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DEVELOPMENTAL

(First 8-Week Session)


Assignments By Chapter

Last Updated  1/5/2008

Updated for Spring, 2008

Assignment Requirements

The maximum credit for each Exam Unit is 15 points.

Exam Unit 1 requires specific assignments that will provide full credit.  You may select which assignments you will complete for Exam Units 2 and 3.  The first assignment submitted will be worth 5 points, and the second will be worth 10.   Exam Unit 4 requires one specific assignment.  You may select one other assignment that will provide full credit for that unit.

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There is a reason for all of the assignments that are listed.  With the exception of the Psychology on Meaningful Dates assignment (which has a different purpose), each one is intended to force the student to focus on material that I know has a high likelihood of appearing on the exams.  Although they do not have to be submitted, I would strongly advise you to do all of them as part of your study effort.

I would also suggest that you pretend that the "Absolute" deadlines are not even there.  Pretend that the "Guarantee" deadline is the only deadline.
 


 

Visit the Study Skills Bookmarks page and see what you can find that might maximize the chances of your success both in this course and college in general.  Also, you may find that as you learn the material, and especially as you prepare for the exams, the Games Psychologists Play page may be of some value to you.  Of course, the more you know and understand about psychology, the more useful and meaningful the games and humor become.

You should go ahead and become familiar with the tools that are available to help you search the web for useful material.  Read the MegaPsych article Searching the Web For Psychology-oriented Sites even if you think you already know how to do searches.

Whenever you write anything for this course that refers to information or resources that are available via the Internet, you will be expected to properly reference the source.  Read the MegaPsych Article Writing Psychology Reports ahead of time and familiarize yourself with how to properly cite the sources of material on the Internet.  The Example and Hints (E&H) page for the first assignment (Psychology on Meaningful Dates), which is required for everyone in this course, provides additional instruction and details about proper APA-style referencing.

You must also provide a proper reference for the textbook whenever it is the source of material used in the assignment.  The MegaPsych Article Writing Psychology Reports also addresses the proper format for citing the textbook.

Any assignment that does not include the necessary references, properly formatted, will automatically be rejected.

All assignments must include information from at least one Web site and the properly formatted reference(s).  All assignments must also include a summary of any relevant material related to the topic from the textbook and the properly formatted reference for the textbook.  If the topic is not addressed at all in the textbook, a statement to that effect would be appropriate.  A properly formatted reference for the textbook must be included in the list of references.  See More on Writing Psychology Reports for additional explanation and details about the minimum references.

You may use sites other than those I specify.  However, I have screened the sites I provide and can generally vouch for the quality of information at most of them.  If you find that a site I list has been moved or is otherwise no longer accessable, search the Web (the names and descriptions might be useful to you) and try to find where that material is now or locate a worthy substitute site that you can use.  Exercise caution at other sites.  That it is there does not necessarily mean that it is accurate information.

The use of sources that I do not have ready access to ("for-fee" sites, other books or journals, etc.) is prohibited.
 


Unit 1
Fifteen points are required for this exam unit.  "Psychology on Meaningful Dates" and "Let's make a baby!" are required.

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Sunday night, January 14.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Tuesday night, January 15.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

EXAM #1    January 16 - 18
 
 

Chapter 1

The Study of Human Development

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 1
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 1

OnLine: Read the MegaPsych Article Exploring the History of Psychology and explore the listed sites.

OnLine: Visit the History of Psychology Bookmarks page and the sites listed.
Psychology on Meaningful Dates:  Unfortunately, there is no "History of Developmental Psychology" page, however, Warren Street's Today in the History of Psychology. reports many milestones in developmental psychology.  Perhaps you will get lucky and find some of them.  Find out what happened in the history of psychology on today's date, your birthday, and one other date that is significant to you.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Psychology on Meaningful Dates
Point Value: 10 points

OnLine: Visit the APA Division 7 and Division 20 sites and see what they suggest as activities in which developmental psychologists might be involved.
A Day in the Life of a Developmental Psychologist:  Imagine that you are a developmental psychologist.  Describe, in detail, a "typical" work day as you imagine it would be.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: A Day in the Life of a Developmental Psychologist
Point Value:

Chapter 2

Theory and Research

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 2
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 2

OnLine: Visit the Famous Figures in Psychology Bookmarks page and explore some of the sites listed.
More on (Fill in the name of the Psychologist):  Pick one of the famous developmental psychologists discussed in Chapter 2, explore the sites listed for that psychologist (or other sites that you locate), and list ten things about that psychologist that were not revealed by Berger in this chapter.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: More on (Fill in the name of the Psychologist)
Point Value:

Theoretical Perspectives in Developmental Psychology:  Write a brief essay about the major theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology discussed in Berger's Chapter 2.  Which do you favor?  Why?  Which do you think is least useful? Why?
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Theoretical Perspectives in Developmental Psychology
Point Value:

Chapter 3

Forming a New Life

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 3
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 3

OnLine: Visit The Visible Embryo, First 9 Months - A multimedia journey ..., and the Basic Embryology Review Program sites.
Development of the Conceptus:  Follow the development of the conceptus from conception through birth.  Note the changes that occur, and especially watch for the terms for the conceptus that denote specific periods and developments.  List the terms, and define them, indicate the timeframe, and/or note the defining characteristic.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Development of the Conceptus
Point Value:

OnLine: Visit ParentsPlace.com and join (it is free).  They provide a number of services that you might be interested in, but some of them are limited to members only.
Let's make a baby!:  Just for the heck of it, let's make a baby!  (If necessary, pretend you are female.)  Go to the ParentsPlace Interactive Pregnancy Calendar, select a conception date (how about the date of the orientation session you attended?), assume a 28-day menstrual cycle.  When given the opportunity, select "all months".  Answer the guestions on the Example and Hints page.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Let's make a baby!
Point Value: 5 points

Chapter 4

Physical Development During the First Three Years

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 4
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 4

OnLine: Visit some of the sites on the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page that appear to be relevant to this period of life.
Disorders of the First Three Years: ________ & ________:  Go to The Child Psychologist.  Select two disorders that might be likely to appear during the Infancy/Toddler period.  Write a brief report about those two disorders.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Disorders of the First Three Years: ________ & ________
Point Value:
 
 

Chapter 5

Cognitive Development During the First Three Years

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 5
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 5

Cognitive Development during the First Three Years:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to cognitive development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the cognitive development of the child during the first three years of life.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Cognitive Development during the First Three Years
Point Value:

Chapter 6

Psychosocial Development During the First Three Years

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 6
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 6

Psychosocial Development during the First Three Years:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to psychosocial development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the psychosocial development of the child during the Infancy/Toddler period.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Psychosocial Development during the First Three Years
Point Value:
 

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Sunday night, January 14.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Tuesday night, January 15.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

EXAM #1    January 16 - 18


Unit 2
Fifteen points are required for this exam unit.  No specific assignments are required.  Select assignments totaling 15 points.

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Thursday night, January 24.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Saturday night, January 26.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

EXAM #2    January 27 - 29
 

Chapter 7 & 8

Early Childhood

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 7 & 8
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 7 & 8

OnLine: Visit some of the sites on the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page that appear to be relevant to this period of life.
Early Childhood Disorders: ________ & ________:  Go to The Child Psychologist.  Select two disorders that might be likely to appear during the Play Years period.  Write a brief report about those two disorders.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Early Childhood Disorders: ________ & ________
Point Value:

Cognitive Development during Early Childhood:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to cognitive development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the cognitive development of the child during the play years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Cognitive Development during Early Childhood
Point Value:

Moral Development during Early Childhood:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to moral development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the moral development of the child during the play years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Moral Development during Early Childhood
Point Value:

Psychosocial Development during Early Childhood:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to psuchosocial development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the psychosocial development of the child during the play years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Psychosocial Development during Early Childhood
Point Value:
 
 

Chapter 9 & 10

Middle Childhood

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 9 & 10
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 9 & 10

OnLine: Visit some of the sites on the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page that appear to be relevant to this period of life.
Middle Childhood Disorders: ________ & ________:  Go to The Child Psychologist.  Select two disorders that might be likely to appear during the School Years period.  Write a brief report about those two disorders.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Middle Childhood Disorders: ________ & ________
Point Value:

Cognitive Development during Middle Childhood:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to cognitive development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the cognitive development of the child during the school years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Cognitive Development during Middle Childhood
Point Value:

Moral Development during Middle Childhood:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to moral development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the moral development of the child during the school years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Moral Development during Middle Childhood
Point Value:

Psychosocial Development during Middle Childhood:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to psychosocial development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the psychosocial development of the child during the school years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Psychosocial Development during Middle Childhood
Point Value:

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Thursday night, January 24.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Saturday night, January 26.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

EXAM #2    January 27 - 29


Unit 3
Fifteen points are required for this exam unit.  No specific assignments are required.  Select assignments totaling 15 points.

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Monday night, February 4.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Wednesday night, February 6.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

EXAM #3    February 7 - 9

Chapter 11 & 12

Adolescence

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 11 & 12
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 11 & 12

OnLine: Visit some of the sites on the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page that appear to be relevant to this period of life.
Adolescent Disorders: ________ & ________:  Go to The Child Psychologist (or another site that is appropriate). Select two disorders that might be likely to appear during the Adolescent period.  Write a brief report about those two disorders.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Adolescent Disorders: ________ & ________
Point Value:

Cognitive Development during Adolescence:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to cognitive development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the cognitive development of the individual during the adolescent years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Cognitive Development during Adolescence
Point Value:

Moral Development during Adolescence:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to moral development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the moral development of the individual during the adolescent years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Moral Development during Adolescence
Point Value:

Psychosocial Development during Adolescence:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to psychosocial development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the psychosocial development of the individual during the adolescent years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Psychosocial Development during Adolescence
Point Value:
 
 

Chapter 13 & 14

Young Adulthood

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 13 & 14
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 13 & 14

OnLine: Visit some of the sites on the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page that appear to be relevant to this period of life.
Young Adulthood Disorders: ________ & ________:  Go to (A site that is appropriate, but not The Child Psychologist.)  Select two disorders that might be likely to appear during the period of early adulthood.  Write a brief report about those two disorders.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Young Adulthood Disorders: ________ & ________
Point Value:

Cognitive Development during Young Adulthood:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to cognitive development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the cognitive development of the individual during the early adulthood years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Cognitive Development during Young Adulthood
Point Value:

Moral Development during Young Adulthood:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to moral development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the moral development of the individual during the early adulthood years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Moral Development during Young Adulthood
Point Value:

Psychosocial Development during Young Adulthood:  Go to the psychwURLdDevelopmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to psychosocial development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the psychosocial development of the individual during the early adulthood years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Psychosocial Development during Young Adulthood
Point Value:

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Monday night, February 4.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Wednesday night, February 6.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

EXAM #3    February 7 - 9


Unit 4
Fifteen points are required for this exam unit.  "Advance Directives" is required.  (Do not wait too long to start this assignment.  You are going to need the Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete this assignment.)  Select one additional assignment for the remaining 5 points.

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Friday night, February 15.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Sunday night, February 17.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

Exam #4   February 18 - 20
 

Chapter 15 & 16

Middle Adulthood

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 15 & 16
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 15 & 16

OnLine: Visit some of the sites on the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page that appear to be relevant to this period of life.
Middle Adulthood Disorders: ________ & ________:  Go to (A site that is appropriate, but not The Child Psychologist.)  Select two disorders that might be likely to appear during the period of middle adulthood.  Write a brief report about those two disorders.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Middle Adulthood Disorders: ________ & ________
Point Value:

Psychosocial Development during Middle Adulthood:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to psychosocial development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the psychosocial development of the individual during the middle adulthood years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Psychosocial Development during Middle Adulthood
Point Value:
 
 

Chapter 17 & 18

Late Adulthood

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 17 & 18
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 17 & 18

OnLine: Visit some of the sites on the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page that appear to be relevant to this period of life.
Late Adulthood Disorders: ________ & ________:  Go to (A site that is appropriate, but not The Child Psychologist.)  Select two disorders that might be likely to appear during the period of late adulthood.  Write a brief report about those two disorders.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Late Adulthood Disorders: ________ & ________
Point Value:

Psychosocial Development during Late Adulthood:  Go to the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page and visit the sites that appear to be relevant to psychosocial development.  Using information in the text and at these sites, summarize the psychosocial development of the individual during the late adulthood years.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Psychosocial Development during Late Adulthood
Point Value:
 
 

Chapter 19

The End of Life

OffLine:
    Textbook: Read Chapter 19
    Study Guide:  Complete Chapter 19

OnLine: Visit some of the sites on the psychwURLd Developmental Psychology bookmarks page that appear to be relevant to the end of life.
Advance Directives:  Consider your values, beliefs, and attitudes about your own death, and the degree of medical intervention you would desire for yourself should you be dying.  Go to the Partnership for Caring site.   Construct a living will that suits your desires and select a health care proxy.  Describe and explain your choices.
See the Example and Hints.
Subject Line: Advance Directives
Point Value: 10 points

Guarantee Deadline   If you wish to be guaranteed the right to R&R unacceptable assignments, the deadline for submitting assignments for this exam period is Midnight, Friday night, February 15.
Absolute Deadline   All assignments for this Unit must be completed and submitted no later than Midnight, Sunday night, February 17.  Quizzes and QoWs must also be completed by this date.

Exam #4   February 18 - 20


There are no new assignments or quizzes for the Final Exam period.  There will probably be a new QoW, which will probably be due by Midnight, Sunday night, February 24If you earned the right to R&R unacceptable assignments by submitting assignments by the Guarantee Deadline, the deadline for resubmitting assignments will probably be Midnight, Sunday night, February 24.

FINAL EXAM    February 25 - 27
 
 

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