FamR 230         Human Development – Fall 2017

11:00 am to 12:15 pm Tuesday and Thursday

Lucy L Jones, PhD, CSAC

Office – C151 Palamanui

Office Hours Monday 9-12 and by Appointment

Required Textbook:     
There is no hard copy textbook required. Students will purchase instant access to REVEL directly from Pearson Publishing for Human Development: A Cultural Approach, by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, 2nd edition. On the first day of class, I will give you information on getting the book and how to start. In addition, we will have guest speakers, handouts, DVDs, films, projects.

Course Description:

Concepts, issues, theories of human growth and development from conception to death. Focus on the interrelation of physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development of the individual throughout the life span.



English 21 or English 22 or ESL 15, placement in English 100 or 102 (or consent of instructor).


General Education Learning Outcomes:


Student Learning Outcomes:


Course Requirements:

Š      For all assignments, you will be expected to use correct English, including spelling, grammar, and punctuation.

Weekly Reflection Papers:  Regardless of the reason you are taking this class, as a student in the social sciences, you will gain some meaningful insights about your behavior and mental processes. Think carefully about the class periods during the preceding week. Write a brief paragraph describing your personal observations as you monitor your own progress. These papers will be due as noted in Laulima.

Laulima: We will use Laulima, our online program, to turn in all written work. Please check there regularly for any announcements between classes and sometimes to pick up your assignment if you miss class. Go to your UH Portal, and on that page is the logo for Laulima. You will sign in using your school ID and password. In class, I will explain how to use this most effectively. If you have no computer at home, please use either the school library or the computer lab for your work. Our aim is to save paper and to make it easier for you to complete the assignments. This class will require dependable Internet access, and minimal technical skills. You must have a broadband connection (no dial-up), and MS Word (not MS Works) or PDF reader. Safari (for Mac) is not adequate for this work, so please download Mozilla Firefox as your Internet browser. Please allow extra time for cyber glitches, and don’t wait until the last minute to turn in your work.

Quizzes and exams: By reading your weekly papers, observing your class presentations, participation and discussions, I will know what you are learning in this course. I reserve the right to have a quiz periodically in order to augment my evaluation of your knowledge and understanding of the basics of psychology


Students With Verified Disabilities: If you have a disability with verification on file with our Office of Students with Disabilities, please let me know if you think you will need accommodation. I will be glad to provide accommodations as needed.

Student Conduct Code: Our College has a Student Conduct Code that defines expected conduct and specifies those acts subject to University sanctions. Look in the school catalog (http://hawaii.hawaii.edu/catalog/). You are to be familiar with this code. Also in the catalog is information regarding our "Policy on Sexual Harassment" and "Academic Grievances".


Non-Discrimination Policy: Hawaii CC does not discriminate on the basis of age, race, sex, color, national origin, or disability or other protected classes in its programs and activities. For inquiries or complaints concerning our non-discrimination policies, please contact your Disabilities Counselor or Vice Chancellor of Student Affairs.


Computers and Cell Phones: There are times when being able to look up something on the Internet is valuable. I do not object to having computer or cell phones in the room as long as they are used only for classwork (and not Facebook!). Other than that, this classroom is a “no text/no computer” zone.

Semester Reflection: At the end of the semester, please write a brief paragraph of at least one thing you learned over the course of the semester that will benefit you in your personal and/or professional life. A class has no meaning unless it can be of some value other than merely a grade or three credits.

Team Presentations: The class will be evenly divided into teams. These teams will give a presentation of their choice around any one of the areas we cover in the semester. Make them creative, educational for the rest of the class, and interesting enough to keep our eyes open! This will constitute your final exam.


Attendance: Like a regular job, if you miss too much work you would be dismissed, so it is with this class. If you have five absences or more, you will be required to choose between withdrawing, extensive make-up work, or a failing grade. I will deduct points from your total for excessive absences without a valid excuse. And like a regular job, if you cannot be there, please email me or call prior to the class you need to miss so I know you haven’t dropped the class. I realize this is very subjective, but there needs to be some incentive to be here and to take part in class discussions.

Participation: Attitude and class participation go a long way toward your learning and your grade. The most effective way to learn and grow is to bring information, ideas, and inspiration to the rest of the class. You will also be expected to do quite a bit of your own research on the Internet, which is an excellent tool for growth. 


Also, the 10 points for your participation in each class meeting are not automatic. If you are in the class, you are expected to participate to the best of your ability. If you are not in the class, you will receive an automatic 0 points unless you have a valid reason for not attending that class, or if I have had to cancel for some reason.


MySuccess Program: At Hawai`i Community College we want every student to be successful.  The MySuccess program is a UHCC system-wide effort that seeks to support students early in the semester when they first begin experiencing difficulty in a class.  If I feel you are having difficulty in my class (ex. missing class, missing assignments, and low test scores) I may refer you to Support Services   Once referred, your counselor will follow up with you by phone or email to find out what kinds of help you might need, connect you with the necessary resources, and to help you develop a strategy for success.  You may find your Support Network in the MySuccess tab on your MyUH  page, or the MySuccess  tab linked to this course in Laulima.


There are 3 criteria for a Referral:

1.     Student must be demonstrating a pattern of behavior.

2.     The instructor has made attempts to address the behavior and/or academic concerns, but attempts have been unsuccessful or the student is not getting enough support.

3.     The student should need additional support, outside of what is provided in the classroom.


eCAFE: At the end of the semester, you will be given the opportunity to evaluate the course and instructor. I am giving a 10-point incentive if you let me know you have completed the survey. This can be a screen shot, or copy of the completion. I don’t want to know how you answered the evaluation, just that you did it.


How to Contact me: You may either use “Messages” (see link on left), or my office (808-969-8849), or email ( lucyj@hawaii.edu ). I can receive texts on my cell phone (808-937-4131), also.


Modules: This course is based on 16 modules (one for each week). Each module will consist of at least these categories:

Some modules will include a review of several chapters. The last week of school, the module will include your Semester Reflection (see above).


GRADES: At the end of each week, you will be able to check the Gradebook on Laulima to see where you stand. If you are more than two weeks behind, you need to talk with me ASAP. I will accept no late work past the end of each four weeks. I’ll explain more in class. At times, there will be more or less points than indicated. The final grade is based on the percentage of total points given through the semester.


RUBRIC: Written Assignment, Weekly Reflection, Team Presentation, Semester Reflection, Attendance and Participation


Excellent (A)

Good (B)

Adequate (C)

Inadequate (D)

No Credit  (F)


Insightful and complete responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence

Complete responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Adequate length, correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Inadequate length; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Late submission or not published by the due date

Weekly Reflections

Thoughtful & provocative responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence

Thoughtful responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Simple response; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Inadequate response; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation

Late submission or not published by the due date

Team Presentation

Creative and provocative presentation; excellent

Integration of team topic and individual presentation


Creative presentation. Good integration of team topic, and individual presentation

Adequate Integration of team topic, and individual presentation

nadequate integration of team topic, and poor individual presentation

Not presented by the due date


Semester Reflection


Thoughtful and provocative responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation. Overall excellence (20)


Thoughtful responses; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation


Simple response; correct grammar, spelling, and punctuation


Inadequate response; incorrect grammar, spelling, and punctuation


Late submission or not published by the due date


Regular attendance;

On time, no unexcused absences.

Regular attendance; occasionally late; no unexcused absences

Regular attendance; several unexcused absences.

Irregular attendance; often late, several unexcused absences

Poor attendance record; more than five unexcused absences


Appropriate and provocative class discussion; involvement;

Insightful comments; regular participation

Appropriate class discussion; thoughtful comments;

Involvement; regular participation & attendance

Appropriate class discussion & comments;

Some involvement; regular attendance

Few comments or involvement; regular or excused attendance

No involvement or participation; irregular or unexcused attendance


Each Module Grade is based on the following:

Written assignment = up to 10-30 points per week

Weekly Reflection = up to 10 points per week

Attendance = 10 per class

Participation = up to 10 per class

On time work = 10 points per week

 Plus these extras:

            Team Presentation = up to 35 points

            eCAFE = 10 points

             Semester Reflection = up to 20 points                                   


Semester Grades:

90-100% = A

80-89%   = B

70-79%   = C

60-69%   = D

0 – 59%  = F




Module 1

August 22 – Chapter 1 “A Cultural Approach to Human Development”

August 24 – Research Methods


Module 2         

August 29 – Chapter 3 “Birth and the Newborn Child”

August 31 – Chapter 2 “Genetics and Prenatal Development”


Module 3          

September 5 - Chapter 4 “Infancy”

September 7 – Chapter 5 “Toddlerhood”


Module 4         

September 12 – Review of Chapters 3-4

September 14 – Chapter 6 “Early Childhood”


Module 5

September 19 – Chapter 7 “Middle Childhood”

September 21 – Physical Development of Early and Middle Childhood


Module 6          

September 26 and 28 – Chapter 8 “Adolescence”


Module 7         

October 3 – Frontline video on Adolescent Brain

October 5 – Physical Development of Adolescence


Module 8          

October 10 – Review of Chapters 5-6

October 12 – Chapter 9 “Emerging Adulthood”


Module 9          

October 17 – Finish Chapter 9 “Emerging Adulthood”

October 19 – Review of Chapters 7-8


Module 10

October 24 – Chapter 10 “Young Adulthood”

October 26 – Physical Development in Emerging/Young Adulthood


Module 11       

October 31 – Finish Chapter 10 “Young Adulthood”

November 2 – Review Chapters 9-10


Module 12       

November 7 – Chapter 11 “Middle Adulthood”

November 9 – Physical Development in Middle and Late Adulthood


Module 13

November 14-16 - Chapter 12 “Late Adulthood”


Module 14       

November 21 – Chapter 13 “Death and Afterlife Beliefs”

                                    November 23 – THANKSGIVING – no class



November 28 – Review Chapters 11-12

November 30 – Semester Review in Class


Module 16