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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Psychology of Adolescence
PSYC-231

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/13/2020

Course Description

An investigation of the psychological and environmental factors related to puberty, peer identification and identity conflict in the adolescent. Emphasis will be upon the development of self-identity and the problems faced by the American adolescent.

Requisites

Prerequisites: PSYC 255 and PSYC 101 or 21001 or 210; PSYC 255

Rationale

Many of the students who enroll in Psychology of Adolescence are individuals who will be working directly with adolescents (e.g., education, social work, law enforcement, family services, and youth ministries). This course is designed as a foundation for understanding the major theories and concepts of adolescent behavior and thinking and attempting to determine the major influences that precipitate this behavior. Suggestions will be made as to the ways in which an understanding of the adolescent developmental process can be used to influence them in certain desired directions.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Describe the major theories in adolescent psychology.
  2. Analyze issues related to behavior and mental processes in adolescence.
  3. Evaluate concepts from adolescent psychology from a biblical perspective.
  4. Apply research and theory to real life situations involving adolescents.

Course Resources

Required Resources

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resources, he or she may purchase them through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Santrock, J. W. (2016). Adolescence (16th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these resources.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. American Psychological Association. Publication manual of the American Psychological Association (Current ed.). Washington, DC: Author. Retrieved from http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and lecture presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Course Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to create a thread in response to the assigned topic for each forum. Each thread must be 300–400 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to at least 2 classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. (MLO: B, C, D)

Developmental Letter

The student will craft a 2–3-page letter that imparts knowledge to a child or for the benefit of a child which provides encouragement on the journey to adulthood. In addition, the student must compose a 1-page reflection essay in response to provided questions. (MLO: B, C, D)

Body Image Worksheet

The student will complete a worksheet that explores body image development during adolescence. The worksheet will be comprised of 3 parts: 1) a detailed description of an advertisement, 2) responses to 6 critical thinking questions, and 3) a list of resources designed to help parents as they guide their adolescents in the development of a healthy body image. The student must include information from both the textbook and the Bible to support his/her answers. The student must also include 7–10 sources in current APA format. (MLO: B, C, D)

Parent Interview Worksheet

The student will complete a worksheet that examines individual differences in parenting practices and philosophies. The worksheet will be comprised of 3 parts: 1) an interview with a parent of an adolescent, 2) a reflective analysis of the interviewee’s parenting style, and 3) an examination of the student’s own parenting beliefs. (MLO: B, C, D)

Topic Paper

The student will select a topic related to adolescence and will write a topical paper incorporating at least 5 scholarly sources. The paper must be written in current APA format and include a title page, an abstract page, 3–5 full pages of text, and a reference page. (MLO: A, B, C)

Quizzes (8)

Each quiz will cover the Reading & Study material for the assigned modules/weeks. Quizzes are not cumulative in their content. Each quiz will be open-book/open-notes, contain 25 multiple-choice questions, and have a 1-hour-and-30-minute time limit. To be successful, the student must study and prepare before attempting any quiz. (MLO: A, B)

I. Textbook Reading LearnSmart Activities (13)

The student will complete adaptive learning questions as they read through the textbook reading assignments. These questions will be tailored to the individual student and are designed for the student to get the most out of the reading process. To be successful, the student must simply work through the questions that are presented as they read the textbook material. (MLO: A, B)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums

(4 at 50 pts ea)

200

Developmental Letter

65

Body Image Worksheet

65

Parent Interview Worksheet

65

Topic Paper

100

Quizzes

(8 at 55 pts ea)

440

LearnSmart Activities

(13 at 5 pts ea)

65

Total

1010

Policies

Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit https://www.liberty.edu/online/online-disability-accommodation-support/. Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

A B C D F
900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at http://www.liberty.edu/index.cfm?PID=19155.

Schedule

PSYC 231

Textbook: Santrock, Adolescence (2016).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Santrock: Chapter 1

2 presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

DB Forum 1

Quiz 1

Textbook Reading LS Ch. 1

10

50

55

5

2

Santrock: Chapters 2–3

1 presentation

Developmental Letter

Quiz 2

Textbook Reading LS Chs. 2-3

65

55

10

3

Santrock: Chapters 4–5

1 website

DB Forum 2

Quiz 3

Textbook Reading LS Chs. 4-5

50

55

10

4

Santrock: Chapter 6

Defining Body Image

2 presentations

1 video

Body Image Worksheet

Quiz 4

Textbook Reading LS Ch. 6

65

55

5

5

Santrock: Chapters 7–8

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

Quiz 5

Textbook Reading LS Chs. 7-8

50

55

10

6

Santrock: Chapter 9

2 presentations

Parent Interview Worksheet

Quiz 6

Textbook Reading LS Ch. 9

65

55

5

7

Santrock: Chapters 10–11

1 website

Topic Paper

Quiz 7

Textbook Reading LS Chs. 10-11

100

55

10

8

Santrock: Chapters 12–13

DB Forum 4

Quiz 8

Textbook Reading LS Chs. 12-13

50

55

10

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board LS = LearnSmart activity

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.