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PSYC343 - Adult Development

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
11/26/18 - 05/03/19 05/06/19 - 06/30/19 Spring 2019 Session I 8 Week session
12/31/18 - 05/31/19 06/03/19 - 07/28/19 Spring 2019 Session D 8 Week session
01/28/19 - 06/28/19 07/01/19 - 08/25/19 Summer 2019 Session B 8 Week session
02/25/19 - 08/02/19 08/05/19 - 09/29/19 Summer 2019 Session I 8 Week session
03/25/19 - 08/30/19 09/02/19 - 10/27/19 Summer 2019 Session D 8 Week session
04/29/19 - 10/04/19 10/07/19 - 12/01/19 Fall 2019 Session B 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. 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 weekly 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.

Observational Analysis Paper: This 4-6 page, not including title and references pages, two-part paper requires keeping a detailed log observing the interactions of an adult or elderly person of your choice for some part of a 24 hour period. You will then analyze the behaviors and interactions you have observed citing the concepts we have learned in this class. Detailed instructions for this paper are located on the classroom Assignments page.

NameGrade %
Forums 32.00 %
Forum 1 4.00 %
Forum 2 4.00 %
Forum 3 4.00 %
Forum 4 4.00 %
Forum 5 4.00 %
Forum 6 4.00 %
Forum 7 4.00 %
Forum 8 4.00 %
Developmental Changes in Reaction Time Assignment 10.00 %
Developmental Changes in Reaction Time Assignment 10.00 %
Issue Analysis and Application Presentation 14.00 %
Issue Analysis and Application Presentation 14.00 %
Observational Analysis Paper 14.00 %
Observational Analysis 14.00 %
Exams 30.00 %
Final Exam 15.00 %
Midterm Exam 15.00 %

Book Title: Adult Development and Aging, 6th Ed - the VitalSource eBook will be provided through the APUS Bookstore.
Author: Hoyer, William J
Publication Info: McGraw-Hill
ISBN: 9781121600041


Book Title: You must validate your cart to get access to your VitalSource e-book(s). If needed, instructions are available here - http://apus.libguides.com/bookstore/undergraduate
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Publication Info: N/A
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Book Title:Romantic Relationships in Emerging Adulthood - e-book available in the APUS Online Library; link also provided in the classroom Lessons section
ISBN:9780521195300
Author:Fincham, Frank
Unit Cost:$107.89

Previous Syllabi

Not current for future courses.