PSYC181: Developmental Psychology - Lifespan
Section: E51     (eLearning)

About This Course

Semester and YearSummer III 2011 / (6 weeks): Jul 5, 2011 to Aug 11, 2011
(See "Getting Started" below for details about orientation)


Tanya Letourneau   Email:
Phone: 267-421-6347
Campus Location: UBC, Room 128 (Perkasie)

Course Credits

3 credits

Time Requirements

Plan a minimum of 15 - 22 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


This information has expired. If you are looking for current course information you must go to the current semester course information page.

Accessing Your Course

Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)

Your course is using Blackboard Vista (Bb Vista)! Your student account in Bb Vista will be created about 2 weeks prior to the start of your class and you can log into the system at that time. Please use the time before the start of your class to become familiar with Bb Vista by using the tutorials provided for you.

You will be able to access your course as of 1 AM on the official course start date.

Logging In

Log in to your Bucks Bb Vista course space at:

  • Username: Your new user account will consist of your last name and first initial, and if necessary, followed by a random number. For example, John Smith's user account will be smithj4567
  • Password: Your initial password for all systems will be reset to "bd" followed by your birthdate in mmddyy format. (Example: bd042372 for 4/23/72). You will need to establish your new password immediately, which is 6-9 characters in length, using letters & numbers. You should also establish a password hint at this time.
  • To obtain your new user account go to and select WebAdvisor. Select Account information (upper right hand corner of the screen) then select What's My User ID? and follow the prompts. You will need to provide your last name AND your 7 digit student ID number OR your social security #. Your new user account name will display on the screen

Note: If you registered late, there may be a short delay in activating your Bb Vista login.

Computer Requirements and Settings

Your computer must be correctly configured to work with Bb Vista. Before you login do the Check Browser located on the Bb Vista login page. This will ensure your browser is configured so the complete functionality of this application is available to you. If errors are detected, mandatory or recommended changes will be indicated.

Access Codes

Some Bb Vista courses that use content provided by textbook publishers require an access code. If your course requires one, you will be prompted to enter it the first time you access the course. This access code may be included with the purchase of a new textbook, or may be purchased separately from the textbook publisher through

If you purchased a used textbook and do not yet have an access code, you can obtain a 15-day temporary code the first time you log in by clicking the "get temporary code" link. You will then have 15 days to purchase your access code.


Detailed troubleshooting information is available by clicking on Help on the Bb Vista login page or on any page within the system after you have logged in.

Learning To Use Bb Vista

  • Face-To-Face Workshops! are offered at the beginning of each full semester at the Newtown campus.
  • LIVE Online Sessions! are offered via web conferencing before the start of each modular session and full semester.

Check for dates and times.

We also encourage you to use the various "Learning Bb Vista" courses provided online when you log in to your Bb Vista account.

Publisher's Website

This course will use a website developed by a textbook publisher. Specific details for accessing this website will be provided by your instructor.

Other Technologies

Your instructor has indicated the following:

Selected interactive websites

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

Course Description:

This online Lifespan Developmental Psychology course will survey development and growth from conception through death. The physical, emotional, intellectual and social processes of maturation will be examined. Major theories and contemporary developmental concerns and issues will be explored. The course is designed to encourage an online exchange of ideas and utilization of critical thinking as well as help students develop an understanding of the psychological terminology and principles as applied to human development theory, research and practice.

Course Format:

This online course contains 6 weekly lessons. Each lesson will cover the material from two chapters of the textbook and will contain readings, quizzes, an activity and a discussion. Discussions will focus on an assigned topic and will provide students with the opportunity to have meaningful exchanges about current issues around human development. Interactive web resources and video clips will be utilized to enhance the learning experience. Additionally, there will be a midterm and final paper required for this course. A detailed course format and schedule will be available the first day of the class.


Although the online format allows for scheduling flexibility, there will still be weekly requirements and students will be expected to log on several times a week. Every week there will be a lesson with readings/quizzes/activities/discussions. Students will be required to complete the readings and assignments each week. All assignments will be due by Sunday night (midnight) for each Lesson week.

Instructor Information:

My name is Tanya Letourneau and I have been teaching at Bucks for 7 years and in higher education for nearly 20 years. I am committed to student success and will give each one of you my respect, my time and my sincere intent to provide you with a quality online experience. I am attentive and involved in the online forum and am also available for email, phone and face-to-face consultations in order to insure your success in this course. If you like to thoroughly engage in dialogue with classmates and are open to learning about new, timely and sometimes controversial human development issues - you will enjoy this course. And if you are disciplined with good time management skills and have the sincere desire to succeed, then you should do quite well in the class. Please contact me if you have specific questions about this fascinating course on Human Development.

Tanya Letourneau,