Ammerman Campus


COURSE TITLE:  Developmental Psychology (CRN 61939)   Second Summer Sem, 2012

INSTRUCTOR: Richard H. Morse, MSW                              CATALOG NO.: PSY-210-200


                               LIFESPAN  (Eighth Edition).  New York: Worth Publishers, 2012




1. To trace the physical, cognitive and social development of the human  from conception to death within the contexts of the family and the culture. 


2. To acquaint the student with the grand theories and the emergent theories of cognitive and personality development.


3. To provide an understanding of the use of scientific and statistical research methods to build data for theories of human development.


4. To provide the student with an awareness and an understanding of the relationship between childhood environment and adult personality.


5. To provide the student with an understanding of the concept of personality.


6. To provide the student with an awareness of the importance of a knowledge of human development to various professionals, including educators, physicians, nurses,  social workers, psychotherapists, physical therapists, clergy, probation and police officers; as well as parents.





The course material will be presented primarily in the form of lectures which will cover the textbook, other readings and examples from the instructor's as well as the students' experiences.  Students are encouraged to ask questions, to engage in discussions of pertinent issues and to relate the course material to life experiences.


It should be understood that, though the student is responsible for information presented in the text, the textbook serves as a guide for the course.  Information presented in the lectures may range beyond that presented in the text, or it may be presented from a point of view that differs from that of the text's author.  The instructor may also choose to place a greater or lesser emphasis in certain areas of the course than does the textbook.  The student is responsible for ALL information presented during the course.








Students are expected to attend all classes and to attend on time. The first two absences will not endanger the student's standing in class or final grade.  However, the third absence shall cause the student to lose the five Class Participation points.  The fourth absence will ordinarily cause the student to be dropped from the course, though exceptions may be made due to special circumstances such as extended illness.  In this situation the student may be required to verify the circumstances. In no event shall a student who has reached five absences be permitted to remain in the course.  Students dropped due to absences prior to July 23, 2012, will receive a "W" for the course; after this date students will receive an "F," unless they have received permission to withdraw.


Excessive tardiness may also endanger the student's standing in the class.





QUIZZES, to be given in class with prior notice a total of five times during the semester.  Each quiz will consist of twenty-five objective questions which will be based strictly on quiz questions found on the textbook website titled “Quiz 1.”  Each quiz will comprise ten percent (10%) of the final grade for the course. No provision will be made for a student to make up a quiz missed due to absence OR TARDINESS.  Those who arrive late for class on a quiz day will be permitted to take the quiz ONLY AT THE INSTRUCTOR’S discretion.  In the event of a missed quiz a grade of zero will be entered in the grade book.  Please note that students wishing to be excused from the final exam MUST PERFORM AT 90% OR BETTER ON ALL FIVE QUIZZES.  Scantron forms, provided by the student, must be used in answering quiz questions. A number 2 pencil is also required for to complete the Scantron form, and it is always a good idea to bring a pencil sharpener as well.  A student not having a Scantron form at the time a quiz is given may be refused the opportunity to take the quiz.


A FINAL EXAMINATION, to be given in class on the last day the class meets.  This exam will commence promptly at the beginning of the class session, and the student may take up to the full class period to complete it.  After the student has completed the exam it should be submitted to the instructor and the student should leave the room.   The final exam will consist of one hundred  (100) multiple choice questions taken directly from the textbook website section labelled, “Quiz 2.” Each question will be worth one point and the entire exam will count toward thirty percent (30%) of the student's final grade for the course.  A Scantron form provided by the student is to be used as an answer sheet for this exam. A number 2 pencil is also required for to complete the Scantron form, and it is always a good idea to bring a pencil sharpener as well.


NOTE: Time permitting, August 6, 2012, has been set aside for a comprehensive semester review and final exam preparation. However, if lectures covering the entire subject matter of the course are incomplete by this date, completion of the lectures will take priority.


Two sets of ESSAY QUESTIONS, which will be posted on my website, that are to be completed at home and submitted to the instructor on specified dates (see "CLASS  SCHEDULE"  for the exact dates).  For EACH assignment several optional questions will be presented, with each assigned a specific point value.  The student shall choose questions whose point values total 100. It should be noted in advance that answering more than 100 points' worth of questions will NOT afford the student the opportunity to earn "extra credit."  The student is required to complete a combined total of six pages of typewritten work (double spaced) for these two assignments (i.e. three pages minimum for EACH essay). Work of lesser length may result in your failing the course.


This assignment MUST BE SUBMITTED IN PRINTED FORM.  In this assignment the student is expected to demonstrate an understanding of the subject matter of the essay question as well as an ability to communicate this understanding to a reader.  The essay MUST be the student's own work.  The student is permitted, but not required, to cite the work of various authors to support their theme; however, all references must be footnoted, and direct quotes placed within quotation marks.  PLAGIARISM WILL CAUSE NO CREDIT TO BE GIVEN FOR THIS ASSIGNMENT, and overuse of quotations will cause the assignment to be returned to the student for reworking. This assignment will be graded primarily on its content; however, organization, spelling and grammatical structure will also be taken into account, and work not meeting a second year college level of ability may be returned to the student for further work.


Each essay assignment will count for ten percent of the student's final grade for the course, for a total of twenty points. Late submissions will be penalized. 




The student's final grade for the course will be determined as follows:


         FINAL EXAM (08/07/12)  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .25 %

         ESSAYS  (due 07/12/12 & 07/25/12)   .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  20 %

         QUIZZES (5: 7/11; 7/17; 7/23; 7/26; 8/01) .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 50 %

         CLASS PARTICIPATION (SEE ATTENDANCE POLICY) .  .  .  .  .  .  .  .  . 5 %


                                                                            TOTAL .  .  .  .  .  .   100 %



NOTE: Those students who:


     1. Attend ALL* classes

     2. Hand in all work on time

     3. Attain a 90% or better on ALL FIVE quizzes, and BOTH essay assignments


shall be excused from the final exam and awarded an "A" for the course.  ALL THESE REQUIREMENTS MUST BE MET  WITHOUT EXCEPTION. Eligible students will be informed on June 29, 2012.


*Excused absences count as absences for the purpose of determining eligibility to be exempt from final exam, but do not count as an absence for any other purpose.





The following is an attempt to answer the questions most often asked by my students.


THE CURVE.  Ordinarily, I do mark "on the curve."  However, do not be misled by this.  When test results arranged on a graph do not resemble a bell or normal curve, or in one which is "too far" in one direction or the other, it usually indicates that the test is not valid or reliable, or that the instructor has strayed too far from the subject during lectures.  However, since the student in this course has the opportunity to preview ALL possible quiz and exam questions on the textbook web site, none of the quizzes or exams in this course will be curved.


RETURN OF MATERIALS.  This should not be a problem for those who hand in assignments on time, since material will be returned to you in class.  If you wish to have your graded final exam returned to you, you must supply me with a stamped, self-addressed envelope at the last class. If this is not provided your final exam will be discarded. This, of course, does not affect your grade in any way.


MISSED EXAMS.  I do not usually give make up exams.  In rare cases (for example a documented severe illness or hospitalization) I may base the student’s grade on their average at the time the final exam is missed.  However, the circumstances would have to be exceptional and the student would have to have demonstrated reliability in other areas of the course.  Missed quizzes will count as zeros. 


ASSISTANCE.  If you are having trouble in this course, please speak to me about it.  You are not imposing on me if you approach me during break or before or after class.  If I do not have time I will gladly make an appointment.  If you are considering dropping the course, see me first; I will provide you with an honest but friendly assessment of your chances for passing the course and may be able to offer some suggestions for studying.  In general you should NOT hesitate to communicate with me either in person or by phone or e-mail if you feel there is a reason.


EXTRA CREDIT. So-called "extra credit" assignments will only be considered when it appears likely that the student will receive a "D+" or less for the course. Extra credit procedures are listed on my website.  If, by the time you arrive for the final exam, you believe you are likely to receive a D+ or less for the course, submit a completed extra credit essay BEFORE you take the exam. I will grade your work only in the event that your final grade is "D+" or less, and, if it has been satisfactorily completed, your grade will be upgraded a half a grade (D becomes D+, D+ becomes C, etc.) to nothing higher than a "C."


CHEATING.  Academic cheating is a serious misdeed, and students caught cheating on exams or plagiarizing written material will, at a minimum, be dropped from the course. In some cases the incident may be reported to the college administration for an academic hearing.


OOPS.  If I make a mistake in correcting exams, in computing averages, etc., don't suffer in silence.  Let me know and I will correct the records.  Don't be embarrassed if its only one point - I would insist on your correcting it if our roles were reversed.  However, if you have made an erasure or a cross-out-and-correct on a test I will not adjust for that question unless you have asked me to initial it DURING the test.


SUBMISSION OF FINAL GRADES.  I will submit your grade to the college administration within forty-eight hours of the test.  Any assignment not submitted by the day of the Final Exam will result in your receiving an “F” for the course.  In very unusual cases I may award a grade of INCOMPLETE (“Inc”) for the course, but this would only occur where you and I have consulted about the problem in advance.  The college strongly discourages the use of “Incomplete,” and I support this policy.  Also be aware that a grade of “Inc” will automatically turn into an “F” on your transcript if it is not resolved before the end of the semester following the semester in which it was awarded.





Multiply By


Quiz # 1                10% of Final Grade




Quiz # 2                10% of Final Grade




Quiz # 3                10% of Final Grade




Quiz # 4                10% of Final Grade




Quiz # 5                10% of Final Grade




Essay #1               10% of Final Grade




Essay #2               10% of Final Grade




Final Exam             25% of Final Grade




Class participation    5% of Final Grade

    2 or fewer absences, add in 50;  3 or more absences, add 0.








Divide by 10 – this is your numeric grade






                                             A  =   90 or greater            C  =  70.0 to 74.9

                                            B+ = 85.0 to 89.9                              D+ = 65.0 to 69.9

                                             B  =  80.0 to 84.9               D  =  60.0 to 64.9

                                             C+ = 75.0 to 79.9               F   =  Below 60






DATE       SUBJECT OF LECTURE                                                              CHAPTERS


07/05/12    INTRODUCTIONS; REVIEW SYLLABUS; DEFINING TERMS               1                    




07/10/12    PRENATAL DEVELOPMENT and  BIRTH                                               4


07/11/12    QUIZ # 1  (covers chapters 1 through 4)

                  THE FIRST TWO YEARS   -  Biosocial Development                              5

                  THE FIRST TWO YEARS   -  Cognitive Development                             6


07/12/12    THE FIRST TWO YEARS   -  Cognitive Development   (continued)         6

                  THE FIRST TWO YEARS   -  Psychosocial Development                       7                                                  

                  FIRST ESSAY DUE


07/16/12    EARLY CHILDHOOD: The “Play Years” Biosocial Development              8

                  EARLY CHILDHOOD: The “Play Years” Cognitive Development             9



07/17/12    QUIZ # 2  (covers chapters 5 through  10)

                  EARLY CHILDHOOD: The “Play Years” Psychosocial Development      10


07/18/12    MIDDLE CHILDHOOD  -  The “School Years” Biosocial Development     11

                  MIDDLE CHILDHOOD  -  The “School Years” Cognitive Development    12


07/19/12    MIDDLE CHILDHOOD -  The “School Years” Psychosocial Development   13

                  ADOLESCENCE -  Biosocial Developlment                                                 14


NOTE:  July 23, 2012, is the last day to withdraw from classes without academic penalty.


07/23/12    QUIZ # 3  (covers chapters 11 through 16)

                  ADOLESCENCE -  Cognitive Development                                                 15


07/24/12    ADOLESCENCE -  Psychosocial Development                                           16


07/25/12    EARLY ADULTHOOD  -  Biosocial Develolpment                                        17

                  EARLY ADULTHOOD  -  Cognitive Development                                        18

                  SECOND ESSAY DUE


07/26/12    QUIZ # 4  (covers chapters 17  through 22)

                  EARLY ADULTHOOD  -  Psychosocial Development                                  19   


07/30/12    MIDDLE ADULTHOOD – Biosocial Development                                        20

                  MIDDLE ADULTHOOD - Cognitive Development                                        21


07/31/12    MIDDLE ADULTHOOD -  Psychosocial Development                                 22

                  LATE ADULTHOOD  -  Biosocial Development                                           23


08/01/12    QUIZ # 5  (covers chapters 23 through Epilogue)

                  LATE ADULTHOOD  -  Cognitive Development                                          24

                  LATE ADULTHOOD  -  Psychosocial Development                                    25


08/02/12    DEATH AND DYING                                                                          Epilogue



                 (print prep questions from professor’s website and bring to class or access professor’s web site with smart phone, laptop, etc.)




NOTE:  In the rare event of summer classes being cancelled due to an emergency such as a hurricane or other important event SCCC officials may designate an alternate date for classes to be held.  In such event, missing these days, or others designated by the SCCC Administration,  WILL COUNT as an absence.









Text: Berger, Kathleen Stassen. THE DEVELOPING PERSON THROUGH THE LIFESPAN (8th Ed.). Worth Publishers, New York (2012)


1. In the box labeled “address” in your Web browser, type the exact address: and then click on “go”  (if the site does not appear within a few seconds or a minute, or if you receive an error message, check that you have typed these letters exactly as they appear above). (NOTE: if you are reading this as part of my website, merely click on the highlighted address and you should be taken directly to the website. However, I have found this does not always work.  If so, copy and paste the exact address above into your browser’s search window.)


2. Read the instructions where it says “Welcome To Your Student Center”.  Select “Browse by Category.”  Click on “Quizzes.” Select the chapter number and “Quiz 1”.  (You may select and use “Quiz 2” for practice if you wish, but only questions found under EACH chapter’s “Quiz 1” will be used for the 5 quizzes in this class.) Then, Click on “Login To Take This Test.” Select “New Student” in which you will be asked for your e-mail address and then to provide a password of your own invention.  (In the future you will sign in under “Returning student”.  You will be asked if yhou wish to store your answers for yhour professor to review.  Select “NO” since I will not be reviewing your practice sessions.


3. You will now be registered for the publisher’s website.  Sign off, and immediately sign back on (this step may not be necessary depending on your operating system), logging on in the box to the left using your full e-mail address and the password that you have invented for this site. (You may also want to go to the top of your browser and click on “Favorites.”  A menu will appear that includes “Add to Favorites” – click on this.  From now on when you want to go to the website you merely click on favorites and then the website and you will be there instantly.)


Note: this site is occasionally maddeningly slow.  Don’t go crazy clicking everything – you’ll only make things worse.  If an unreasonable period of time passes, click the back button and start over.  During the Spring, 2012, semester I received numerous reports from students that this site was down or crashed in the middle of studying.  It is therefore all the more advisable to sign on as early as possible to practice for the quizzes.  Procrastinating until the last minute is a risky practice. 




My web site can be accessed at the following: .  For your convenience you should add this site to your “Favorites” on your web browser.  You should consult this website often.  General information and announcements can be found on the main part of the page. Items can be printed out or “cut and pasted” into a word processor.


The website contains materials that I previously printed and handed out in class, current items in the news that relate to the course, hints and help for the midterm and final exams, the two essay assignments, suggestions for more effective studying and other items that may be relevant during the semester.  The preparation materials for the final exam are particularly important.  These should be printed once per week and used for practice.  On August 6, 2012, these questions will be used to prepare for the final exam.  You should bring your print-outs to class on these dates (the practice test materials will not be distributed by the instructor). It is also permissible to access the professor’s web site with a smart phone or a laptop, etc.


I will announce any important changes that have been made to the website.