PSYCHOLOGY 19 Lifespan Human Development Online
Fall, 2019; Section 3444
Instructor: L. L. Davison, Ph.D.
Office Hours: Tues/Wed: 5:50-6:30 in HSS 3rd Fl. Lounge;
By phone: Tues. 1:00-1:30pm, 1-818-915-1874
TEXTBOOK: Newman, B.M., & Newman, P.R. (2018). Development Through Life: A
Psychosocial Approach (13th Ed.). Cengage Learning.
Introduction to Development (Aug 26 to Sep 2) Chapter 1
Research Methods (Sep 2 to Sep 9) (Appendix)
Theories of Development I (Sep 9 to Sep 16) Chapter 2
Theories of Development II (Sep 16 to Sep 23) Chapters 2 & 3
Genetics and Development (Sep 23 to Sep 30) Chapter 4
Prenatal Development (Sep 30 to Oct 7) Chapter 4
Assignment: Article Analysis
Infancy (Oct 7 to Oct 14) Chapter 5
Toddlerhood (Oct 14 to Oct 21) Chapter 6
Early School Age (Oct 21 to Oct 28) Chapter 7
Middle Childhood (Oct 28 to Nov 4) Chapter 8
Adolescence (Nov 4 to Nov 11) Chapters 9 & 10
Early Adulthood (Nov 11 to Nov 18) Chapter 11
Assignment: Career Evaluation
Middle Adulthood (Nov 18 to Nov 25) Chapter 12
Late Adulthood/Elderhood (Nov 25 to Dec 2) Chapters 13 & 14
Assignment: Age Stereotyping
Review (Dec 2 to Dec 9)
FINAL EXAM (Dec 9 through Dec 16)
Weekly Discussion (15 x 3 pts) 45
Eleven best quizzes (11 x 5 pts) 55 Three Assignments (3 x 10 pts) 30
Final Exam 20 TOTAL 150
Grades will be as follows: A=90% or 135 points, B=80% or 120 points, C=70% or 105 points, D=60% or 90 points, F=below 60%. Cheating will
result in an automatic “F” for the course.
There will be a half point deduction for late discussion responses. No
responses will be accepted after the week ends.
There is a 3-day “late window” for assignments, with a 10% grade
deduction per day. No late assignments will be accepted after Wednesday,
11:59pm of the week following its due date.
Please note there is no late window for quizzes, which must be posted by
11:59 PST on Sunday of the appropriate week.
This course traces physical, emotional, social, and intellectual development
throughout the lifespan from conception through aging and dying. The
impact on the individual of the family, the culture, and socio-economic
factors will be a special emphasis. Theoretical understanding of lifespan
issues will provide a foundation for exploration of their practical implications
at each stage of development.
Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
1. Describe major theoretical approaches to human development, and
understand their practical implications at all stages of development 2. Identify physical, emotional, social, and cognitive qualities that
characterize humans at different stages of development from birth through old age
3. Recognize the complexity of interrelationships among all aspects of development
4. Discuss the impact of family, of culture, and of socio-economic status on the process and quality of development
5. Use theory and research to critique major societal cultural institutions, such as schools, hospitals, and homes for the elderly that have a
major impact on human beings as various stages of development
Student Learning Outcomes
1. Students will be able to demonstrate knowledge of bio-psych-social factors and their interaction over the lifespan.
2. Students will demonstrate the ability to distinguish between information and knowledge obtained through the use of research
methods versus other forms of knowledge.
Methods of Instruction: PPT lectures, assigned readings, online discussions,
activities, writing assignments, and media clips.