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Adolescent Psychology

Sample Course Syllabus


I. Basic Course Information


A. Course Title:                                                Adolescent Psychology

B. Course Number:                                           PSY 204

C. Credit Hours:                                               3

D. Prerequisite:                                                None

E. Instructor:                                                    Francis P. O’Neill, MA

Email:                                                  foneill@mc3.edu

Phone:                                                 610-718-1842

Office Hours:                                        By Appointment

F. Term and Academic Year:                            Fall 2004

G. Room                                                          TBA


A. Required Text:                                             Adolescence

Santrock, John W.  2004 10th edition McGraw Hill

B. Supplementary Reading Material:                Provided by instructor

C. In Class Video:                                            Films and video tapes provided by instructor

D. Movie Assignments:                                    Supplied by student independent from the class room setting.


Adolescence is considered a distinctive phase of human development in this psychology course. The interaction of biological and psychological variables is examined to provide knowledge of the relationship and the manifestation of behavior which occurs during the period of adolescence. Theories advanced by major schools of psychology will be studied as well.


This course is designed to foster knowledge, skills and attitudes which will assist human service workers and others to become more effective in their dealings with adolescents. The course emphasizes dynamics involved in human growth.

Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

A. Discuss the major theories involved in adolescent development.
B. Understand the biological and physical development of adolescents.
C. Understand the theories of cognitive development and social cognitives.
D. Define intelligence and its extremes.
E. Discuss the impact that social contexts (family, peers, schools and culture) have on adolescent development.
F. Understand the adolescent's social, emotional, moral, and personality development.
G. Understand the nature and types of problems adolescents face in today's society.
H. Understand the impact of stress on the health of adolescents.

 VI. Teaching Methods: Class lecture, group discussions, review of testing material and several forms of visual information i.e. video, overheads, Power Point, handouts, etc.


Grading System:

93 -100 = A       77 - 79 = C +

90 - 92 = A -      70 - 76 = C

87 - 89 = B +     67 - 69 = D +

83 - 86 = B        60 - 66 = D

80 - 82 = B -      0 - 59 = F

Note: Students are advised to review the College catalog with respect to the F and W grades.

VIII. Evaluation Procedures

A. Exams: There will be 3 major exams and one final (the final will carry double the weight of the exams) each exam will consist of multiple choice, true false and essay questions with the possibility of extra credit questions added at the end of the test. If a student misses an exam the possibility of a make-up is strictly on the basis of a medical or other serious reason at the discretion of the instructor. If there is a medical reason then a doctors excuse must be presented. You must take the final on the date the final is given or before, there will be no make-ups for the final. 

B. Grading:

  1. 3 exams worth 100 points each (extra credit poss.)                 300+pts
  2. Class participation                                                                   25 pts
  3. Movie Assignment #1                                                               75 pts
  4. Presentation & Movie Assignment #2                                      100 pts
  5. Final Exam                                                                              100+ pts


All points will be added up and divided by 6

Grades will be based on the final grade breakdown. There will NOT BE A CURVE. This means that everyone has the possibility of getting an "A".

 No “I" (incomplete) grades will be submitted for this course. It is paramount that all test and assignments be completed before the course ending date. No exceptions unless there is a medical emergency!

IX. Participation and Attendance: So that you can get the most out of the class you need to be present for the majority of the sessions. It is also important to interact in the classroom discussions and exercises. Most formal learning will come from the classroom interaction. All extra credit test questions will be taken from classroom lecture material!

After 6 absences you will drop one letter grade 3 more absences (total 9 absences) and you will receive a failing grade for this class.

Excessive lateness/tardiness is to be avoided, but it’s better to be late than absent. If you are late, after roll is taken, you need to see the instructor immediately after class to be counted as being present for class. 3 times late equals one absence.  

Make-up exams are only able to be taken after approval of the instructor and must be completed within one week after the date that the exam was given or a zero grade will be on record for that exam.

X. Other Information

A. Reading: It is VERY important that you complete the reading for each day on the course schedule BEFORE you come to class that day. The most important goal for the class is for you to have fun while learning about psychology. But to do this, you’ll have to stay on top of the reading (and there’s a lot). Take note that class lectures will not reiterate the text book, but will be used to enhance the selections read.


B. Official Withdraw from Class

bullet Failure to attend a class may lead to a grade of an “F”, it will not constitute an automatic withdraw from class. After the drop period expires you will not receive a “W” unless you can document extenuating circumstances which prevent you from completing the class.
bullet If you are having problems contact the instructor as soon as you realize you are having a problem keeping up with the class work or making it to classes.

C. Student conduct:

  1. Academic integrity is expected. Cheating in any form is unacceptable, and will be dealt with per college policy. There will be no individual or group warnings.
  2. Classroom behaviors that are encouraged: Asking questions, answering instructor’s questions, discussion of topics between students before the entire class, and the participation in structured learning activities.
  3. Classroom behaviors that are discouraged: Two way conversation between students during lectures or class discussions and leaving the classroom before the instructor dismisses the class.
  4. Respect for all the class is paramount. Anything less is unacceptable. 

D. School closings:

In case of snow closure the school web site at www.mc3.edu will post the school status. A better method of finding out if the school is closed is to call the automated phone message service

XI. Class Schedule:

Date                                        Topic                                                                      Chapters                 Dates

Week 1                    Introduction Overview & Science Development              1 & 2                     Sept 20th and 22nd

Week 2                    Puberty, Health and Biological Foundations                      3                           Sept 27th & 29th 

Week 3                    Cognitive Development                                                         4                           Oct 4th & 6th           

Week 4                    The Self, Identity, Emotions & Personality                        5                           Oct 13th

Week 5                    Gender / Sexuality                                                                  6 & 7                     Oct 18th & 20th

Week 6                    Moral Development, Values and Religion                         8                            Oct 25th & 27th

Week 7                    Families                                                                                   9                             Nov 1st & 3rd

Week 8                    Peers                                                                                       10                           Nov 8th & 10th     

Week 9                    Schools / Achievement, work and careers                     11 & 12                   Nov 15th & 17th

Week 10                  Culture / Adolescent Problems                                        13 & 14                   Nov 22nd

Final week             Last Presentations (Topic overflow) and final                                               Nov 29th & Dec 1st 

Important Dates for Papers, Tests and Days Off:

10/11 & 11/24 No Classes

Presentations will be on going during the semester Your 2nd movie paper is due on the day of the presentation

10/4      1st Test Chapters 1, 2 & 3

10/11    No Classes

10/13    1st Movie Paper Due

10/20    2nd test chapters 4, 5 & 6

11/10    3rd Test Chapters 7, 8 & 9

11/24    Holiday No Class

11/22    Last date that all papers will be accepted Late

12/1      Final Chapters 10, 11, 12 & 13 

The instructor reserves the right to make any content or rescheduling revisions as deemed appropriate or necessary. 

 XII. Assignment Submission Guide Lines:

 All papers & assignments handed in must be typed!

 Spelling, grammar and sentence structure must be correct.

 Page layout should be 12 pitch font, Times New Roman or Arial, double spaced with a one inch margin on the top and bottom and on the sides. You are to hand in TWO copies of each assignment.

 Format: Information on the cover page should include your name, The assignment (“Interview assignment 1” etc.), date the paper is handed in, class (Psy 204 Fall), instructor’s name (Frank O’Neill) and topic.

All footnotes are to be APA style

 Missed Deadlines

Any material turned in late will be subject to a reduction in points.

Items not turned in by the last due date will be counted as a zero.