NEW MEXICO JUNIOR COLLEGE

Adolescent Psychology

SYLLABUS

  1. GENERAL COURSE INFORMATION
  2. A. Course Title: Adolescent Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 223 - 10348
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Ferguson, Stephanie
    G. Office: C.M. Burke University Center (UC) 228
    H. Email Address: SFerguson@nmjc.edu
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2643
    J. Office Hours: I am on campus Monday through Friday 7:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. However, to insure an office appointment, please call or email for availability.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual
  3. COURSE DESCRIPTION

    This course will examine the individual’s physical, psychological, and social development during the adolescent years by studying basic theories, research, and cultural influence. This is a three credit hour course. Prerequisite: PS 113 or consent of instructor.

  4. COURSE RATIONALE / TRANSFERABILITY

    II. This course is designed to provide the student with a basic understanding of Psychology and is a foundation for all succeeding Psychology courses. This course has transferability to other colleges, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.

  5. REQUIRED / SUGGESTED COURSE MATERIALS

    Required:

    Santrock, J.W.
    Adolescence
    16th. Edition (McGraw-Hill)
    ISBN: 978-0-07-811718-3

    Suggested:
    None.

    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.

  6. GRADING POLICY

    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:

    						90 - 100%	=	A
    						80 -  89%	=	B
    						70 -  79%	=	C
    						60 -  69%	=	D
    					 	 0 -  59%	=	F
    

    Assignments 20%
    Exams 20%
    Projects 20%
    Quizzes 20%
    Discussions 20%

    Student emails will be answered within 24 hours on a weekday and within 48 hours on a weekend. For immediate response please contact professor by telephone as indicated in course information.

    Retrieving Grades from T-BirdWeb Portal
    Go to the New Mexico Junior College T-BirdWeb Portal login page. Please enter your User Identification Number (ID), which is your Banner ID, and your Personal Identification Number (PIN). When finished, click Login.

    Tips for Success in Online Courses:
    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.

  7. INSTITUTIONAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:

  8. DEPARTMENTAL STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the core competencies as established by the State of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should

    A. identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities. (CT)

    B. articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions. (CM)

    C. describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment. (PS)

    D. apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments. (CT)

    Selected specific competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.

  9. SPECIFIC COURSE STUDENT LEARNING OUTCOMES

    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
    Demonstrate knowledge acquired by performance on exams which cover the field of Adolescent Psychology.

    Improve in problem-solving, behavioral analysis, and research skills as shown through class assignments.

    Improve in communication, articulation, and organizational skills through classroom participation/presentations.

    Develop critical thinking skills in psychology through classroom exercises and discussions

  10. REQUIRED TECHNICAL COMPETENCIES AND EQUIPMENT

    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/canvasinstructions.aspx.

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at www.nmjc.edu/distancelearning/coursescourseschedules/Canvasinstructions.aspx.

  11. ADDITIONAL INFORMATION

    Online courses require self discipline. Success requires that you stay abreast of the work. Please be sure and let me know if there is a reason you are not able to keep up with the work load.

    NMJC communication standard:
    • No text language (For example do not use i, BTW, LOL, IDK…)
    • Correct spelling and proper capitalization
    • Complete sentences (Start a sentence with a capital letter and end it with a period.)
    • Logical organization

  12. GENERAL/MISCELLANEOUS

    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at krueda@nmjc.edu.

    Attendance Policy and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
    If you experience difficulty with Canvas you may reach the Canvas Helpdesk at canvashelpdesk@nmjc.edu, or by calling the 24 hour helpdesk phone at (575) 399-2199.

    Netiquette
    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    Plagiarism
    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at www.nmjc.edu, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.

  13. ACADEMIC CALENDAR
  14. FINALS SCHEDULE
  15. COURSE OUTLINE

    SEMESTER OUTLINE

    Week 1: Chapter 1 - Introduction
    Week 2: Chapter 2 - Puberty, Health & Biological Foundations
    Week 3: Chapter 3 - The Brain & Cognitive Development
    Week 4: Chapter 4 - The Self, Identity, Emotion & Personality
    Week 5: Chapter 5 - Gender
    Week 6: Chapter 6 - Sexuality
    Week 7: Chapter 7 - Moral Development
    Week 8: MIDTERM EXAM
    Week 9: Chapter 8 - Families
    Week 10: Chapter 9 - Peers
    SPRING BREAK
    Week 11: Chapter 10 - Schools
    Week 12: Chapter 11 - Achievement
    Week 13: Chapter 12 - Culture
    Week 14: Chapter 13 - Problems
    Week 15: Review for Final Exam
    Week 16 FINAL EXAM