Human Development

Course Details

Course Number
COUN 2023
Section Number
COUN 2023
Spring 2014
Days & Times


Dr. Suzanne F. Lindt (view Profile)

Course Attachments


Course Objectives


Students will be able to:


1. Understand the major theories of children’s physical, cognitive, social, moral, and emotional development.

1a, 1b, 3b, 5a, 5c

2. Understand genetic and prenatal influences on human development.

1a, 1b

3. Recognize normal and abnormal developmental patterns.

1a, 1b, 2a, 3b, 5a, 5c

4. Understand the role of stress on development.

5a, 5c

5. Understand the influence of family and culture in human development.

 1a, 1b, 2a, 3b, 5a, 5c

 6. Understand the contribution of heredity and environment to development.

1a, 1b, 5a, 5c

 7. Develop an understanding of human growth and development and the changes that occur from infancy to young adulthood.

1a, 1b, 2a, 3b, 5a, 5c

8. Identify and accommodate for factors that impact learning.

1a, 1b, 2a, 3b, 5a, 5c

9.  Develop an understanding of the development and maintenance of a healthy self-concept.

1a, 1b, 5a, 5c

10. Develop an understanding of one’s own development and how that process impacts one’s approach to children and adolescents.

1a, 1b



Grading Standards






Due Dates

Points Possible

Quizzes: You will have a total of five quizzes to take throughout the course that will be worth 50 points each.  Your lowest quiz score will be dropped.  The quizzes will be available to take at the beginning of the semester, but will be unavailable on Monday of the next week.

2/3 (Wk 3)

2/24 (Wk 6)

3/24 (Wk 10)

4/14 (Wk 13)

4/28 (Wk 16)



Project: Middle Childhood (150 points)

4/14 (Wk 13)


Papers: Infancy and Toddlerhood (200 points) and Understanding Adolescent Behaviors (150 points)

2/24 (Wk 6)

5/1 (Wk 16)


Discussion Questions: Because this is an internet course, participation in discussions will make up a large part of your course grade.  There will be 7 discussion questions posted for 10 points each.  The additional participation points will be received through your reply to classmates’ discussion postings.

1/25 (Wk 2)

2/15 (Wk 5)

3/8 (Wk 8)

3/29 (Wk 11)

4/5 (Wk 12)

4/19 (Wk 14)

4/26 (Wk 15)



Activities: You will have four activities to complete worth 40 points each.  They will involve completing an activity assigned for the week and writing a brief essay about it.

2/3 (Wk 3)

1/10 (Wk 4)

3/3 (Wk 7)

3/24 (Wk 10)



Submission Format Policy

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.

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.

Students with Disabilities

The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the Disability Support Services in Room 168 of the Clark Student Center, (940) 397-4140.

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.

Other Policies


1.       Written workAll written work should be completed in a professional style.  Using correct spelling and grammar are important writing skills you must know well because your students will learn from you. Therefore, all written assignments will have 10% -20% of the grade based on spelling and grammar. Expectations are for quality work. 


2.       Adhering to professional ethics – When using professional sources in your writing, please cite sources you have used or ideas you have adapted when completing assignments.  Use of copyrighted materials must adhere to legal and ethical guidelines.  If part of an assignment is submitted for credit in more than one course, both professors must pre-approve this dual credit and the dual use should be referenced clearly on both assignments.


3.       Americans with Disabilities Act: The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities.  Students with a disability must be registered with Disability Support Services before classroom accommodations can be provided. If you have a documented disability that will impact your work in this class, please contact me to discuss your needs.


4.       Plagiarism Statement: “By enrolling in this course, the student expressly grants MSU a ‘limited right’ in all intellectual property created by the student for the purpose of this course. The ‘limited right’ shall include but shall not be limited to the right to reproduce the student’s work product in order to verify originality, authenticity, and educational purposes.” from Student Handbook


5.       Submission of Assignments: All assignments must be submitted to the assignment page for this course in D2L. A minimum of 5points will be deducted for assignments not submitted through D2L.


6.       Due Dates and Late Penalties: Assignments are expected to be turned in by the due date. Discussion question responses must be submitted by the Wednesday of the week due.  All other assignments must be submitted by Sunday of the week due. Ten percent will be deducted per day late, and any assignment submitted more than two weeks late will receive no more than 50% of the possible points. Arrangements must be made at least two days in advance for any exceptions to be given.  Note: Quizzes will not be able to be taken after Sunday at 11:59pm of the week due.


7.       Attendance: Because this is an online course, attendance will be taken in the form of your participation in discussions and submission of assignments.  Students, who do not visit D2L for three weeks or more, will be dropped from the course. If you know that you will not be able to be online for an extended period, please let me know through D2L email.


Additional Readings “APA Documentation” see


Writing Proficiency Requirement

All students seeking a Bachelor's degree from Midwestern State University must satisfy a writing proficiency requirement once they've 1) passed the 6 hours of Communication Core and and 2) earned 60 hours. You may meet this requirement by passing either the Writing Proficiency Exam or English 2113. Please keep in mind that, once you've earned over 90 hours, you lose the opportunity to take the $25 exam and have no option but to enroll in the three-credit hour course. If you have any questions about the exam, visit the Writing Proficiency Office website at, or call 397-4131.

Campus Carry

Senate Bill 11 passed by the 84th Texas Legislature allows licensed handgun holders to carry concealed handguns on campus, effective August 1, 2016. Areas excluded from concealed carry are appropriately marked, in accordance with state law. For more information regarding campus carry, please refer to the University’s webpage at

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