Syllabus Abbey Wexler PSYC 215 4 Weeks

Syllabus Abbey Wexler PSYC 215 4 Weeks

Community College of Philadelphia
PSYCHOLOGY 215: Developmental Psychology

Distance Education – Online Course
Instructor: Abbey Wexler, M.A. English/M.A Counseling Psychology

Text: Berger, K.S. (2013) Invitation to the Lifespan (2nd Edition)


Course Description: This course explores current research findings and significant theoretical perspectives related to the cognitive, socioemotional and physical domains of human development across the lifespan. A major theme of the course is the interaction between nature and nurture in human development.
Fulfills American/Global Diversity and Writing Intensive


Student Learning Outcomes: Students who successfully complete this course will be able to:

  • Discuss the major theories explaining cognitive, social, physical and emotional development throughout the lifespan.
  • Discuss the interactive role that nature and nurture has on different realms of development.
  • Discuss the impact of culture on human development
  • Describe the scientific methods used by psychologists to study human development.
  • Apply developmental concepts to real life situations



Assignments and Grading:
Online Gradable Discussions:

Students will be expected to participate in graded online discussions.  You will find the topics under each module. Each gradable discussion is worth 1 point.  Some topics are based on readings from textbook, some topics are based on articles and some topics are based on videos you will watch.  I look forward to discussing these!

  • Written assignments:

Written assignments are explained in the modules.  If there is no "assignment" link in a module, it means that module does not have an assignment for that week.

  • Exams:

Some modules have quizzes.  The last module (16) has a 20 question "final exam" in the form of a quiz.  Some quizzes are worth 10 points, some are worth 5 points and the final exam is worth 20 points. 


Grading Outline

Grading is done on a point system.  Quizzes, assignments and gradable discussions are worth points that add up to 100 total points for the semester.  When you click on a quiz, assignment or gradable discussion, it will tell you how many points it is worth.

Grading System:
A = 90-100 points
B = 80-89 points
C = 70-79 points
D = 60-69 points
F – 59 points or below

As an online class, students and instructor are expected to use “netiquette” within the online components of the course. Netiquette is a term used to describe professional etiquette through online communication. All postings on class discussion boards should adhere to common courtesy so that we can maintain a supportive and communal learning environment for our class.

Academic Dishonesty: Any student who submits another person’s work as their own is guilty of plagiarism. Cutting and pasting of text from web pages or other documents into your writing assignments and submitting it as your own is one example of plagiarism. Not giving credit (citations, bibliography) for another person’s ideas in a paper you write, in-class cheating or cheating outside the classroom is also classified as academic dishonesty. Students are expected to adhere to the college’s Code of Conduct, as outlined in the Student Handbook. Any work determined to be plagiarized or attained through cheating will receive an automatic “F” grade. Students found guilty of academic dishonesty may be subject to an “F” grade for the course.

Students are expected to be computer competent. Students must visit “CANVAS” frequently for course assignments, messages, and materials.

Student Accommodations and College Resources:
All students will receive the needed accommodations and assisted strategies to support their success in this course. Students should provide this information at the beginning of the semester, so the instructor can assist them in the most appropriate accommodation possible. The College offers tutorial support in the various Learning Labs. Information on locations and hours can be found on CCP’s website. This information is also available in the College Handbook. Our library often has course text(s) on hold for student use and many other resources available to you. The Center on Disability should be contacted if you require instructional or testing accommodations. It is located in the Bonnell Building, Room BG-39.

College Early Alert Starfish System:
The Early Alert System called Starfish provides faculty the opportunity to assist students by effectively communicating feedback about current academic performance and supplying recommendations beneficial to achieving academic success. At the 20% and 50% reporting periods during the semester, students may be assessed on the following items: attendance, punctuality, meeting assignment deadlines, classroom behavior, classroom participation, and other factors pivotal to student success. Should you receive an Early Alert letter, please follow up on the suggested intervention strategy as soon as possible.

Technical Help:
Students can receive assistance with the online aspects of this course in one of three ways: contacting the instructor, going to “Help” on Canvas (upper right hand of the screen), or calling the College IT helpline: (215) 496-6000.



Course Outline





Week 1

Introduction to Human Development, Infancy, Early School Age


Week 2

Middle Childhood, Adolescence, Early adulthood


Week 3

Later and Elder Adulthood


Week 4












Course Grading


There are a total of 3 Exams worth 25 points each

Gradable discussions

There are several gradable discussions throughout the 3.5 weeks.  Point values are indicated in each discussion.


Course Summary:

Date Details Due