PSYC180 Human Growth and Development

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology

I. Course Number and Title
PSYC180 Human Growth and Development
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Minimum Number of Instructional Minutes Per Semester
2250
IV. Prerequisites
PSYC110 (C or better)
Corequisites
None
V. Other Pertinent Information
None
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course is a survey of development and growth from conception through adolescence. The physical, emotional, intellectual, and social processes of maturation are examined. Emphasis is on the adjustment of the individual to his or her peer group, social institutions, the community, and the home.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Students will:
      1. explain the major developmental theories (Freud, Erikson, and Piaget) by identifying various psychosexual, psychosocial, and cognative theories;
      2. analyze the "nature/nurture" contributions to intelligence, language, gender, and physical/social/emotional development from conception through adolescence;
      3. identify the various psychological research methods; and
      4. apply one or more concepts, theories and/or research findings given examples of human development.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities:

    The following topics are presented:
    1. theories of human development, including civic, personal, moral, and ethical considerations
    2. genetic and environmental determinants in development and their interaction
    3. research methods used by developmental psychologists
    4. issues in conception and prenatal development
    5. physical, cognative, social, and emotional development through adolescence
    6. language and perceptual development through childhood
    7. family communication and interaction patterns
  3. Assessment Methods for Core Learning Goals:

    1. Course
    2. Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class and online participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized. A minimum of four examinations will be administered.

    3. Core (if applicable)
    4. This course is not included in the Core.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Students:

    Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's format.
VIII. Teaching Methods Employed
Section VIII is not being used in new and revised syllabi as of 12/10/08.

Review/Approval Date - 11/98; Revised 4/2010