PSYC181: Developmental Psychology - Lifespan
Section: EG1     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearSpring Term C 2018 / (March-May): Mar 19, 2018 to May 11, 2018
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Deborah Sedik   Email:
Phone: 215.968.8095
Campus Location: Founders 224

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 12 - 18 hours per week for your coursework. While online learning courses provide flexibility in time, geography, and travel, the work required for successful completion is identical to that for the face-to-face course.   Your instructor may specify additional time requirements in the "Other information" field below or during your orientation.

Delivery Mode

Web-based course

Official College Course Description

The complete college course description can be viewed at:

Student Characteristics

Open to self-motivated, self-disciplined students who can handle college-level work and study independently.

Instructor Provided Course Syllabus

A sample Course Syllabus is typically available in WebAdvisor's "Search for Sections" results. A Course Syllabus explains how the instructor will conduct the class and may include: course policies, grading guidelines, assignment due dates, etc.

Student Requirements

This course has the following requirements for students:
  • There are no special requirements for this course

Getting Started With This Course


Orientation for this course is optional.


Your instructor will hold the orientation online using self-paced tools, email and/or discussions. (A self-paced orientation does NOT mean the entire course is self-paced.) You should plan to access your online course no later than the first day of the session. Failure to do so may jeopardize your grade.

Other Orientation Information
The homepage will provide step by step instructions for getting around the course. Getting around the course is fairly simple once you take some time to check out the topics and options (which are all clearly labeled). Further, I will be there to guide you and answer any questions that may arise through email.

Accessing Your Course

Canvas (by Instructure)

Your course is using Canvas. If you are new to Canvas, please visit the Canvas Basics course space to become familiar with Canvas prior to the start of your course. No login is required to access this space.

You will be able to login to Canvas about two weeks prior to the start of your class. However, your course becomes available as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Canvas course space at

  • Username: Your username is the same for every system at Bucks.
  • Password: your Bucks Network password (used to log into any Bucks campus computer or to access any Bucks Library online database from off campus.)

If you do not know your Bucks Username, you can retrieve it by using the Find Your Username Form. Enter your Name, Birthday (mm/dd/yyyy) and either your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security number, then click Submit. Your Bucks username will display on the screen.

Note: Students are uploaded to Canvas several times a day. If you registered late, you won't be able to access Canvas until the next upload takes place.

Purchasing Your Books and Other Course Materials

While you may purchase your books and other course materials from the provider of your choice (using the ISBN number available through the course's academic department where applicable to ensure the correct version), both the campus bookstore and our online bookstore, guarantee that they stock the correct version for your course.

Approximately 3 weeks prior to the start of the session you can use the link below to see the list of books that have been selected by your instructor. If you have any questions about the course materials listed, please contact your instructor or the academic department directly.

Click this link to see the book list for your course.

Other Information about the Course

Lifespan Development is often termed "Cradle to Grave" Psychology because we explore all of the life stages. The textbook for this course is Katheen Berger's "Invitation to the Lifespan" & Worth is the publisher. This is a great course because we can all relate to living and being human! We discuss physical, cognitive, emotional and social aspects at various ages. We investigate topics such as fertility, labor, easy & difficult babies, language & intelligence, make believe friends, pretend play (remember when a sheet was a cape that helped you to fly?), school achievement and friendships (good & bad; BFFs - cyber-bullying), those awkward, yet often adventurous, teen years,(dating/friendships/stress/identity/sexuality), young adulthood - challenges and accomplishments (intimacy/career/family), middle age (a lot of myth-busting here) and elderly years (living to 100 is becoming quite common; best to think about creating a long-term quality life).

Success in this course consists of reading the text and posting on our shared discussion board. You must post 2 times weekly on the discussion board. You will be working through the text material and respond to chapters by answering discussion board questions, or posing questions or relaying examples.

Requirements: two papers and 4 multiple choice exams (exams are NOT cumulative). There is no need to come to campus as all requirements for this course are online, including ALL 4 EXAMS.