COUN 309 Psychology of Adolescence

COUN 309 IS Sec 3, University of Mississippi
[See UM Catalog for Description]

3 credit hours

Instructor Information:

Philip G. Cooker, Ph.D.

Instructor name:
Philip G. Cooker, Ph.D.

Philip G. Cooker, Ph.D. is Professor Emeritus of Counselor Education at the University of Mississippi, where he served as Program Coordinator and Director of Training of the doctoral program in Counselor Education. He has worked in public schools as a teacher and elementary school counselor and at Florida State University teaching, consulting, and counseling.

Dr. Cooker has served as an officer in various state and national organizations and currently holds an appointment as a board member of the Mississippi Board of Psychology. As a licensed psychologist, he maintains a private practice, providing services to individuals, couples, and families, in addition to consulting, forensic work, and training on a variety of topics. His writing has appeared in national and international journals.

Contact Information:

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Division of Outreach and Continuing Education
P. O. Box 1848
University, MS 38677

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Course Description

The word adolescence comes from the Latin verb, adolescere, which translates roughly to mean growing into adulthood. The focus of this course centers on the psychological aspects of this transitional period of development. As in the study of any stage of human growth and development, what we know about the period of adolescence is based on research. Textbooks provide us with condensed summaries and reviews of new research, as well as research findings that have thus far stood the test of time. Textbooks are updated periodically to incorporate new knowledge that is being generated constantly.

When you complete your study of adolescence, you should have a better understanding of the characteristics of this stage, the significant influences on adolescent development, and the theories and research that enhance our abilities to work effectively with this group of individuals.

Textbook Information:

Textbook information will be provided upon enrollment in your iStudy course.

Course Objectives:

Objectives include (but are not limited to) the following:

  • Examining and applying theories that provide perspectives to this developmental period.
  • Providing an overview of physical, cognitive, social, and personality changes that occur during adolescence.
  • Understanding the effects of the family, peer relationships, schooling, and other factors on adolescent development.
  • Developing an appreciation for adolescence as a cultural phenomenon.
  • Introducing various careers that are typically available to those desiring to work with adolescents.

Course Outline:

This course is composed of fourteen instructional modules and two proctored examinations.

You MUST take the syllabus quiz within 2 weeks of enrolling or you will be dropped from the course. NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.


Reading Assignments

Due for Grades


*You MUST complete the syllabus quiz as soon as you have access to your Blackboard course. This is mandatory to verify your attendance.* NOTE: you must pass the Syllabus and Orientation Quiz for the course materials to appear on the Lessons page.

Syllabus Quiz



APA style exercise


Chapter 1: Introduction

Lesson 2 Essay, Quiz


Chapter 2: The Science of Adolescent Development

Lesson 3 Essay, Quiz


Chapter 3: Puberty, Health, and Biological Foundations

Lesson 4 Essay, Quiz


Chapter 4: Cognitive Development

Lesson 5 Essay, Quiz


Chapter 5: The Self, Identity, Emotions, and Personality

Lesson 6 Essay, Quiz


Chapter 6: Gender

Lesson 7 Essay, Quiz

Test 1 (Mid-course test)

covers textbook content Introduction through Chapter 6 (essay format)

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding


If you are a semester student, you must reach the midpoint of your course by the date specified in your information.
If you are a Flex UM student, you CANNOT WITHDRAW from this course after the lesson has been submitted.

All lesson assignments or exams needed to reach the midpoint of the course.
The exact date semester students are required to reach the midpoint is specified in your information.


Chapter 7: Sexuality

Lesson 8 Essay, Quiz


Chapter 8: Moral Development, Values, and Religion

Lesson 9 Essay, Quiz


Chapter 9: Families

Lesson 10 Essay, Quiz


Chapter 10: Peers

Lesson 11 Essay, Quiz


Chapter 11: Schools

Lesson 12 Essay, Quiz


Chapter 12: Achievement, Work, and Careers

Lesson 13 Essay, Quiz


Chapter 13: Culture

Lesson 14 Essay, Quiz

Test 2

covers textbook content Chapter 7 through Chapter 13 (essay format)

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

Final Exam

covers textbook content Chapter 1 through Chapter 13 (multiple-choice format)

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit


91-100 (A range)  
81-90 (B range)  
71-80 (C range)  
61-70 (D range)   
> 60 (Unacceptable, requiring a resubmission of the lesson*)


You must submit the lessons required to take the course exam(s). Lessons required but not submitted will receive a grade of zero. For the final exam, all coursework must be submitted and graded.