Fall 2023 Course Syllabus
Course: PSYC-2314 (Section: 71, CRN: 90126)
Lifespan Growth and Development
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Instructor Information
Instructor Carol Barbay
Email barbacm@lamarpa.edu
Phone (409) 984-6311
Office Educational I - Room: 110
Office Hours MWF 9:00-9:50 AM; 11:00-11:50 AM; TUE-THU 11:00 AM - 12:15 PM; 12:30-1:45 PM
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Course Information
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.
Required Textbooks Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

Textbook Purchasing Statement: A student attending Lamar State College Port Arthur is not under any obligation to purchase a textbook from the college-affiliated bookstore. The same textbook may also be available from an independent retailer, including an online retailer.

REQUIRED TEXTBOOK: Essentials of Life-Span Development; 6th Edition; John Santrock; ISBN10: 1260054306; ISBN13: 9781260054309; McGraw-Hill Publishing; 2020 OR  Essentials of Life-Span Development; 7th Edition; John Santrock; ISBN10: 1265359849; ISBN13: 978-1265359843; McGraw-Hill Publishing;

Required assignment, quiz and exam content will come from this textbook.

Instructor may include links to lecture notes in the Blackboard section of the course. 

Additional Materials/Resources None.

  • ENGL-0302 College Reading Skills
  • ENGL-0327 Integrated Reading and Writing
Learning Outcomes


1. Describe the stages of the developing person at different periods of the life span from birth to death.  Measured by course assignments and activities. 

2. Discuss the social, political, economic, and cultural forces that affect the development process of the individual. Measured by course assignments and activities. 

3. Identify factors of responsible personal behavior with regard to issues such as sexual activity, substance abuse, marriage and parenting. Measured by embedded test questions, course assignments and activities. 

4. Explain the biosocial, cognitive and psychological influences throughout the lifespan as an ongoing set of processes, involving both continuity and change.  Measured by course assignments and activities 

5. Describe the different developmental perspectives of the major theories of development (i.e. cognitive, learning, humanistic and psychodynamic). Measured by course assignments and activities  

6. Identify examples of some of the cultural and ethnic differences that influence development throughout the lifespan. Measured by embedded test questions, course assignments and activities. 

7. Discuss the various causes or reasons for disturbances in the developmental process. Measured by course assignments and activities. 

8. Calculate current course grade accurately, using information provided by instructor relating to individual scores from projects, assignments, quizzes and exams. Measured by course assignments and activities.

Core Objectives

* Communication skills: Students will demonstrate effective written, oral and visual communication.

* Critical Thinking Skills: Students will engage in creative and/or innovative thinking, and/or inquiry, analysis, evaluation, synthesis of information, organizing concepts and constructing solutions. Students will demonstrate ability to differentiate between facts and opinions. 

* Empirical and Quantitative Skills: Students will demonstrate applications of scientific and mathematical concepts.

* Social Responsibility: Students will demonstrate intercultural competency and civic knowledge by engaging effectively in local, regional, national and/or global communities.
Lecture Topics Outline

Lecture Topics Outline PSYC 2314


Chapter 1  Introduction to Development
Chapter 2 Biological Beginnings
Chapter 3 Physical and Cognitive Development-Infancy
Chapter 4 Socioemotional Development - Infancy

Chapter 5 Physical and Cognitive Development - Preschool
Chapter 6 Socioemotional Development - Preschool
Chapter 7 Physical and Cognitive Development - Elementary School
Chapter 8 Socioemotional Development Elementary School

Chapter 9 Physical and Cognitive Development - Adolescence
Chapter 10 Socioemotional Development - Adolescence
Chapter 11 Physical and Cognitive Development Early Adulthood
Chapter 12 Socioemotional Development - Early Adulthood                                           

Chapter 13 Physical and Cognitive Development - Middle Adulthood
Chapter 14 Socioemotional Development - Middle Adulthood
Chapter 15 Physical and Cognitive Development - Late Adulthood
Chapter 16 Socioemotional Development - Late Adulthood
Chapter 17 Death, Dying and Grieving

Major Assignments Schedule



WEEK 1-2 Bonus Course Pretest Online ____MON-FRI AUG 28-SEP8_____0>>>>__0__

WEEK 3 Required Attendance Assignments  1 and 2; WED _SEP 13___20>>>>_20__10 RQAS EACH

WEEK 3 Required Regular Assignment 1 WED _____SEP 13___25>>>>45____25 RQAS

WEEK 3 Required Special RQA Assignment 1 WED ___SEP 13___10>>>>55__10 RQAS

WEEK 3 Required Preview Version 1 Core Assignment; FRI ____SEP 15___10>>>>__65_

WEEK 4 Required  TED Talk Assignment 1; WED ___SEP 20__20>>>>__85__20 IDEAS

WEEK 4 BONUS SOAR Assignment 1 WED __SEP 20___0>>>>__85_10 IDEAS

WEEK 4 -5 Required Quiz 1 - Chapters 1,2,3,4  –  WED-SUN  _SEP 20-24_25>>110

WEEK 4 - 5 Required Exam 1 Chapters 1,2,3,4  - WED-SUN ___SEP 20-24__100>>>>_210___


WEEK 5 Required Regular Assignment 2; MON ___SEP 25__25>>>>_235__25 RQAS

WEEK 5 Required Special Assignment 2; MON __SEP 25__10>>>>_245___10 RQAS

WEEK 6 Required TED Talk Assignment 2 ; WED ____OCT 4___20>>>>_265 20 IDEAS

WEEK 6 Bonus SOAR Assignment 2; WED ____OCT 4__0>>>>_265_10 IDEAS

WEEK 6 Required Preview Version  2 Core Assignment; FRI ____OCT 6__10>>>>_275_

WEEK 7 Required Attendance Assignments 3 and 4; MON ____OCT 9__20>>>>295__10 RQAS EACH

WEEK 7 Optional BONUS Grade Calculation Assignment FRI _OCT 13_0>>>>_295_

WEEK 8-9 Required Quiz 2 Chapters 5,6,7,8;  WED-SUN ____OCT 18-22__25>>>_320_

WEEK 8-9 Required Exam 2 - Chapters 5,6,7,8;  WED-SUN ___OCT 18-22__100>>>_420__


WEEK 9 Bonus Syllabus Quiz 3  MON-FRI ___OCT 23-27__0>>>420___

WEEK 9 Required Preview Version 3 Core Assignment; FRI ____OCT 27_10>>>_430__

WEEK 10 Required Regular Assignment 3; WED ____NOV 1_25>>>455___25 RQAS

WEEK 10 Required Special Assignment 3 WED; _____NOV 1_10>>>465__10 IDEAS

WEEK 10 Required Attendance Assignments 5 and 6; FRI ____NOV 3_20>>>485__10 RQAS EACH

WEEK 11 Required  TED Talk Assignment 3 ; WED ___NOV 8__20>>>>505___20 IDEAS

WEEK 11 Bonus SOAR Assignment 3 WED ___NOV 8__0>>>_505__10 IDEAS

WEEK 12 Required Quiz 3 – Chapters 9,10,11,14; WED-SUN ___NOV 15-19_25>>>>530____

WEEK 12 Required Exam 3; Chapters  9,10,11,14; WED-SUN ___NOV 15-19__100>>>_630__


WEEK 13 Optional Bonus AA 567 Assignment WED NOV 22 ___0>>>_630____30 RQAS

WEEK 14 Required Attendance Assignment 7 MON __NOV 27 _ 10>>>__640___10 RQAS

WEEK 14 Required Grade Calculation Assignment MON _NOV 27___20>>>660____

WEEK 14 Required Final Version Core Assignment TUE __NOV 28___130>>>_790_

WEEK 14 Required Regular Assignment 4; WED __NOV 29___25>>>_815__25 RQAS

WEEK 14 Required Special Assignment 4 WED _NOV 29___20>>>__835__20 RQAS 

WEEK 14 Required TED Talk Assignment 4; WED __NOV 29___40>>>_875__40 IDEAS

WEEK 14 Optional Bonus Orientation Assignment FRI _DEC 1__0>>>_875____

WEEK 14 Optional PERMA Bonus Assignment FRI ___DEC 1_0>>>__875__

WEEK 15 Required  Final Quiz 4; Chapters 13,14,15,16,17; WED-SUN; _DEC 6-10___25>>>_900___

WEEK 15 Required Final Exam 4; Chapters 13,14,15,16,17; WED-SUN _DEC 6-10__100>>>_1000____

Final Exam Date December 6, 2023 - 12:0 AM   Through  December 10, 2023 - 11:59 PM
Grading Scale  90 - 100=A 80 - 89=B  70 - 79=C   60 - 69=D  Below 59 = F
Determination of
Final Grade



GRADING POLICY: Your final course letter grade will be based on a percentage of 1000 total required points as follows:

Letter Grades        Point Totals         Approximate Percentages

A                            900 - 1000          90%+
B                            800 - 899            80-89%
C                            700 - 799            70-79%
D                            600 - 699            60-69%
F                            599 and below     59% and below



*Four required quizzes and four required exams 50% 500 points

*Three Drafts and One Final Version Required Psychology Common Assignment Poster 16% 160 points

*Four Required Regular RQA Assignments 10% 100 points

*Four Required Special RQA Assignments 5% 50 points (3@10 points and 1 @ 20 points)

*One Required Combined Grade Calculation Assignment - 2% - 20 points

*Seven Required Attendance Assignments 7% 70 points

*Four Required TED Talk Assignments 10% 100 points (3@ 20 points and 1 @ 40 points)

TOTAL 100% 1000 POINTS There will also be opportunities for completing extra credit activities.

Course Policies
Instructor Policies


1. Students  will answer all exam and quiz questions ONLINE by marking responses on an online exam form in the Blackboard website for this course.

2. If instructor establishes that student has practiced plagiarism in any assignment, instructor has the right and responsibility to regrade any and all assignments previously submitted by student and graded by instructor. If the instructor suspects plagiarism or any academic dishonesty, the instructor requires additional course activity to verify the student is the actual author of the assignment or course activity. 

3. Instructor discusses NO grades over the phone or during general meetings involving more than one student. If students wish to request grades on specific assignment or to request a grade status during the semester, the student must request this information using their official LSCPA email account. 

4.There are many activities in this course which require using the Blackboard website for the course.

5. Students will complete all exams, quizzes assignments and many course activities online and will record their responses on an online test form, which they will access using the Blackboard website for this course.

6. If students have a complaint about this course which they cannot resolve through discussion with the instructor, those students should get in touch with: * Christina Wilbur, Chairperson of the Department of General Education and Developmental Studies email: willburca@lamarpa.edu or phone: 409-984-6394.

7. Instructor will use all exam, quiz, assignment and course activity scores to calculate students course grades . Instructor will drop no course activity scores or grades with the exception of practice activities which carry no course credit weight in calculating students final grades. 

8. Instructor does not accept late or corrected assignment submissions this semester.

9. Students should type work turned in for credit using correct grammar and spelling, using complete sentences.

10. If students do not follow all instructions provided for each assignment, the assignment will receive zero credit points.

11. This course will require turning in all work using the Blackboard course website
12. Plagiarism, written or oral, will result minimally in failure of the assignment (1st offense) and failure of the course (2nd offense). If the instructor suspects plagiarism or any academic dishonesty, students must provide additional verification that they are the actual author of the assignment or document.

13. All work turned in for credit must include a complete heading, including student's first and last names, course name (PSYC), course number, course section number and date the student completed the assignment or document. 

14. Instructor requires that students type all written assignments and save the document using the doc or docx file formats. Students must attach assignment documents to the correct submission page in Blackboard..

15. Instructor requires regular and punctual  attendance and participation in all class activities. 

16. The instructor requires that students will display mature behavior in online and in-person class activities. This behavior includes being responsible for  actions and treating classmates, instructor and themselves with respect at all times. Failure to do so may result in students' being removed from the classroom or the course.

17. Instructor requires that students type all written assignments. 

18. Students should spend a minimum of 3-6 hours per week on this course's assignments.

19. Instructor will not tolerate or accept  plagiarism or any form of academic dishonesty in this class.  will not be tolerated. Any assignment submitted that contains plagiarism will receive an course-credit of zero points. Instructor will take further action, including requiring verification from a student that the student is the actual author of the assignment or document. 

20. Each assignment and project in this class has a due date and due time. Instructor will not be accepting late assignment submissions this semester.

22. Students should consult with instructor for Additional Course Policies.

23. Instructor will not discuss your grades over the phone. If students wish to discuss their grades, they may request this information using their official LSCPA email account.

24. The instructor will resolve non-compliance with items 1-19 and other situations which may arise on a case by case basis.

25. Students may expect written assignments and other course activities to be graded within a two-week period AFTER THE DUE DATE for each assignment or course activity. 

26. Instructor officially PROHIBITS consuming food, drink,  alcohol, and tobacco products in the classroom meetings for this course. This policy agrees with official college policy.

27. Instructor does not be accept late assignments for point credit this semester.

28. Instructor does not  accept corrected documents this semester.

29. The instructor created the psychology core assignment preview versions 1,2 and 3 as well as the final version core assignment for students to submit as a series of 3 preview versions and a final version so that students may correct section errors in the drafts the final version, based on feedback given on the earlier drafts.

30. Students should use their LSCPA email account to send email messages and requests to the instructor.

31. Students should submit all written assignments using the following file formats: doc or docx. Instructor will accept no other file formats, including hand written documents or digital images of handwritten documents. 

32. Instructor will assign a 1-point deduction if students do not use the doc or docx file format when submitting assignments.

33. Students must attach all written assignment documents to the appropriate and  correct submission page. Instructor will assign a 1-point deduction when students do not attach an assignment document to the correct submission page, 

34. Instructor requires that students save all written assignment documents using the file format doc or docx.

35. Instructor does not accept any late assignments full credit points this semester.

36. Instructor will not offer makeup opportunities for missed exams and quizzes this semester. 

37. Instructor does not accept any corrected assignments for credit points this semester.

Attendance Policy Research has shown a strong positive relationship between attendance, participation and college success. I strongly recommend regular participation in this course, both mental and physical. Participation will help you succeed in this course. CAUTION: I will not automatically drop your name from the class roll because you do not participate in class activities. MAKEUP WORK: Makeup work may be completed by students who miss class because of official college activities. Verification by means of a written message by a college official or sponsor is required to allow makeup work to be completed.
Additional Information

September 4, 2023 (Monday)   Labor Day Holiday                                       
September 13 (Wednesday)      Census Date (12th class day)                  
October 4, 2023 ( Wednesday) Last day to drop a course or withdraw without academic penalty       
November 1, 2023 (Wednesday) Last day to apply for Fall graduation and pay for diploma, cap and gown
November 23 and 24, 2023      Thanksgiving Holiday 
November 27 (Monday)           Last day to drop a course or withdraw with academic penalty
December 14 (Thursday)          Last class day
December 6-10, 2023 (Wednesday-Sunday) Final exam and quiz availability period for this course
December 14 (Thursday)          Final grades for graduates due by 4:00 pm
December 15 (Friday)                Final grades for all others due at noon

Institutional Policies
MyLSCPA Be sure to check your campus email and Course Homepage using MyLSCPA campus web portal. You can also access your grades, transcripts, academic advisors, degree progress, and other services through MyLSCPA.
Academic Honesty Academic honesty is expected from all students, and dishonesty in any form will not be tolerated. Please consult the LSCPA policies (Academic Dishonesty section in the Student Handbook) for consequences of academic dishonesty.
ADA Considerations The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides comprehensive civil rights for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you believe you have a disability requiring an accommodation, please contact the the Office for Disability Services Coordinator, Room 231, in the Madison Monroe Building. The phone number is (409) 984-6241.
COVID 19 Information The Lamar State College Port Arthur (LSCPA) Student Code of Conduct COVID 19 Policy requires students who have been diagnosed with COVID 19 to report their condition directly to their local health department. Students should also contact their course faculty to report their quarantine status. In addition, this policy requires all students to wear face coverings when directly exposed to COVID 19 in compliance with the criteria included in the policy. For more information please refer to the COVID 19 link on the LSCPA website.
Facility Policies No food or tobacco products are allowed in the classroom. Only students enrolled in the course are allowed in the classroom, except by special instructor permission. Use of electronic devices is prohibited.
HB 2504 This syllabus is part of LSCPA's efforts to comply with Texas House Bill 2504.
Mandatory Reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect As per Texas law and LSCPA policy, all LSCPA employees, including faculty, are required to report allegations or disclosures of child abuse or neglect to the designated authorities, which may include a local or state law enforcement agency or the Texas Department of Family Protective Services. For more information about mandatory reporting requirements, see LSCPA's Policy and Procedure Manual.
Title IX and Sexual Misconduct LSCPA is committed to establishing and maintaining an environment that is free from all forms of sex discrimination, including sexual harassment, sexual violence, and other forms of sexual misconduct. All LSCPA employees, including faculty, have the responsibility to report disclosures of sexual misconduct, including sexual harassment, sexual assault (including rape and acquaintance rape), domestic violence, dating violence, relationship violence, or stalking, to LSCPA's Title IX Coordinator, whose role is to coordinate the college's response to sexual misconduct. For more information about Title IX protections, faculty reporting responsibilities, options for confidential reporting, and the resources available for support visit LSCPA's Title IX website.
Clery Act Crime Reporting For more information about the Clery Act and crime reporting, see the Annual Security & Fire Safety Report and the Campus Security website.

Grievance / Complaint / Concern If you have a grievance, complaint, or concern about this course that has not been resolved through discussion with the Instructor, please consult the Department Chair.
Department Information
General Education and Developmental Studies
Chair:Steven Zani
Phone:(409) 984-6431