Student Syllabus Spring 2016 Course Name/Section Number

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Student Syllabus Spring 2016

Course Name/Section Number: Psychology 2314 G1 CRN 20267
Class Time Tuesday/Thursday 7:30-8:45 pm. Room 119
Instructor Name: Jennifer Jennings, MA
Division Department: Arts, Humanities & Social Sciences/Psychology
Office Hours: T/R 11:00-12:00 AM, in the VC Gonzales

I will be in Faculty Adjunct Office, or you can make an appointment with me by email (Blackboard). For night students, I am in the main building at 5:00 pm or a little before. I can meet with you then. I have a 6:00 pm class. The Adjunct Office that I share with other adjuncts is in the kitchen. Go through kitchen and you will see a small office marked Adjunct Faculty Office. Or, I will be in the main office or in the classroom 119.

Office Number: 830.672.6251
Instructor Email:

Emailing your instructor:

Please mention the course title in the subject line so that it will not be mistaken for junk mail. If you send the instructor an email you should receive a reply within 48hrs unless it is over the weekend.  Keep a copy of the sent email in your outbox or sent box in case you need proof that you sent it. If you do not receive a reply within 48hrs it means that your email wasn’t received by Ms. Jennings. In that case, be sure to re-send the email. Ms. Jennings typically checks Blackboard (if applicable) and VC email several times each weekday.

Prerequisite(s) (AMS): Psychology 2301

Required Textbook(s), Supplies, and Materials:

TEXT: ...........Berger, K.S. The Developing Person Through the Life Span, 9th Edition. New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

Other:  Scantron #882 (long green and white) with pencil for exams.

Course Description(AMS)

Psychology 2314 is a survey of the physical, mental and emotional characteristics of the individual from infancy through maturity.

Learning Outcomes (AMS):

Because many topics are covered in this course, the student should be prepared to devote ample time to each assignment. Upon completion of this course, students will achieve the following objectives and learning outcomes:

  1. Students will know the major personalities important to the field of human growth and development and the ideas, theories, and schools with which they are associated.

  2. Students will know the major terms and major concepts associated with this area.

These two performances will be measured by the results on the final exam.

Upon completion of this course, the student should have passed the following IDEA


  1. Gained factual knowledge.

  2. Learned fundamental principles, generalizations and theories.

  3. Learned to apply course material.

  4. Developed specific skills, competencies and points of view needed by professionals in the field most closely related to this course.

  5. Learned how to find and use resources for answering questions or solving problems.

Teaching Strategies:

This course will be taught using lecture notes, slideshow presentations and interactive learning aids.

Course Requirements

Each student is expected to read in advance of each class meeting. Lectures are organized to follow the organization of the textbook. Each lecture covers approximately 30-50 pages in the textbook. The pages that will be covered in each class period are indicated in the “Tentative Class Schedule” (see below).

Group Presentations will take the form of structured argument or debate on controversial issues relevant to issues being studied in this course. Some group members may be more responsible for research while others are more responsible for actual verbal presentation. I will have you fill out a form explaining exactly how you contributed to your group. With small groups, everyone will be involved in the presentation.

Individual Project: This project is to replace a low exam score on one of the four exams. (You must take all four exams). Look through the book for an interesting subject. Then, plan a 15 minute lecture, power point, guest speaker (20 minutes), and anything to teach the class about your topic. You must turn in a one page summary of your topic to show me that you have researched it. The summary is due even though you have a speaker. The summaries must be turned in 4/14/16. You will give your lecture 4/21/16. This grade will replace one of your exam grades.

Assessments: Four Exams. Each will have 50 questions are worth 100 points.

Make Up Exams:

Students should make every effort to be present on the day of an exam. Make up exams will be offered only with the evidence that an emergency situation prevented the student from being present. You will make an appointment with the Testing Center in Gonzales. You have one week to make up any make-up work.

Students must arrange to make up exams within one week of the original exam date in order to receive credit for it. The Final Exam can be made up if it is a documented emergency.

Criteria for Grading:

EXAMS (4) 40% A=90-100%

FINAL 20% B=80-89%

Class Activities/Participation 20% C=70-79%

Group Presentation 20% D=60-69%

_____ F=00-59


Agendas handed out in each class period are very important in this course. I can change assignments (delete or add) and I will add this comment to your current agenda. Please make sure you get an agenda every time you attend class.

Attendance: Attendance will be taken for every class meeting. The method by which attendance is taken will be determined by the faculty member and clearly outlined in the class syllabus. Attendance records will be submitted electronically to the appropriate division dean on the last day of the course. Regular and prompt class attendance is expected of every student. A student’s absence means that the student is not able to participate in the class.

Among other factors, regular and prompt class attendance is very important for success in this course.  

Attendance will be taken each class period and may be taken at any point during class.

To be counted as present, students must be in class when attendance is taken.

Instructors will drop all students who do not attend prior to the Official Record Date (ORD).

Students may drop the course at any time before 65% of the course has been completed for a grade of Q or W.

Instructors may drop students from the course if absences exceed 20% of the scheduled class meetings.

Instructors will drop students from the course when absences exceed 40% of the scheduled class meetings

unless said excessive absences accrue after the 65% drop date or

unless students are in good standing.

Students who miss class are responsible for all material discussed and any assignments or announcements made that relate to the course. 

The ORD for this class is: February 3, 2016

The last day to drop this course is: April 6, 2016

WITHDRAWAL: Please note that non-attendance does not constitute withdrawal from class. All withdrawals must be processed officially through the Counseling Services or Admissions/Registrar’s office. Failure to do so will result in a failing grade for the course.

In general attendance is defined as being physically present in a face-to-face class and/or a hybrid class at the time attendance is taken. Attendance will be taken at each class meeting.. 

Regular and prompt class attendance is expected of every student.  A student’s absence means that the student is not able to participate in the class. Also, if an absence occurs, I will deal with questions concerning the absence through email only. Please do not take up class time dealing with your absence.

Instructor-Initiated Withdrawals (Drops)

While it is the final responsibility of the student to drop a class that she/he is no longer attending, instructors

  1. must drop a student who has not logged into an online class or physically attended a face-to-face or hybrid class prior to the ORD.  Instructors must initiate ORD drops by the published deadlines.

  2. cannot drop a student with an average of D/UD or better.

  3. after following established division retention practices, may at their discretion drop students without consultation with the student when absences exceed 20% of the scheduled class meetings.  For classes that include a separate laboratory, a student may be dropped when absences exceed 20% of the laboratory meetings or 20% of the lecture meetings.

  4. must drop a student when absences exceed 40% of the scheduled class meetings unless said excessive absences accrue after the 65% drop date.

  5. cannot drop a student after 65% of class instruction has been completed.

This practice applies to all modes of instruction.

Under special circumstances, an instructor may drop a student sooner than outlined above if the special circumstances are clearly noted in the syllabus or program handbook and have been approved in advance by the appropriate division dean. Selective admission programs define their attendance and instructor-initiated withdrawal procedures in their syllabi and program handbooks.

Instructors will initiate withdrawals by completing the electronic drop form and forwarding it to the Advising and Counseling Office.  The electronic drop form can be found on the faculty tab of the VC portal. The grade at the time of the drop as well as the last day of attendance must be included on the electronic drop form.

Instructors will set their own make-up policy as outlined in the course syllabus for work missed due to absence(s). The Vice President of Instruction can make exceptions to the above rules. 

16 Week Classes

# of class meetings per week

Number of class meetings to exceed  20%

Number of class meetings to exceed  40%

















 Attendance will be taken into consideration when a student's score is on the borderline of the next letter grade after all work has been completed.

Important Note: Never just stop work on any course. Always go through the standard drop process. Failing to do so may lead to a grade of "F" rather than a "W".

The student must protect his or her own academic record by completing the drop procedure in order to avoid a possible failing grade at the semester's end. 

Students with disabilities: The College will make reasonable accommodations for persons with documented disabilities. These students must notify Counseling Services, Administration Building, before accommodations can be provided.

Classroom Policies:
Cell Phones: As a courtesy to the instructor and to other students in our learning community, please silence all beepers, cell phones, or other types of communication devices before entering class. Thank you for your cooperation.
Academic honesty: Plagiarism and Cheating (See pg. 31 Sections 7.1 and 7.2 of Student Handbook).

We will not lie, steal, or cheat, nor tolerate among us anyone who does.”

Cadet Honor Code USAFA (United States Air Force Academy)

Missed and late assignments: Assignments are due the day of class. If you miss class and/or have an emergency, then it should be turned in the week the assignment is due. If the day falls on a Friday, then the following Monday would be appropriate.

Participation: Regular and prompt class attendance is very important for success in this course. You must attend class in order to participate actively and gain the maximum benefits this class can offer!

Workspace: Please be respectful of VC property and the workspace of fellow classmates.

Quality of work and formatting: Please double space and check with the Tutoring Center if you are not sure about the quality of your written assignment.

Please remember these items…

  1. When you are absent or before (better), write an email (BB) to me to explain why. I will tell you what you missed and if there is anything to make up. If you missed a major exam, you will have to make an appointment with the Testing center on Gonzales V. C. campus. You will have one week to make it up.

  2. If you need to go to the RR, please go.

  3. Food is fine because our class is during the dinner hour!! Please clean up after yourself. Mom isn’t with you to help.

  4. Cell phones are a problem sometime. I consider it rude and not studious on your part to text during class. We want to make as many neuron connections as possible in this class. (enrichment increase the length of the dendrites and makes more glial cells in your neurons) We need to build neurons in your college classes! I know some of you are waiting for a call from the babysitter and that can be urgent. Have it on “Buzz” and leave it where it cannot disturb your fellow classmates. Then, dismiss yourself from class to take the call. They paid to be here too. Laptops are fine.

  5. I consider myself to be a very fair instructor. You have to work with me and not against me. If you are having a problem with any part of this course, please come to me and we will talk about it. Both of us can solve many problems.

  6. Please check announcements and calendar on Blackboard.

Tentative Class Schedule



Introduction/Description/ Syllabus/Blackboard 2314

HW: Read Chapter 1



Lesson on Chapter 1

HW: Read Chapter 2



Chapter 2

HW: Read Chapter 3

Pick Groups

For Presentations

DUE 4/21/16



Lesson Chapter 3

(Catch Up)

HW: Read Chapter 4

Explanation of



DUE 4/21 – 5/5



Lesson/Chapter 4

HW: Read Chapter 4



Catch up/ Review

Study for Exam 1



Exam Unit 1:

Chapters 1, 2, 3, & 4

Read Chapter 5



Lesson on Chapter 5

HW: Read Chapter 6



Lesson over Chapter 6

HW: Read 9



Lesson on Chapter 9

Read Chapter 10



Lesson over Lesson 10



Review and catch up

HW: Study for Exam 2



Exam 2

Chapters 5,6,9,&10

HW: Read Chapter 13



Lesson over Chapter 13

HW: Read Chapter 14



Lesson over Chapter 14



Work in groups/Inform each other of your group meeting time.

HW: Read Chapter 15

3/13/16 –


Spring Break



Chapter 15

HW: Read Chapter 16



Chapter 16

Study for EXAM 3

Over 12, 14, 15, & 16


EXAM 3 over Chapters 13,

14, 15, &16

Study Chapter 19



Chapter 19

HW: Chapter 21



Lesson on Chapter 21

HW: Study Chapter 24



Chapter 24

Read Chapter Epilogue






Review for EXAM 4
Written Individual Presentations DUE

Study for EXAM 4 over

Chapters 19, 21, 24, &




Unit EXAM 4 over

Chapters 19, 21, 24, & Epilogue



Any Presentations will be due today.

Second half of class is to meet with your group for last minute details.



Group Presentations



Group Presentations



Group Presentations



Group Presentations


5/9/16 – 5/12/16

Finals Schedule

Check school schedule

Check with Ms. Jennings

You only come to your finals this week..

No class schedule.

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Updated 07-07-2015

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