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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Psychology of Adulthood
PSYC-235

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

The focus will be on viewing adult development as an integrative, dynamic and continuous process terminated only at death. The whole span of adulthood will be examined, including retirement and old age.

Requisites

Prerequisites

(PSYC 200 or PSYC 101 or PSYC 210 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255

Rationale

Based on personal experience with adults, most individuals have an idea about what happens in adulthood. Are these personal perceptions of adult development accurate? This course will seek to explain adult development and the process of aging so that students who interact with the adult population will have a solid theoretical and empirical foundation upon which to base their relationships and work.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

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

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

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resource below is provided in the course at no cost to the student.

Bjorklund, B. R. (2015). The journey of adulthood (8th ed.). Boston, MA: Prentice Hall, Inc.

Disclaimer: The above resource provides 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 this resource.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Microsoft Word
  4. The Holy Bible (any translation)
  5. Blackboard recommended browsers
  6. APA Style Central: http://ezproxy.liberty.edu/login?url=http://APAStyleCENTRAL.apa.org

Course Assignments

Textbook readings and presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

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

Discussion Board Forums (3)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, there will be 3 Discussion Board Forums throughout the course. The purpose of Discussion Board Forums is to generate interaction among students in regard to relevant, current course topics. The student is required to post 1 thread of at least 300 words and 2 replies of at least 150 words each. For threads and replies, the student must support his/her assertions with at least 1 citation (no more than 5 years old) in current APA format. Acceptable sources include the textbook and academic journal articles. An integrated biblical concept is also required in both the initial thread and each reply.

Blogs (3)

The student will be required to make 3 blog entries in Blackboard. He/she must also respond to 1 of his/her classmates’ blogs for each assignment (total of 3 responses). The responses need not be overly long but must be substantial.

Life Line

Based on interviews with 2 family members, the student will construct 3 life lines including family members and himself/herself. The student will compare/contrast the timing of important life events and social roles. After completing the interviews and life lines, the student will write a brief 2-page summary.

Research Paper

The student will complete a Research Paper in this course. This paper will provide a glimpse of the current state of knowledge in a specific subfield of adult development. The student will choose a research area in adult development, locate 5 articles (no more than 5 years old) from peer-reviewed, academic journals that examine that area, and write a 5-page paper synthesizing the articles and summarizing the findings.


Exams (4)

During this course, there will be 4 exams with 55 multiple-choice questions covering the textbook readings. Exams are open-book/open-notes and will have a 1-hour and 50-minute time limit. Students will have 2 attempts to complete each exam and the highest score will be recorded.

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist

10

Discussion Board Forums (3 at 60 pts ea)

180

Blogs (3 at 20 pts ea)

60

Life Line

120

Research Paper

200

Exam 1

(Modules/Weeks 1–2)

110

Exam 2

(Modules/Weeks 3–4)

110

Exam 3

(Modules/Weeks 5–6)

110

Exam 4

(Modules/Weeks 7–8)

110

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 235

Textbook: Bjorklund, The Journey of Adulthood (2015).

Module/Week

Reading & Study

Assignments

Points

1

Bjorklund: ch. 1

1 presentation

2 websites

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

DB Forum 1

10

0

60

2

Bjorklund: chs. 2–3

1 presentation

Blog 1

Exam 1

20

110

3

Bjorklund: chs. 5–6

1 presentation

Life Line

120

4

Bjorklund: ch. 4

1 presentation

DB Forum 2

Exam 2

60

110

5

Bjorklund: chs. 7, 9

1 presentation

DB Forum 3

60

6

Bjorklund: ch. 8

1 presentation

Blog 2

Exam 3

20

110

7

Bjorklund: ch. 10

1 presentation

Research Paper

200

8

Bjorklund: chs. 11–12

1 presentation

Blog 3

Exam 4

20

110

Total

1010

DB = Discussion Board

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.