Life Span Growth and Development - online
Western Texas College
Basic Course Information
Course Description - Life-Span Growth and Development is a study of social, emotional, cognitive and physical factors and influences of a developing human from conception to death. (Rd, Wtg)
Prerequisites – Student should be TSI complete in reading and writing. It would be beneficial for the student to be aware or have some knowledge/skills with the Internet as well as having a reliable Internet connection.
Student Learning Outcomes
Student Learning Outcomes (SLO) as defined by the ACGM
Empirical & Quantitative Skills
Describe the stages of the developing person at different periods of the life span from birth to death.
Discuss the social, political, economic and cultural forces that affect the development process of the individual.
Identify factors of responsible personal behavior with regard to issues such as sexual activity, substance abuse, marriage and parenting.
Explain the biosocial, cognitive and psychological influences throughout the lifespan as an ongoing set of processes, involving both continuity and change.
Describe the different developmental perspectives of the major theories of development (i.e.: cognitive, learning, humanistic, and psychodynamic).
Identify examples of some of the cultural and ethnic differences that influence development throughout the lifespan.
Discuss the various causes or reasons for disturbance in the developmental process.
Major Course Requirements
Exams – There will be at least four (4) examinations, including the final examinations. The first major examination will not require a proctor, however subsequent examinations will require a proctor. It is the student’s responsibility to acquire their proctor. The accepted online proctoring system or college testing site meet the course’s proctoring guidelines.
Additionally there will reading quizzes for each chapter of the chosen textbook. These exams will be primarily multiple choice in nature.
There could be formative assessments throughout the course, some graded and some not.
Writing Assignments - There could be multiple written assignments uploaded to the Moodle course management system.
The textbook can be acquired through various sources including the local campus bookstore.
The following textbook is required:
Essentials of Human Development: A Life-Span View: 2nd Edition by Robert V. Kail and J. Cavanaugh
Publisher: Cengage Learning
Print ISBN: 9781305504585, 1305504585
eText ISBN: 9781305856363, 1305856368
Copyright year: 2017
Other Policies: Please refer to the most recent version of the WTC Course Catalog for the following:
Final Examination schedule
How to drop a class
Student Conduct/Academic Integrity
Students with disabilities
Course Organization & Tentative Schedule
Each semester syllabi will have specific deadline dates for the assignments, quizzes and examinations.
Chapter 1 – The Study of Human Development
Reading quiz and Chapter 1 Exam within first week. You have one week to complete the Chapter 1 Exam. It is open book and does not require a proctor.
Chapter 2 – Biological Foundations Chapter 3 – Tools for Exploring the World Chapter 4 – The Emergence of Thought and Language
Chapter 5 – Entering the Social World.
Reading Quizzes 2-5 due.
Exam covers Chapters 2-5
Exam must be Proctored Password Protected No books or notes
Chapter 6 – Off to School Chapter 7 – Expanding Social Horizons Chapter 8 – Rites of Passage Chapter 9 – Moving Into the Adult Social World
Reading Quizzes 6-9 due
Exam covers Chapters 6-9 Exam must be Proctored Password Protected No books or notes
Chapter 10 – Becoming an Adult Chapter 11 – Being With Others Chapter 12 – Work Chapter 13 – Making It Into Midlife
Reading Quizzes 10-13 due
Exam covers Chapters 10 - 13
This exam will not require a proctor!!!
Chapter 14 – The Personal Context of Later Life Chapter 15 – Social Aspects of Later Life Chapter 16 – The Final Passage
Reading Quizzes 14 -16 due
Must be proctored!!!!
Final Exam covers Chapters 14 - 16 Must be Proctored Password Protected No books or notes
The above schedule, policies, procedures, and assignments in this course are subject to change.