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Ryerson University
PSY 402
Lixia Yang

PSY 402/Fall2012/YANG 1 COURSE OUTLINE: PSY402 (ADULT DEVELOPMENT) Sections 011 and 021, Fall 2012 DEPARTMENT OF PSYCHOLOGY RYERSON UNIVERSITY MEETING TIME AND ROOM Section 011: Tuesdays 9 am – 12 pm (AMC 04) Section 021: Thursdays 9 am – 12 pm (AMC 05) Instructor: Lixia Yang Ph.D. Office: JOR 918 E-mail: [email protected] Phone: 416-979-5000 ext. 6522 Office hours: Tuesdays 1 – 2 pm or by appointment with the TA Teaching Session 011: Lingqian Li, e-mail: [email protected] Assistants: Session 021: Niusha Ghazban, e-mail: [email protected] COURSE CREDIT INFORMATION Length of course: One Semester Course Designation: Professionally-related Prerequisite: PSY 105 or PSY 11 or PSY 102, Anti-requisite: PSY 22B Students registered in a Ryerson program or intending to register in a program should examine their program's curriculum and the Ryerson calendar carefully. To graduate from a program, students require a number of Liberal Studies credits. Ryerson courses are correspondingly designated Professional, Professionally-related or Liberal Studies. The Liberal Studies courses are further divided into Lower-level (normally for first and second year credit) and Upper-level (normally for third and fourth year credit) courses. Students may not use a Professionally-related Psychology course for a Liberal Studies credit or vice versa, nor may you use a Lower-level Liberal Studies course for Upper-level Liberal Studies credit. COURSE DESCRIPTION All of us hold beliefs about what it means to be an adult and what it means to grow old. In this course, students examine their beliefs in light of scientific evidence on adult development and aging. Theories and empirical findings related to changes in physical, cognitive, personality, and social processes are examined. Contextual influences of family, culture, and historical era are emphasized. A recurrent theme is the tremendous diversity and individual variability in aging. The topics will be unfolded largely in the sequence as they appear in the required textbook REQUIRED TEXTBOOK Whitbourne, S. K., & Whitbourne, S. B. (2011). Adult Development and Aging: th Biopsychosocial Perspectives, (4 ed.). New York, NY: John Wiley & Sons, Inc. PSY 402/Fall2012/YANG 2 COURSE FORMAT This course will be presented in lecture format. The text version of lecture slides will be posted on Blackboard before each class meeting. Students are expected to read the assigned chapters in preparation for each class. The lectures elaborate and extend the materials presented in the textbook. You may find some lecture content or materials discussed in class not covered in the textbook. So you are expected to attend each lecture and take notes. All changes to the course schedule will be announced in class and/or on Blackboard. Students are responsible to check Blackboard regularly to keep updated. ASSIGNMENTS AND EVALUATION Component Coverage Weight Due date Exam 1 Ch. 1 – 4 25% Sept. 25 (011) & Sept. 27 (021) Exam 2 Ch. 5-7, & 11 25% Oct. 30 (011) & Nov. 1 (021) Exam 3 Ch. 8-10, & 14 25% TBA Interview Assignment 25% Nov. 20 (011) & Nov. 22 (021) Note. All exams are non-cumulative. COURSE SCHEDULE Week Section 011 Section 021 Topics & Deadlines Readings 1 Sept. 4 Sept. 6 Introduction to Adult Ch. 1 Development 2 Sept. 11 Sept. 13 Models and Research Methods Ch. 2-3 3 Sept. 18 Sept. 20 Physical Aging Ch. 4 4 Sept. 25 Sept. 27 Exam 1 Ch. 1-4 5 Oct. 2 Oct. 4 Health, Prevention, & Treatment Ch. 5, Ch. 11 6 Oct. 9 Oct. 11 No class (study week)  7 Oct. 16 Oct. 18 Basic Cognitive Functions Ch. 6 8 Oct. 23 Oct. 25 Problem Solving and Intelligence Ch. 7 9 Oct. 30 Nov. 1 Exam 2 Ch. 5-7, & 11 10 Nov. 6 Nov. 8 Personality Ch. 8 11 Nov. 13 Nov. 15 Relationships Ch. 9 12 Nov. 20 Nov. 22 Work, Leisure, and Retirement Ch. 10 Essay due 13 Nov. 27 Nov. 29 Successful Aging Ch. 14 TBA TBA Exam 3 Ch. 8-10, & 14 Note. The schedule may change as the semester unfolds, as per announcements in class and/or on Blackboard PSY 402/Fall2012/YANG 3 Course Policies Class environment: Please turn off cell phones and pagers in class. Please refrain from holding private conversations or surfing internet during lectures. To facilitate a productive and rewarding lecture environment, please do not arrive late or leave early. Privacy of Grades: In line with Ryerson policy, grades in this course may be posted on Blackboard. Students who wish NOT to have their grades posted must inform the instructor (Dr. Yang) in writing. The final grades will not be posted and can only be accessible to students through the Registrar. Plagiarism detection ( Students agree that by taking this course all required papers will be subject to submission for textual similarity review to All submitted papers will be included as source documents in the reference database solely for the purpose of detecting plagiarism of such papers. Use of the service is subject to the terms of use agreement posted on the Students who do not want their work submitted to this plagiarism detection service must consult with the instructor to make alternate arrangements by the second week of class. Office Hours and E-mail Contacts: We strongly encourage students to read the course outline and posted information carefully. Please contact the instructor or the TA only for questions not addressed in these documents. Please e-mail us with “PSY402” as the subject line to ask questions or book an appointment. Special Arrangements: Students requiring special arrangements or accommodations (e.g., sign language interpreter, Access Center) should speak to the instructor as early as possible, at least by the second week of class. Please visit the Access Centre website ( to register for these services. Once registered, bring the required paperwork provided by the Access Centre to the instructor. Missing test/assignment policy: It is your responsibility to inform the instructor as soon as possible (preferably before the test/essay due date or within 24 hours of a missed test/assignment if a prior notice has not been given) if you are unable to write a test or submit your assignment during the scheduled time. Generally, missed tests or assignments without a granted extension will be graded as zero. Extensions could be granted only on medical and compassionate grounds but should not go beyond the date when the feedback is provided to the class or when the work is returned to other students. For medical events, please use the official medical form at When an extension is granted, a make-up exam will be arranged by the instructor for any missed exams. The late assignment submission penalties (10% out of 100% for each day it is late) may be applied to the assignment. Other Policies and Student Resources It is students’ responsibility to know and adhere to all Departmental and University policies. Ryerson Calendar: University Policies: -- Cheating: -- Plagiarism and Academic Integrity: -- Student Code of Academic Conduct: -- Student Code of Non-Academic Conduct: Departmental Policies: Student Services: -- English Language Support: -- Learning Success Centre: -- Ryerson Writing Centre: -- Access Centre: Ryerson Library Resources: -- Ask a Librarian: -- Workshops: PSY 402/Fall2012/YANG 4 INTERVIEW ASSIGNMENT PSY402/Fall2012/Yang This interview assignment aims to enhance and consolidate the knowledge learned in class through applying the concepts to a “real life” person. For this assignment, you will gain hands- on, real-world experience through designing and conducting an interview (i.e., collecting qualitative data) with an adult who is at least 60 yea
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