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Course Details

Course Code: PSYC343 Course ID: 3591 Credit Hours: 3 Level: Undergraduate

This course is an in-depth study of the developmental processes from the transition to adulthood through old age. Course content examines the ways adults construct meaning, including intellectual, moral, and personality development. Gender and culture are highlighted, and particular emphasis is placed on understanding the influence of context on adult development.

Course Schedule

Registration Dates Course Dates Session Weeks
08/31/20 - 01/29/21 02/01/21 - 03/28/21 Winter 2021 Session I 8 Week session
09/28/20 - 02/26/21 03/01/21 - 04/25/21 Winter 2021 Session D 8 Week session
10/26/20 - 04/02/21 04/05/21 - 05/30/21 Spring 2021 Session B 8 Week session
11/30/20 - 04/30/21 05/03/21 - 06/27/21 Spring 2021 Session I 8 Week session
12/28/20 - 06/04/21 06/07/21 - 08/01/21 Spring 2021 Session D 8 Week session

Current Syllabi

Upon successful completion of this course, students will have:

CO1: Examined the evolution of adulthood and aging as a behavioral science

CO2: Assessed research methods used in the study of adulthood and aging

CO3: Examined theories related to young adult development and work identity

CO4: Described developmental concepts related to adult relationships and parenting

CO5: Examined physical, cognitive and socio-emotional gains and losses of aging

CO6: Identified features of reciprocal interactions between aging persons and their social worlds

CO7: Analyzed in course level appropriate writing knowledge of selected and synthesized findings within a body of published works focused on the discipline of adult development and aging

Online Participation and Interaction
Successful completion of APUS courses requires online access and may require usage of PowerPoint, MS Word and Adobe Acrobat Reader programs. Asynchronous interaction occurs via the classroom Messages function and discussion forums.

During this course, students are required to read, synthesize and make meaning of published material anchored in the scientific method and demonstrate learning via submission of work authentically their own Both paraphrases and quotes must be properly APA source credited, using the most updated version of the APA Manual. Submitting work all or partially copied word-for-word, with or without source crediting, will result in an automatic assignment score of zero without option of revision and course failure occurring for a second offense. Collaboration on coursework is not permitted unless assigned by the course instructor.

Written assignments submitted as attachments must be in MS Word file format (.doc or .docx, not .wps or .wpd). All assignment deadlines are in Eastern Time (ET). If you live in a time zone other than ET, you will need to submit your work earlier to avoid missing deadlines.

Required Coursework

Discussion Forums require participation in interactive dialogs with classmates in the graded discussion of course relevant topics. Forums are graded scholarly dialogs with both general posting and topic focus requirements.

Developmental Changes in Reaction Time Assignment: This assignment requires an experiential component. Students complete an online assignment of their average reaction time and then choose two subjects of ages different than their own to complete the same. Based upon each subjects’ average times, students apply their knowledge by completing a worksheet asking questions are their experience. Detailed instructions for this assignment are located on the Classroom Assignments page.

Issue Analysis and Application Paper: This 8-10 slide, not including title and References slides, two-part Power Point presentation requires selecting an issue related to adult development and aging, analyzing the various components of it, and applying learning by proposing possible solutions that could be used to address and improve the issue examined. The presentation must be developed using research material from at least three academic, scholarly journals. Detailed instructions for this presentation are located on the classroom Assignments page.

Stages of Life Interview Assignment: This 5-7 page paper, not including title and reference pages, requires interviews of two individuals in various stages of adulthood. Following your interviews, you will summarize each interview and apply three developmental theories discussed throughout the course. Detailed instructions for this paper are located on the classroom Assignments page.

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*
Publication Info:

Book Title: Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Links provided inside the classroom in the Lessons section.
Publication Info:

Book Title:Various resources from the APUS Library & the Open Web are used. Please visit to locate the course eReserve.*

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.