PSYC 2314

  • State Approval Code: 4207015125
  • Semester Credit Hours: 3
  • Lecture Hours per Week: 3
  • Contact Hours per Semester: 48

Catalog Description

Study of the physical, intellectual, personality and social development of the
individual from prenatal and birth through maturity. Lecture hours = 3, Lab hours = 0


TSIP reading completed and PSYC 2301

Course Curriculum

Basic Intellectual Compentencies in the Core Curriculum

  • Reading
  • Writing
  • Listening
  • Critical thinking
  • Computer literacy

Perspectives in the Core Curriculum

  • Establish broad and multiple perspectives on the individual in relationship to the larger society and world in which he/she lives, and to understand the responsibilities of living in a culturally and ethnically diversified world.
  • Stimulate a capacity to discuss and reflect upon individual, political, economic, and social aspects of life in order to understand ways in which to be a responsible member of society.
  • Recognize the importance of maintaining health and wellness.
  • Develop a capacity to use knowledge of how technology and science affect their lives.
  • Develop personal values for ethical behavior.
  • Integrate knowledge and understand the interrelationships of the scholarly disciplines.

Core Components and Related Exemplary Educational Objectives

Social and Behavioral Sciences

  • To employ the appropriate methods, technologies, and data that social and behavioral scientists use to investigate the human condition.
  • To examine social institutions and processes across a range of historical periods, social structures, and cultures.
  • To use and critique alternative explanatory systems or theories.
  • To develop and communicate alternative explanations or solutions for contemporary social issues.
  • To analyze the effects of historical, social, political, economic, cultural, and global forces on the area under study.
  • To analyze, critically assess, and develop creative solutions to public policy problems.
  • To identify and understand differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.

Instructional Goals and Purposes

Panola College's instructional goals include 1) creating an academic atmosphere in which students may develop their intellects and skills and 2) providing courses so students may receive a certificate/an associate degree or transfer to a senior institution that offers baccalaureate degrees.

General Course Objectives

The student will develop an understanding of the different theories involved in understanding human growth and development and at what stages of development different theories apply. The student will be familiar with various points of view and important topics related to human development.

Specific Course Objectives

To be able to understand, explain and discuss issues involved in prenatal development, i.e. teratogens and threats to the unborn child. The student will understand the process of physical maturation as it is reflected in motor, speech and aging. The student will understand the basic theory of Piaget and the Information Processing theory of cognitive development. The student will examine the issues of socioeconomic status, gender and race on development. The student will explore the forces involved in mate and career selection. The student will understand how aging effects physical, cognitive and social aspects of  development throughout adulthood. The student will consider issues involved with death and dying.

General Description of Each Lecture or Discussion

Theories of Development
Research methods and their application to development
Prenatal development
Physical and Cognitive development from birth through death
Socioemotional Development from birth through death

Methods of Instruction/Course Format/Delivery

The class consists of traditional face-to-face lecture, class discussions and response pages.


Regular chapter tests, project grades and comprehensive final exam.
90-100 A. 80-89 B, 70-79 C, 60-69 D, Below 60 F

Text, Required Readings, Materials, and Supplies

Human Development, A Life-Span View 5th Edition by Robert Kail and John Cavanaugh