Adult Development and Ageing
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This course draws on the insights of developmental psychology to examine learning and change processes throughout adulthood. It will also include material from sociology, demography, philosophy, sport and leisure studies and biology from time to time, and it will introduce New Zealand material additional to the set text. Students are encouraged to think critically about theoretical models of both adult development and ageing, and to consider carefully the implications, if any, of these theories both for their own personal development and for social policy in New Zealand and around the world.
1. To consider ideas about adult development and ageing from a scholarly yet critical perspective, and develop the student's perspective on these ideas.
2. To consider some of the personal and social implications of a critical approach to adult development and ageing, and to offer a forum for discussion of these.
3. To exchange ideas on selected topics in adulthood through the development of the online learning community, and further develop the student's skills of reflection on these topics.
The course will run exclusively online throughout Semester A. There will be no required face to face meetings for the course. However, students who live near one another are encouraged to form your own study groups (you can use the Social Forum online to arrange this if you wish).Paper Attendance and Participation Requirements
Regular online presence is required from Monday 26 February 2018. The course ends on Friday 1 June 2018.
Details of learning activities for each week will be provided in the online Moodle site. The new material for the week will be made available by Monday each week. Activities include participation in online discussions, optional and compulsory quizzes on the readings, and journalling. Full details of the assessment requirements, due dates and weightings for these tasks are given below.
Online web address: http://elearn.waikato.ac.nz/ or you can click on the Moodle button on the University home page.
Please maintain a sense of appropriate online etiquette by:
- avoiding unhelpful behaviours, such as writing postings that are far too long or short (100-150 words is plenty per post);
- offering considered comments for the current discussion (not preparing a contribution before going online, or dumping your work into the discussion irrespective of what has been said already).
To achieve satisfactory marks for participation you will need to interact regularly every week, including responding to some posts of others (please refer to assessment criteria for further guidelines for online contributions).
Discussions for the week will normally be closed off by midnight on Sundays. Please be aware that, generally speaking, coming in really late does not usually help group discussion.
Students who successfully complete the course should be able to:
State and understand the major issues relating to the adult life cycle and ageing.
To achieve this objective you must do the readings from the text every week and engage with the associated online learning activities, including any presentations, additional web resources, online discussions, essay, tests and the journal.Linked to the following assessments:• Multi-choice Tests (3)
Describe the main characteristics of a developmental psychological perspective on adult development and ageing.
To achieve this objective you need to understand the lifespan approach as described in the text, online course notes and presentations, as well as in the online discussions. The essay is also designed to develop your ability to present and discuss this approach in relation to specific phases of life. Doing the tests this will give you feedback on how well you are doing with this learning outcome.Linked to the following assessments:• Journal (1500 words max) (2)• Multi-choice Tests (3)• Participation (4)
Develop and be able to express in a learned way your own perspective on adult development, and on ageing.
To achieve this objective you are expected to participate in the weekly discussion forums and to maintain your journal across the course, culminating in the final edited journal presentation which will demonstrate your ability to form well-founded and sound arguments grounded in the knowledge presented in the course.Linked to the following assessments:• Journal (1500 words max) (2)• Participation (4)
Know and be able to discuss some of the theoretical and social implications of this material for the New Zealand and/or global context.
To achieve this objective you must study the additional learning resources that are posted each week, interact with the associated learning tasks, and use them in your Essay and Journal submissions.Linked to the following assessments:• Essay (1500 words) (1)
Please note that any announcements regarding general requirements and assessment not contained in this document will be posted in the News Forum and the weekly work schedule. You need to ensure that your default email address is correct in Moodle, as the site will forward these messages to you automatically.
This paper is fully internally assessed. To pass the course, it is recommended that you attempt all of the following pieces of work. Resubmission is allowed for Assignment 1 (Essay) only. This may be approved after consultation with the lecturer, but resubmitted work can achieve a maximum grade of C-. It is not possible for essay drafts to be reviewed, though every effort will be made to ensure that you get the feedback and support you require.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0. There is no final exam. The final exam makes up 0% of the overall mark.
The internal assessment/exam ratio (as stated in the University Calendar) is 100:0 or 0:0, whichever is more favourable for the student. The final exam makes up either 0% or 0% of the overall mark.
Error: Assessment components must add up to 100%
At least one Assessment Component needs to be entered
|Component Description||Due Date||Time||Percentage of overall mark||Submission Method||Compulsory|
|1. Essay (1500 words)||
6 Apr 2018
|2. Journal (1500 words max)||
1 Jun 2018
No set time
|3. Multi-choice Tests||
5 Jun 2018
1 Jun 2018
Required and Recommended Readings*
Bjorklund, B. R., (2015). The Journey of Adulthood (8th edition). Harlow, Essex: Pearson Education Limited. Library call no: BF724.5 .B442 2015
This is the required text for this course. Please note that the eighth edition is different from earlier editions, which have been used in previous years. If you have access to a previous edition, be aware there may now be considerable differences in the text and it might be a good idea to put the two versions alongside each other (in the library) to check on the updated areas from time to time. The text is available from Bennetts Bookshop: Email email@example.com. You may also be able to find used copies for sale online.
Chapter 1 of the 8th edition will be made available as an electronic file in the online class site, but you will need regular access to the text throughout the course, as the paper is built around the text. So you need to get your hands on a recent edition and have regular access to it.
Other readings, some optional and some required as part of assessment, may be made available online or accessed through the library databases. These requirements will be notified from time to time as the course progresses.
Drewery, W. & Claiborne, L. Bird (2014). Human Development: Family, place, culture (2nd ed.). Sydney: McGraw-Hill.
Hoffnung, M., Hoffnung, R. J., Seifert, K. L., Smith, R. B., Hine, A., Ward, L., & Pausé, C. (2013). Lifespan development: A chronological approach (2nd Australasian edition.). Milton, Qld: John Wiley and Sons Australia.
Please note that this paper presumes knowledge of the introductory lifespan material taught in HDCO100 Human Development, which is a prerequisite to this course. If you have not done this prerequisite paper for any reason, or cannot remember the material, you would be well advised to refer to one or both of the above books as required.
The course will run exclusively online throughout Semester A. There will be no required face to face meetings for the course. However, students who live near one another are encouraged to form your own study groups (you can use the Social Forum online to arrange this if you wish).
If you wish to ask a question about anything to do with the course, you should first consider whether the question is something that may concern others, in which case please use the Q&A link on the Moodle site. If it is something private to you alone, please use the Private conversation with Nadine link. Both of these send automatic emails to the lecturer.
There are some very useful online resources aimed at helping you achieve at Student Learning: http://www.waikato.ac.nz/students/student-learning/
There are also some very helpful and simple videos on how to use the library more effectively on the Virtual Reference Desk in Moodle, and on the front of the library web page.
You will need to spend at least two hours accumulated at different times across the whole week online, reading and contributing to discussions and investigating online resources. It is important that you factor regular time online into your week. Don’t leave it to chance - timetable it! In addition, you are expected to spend 3-4 hours reading the regular weekly chapter, and another 3-4 hours preparing your assignments.
The following are the minimum expectations for students’ workloads:
100 level paper - 150 total hours
200 level paper - 200 total hours. This means you are expected to give 12 hours per week to this paper over 15 weeks.
300/700 level paper - 200 hours
Linkages to Other Papers*
This course may be taken as a required or an optional Part 2 paper for the Human Development major in the Bachelor of Social Sciences degree. It is also an optional course in Professional Education in the Bachelor of Teaching degree, and other degree programmes which allow such options.
30 points at 100 level from any of HMDEV, PSYCH, EDSOC, Professional Education or Sociology or Social Work programmes
Restricted papers: HDCO201