Education | Life Span Development: Conception to Death
P514 | 4985 | Carin Neitzel
1. Turner, J. S. & Helms, D. B. (1995). Lifespan Development (5th
ed.). New York:
2. Reading packet available at Mr. Copy.
This course is focused on the various changes that take place
in humans from conception to death (e.g., physical-motor, language,
cognitive, social). Aspects of development that are common to persons
at all ages across the human life span as well as individual
differences in development will be studied.
This course has 8 specific learning objectives. By the end of
the course, students are expected to have gained:
1. An understanding of the diverse array of theories of development
and the strengths and shortcomings of each.
2. A grasp of the life span perspective as an integrative approach to
3. An understanding of the major principles governing development
across the life span.
4. Knowledge of the sequence of human development and the processes
that underlie it.
5. An understanding of the dynamic, joint contribution of biology and
environment to development.
6. A sense of the interdependency of all domains of development-
physical, cognitive, emotional, and social.
7. An appreciation of the interrelatedness of theory, research, and
8. An appreciation of the ethical standards involved in conducting
research and developing social policies related to human development.
In order to accomplish the objectives, this course will be structured
around a discussion, or information sharing, format. Discussions and
short lectures will be supplemented by films, critical examinations of
research, group problem-solving, and a variety of other class
activities. To support this type of format, it is important to have
knowledgeable and contributing participants. You are responsible for
reading the assigned chapters of the text and additional reading
assignments prior to the date this information is to be discussed in
class. Discussions and activities will be based on the assumption that
you have prepared by reading assigned materials. Occasionally,
students will be asked to provide "on-the-spot" mini-lectures over the
All policies and regulations (e.g. regarding academic honesty) as
stated in the Graduate Bulletin apply in this course. If you are
unfamiliar with these policies and regulations, then you are required
to make yourself familiar with them immediately.
Grading Scale for P514:
Class Activities 50
Midterm Examination 100
Developmental Profiles 75
Final Examination 75
Total Points Possible 300
The maximum number of points will be 300. Grades will be based on
total point accumulation as follows:
A+ = 293-300 B+ = 263-269 C+ = 233-239 D+ = 203-209
A = 277-292 B = 247-262 C = 217-232 D = 187-202
A- = 270-276 B- = 240-246 C- = 210-216 D- = 180-186
1. Daily class activities (i.e. "On-the-Spot" mini-lectures over
readings, problem-based learning cases, critical examinations of
2. Mid-Term Examination
3. Developmental Profiles
Specific details about this paper will be given in class.
4. Final Examination (presented in class)
Specific details about this exam/presentation will be given in class.
Class Schedule and Assignment Due Dates
Following is an approximate schedule of what we will be doing in P514.
Changes may be made as necessary to best accommodate the learning
needs of students in the course.
Class Activities/ Assignment Due
Course Introduction Syllabus, Assignments
Text Chapter 1
Research Methods in Development
Text Chapter 2
Theories of Development
Text Chapter 2
Biological Foundations of Development, Genetics
Text Chapter 3
Environmental Influences of Development, Family
Gortmaker & Wise, 1997
Brooks-Gunn & Duncan, 2000
Text Chapter 4
Wolfe & Brandt, 2000
Chomitz, Cheung, & Lieberman, 2000
Development During Infancy
Development During Early Childhood
Tobin, Wu, & Davidson, 1993
Development During Middle Childhood
1st Draft of Developmental Profiles Shared
Development During Young Adulthood
Gross & Scott, 1994
Cowan & Cowan, 1996
Development During Middle Adulthood
Rosenfeld & Stark, 1995
Development During Later Adulthood
Corstensen & Charles, 2000
MedLetter Associates, 2000
Developmental Profiles Shared
Course Wrap-Up: Synthesis and Application
Final Exam Presentations