PSYC-220 : Human Growth and Development

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: PSYC-220 Human Growth and Development

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): PSYC-101

Course Description in college catalog:

A study of the changes in behavior and mental processes across the life-span and the biological, psychological, social and cultural factors influencing those changes. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.A.S. Nursing

A.A.S./B.S. QCC/Hunter Dual/Joint Degree Program in Nursing

A.A.S./B.S. QCC/School of Professional Studies Dual/Joint Degree Program in Nursing

A.A.S./B.S. QCC/York College Dual/Joint Degree in Nursing

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

A.S. Psychology

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

  3. Use historical or social sciences perspectives to examine formation of ideas, human behavior, social institutions, or social processes

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

1. Critically evaluate the major theories of lifespan development and demonstrate understanding of their influence on the field of psychology and related fields.

2. Critically analyze the significance of--and interactions between--the physical, cognitive, social and emotional domains in the process of lifespan development.

3. Describe the research methodology used to study lifespan development, demonstrate understanding of the benefits and limitations of research in laboratory and non-laboratory settings, and critically evaluate relevant research.

4. Examine cultural, gender and individual differences in the study of lifespan development.

5. Gain insight into lifespan development and apply knowledge learned to current issues in the field and to the student's own life experiences.

Program-specific outcomes

1. Students will understand psychological text effectively through readings in the textbook and ancillary documents and articles on lifespan development.

2. Students will critically evaluate theories and research in lifespan development.

3. Students will construct written essays, responses, and/or papers demonstrating the use of evidence-based information in drawing conclusions about issues in lifespan development.

4. Students will analyze research methods in developmental psychology and their use in evaluating theoretical concepts.

5. Students will demonstrate an understanding of the appropriate use of research methods in studying problems in lifespan development.

6. Students will draw conclusions from scientific observations and research findings in the field of lifespan development.

Other program outcomes (if applicable).

  1. Integrate knowledge and skills in the program of study

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

A variety of assessment methods are employed in individual sections, including but not limited to the following: objective tests, essay examinations, essay assignments, term papers, reflection papers, oral presentations, and/or group projects.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member’s discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender’s grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University’s policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.