Course Syllabus

Human Growth and Development

Spring 2016



Instructor:  Dr. Emily Rasberry

Office:  Bld. 1200 office suite next to student services (Sumiton)

Office Number: 205-387-0511 EXT. 5729 


Text:  Santrock, J.W. (2016). Essentials of Life-span development (4th ed.) Boston: McGraw Hill.


Course Requirements: Students are responsible for learning the concepts, theories, and factual information provided by the text and course material on Canvas. Discussions, quizzes, and assignments will examine the chapter topics and explain any difficult material. Student participation is encouraged and required in order to grasp the material of this course. To do well in this course, students should read assigned materials before completing the week’s module in order to actively be involved in the learning process. Do not wait until the last minute to complete your work. This limits the assistance you may receive from others!


  1. EXAMS


There will be 3 exams (including the final). Questions will come from the material in the assigned chapters. Any material not covered in the week’s assignments will be the responsibility of student to learn from the text. Exams will consist of multiple choice and possible matching. Exams 1 and 2 are to be completed at home with the respondus browser and webcam. The final is to be taken in the testing centers on one of Bevill State’s locations. It is your choice which testing center you setup your testing time. Students should contact the testing center coordinator one week before their final exam to schedule a testing time.

*If you are taking this class from a distance and cannot come to Bevill State, please contact me about a location where you may take your exam with supervision.





Room 157

Sandy Swinney, ext. 5147



 Hamilton Testing ext. 5315


RM# 115

Wade Hall

Jerry Dollar, ext. 5775 –


Bldg 100 Room 103

Sumiton Testing, ext. 5272 –

Pickens CO Educ Center

Check-in at

Front Office

Martha Kimbrell, ext. 5633

Steven Koon, ext. 5632 -

Make-up exams will be given only in the case of illness and other tragedy. All excused absences in the case of exams must have a written excuse. Students can send excuses to the instructor as attachments to an email or take the excuse to student services on one of the five Bevill State locations and ask them to send it through intercampus mail to me. Exams missed because of unexcused absences may not be made up. Students should contact the instructor in regards to make up exams.




Occasionally there may be extra credit opportunities that will be posted on Blackboard. If not submitted by the due date there will not be an opportunity to make-up the extra credit.


3. Grading

Grades can be found under the “my grades” component on the left hand side of the homepage.

 Discussion Posts + 2 responses = 10 points each for a total of 170 points

Please review this rubric as it will be used to grade work posted on the discussion board. Also, review the handouts of “Tips to do well in this Online Course” and “Writing Tips for Discussion Post- Plagiarism.” There are also “Canvas Tutorials” to review if you are new to the online environment. All these resources are under the getting started module.

Rubric for Discussion Post

Objective                                                                                    0 points                       1 point                        2 points


                        1. “The discussion contribution or reply clearly addresses the content issue(s) presented by the question.”*


Does not address the question presented

Does not address the question in its entirety

Addresses the entire question


                        2. “The discussion and reply includes meaningfully supplements and extends consideration of the topic by including one of more of the following: new information, questions, constructive or corrective feedback, or alternative viewpoints.”*


Does not incorporate any additional information to promote discussion

Attempts to incorporate additional information to promote discussion

Incorporates additional information in multiple forms to promote discussion


                        3. “The discussion contribution or reply provides validation and support by including relevant examples and supporting evidence, as appropriate.”*


Does not provide supporting examples and evidence

Does provide supporting examples, but does not provide evidence from research or vice versa

Does provide supporting examples and provides evidence from research


                        4. “The discussion contribution or reply fosters collaboration with fellow learners and communicates in a manner that respects the dignity and integrity of fellow learners and the instructor.”*


Does not collaborate with other learners through responding to post

Responds to only one post

Responds to multiple posts with dignity and integrity


                        5. “The discussion contribution or reply is concise, clearly organized, and well structured.”*


Discussion post and response have multiple structural and grammar

Discussion post and response have some structural and grammar problems

Discussion post and responses are well written and exceed the level of a sophomore undergraduate


*Capella University Attributes and Evaluation of Discussion Contributions


Quizzes= a total of 100 points

Assignments= 10 points each for a total of 30 points

Test 1= 200 points

Test 2= 200 points

Test 3= 200 points

Essay= 100 points


Essay Instructions

 Rituals surrounding Death and Grieving -100 POINTS

Research different cultural rituals associated with the death and grieving process. Culture is defined as all knowledge and values shared by a group. For example, you may discuss a wake, a New Orleans funeral and/or different religious rituals (Hinduism, Buddhism, Christianity, Judaism, and Islam). Be sure to include practices of more than one culture and your understanding of these cultures.

 -In your response be sure to present an unbiased perspective in comparing and contrasting these cultural groups.

  • How are the rituals of each culture similar and different from each other?
  • What is the reason for specific rituals and are the reasons for a specific ritual similar to another culture?
  • How are these rituals similar and different from your own culture?
  • Why are certain rituals practiced in death and grieving within the particular cultures you examined and How are beneficial to the cultural group?
  • Why do you practice specific rituals in death and grieving and how do they benefit you?
  • If you were to attend the funeral of the cultural groups you examined, how would you show that you are accepting of the cultures?
    • What are examples of ways you might show acceptance? (clothing, communication, gestures)
    • How would your behavior be different depending on the particular culture?
  • How has this research affected your outlook or perspectives toward culture and cultural differences in general as well as in the specific area of death and grieving?

Formatting Requirements

  • The essay should be 1 to 2 pages and double spaced
  • Written in APA style/Format
    • See document provided in the module for formatting in APA
  • Include three references (should include in-text citations and a reference page)
    • At least one reference should come from the Bevill Library or the Alabama Virtual Library (see the library link on the Bevill web page)
  • Please submit as a word document or a pdf through Canvas

Grading Rubric



4 – Mastery

3 – Proficient

2 – Competent

1 – Novice

0- lacks criteria


Self-Awareness or Intercultural Awareness

Displays sophisticated awareness of one’s own and other cultures

Displays sufficient awareness of one’s own and other cultures

Displays partial awareness of one’s own and other cultures

Displays vague or inaccurate awareness of one’s own and other cultures

Does not discuss both knowledge of their own culture and other cultures


Displays sophisticated understanding of one’s own and other cultures

Displays sufficient understanding of one’s own and other cultures

Displays partial understanding of one’s own and other cultures

Displays vague or inaccurate understanding of one’s own and other cultures

Does not display understanding of both their own culture and other cultures


Expresses a sophisticated viewpoint on how their outlook has changed about cultural awareness and differences

Expresses a sufficient viewpoint on how their outlook has changed about cultural awareness and differences

Expresses a minimal viewpoint on how their outlook has changed about cultural awareness and differences

Expresses no change or openness to cultural awareness

Does not discuss how their outlook has changed about cultural differences


Uses three or more references and cites them correctly

Uses three or more references, but does not cite correctly

Uses two references

Uses one reference

Does not include references

Grammar and Formatting

Formatting and/or Grammar were correct with only minor mistakes

Formatting and/or Grammar had multiple errors

Lacked Cohesiveness with some grammar and/or formatting errors

Lacked Cohesiveness with many errors in formatting and grammar

Formatting was not attempted


Total Semester points= 1000 points


A= 90-100% (900-1000 points)

B= 80-89% (800-899 points)

C= 70-79% (700-799 points)

D= 60-69% (600-699 points)

F= 59% or less (0-599 points)




Attending to the work assigned is the responsibility of the student. Each week’s module will begin on Monday and should be completed no later than Sunday by 11:59 PM. After such time, the discussions will be locked and the class will move as a group to the next week’s material. Please do not work ahead as this reduces class discussion about the topics. If you have a need to work ahead, please e-mail me to get permission. It is the responsibility of the student to let me know if they are having a problem in the course or have questions.

All quizzes should also be completed no later than Sunday by 11:59 PM.


Academic Conduct- See page 30 of the BSCC College Catalog


Cheating- All students are held to an honest policy. Any student caught cheating will be given a zero for that exam. If caught on a second offense, the student will be given a failing grade in the class.

Plagiarism- “Plagiarism is claiming as one’s own ideas, words, data, computer programs, creative compositions, artwork, etc., done by someone else. Examples include improper citation of referenced work, use of commercially available scholarly papers, failure to cite sources, or copying another’s ideas” (BSCC College Catalog, p. 30). Any student caught plagiarizing any work either extra credit or for credit will receive a zero on that work. If a student is caught on a second offense the student will be given a failing grade for the course.


Special Notes

  • Online Classroom Courtesy- I ask that you stay current on completing your work and that you respect your fellow students. I ask that you give constructive feedback in your responses to other people’s discussion posts. Ask yourself before submitting your response, “How would I feel if someone responded to my work this way?” Please remember that typing in all caps comes across as yelling at another person. Feedback should be helpful, can include follow-up questions, and should be more than “Good Job or I enjoyed your post” to receive credit.
  • If you have any questions or concerns regarding the course I will be happy to discuss it with you during online office hours through the chat option or by email. I will attempt to respond to all email and within 24 hours of receiving it (excluding weekends and holidays).
  • Academic Support: Academic advising, tutoring, study skills management, career exploration, and other academic support services may be accessed through the Office of Student Services. When classes are in session, the Office of Student Services’ standard hours of operation are Monday-Thursday 7:30 a.m.-6:00 p.m. and Friday 7:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.
  • Withdrawal from a Course: To withdraw a student should go to student services and complete a withdrawal form. If the form is completed by 2/25/16, the student will receive a “W” for the course. If the withdrawal form is completed after 2/25/16 the student should contact the instructor regarding his/her reason for withdrawal. It is up to the instructor whether the student will receive a “WP” or “WF”. It is courteous to contact the instructor even if the withdrawal form is completed by 2/25/16. If you do not complete the withdrawal form, you will receive the grade you have earned at the end of the term.


Special Accommodations

BSCC, faculty and staff will make every effort to accommodate the unique and special needs of the students with respect to speech, hearing, vision, reading, mobility, and other disabling conditions. Please notify me as soon as possible of any classroom accommodations that you may need or contact the Office of Student Services.


Course Summary:

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