1 Welcome to Life Span Psychology (Psych 41) East Los Angeles College 3 Credit Hours Professor Maria Mayoryk The BEST PLACE to contact me is within our class website. If, for some reason, you cannot access the etudes class website, you can go directly to to login. If you still can't get in, you can use the address but I prefer Private Messages within the class website so please ONLY USE MY ADDRESS FOR EMERGENCIES, AND ONLY AFTER YOU HAVE TRIED TO REACH ME WITHIN OUR CLASS SITE. CONTACT INFORMATION: My full-time class load is at the South Gate satellite campus on Firestone Blvd. South Gate Office Phone and Voice Mail (323) South Gate Campus Office Hours: Mon: 1:40-2:40 p.m., Tues: 2:30-3:30 p.m., Wed: 1:40-3:30 p.m. SURVIVAL METHODS: VERY IMPORTANT! IF, FOR ANY REASON, YOU START TO PANIC because you cannot log in, it may be a problem with your computer. If it is a system problem that has to do with your own computer, try using another computer to check. Try cleaning your cache. You can go directly to to login. As a last resort, me at: but I will just direct you to our Etudes Coordinator, Pauletta Once you are able to get into the etudes class website, PLEASE BOOKMARK THE SITE UNDER FAVORITES (see upper left corner) so you won't have to go to the ELAC home elac.edu to enter into our class as the ELAC website is often down. I will not check phone messages often. If you leave a message, I will call you back when I access my voice mail, however, the best way to reach me is by posting a message within our class website. If you can log in, I prefer that you send me a message by using the "Discussion and Private Messages" link located off to the left on this course site. Once within that link, Private Message (PM) me. There is no orientation meeting; EVERYTHING WILL BE DONE ONLINE.
2 POP-UP BLOCKER: One of the problems that have been mentioned is the inability to view outlines or other material. One reason I have found is that your pop-up blocker is on. You must disable it while in études. The other problem that may occur is when the pop-up blocker is turned off; you must right click with your mouse in the upper right hand corner and allow your computer to download any files. WHAT IS PSYCHOLOGY 41? Life Span Psychology studies human development of an individual from birth to death (infancy to old age) investigating physical, cognitive, and psychosocial changes. As this course is now a required course for nursing students, it is very important to know what an individual is experiencing in all stages of their life, so that you can better relate to and treat your patients. For those of you who are not nursing students, my goal for you is to help you become a better person, to yourself and others because you hopefully will become aware of what you and others are going through and perhaps you can become more empathetic, compassionate and enjoy better relationships. COURSE LEARNING OUTCOME (CLO): Examine the biological, cognitive and socioemotional (psychosocial) processes during infancy, early, middle and late childhood, adolescence, and early, middle and late adulthood. THE TEXT: The Developing Person Through the Life Span, 8TH EDITION by Kathleen Stassen Berger ISBN: This is the loose-leaf version of the text which is less expensive, INCLUDES FREE PSYCH PORTAL ACCESS and sold in our bookstore. The PSYCH PORTAL is a website designed by the publisher and offers many practice tests and exercises to help improve class grades. ISBN: This is the paperback version of our book but does not come with free Psych Portal Access. You can purchase the text online through some third party book dealers. I have found half.com and amazon.com to be pretty good. You can also buy a used one from another student. Neebo.com is another website to buy or rent the book. Other book rental websites are: chegg.com; bookbyte.com; campusbookrentals.com. You can also go to coursesmart.com/ to access an "ebook."
3 Some students ask if they can use the older, 7th Edition. Use your own judgment. I would do so ONLY IF YOU CONSIDER YOURSELF TO BE A GOOD STUDENT. The older edition will be less expensive but you may miss a few questions per quiz or test as both editions are not exactly the same. This is the first time I am using this book so I do not know how different the 2 editions are from one another; so again, you must use your own judgment. EXTRA COPIES OF THE TEXT: Extra copies of the text are available at both the ELAC main campus and South Gate campus libraries on reserve for two hours at a time. CHAPTER LECTURES ARE LOCATED IN THE MODULES LINK: For every chapter that is covered, you will be able to access the lecture for each chapter. During the first week of classes, go to the sidebar and click on MODULES. Modules will guide you throughout the course and the process you should follow to complete the course. In Modules, you will find our Class Schedule with Post (Open) and Due Dates, and Chapter Lectures. In addition, you will also find specific details concerning the grading process. DISCUSSIONS AND PRIVATE MESSAGES: Use the DISCUSSION and the PRIVATE MESSAGES Link to ask and answer questions. If you click on the Discussion link, it will take you to this system. If you want to send me a private message, at the top of the discussion section, there is a title called private messages. If you click on it, you can send me a private message (PM) by clicking on new topic. Then scroll down the names of the people in the class until you come to Maria Mayoryk. Then, select my name, write in a topic, type out your message and then submit it. The message will open only to me and no one else will see it. Within this link, use Questions or Student Lounge to ask something for everyone to see. You will also see forum topics that pertain to the chapters that we cover and this is where we will answer our Discussion Questions. ASSIGNMENTS, TESTS, AND SURVEYS LINK Another link of great importance is this one as we take all of our quizzes, exams, and assignments within this link. Go through it carefully. Below, I will address some variables concerning test taking. MANDATORY CLASS PROCEDURES EXAM The MANDATORY CLASS PROCEDURES EXAM serves a few purposes. First, it lets me know that you have logged in and are interested in remaining in the class. The second purpose is to give you a chance to take a test so you can see how testing works. Also, it gives me an opportunity to look at several variables before I set up the first test. This exam covers the procedures required to navigate and pass this course. The only way to study for this exam is to know this syllabus and also clicking on each of the links to see how they look and work. I would also highly suggest you read all announcements as they will give you information as to class procedure. This exam will be worth 10 points and will help you to get comfortable in our class. This is a must. If you do not take the MANDATORY CLASS
4 PROCEDURES EXAM BY THE DUE DATE, you will be dropped from this class - NO EXCEPTIONS. ANNOUNCEMENTS: This is a very important part of the class. I will constantly be posting announcements pertaining to everything I think you should know throughout the session. All new announcements will be seen on our home page too. All students have an address given to you when you registered or enrolled at ELAC and you will receive notification whenever I post an announcement. COURSEMAP The CourseMap Link is one of our newest features and offers a great way to stay on top of things since all posted (open) and due dates are listed here. The CourseMap link allows you to access the following: Syllabus, Modules, Discussions, Assignments, Tests, Quizzes, Scores and Instructor comments, all on one page! ABOUT STUDENTS IN THE COURSE: Anyone can enroll in this course. Students who succeed in this course will have the following attributes: 1. Fluency in English - it is recommended that you have passed at least English 57 (see schedule of classes) in order to do well in this course. 2. Sufficient self-discipline to keep up with the reading. 3. Sufficient concentration to read different material two or three times over. 4. The commitment and ability to keep up with the course work. 5. Minds sufficiently open to receive new ideas. DISABLED STUDENTS PROGRAMS AND SERVICES (DSP&S): If you feel that you've done all you can and studied for hours for a test but still didn't receive the grade you had hoped, perhaps you have a learning disability. If you expect this to be true, or have a physical or cognitive challenge, please utilize our DSP&S Program. Call to arrange an appointment. OTHER STUDENT SERVICES: See our Schedule of Classes or visit our website elac.edu to see the comprehensive list of other services available to you. NOTE ON ACADEMIC INTEGRITY All quizzes, tests and assignments will require an Honor Code to be checked before you begin. This means that you will take each quiz and test alone and also not offer any help to any other student who is taking a quiz or test. We know that some students might consider having other students/people take your tests and do your papers. Know that if you consider this, you are only cheating yourself. God forbid you then become a nurse and have someone else's life is in your hands...
5 If any student cheats, he/she will get a 0 on the quiz or test. (In the event of a low test score dropped, a 0 for cheating will NOT be dropped -- it will be counted toward your course grade.) If caught more than once, then he/she will get an F in the course and a referral to the dean. EXAMINATIONS Examinations will consist of 50 multiple choice questions each. There will be a total of four examinations; however, you will only be required to take three of the exams as one of the lowest exam scores will be dropped for all students. However, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMEND TAKING ALL EXAMS WHEN OFFERED, WHETHER OR NOT YOU FEEL READY TO TAKE IT SINCE I DO NOT OFFER MAKE-UP EXAMS FOR ANY REASON. QUIZZES Quizzes will consist of 10 multiple choice questions each. There will be a total of four quizzes; however, you will only be required to take three of the quizzes as one of the lowest quiz scores will be dropped for all students. However, I WOULD HIGHLY RECOMEND TAKING ALL QUIZZES WHEN OFFERED, WHETHER OR NOT YOU FEEL READY TO TAKE IT SINCE I DO NOT OFFER MAKE-UP QUIZZES FOR ANY REASON. DISCUSSION QUESTIONS We will have 3 Discussion Questions to answer throughout the semester based on the different stages of the life span. These questions will be found in the Discussion and Private Messages link and worth 10 points each. EPILOGUE INTERNET ASSIGNMENT The Internet Assignment is based on the Epilogue Chapter and worth 30 points. Further information will be given as soon as it is posted. STUDENT LOUNGE CLASS DISCUSSION AMONGST YOURSELVES You will have an opportunity to discuss class material amongst yourselves. This would be comparable to a "Class Participation" grade in a "face to face, in-person" type class. Or you could also compare this to just asking questions in class. I will explain more of this feature once we get into our course material. This part of our class will be ongoing throughout the semester and is worth 10 points. HOW THE CLASS IS GRADED We will have four multiple choice examinations with 50 questions pertaining to the chapters; however, your grade will be based on three of the multiple choice examinations. Each test is worth 50 points. All students will have one of the lowest test scores dropped. There will be four quizzes with 10 multiple choice questions worth 10 points each, however, your grade will be based on three of the quizzes. Once again, all students will have one of the lowest quiz scores dropped. The Mandatory Class Procedures Exam worth 10 points, 3 Discussion Questions worth 10 points each, Student Lounge Class Discussions worth 10 points and an Epilogue Internet Assignment on our Epilogue Chapter worth 30
6 points will comprise our total points and final grade. (The Discussion Questions and Internet Assignment will be posted later in the semester. You will be notified by Announcement when they will be available.) LATE quizzes will have one point deleted from your score FOR EACH DAY IT IS LATE, INCLUDING WEEKENDS. LATE Discussion Questions, Assignments, and Exams will have 3 points deleted from your score for EACH DAY IT IS LATE, INCLUDING WEEKENDS. KNOW THAT "LATE" IS CONSIDERED ANYTHING THAT IS FINISHED AFTER THE 10:00 P.M. DUE DATE ON ALL TESTS, QUIZZES, AND ASSIGNMENTS even if it is only 1 MINUTE LATE! GRADES Your final grade will be based on 1 class procedures exam, 3 quizzes, 3 tests, 1 Epilogue Internet Assignment and 4 Discussion Questions. Total Points for the semester = 260 Points. See specific Modules for grade/point breakdowns and Total Points for the course. ACADEMIC STANDARDS If the grade is what you're after, then here's what you need to know about what grades mean: A = an outstanding achievement, signifying work done far above the level necessary to meet basic course requirements. B = a very good job, signifying work done far above the level necessary to meet basic course requirements. C = achievements that meet course requirements in every aspect. D = achievement that is worth credit even through it fails to fully meet the course requirements. F = represents failure and signifies that either: The work was completed, but at a level of achievement that is not worthy of credit; or the work was not completed and there was no agreement between the instructor and the student that the student would be awarded an Incomplete; or the student committed academic dishonesty. TENTATIVE SCHEDULE: All material must be due on the date specified - NO EXCEPTIONS! You can do and finish the work before it is due. The first 3 days of class must be used to get you acquainted with the course site and this syllabus. Below is a list of the chapters we will cover. Each quiz, test, assignment and class discussion question is due by 10:00 p.m. to insure that the server does not get overloaded since most teachers make their due date times at 11:00 p.m. Test 1 - Chapters 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 & 7 Test 2 - Chapters 8, 9, 10, 11, 12 & 13 Test 3 - Chapters 14, 15, 16, 17, 18 & 19 Test 4 - Chapters 20, 21, 22, 23, 24 & 25 Epilogue - Internet Assignment (no test on this chapter) KEEPING UP WITH THE CLASS THERE WILL BE NO MAKE-UPS FOR QUIZZES (10 Multiple Choice Questions) OR EXAMS (50 Multiple Choice Questions) NO MATTER THE REASON, FOR
7 EXAMPLE, COMPUTER FAILURE (on your end or Etudes), HOSPITALIZATION, DEATH IN THE FAMILY, ETC. If you do have COMPUTER FAILURE or an emergency while taking an exam or quiz, THAT EXAM OR QUIZ will be the exam or quiz which will be dropped since ALL STUDENTS will have the lowest quiz and exam scores dropped, even if they have done well on all four quizzes and exams. Please do not ask me to do a make-up quiz or exam for you since I do not do make-ups for any reason. If you do not agree with this policy, please drop this class. This syllabus is a legal document between my students and me. It is binding and my policies are my policies; I will not be able to accommodate you because you believe you have a valid "reason" for missing an exam (including computer failure). I cannot make an exception for any student since I have to treat all students the same, as is only "fair." Thank you for your cooperation and understanding in this matter. SYSTEM FAILURE If a system failure causes you to leave the quiz or test after you have started it, this will be the quiz or test you will drop. I WILL NOT ALLOW MAKE-UPS FOR ANY REASON, including computer problems. If you have frequent system problems causing you to be unable to complete quizzes or tests, it is probably not a good time for you to take an online class. If you do have a computer glitch, USE ANOTHER COMPUTER THE NEXT TIME YOU TAKE A QUIZ/TEST OR SUBMIT AN ASSIGNMENT. I would suggest finding a BACK-UP COMPUTER NOW. Many people have computers: friends, family, neighbors. Also, computers are available on campus for student use. TAKING THE TESTS ON-LINE WHILE USING YOUR BOOK After consulting with several on-line instructors and my coordinator, I agree with them that there is no way that I can keep you from using your textbook or any other ancillary materials during the test. Therefore, in order to level the playing field, I hereby authorize you to use your textbook or other materials. However, be aware that if you spend too much time in doing so, you run a very high risk in not being able to finish the test as it will auto submit when time has elapsed. If you do so, I will not give you more time on any test. Therefore, the best line of attack in taking tests is to know your chapter material so you don't spend time "looking it up" and then, failing a test because you took too long to take it. You will have 75 minutes to finish each 50 item exam and 15 minutes to finish each 10 item quiz. THERE WILL BE LIMITED EXTRA CREDIT in this course because you are able to use the book while taking quizzes or exams and my in-person classes do not have this advantage. WELCOME AND GOOD LUCK! Maria Mayoryk
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