District Syllabus
DEP2004
Human Growth And Development


Credit Hours: 3
Contact Hours: 3
Laboratory Fee: None.
Prerequisites: There are no prerequisites for this course.
Corequisites: There are no corequisites for this course.
Catalog Description: A study of the human life span. The course is designed to provide the foundation for understanding the life cycle from conception to death. 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 emphasis course.
Required Materials: Books:
  • Wendy Dunn and Grace Craig. Understanding Human Development, 3rd ed., Pearson, 2013. ISBN: 9780205233656
Supplemental Materials: Additional materials may be assigned by the instructor to supplement the required materials. -->
Special Requirements: 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 Development Lab.
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 
       and perception.
   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 
       historical factors.
   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
       predictable.
   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
       life.
   7.  Avoid acceptance of stereotypes regarding age, gender, 
       and ethnicity.
   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
    dying.
7.  Demonstrate an understanding of the impact of technological
    changes upon the moral and ethical issues associated with death 
    and dying.
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.
Flexibility: 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.
Note: 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.