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
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
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.