendance is monitored by discussion postings.

Other Policies

You must attend one of the four schedule orientations.  You will be given an Instructor drop of "WF" if you fail to attend one of these sessions.  This course is intended for students in the Health Sciences.

Academic Dishonesty:  Please do not cheat or plagiarize.  The MSU policy on cheating and plagiarism is on page 71 of the MSU Student Handbook and Activities Calendar (Code of Student Conduct, Item 11) and I encourage you to review it. Additional information regarding the Academic Dishonesty policy is available from the Dean of Students office, in Clark Student Center. Cheating or engaging in plagiarism will result in a grade of zero (0) and/or a letter grade of F for the course!!!!!!! If you find yourself even thinking about cheating on an exam or copying someone elses work, please talk to me instead of doing it!!! 

 Dropping the course:  Please let me know if you plan on dropping the course.  Often times, a student will decide to drop a course based upon their own perception of their progress.  If I notice a student dropping back, I will do everything possible to bring that student up to speed.  Let me help you make the decision to drop.  This course is laid out so that a good portion of the grading will be completed prior to the drop date.  I will have a section in the my grades that will indicate your progress to date to help you in your decision-making process.

Distance education Drops:  Students who do NOT live locally and are only enrolled in distance education courses may complete an online drop slip by going to the Registrar webpage ( and clicking on "Course Drop Petition - Distance Ed. Only."  After completing the information, they click Submit and it sends an e-mail notification to the Registrar's Office.  We confirm approvals of the adviser, instructor and Financial Aid and then process the drop.  If a student is dropping all classes, this is considered a withdrawal and the student must contact the Dean of Students Office instead of completing the online drop slip.  This information should appear on all syllabi of distance education courses.

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Writing Proficiency Requirement

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