There are no prerequisites for this course.
There are no corequisites for this course.
A study of the human life span. The course is designed to provide
the foundation for understanding the life cycle from conception to
The approach throughout the course is multidisciplinary including
biological, sociological, anthropological, and psychological
persepectives with emphasis on basic psychological principles.
Concepts are related to everyday life situations and to current
social issues. Meets A.A. general education Category IV. A writing
- Wendy Dunn and Grace Craig. Understanding Human Development, 3rd ed., Pearson, 2013. ISBN: 9780205233656
Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
||There is a fee for distance learning classes.
Use of the My Development Lab in the course is at the discretion of
the instructor. please contact your instructor before purchesing My
|Program Learning Outcomes:
Global Learning Outcomes:
I. Critical Thinking: Students evaluate the validity of their
own and others' ideas through questioning, analyzing, and
synthesizing results into the learning process.
II. Communication: Students develop effective reading, writing,
speaking and listening skills.
III. Information Management: Students use effective strategies
to Collect, Verify, Document, and Manage information from a
variety of sources.
VI. Social Skills: Students develop and use skills and
attitudes that integrate individuals into society.
Major Learning Outcomes:
After completing this course, student should be able to:
1. See life as a continuum with the experience of each major
life stage having a significant impact on personality
2. Appreciate the complexities and uniqueness of human behavior
and understand more about the ways in which behavior is
affected by biological, psychological, social, cultural and
3. Recognize how and why people change over time as well as why
they remain the same.
4. Realize that although people change throughout their lifespan,
there is consistency, and that some of the changes are
5. Have an informed basis for making choices and decisions
critical to successful living for one's self and for
significant others in one's life.
6. Not only understand how human lives unfold as they do, but
want to discover how one may manage to lead a happier, fuller
7. Avoid acceptance of stereotypes regarding age, gender,
8. Develop and understanding of the issue of death and dying.
|Course Learning Outcomes:
Specific Performance Objectives: After completing this course,
students will be able to:
1. Name and discuss the major stages of the human life course in
Western societies including the biological, psychological,
social, cultural, and historical indicators impacting each stage.
2. Demonstrate an understanding of the diversity of individual and
societal expectations associated with life stages based upon
biological, psychological, sociological, cultural, and historical
factors and events.
3. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic concepts utilized in
the scientific study of the stages of the human life course.
4. Recognize the names of and discuss the major theorists/theories
associated with the study of the stages of the human life course.
5. Demonstrate an understanding of the fluidity of definitions of
stages of the human life course throughout world cultures.
6. Demonstrate an understanding of the stages of human death and
7. Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technological
changes upon the moral and ethical issues associated with death
|Methods of Evaluation:
Evaluation of student progress towards achieving the stated learning
outcomes and performance objectives is the responsibility of the
instructor, within the policies of the college and the department.
Detailed explanations are included in the expanded Syllabus developed
by the instructor for each section being taught.
It is the intention of the instructor to accomplish the objectives specified in the course syllabus. However, circumstances may arise which prohibit the fulfilling of this endeavor. Therefore, this syllabus is subject to change. When possible, students will be notified of any change in advance of its occurrence.
|Student Email Accounts
||Pensacola State College provides an institutional email account to all credit students. Pirate Mail is the official method of communication, and students must use Pirate Mail when communicating with the College. In cases where companion software is used for a particular class, emails may be exchanged between instructor and student using the companion software.
For students with a disability that falls under the Americans with Disability Act or Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act, it is the responsibility of the student to notify Student Resource Center for ADA Services to discuss any special needs or equipment necessary to accomplish the requirements for this course. Upon completion of registration with the Student Resource Center for ADA Services office, specific arrangements can be discussed with the instructor.