To advance students’ knowledge and skills in becoming a developmentalist – equipped with the proficiency and understanding of the developing person, in particular the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development at different periods in the lifespan. The focus is mainly on typical human development. The goals of this course are to enhance students’ skills and mastery of knowledge related to critically thinking about development, to provide a general awareness about cultural and ethnic influences upon development and family systems, and to increase students’ understanding of research and practice within the field of human development and family studies.
Course Learning Objectives:
- Identify and describe the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive changes that occur throughout the life span.
- Distinguish among various research strategies used in the study of human development.
- Explain major theories, concepts, and topics of interest to developmentalists.
- Find and summarize research articles in the field, and synthesize research with course material.
- Apply the knowledge and principles of life span development to improve the lives of others.
- Recognize the impact of cultural influence and the environment on human development.
- Write at least one technical paper that is in accordance with APA guidelines.
This course has exams that require the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU. Please see https://www.proctoru.com/students. for detailed instructions. The cost for online proctoring through ProctorU is included in the cost of the course for students enrolled in CSU Online course sections. Students are responsible for purchasing any hardware that may be needed for exams taken with ProctorU, including a webcam and microphone, and for scheduling proctoring appointments at least three days in advance (otherwise, a late fee is charged, which is the student’s responsibility). For students requiring accommodations, please contact http://www.rds.colostate.edu/.
This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Social/Behavioral Sciences (Category 3C) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Human Behavior, Culture, or Social Frameworks (GT-SS3).
This course can be applied toward:
If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, students ensure they are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.
Dr. Julie Taylor-Massey
Dr. Julie Taylor-Massey is an Assistant Professor and part of the senior teaching faculty in HDFS. She has extensive teaching experience both on-campus and from a distance, having co-taught her first resident instruction class in 2001 and been involved in the launch of the first online courses offered by the department in 2006. Since 2010, she has specialized in teaching in the online format. Julie has been recognized with multiple teaching honors including the CSU Online Innovative Educator Award as well as been nominated for that award several times. Her interests include adolescence and early adulthood, the influence of technology on well-being, and online pedagogy. In addition to her time in the virtual classroom, she collaborates with an education publishing service to update and create lifespan development teaching and learning resources.
Dr. Rizzo is an Assistant Professor in the HDFS department. She has been teaching online for more than 5 years and has taught a variety of courses in HDFS. Dr. Rizzo has a background in Marriage and Family Therapy and was part of a small team that founded the Child Trauma & Resilience Assessment Center at CSU.