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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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.

Textbook Information:

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

Course Objectives:

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

  • understand the basic theories and principles underlying the adolescent stage of development, specifically in the areas of biological, physical, cognitive, social, emotional, sexual, and moral development.
  • describe the influences and reciprocal nature of adolescent relationships with families and peers.
  • describe the ways in which school and culture impact adolescent development.
  • identify some of the problems that can negatively affect the development of adolescents and young adults.
  • describe major factors affecting achievement and career development.

Course Outline:

This course consists of 13 instructional modules (or lessons). Please note that the suggested Pacing Guide to complete the course in a traditional semester is written for Fall and Spring. Full summer students need to make adjustments due to the significantly shorter time period involved.

Lesson

Reading Assignments

Assignments Due

Start Here

*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.
A MAXIMUM OF FOUR LESSONS MAY BE SUBMITTED WITHIN A SEVEN DAY PERIOD.

Syllabus Quiz

0

Preface/Introduction

Discussion board

1

Introduction

Dropbox, Quiz, Discussion board

2

Puberty, Health, and Biological Foundations

Dropbox, Video Journal, Quiz, Discussion board

3

The Brain and Cognitive Development

Dropbox, Video Journal, Quiz, Discussion board

4

The Self, Identity, Emotion, and Personality

Dropbox, Video Journal, Quiz, Discussion board

5

Gender

Dropbox, Quiz, Discussion board

6

Sexuality

Video Journal, Quiz, Discussion board

Course Test 1

Covers Lessons 1-6

To be scheduled
and completed
before proceeding

MIDPOINT OF COURSE

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

7

Moral Development, Values, and Religion

Dropbox, Video Journal, Quiz, Discussion board

8

Families

Dropbox, Video Journal, Quiz, Discussion board

9

Peers, Romantic Relationships, and Lifestyles

Dropbox, Video Journal, Quiz, Discussion board

10

Schools

Dropbox, Video Journal, Quiz, Discussion board

11

Achievement, Work, and Careers

Dropbox, Quiz, Discussion board

12

Culture

Dropbox, Quiz, Discussion board

13

Problems in Adolescence and Emerging Adulthood

Dropbox, Quiz, Discussion board

Course Test 2

Covers Lessons 7-13

To be scheduled
and completed
preceding

Final Exam

Comprehensive exam from all chapters (ensure all work is completed and graded prior to scheduling this exam)

To be scheduled
and completed
to finalize credit

Grading:

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

FAILURE TO TAKE THE FINAL EXAM WILL RESULT IN FAILURE OF THE COURSE.

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.