PSYC-2130: Life Span Psychology ( Split | Fall 2017 )

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Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Donna Nasso

Instructor Rank

Adjunct Faculty Instructor

Instructor Email
Instructor Office

U 216 Department office



Office Hours

By appointment

Instructor Phone

484-4844- perfer text

Department Phone

(901) 333-5195

Course Information
Course Description

This course provides an in-depth look at human growth and development from conception through adulthood. Topics include physical, cognitive, and social-emotional development throughout the lifespan.

Student Learning Objectives

Course Objectives

Upon completion of this course, the student will:

  1. Gain an understanding of the physical, cognitive, and socioemotioal changes that occur throughout the human lifespan, and an appreciation for the impact of these changes on human thoughts, feelings and behavior. 
  2. Demonstrate familiarity with major concepts, theoretical perspectives, and empirical findings as they relate to lifespan psychology.
  3. Examine the impact of behavioral and social scientific research on major contemporary issues as it applies to both individuals and communities.
  4. Understand and apply psychological principles to personal, social, and organizational issues.
  5. Explore the relationship between the individual and society as it affects personal behavior, social development and quality of life of the individual, family and community.
  6. Take ethical stands based on appropriate research in the social and behavioral sciences.
  7. Analyze and communicate the values and processes that are used to formulate theories regarding human behavior.
  8. Further develop critical thinking skills.
  9. Demonstrate tolerance and respect for alternative points of view.

ENGL 0810 or equivalent; READ 0810 or equivalent

Instructional / Learning Methods

Instructional leaning methods will include:

Lectures, PowerPoint presentations, reading assignments, review/study sessions of information learned, class discussions, projects, movie clips, and other forms of media. The use of exams, and discussion questions and projects will be used to assess the students mastering of materials presented. There will also be a study guide for the test.

Specific Course Requirements

The student must be able to use a computer, since this is a slit class. Test and assignments will be on the web site.

The class will only meet on Tuesdays.

Students will have an assignment to complete online on the following Thursdays.

Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Life Span Development

A Topical Approach

Third Edition

Robert S. Feldman

Life Span Development: A Topical Approach (3rd Edition): Feldman





Additional Text


Supplementary Materials

The instructor will provide/supply any other supplemental materials, if any.

Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

Tests, study guides, projects and discussion questions,  will be the methods of evaluation for each student.

Test:  (4) @ 100 points each   = 400 points

Study Guides (4) @ 25 points each=100 points

Projects: (4) @ 25 points each = 100 points

Discussion Questions :  (4)  @ 25 points each   = 100 points

Comprehensive Final:  (1) 100 points   = 100 points

Total points: 800 points


Important information concerning grading:

This class is divided into 4 modules. Each module will include a test, a study guide, a project, and a discussion question.


  • All test will be taken on PAWS.
  • The test are located on PAWS under the "Assessment" tab, then click on "Quizzes", then click on "test".
  • The test will be open for 24 hours. (12:00am to 11:59pm- Only on a Thursday)
  • Students will have 1 attempt at taking the test. (Don't open the test until you are ready. If you hit start the timer starts.)
  • The test will close when the time is up (120 minutes) or at 11:59pm.
  • There are 40 questions in all. 35 multiple choice and 5 True/False questions 
  • The test will not be reopened unless you can prove an emergency situation. (Examples oof valid excuses include: doctor's notes, hospital discharge papers, power goes out, etc,)
  • There is NO test make up day.


Study Guides:

  • Students will have 4 Study Guides- one for each module.
  • The Study Guides are on PAWS under the "Assessment" tab, click on  "Quizzes", then click on "Study Guides".
  • The Study Guides are out of 25 points each.
  • Students will have two (2) attempts to make 100%. The computer will record the highest grade.
  • There will be 20 questions on the Study Guide.
  • They are all multiple choice questions.
  • You will have 120 minutes to complete the study guide.
  • The Study Guide will close when the time is up (120 minutes) or at 11:59pm.
  • ***There are NO late submissions. The Study Guides will not be reopened. (unless valid excuse)


  • Students will have 4 projects- one for each module.
  • Each project will be out of 25 points.
  • The projects are located on PAWS under the "Assessment" tab, then click on  "dropbox".
  • There is no time limit on the dropboxes. However, it will close at 11:59pm on that Thursday.
  • You will submit your project in the dropbox.
  • ***There are NO late submissions. The dropbox will not be reopened. (unless valid excuse)



Discussion Questions:

  • Students will have 4 Discussion Questions this semester- one for each module.
  • The Discussion Question will pertain to what we are learning in the module.
  • The Discussion Question will be completed on PAWS under the "Communication" tab, then click on "Discussions."
  • The Discussion Question will open on the assigned date and will close 24 hours later that evening at 11:59pm.
  • Points will also be deducted for not following directions.
  • Each Discussion Question is out of 25 points.
  • ***There are NO late submissions. The discussions will not be reopened. (unless valid excuse)

Comprehensive Final:

  • The comprehensive final will be taken on PAWS, just like the other test.
  • The same rules apply as for regular test (stated above)
  • The final will include questions from test you have already taken during the semester.
  • There are 40 questions on the final and you will have 120 minutes.




Grading Scale





Below 60=F

Testing Procedure / Policy
  • Test will be multiple choice and true/false questions.
  • There is no test make up day.
  • The Final will be comprehensive.
Major Assignments


4-Study Guides


4-Discussion Questions

1- Final


Participation / Attendance Policy

Participation and Attendance is required. Since this is a Hybrid/split class it is very important that you attend class to hear the lectures and ask the instructor for assistance or clarification on assignments.  The class will always start on time and attendance will be taken at the beginning of each class.




Policy on Student Professional Conduct


  • All cell phones will be turned to viberate at the beginning of each class and stowed away.
  • Do not try to text, read a text, instance message, etc.  in your purse or in your lap.
  • If you are expecting an IMPORTANT call, inform me at the beginning of class and you will be allowed to step out in the hallway to take it.

Missed work policy:

  • If for any reason you will not be able to attend class, please inform me before the absense, if possible.
  • You are responsible for making up any missed work. You are responsible for asking the instructor for missed handouts and fellow students for missed notes.

 *Also see Academic Misconduct section

Additional Policies

There will be no talking during class that does not pertain to the class discussion topic. Talking is disruptive to the other students learning and will not be tolerated. You might be asked to seperate if you can not control the talking. You might be asked to leave the class if it becomes an ongoing issue.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule


Each Module will have 4 grades:                                            

  1. Test                                   100 points  -     Only open for 24 hours as noted (Thursday)
  2. Project                               25 points    -    Only open for 24 hours as noted (Thursday)
  3. Discussion Question         25 points    -     Only open for 24 hours as noted (Thursday)
  4. Study Guide                      25 points    -     Open during the entire Module

*Study Guide closes 1 minute before the test opens.





Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center(ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.