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PSY 232 : Life Span Human Development II (3 Credits)

Professors: R. Holbrook, E. Jenifer, A. Jones, M. Marcey


Life Span Human Development II studies physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development from adolescence through late adulthood. The course looks at how development progresses from the adolescence through late adulthood by blending the findings from research studies with theoretical perspectives. The information on puberty and the aging process draws heavily on the biological and medical sciences. Emerging adulthood is more easily understood by considering the ways in which the biological, congnitive, and psycosocial development influence the a young adult's interpersonal relationships, thought processes, and emotional development.  Clinical psychology is also used to provide insights into specific emotional problems that may become evident at the following stages of development: adolescence, emerging adulthood and late adulthood.

Life Span Human Development II has been designed to meet the needs of a variety of students. It is valuable for parents and prospective parents as well as professionals already working in areas involving adolescents and adults. Anyone interested in enhancing their skills in relating to people will find this course beneficial. If you are a PSY major, it is suggested that you take PSY 232.




If you successfully complete this course, you will be able to:

  • Define science and explain why psychology is a science.
  • Apply the scientific method to design a research study.
  • Explain the difference between correlation and causation, and interpret data from research.
  • Understand the influences of culture on development and behavior.
  • Understand the complexity of the factors influencing development and behavior.
  • Explain the various environmental influences on development and behavior through early school years.
  • Interpret developmental stages from various psychological perspectives (psychodynamic, cognitive, bio-social, behavioral, and psychosocial).
  • Understand the usefulness of norms in understanding human development. Understand that “normal” is a relative term and that normalcy can be different for different cultures and ethnic groups, and that what is defined as normal can change over time.
  • List the stages of human development through early school years and describe the key changes and their resulting behaviors at each stage.




Your course grade will be determined according to the following points:

Syllabus Quiz 12
Plagiarism Quiz 18
Weekly individual assignments
(3@30 points each,
7@20 points each,
2@10 points each)
4 Quizzes on chapter material
(25 points each)
2 Exams (150 points each) 300

Grading Scale
90-100 %
780-702 points
80-89 %
701-624 points
70 - 79 %
623-546 points
60 - 69 %
545-468 points
Below 60 %
0-467 points



There aretwo (2) online proctored exams in this course. You are expected to take your proctored exams at one of the NVCC campus Testing Centers. Be sure to allow enough time to complete your exam before the Testing Center closes; Testing Centers have specific policies relating to the administration of ELI exams. You will need to take a photo ID, your NovaConnect Empl ID number, and the appropriate Exam Pass when you go to the Testing Center.  

For Testing Center locations, hours of operation and policies, click here.

For information on taking proctored exams outside of the metropolitan area, click here.


ELI Policies and Procedures

This is an Extended Learning Institute (ELI) course. ELI courses differ from campus courses in several important ways, including enrollment dates, communication with faculty, assignment completion requirements, and exams. You must follow ELI's policies and procedures if you take this course. Read (or review) ELI's Policies and Procedures before you begin the course. If you have questions, call ELI at (703) 323-3347 or (888) 435-6822.

Contacting the Instructor


We are here to help you succeed in this course. Occasionally questions or problems may arise. Here is how to contact us when they do:

Instructor Email Telephone
Robert Holbrook rholbrook@nvcc.edu 703-845-6214
Marcella Marcey mmarcey@nvcc.edu 703-505-9104
Antoinette Jones anjones@nvcc.edu  
Ericka Jenifer ejenifer@nvcc.edu 703-450-2505

In person office hours can be arranged by appointment.


Beginning the Course


1. Use your web browser to connect to http://www.nvcc.edu/bbstart. Follow the directions to determine your email, Blackboard and VIVA account user names and passwords.
2. Access your email account and make sure you know how to use it; you will be required to use this account for all course-related email.
3. Log on to Blackboard and email at http://nvcc.my.vccs.edu.
4. Click on this course under "My Courses." Review the entire course to make sure you understand what will be required of you. Then start completing the assignments.

Please note that account generation takes approximately one week from the time of your paid registration. If you cannot log on after one week, contact the IT Help Desk. If you can log on to Blackboard, but your course isn't listed, please contact ELI or your instructor.