HONORS HUMAN DEVELOPMENT 101-008 (Spring 2017 – 3 credits) (PDF)

Date & Time: M/W/F 9:00-9:50
Location: North Lawn (NL) 1013
Required Text: Invitation to the Lifespan (3rd edition), HD101 class notes
Authors: Berger
Prerequisites: None
Office Hours: 1:00-2:00 p.m. M/W/F and by appointment
Professor: Jason Scofield, Ph.D.
Phone: 348-9836 or 348-6158 (HDFS Main Office)
Office: 209 Child Development Research Center
Course Website:

Course Description: Honors HD 101 is an introductory survey course of the basic principles of development across the life span. The developmental principles will be studied within the framework of growth and change in the basic domains of the physical, cognitive, and social self.
Course Objectives: Upon completion of the course, students should have a better understanding of general developmental principles and their own course of development.
Learning Outcomes:

  • Students will demonstrate their knowledge of theories of human development and of patterns of stability and change in physical, cognitive and social-emotional development across the various periods of the lifespan.
  • Students will evaluate contextual influences on infant and young children’s development, which includes the influences of culture, community, school, peer group, family, and work.
  • Students will use the full range of communication skills and educational technology to facilitate gathering and delivery of information related to dynamic human communities.
  • Students will summarize and critique published scholarly research on a topic in human development and family studies.

Course Structure: The structure of this course will consist mostly of in-class lecturing and discussion of course materials. Students will be responsible for all assigned materials. Although some of the material covered in lectures will also be covered in the text, throughout the semester there will be topics presented in class that are not discussed in the text. Likewise, there will be topics presented in the text that will not be discussed in class. In order to excel in this course, students are required to have a good working knowledge of both lecture and text material.

Attendance is encouraged. The in-class description and discussion of course materials is important to acquiring a clear understanding of complex developmental concepts. Further, extra credit opportunities may not be available to absent students.

A study guide will be posted before each exam to assist in studying. When possible, a review session may also be held before each exam.

Grading Policy: There will be three major examinations during the course of the semester. Each exam will be worth 100 points (3X100=300). In addition, there will be a journal worth 50 points and a research proposal worth 50 points. Final grades will be calculated as the total number of earned points divided by the total number of available points (i.e., X/400).

Final grade assignments will be awarded as follows:




400-388 387-372 371-360













F 239 or lower

Exams will feature a variety of question types and draw from all materials assigned or discussed in a particular section of the course (sections of the course are outlined in the course calendar). These materials will generally consist of lecture notes and reading assignments. The final exam for this course will not be comprehensive.

The journal will consist of entries given throughout the semester. There will be 25 journal entries each worth 2 points. Journal entries will be submitted individually at the time they are due. Late submissions will be worth a maximum of 1 point. Journal entry topics and deadlines will be discussed and assigned throughout the semester.

The research proposal will require a literature review AND a proposed research study on a topic relevant to the course. More details will be available throughout the semester.

Make-Up Examinations:  If an examination is missed due to illness or emergency circumstances, the student must notify this instructor or the Human Development and Family Studies Office (348-6158) of an absence prior to the time of the exam.  Any examination that is not completed by the end of the course will be scored as a 0 (zero).  Students missing two or more examinations should withdraw from the course.

Academic Conduct:  All students in attendance at the University of Alabama are expected to be honorable and to observe standards of conduct appropriate to a community of scholars.  The University expects from its students a higher standard of conduct than the minimum required to avoid discipline.  Academic misconduct includes all acts of dishonesty in any academically related matter and any knowing or intentional help or attempt to help, or conspiracy to help, another student.

The Academic Misconduct Disciplinary Policy will be followed in the event of academic misconduct.

Plagiarism Detection: The University of Alabama is committed to helping students to uphold the ethical standards of academic integrity in all areas of study. Students agree that their enrollment in this course allows the instructor the right to use electronic devices to help prevent plagiarism. All course materials are subject to submission to for the purpose of detecting textual similarities. will be used as a source document to help students avoid plagiarism in written documents.

Student Conduct: The Code of Student Conduct requires that students behave in a manner that is conducive to a teaching/learning environment.  Students who engage in behavior that is disruptive or obstructive to the teaching/learning environment will be subject to disciplinary sanctions outlined by the Code of Student Conduct.  Disruptive/obstructive behavior is not limited to but may include the following:  physical abuse, verbal abuse, threats, stalking, intimidation harassment, hazing, possession of controlled substances, or possession of alcoholic beverages.

Cultural Diversity: The Department of Human Development and Family Studies is committed to providing an atmosphere of learning that is representative of a variety of perspectives.  In this class, you will have the opportunity to express and experience cultural diversity across a variety of topics. You are encouraged to not only take advantage of these opportunities in your own work, but also, learn from the information and ideas shared by other students.

Disability Statement: If you are registered with the Office of Disability Services, please make an appointment with me as soon as possible to discuss any course accommodations that may be necessary. If you have a disability, but have not contacted the Office of Disability Services, please call 348-4285 or visit 133-B Martha Parham Hall East to register for services. Students who may need course adaptations because of a disability are welcome to make an appointment to see me during office hours. Students with disabilities must be registered with the Office of Disability Services, 133-B Martha Parham Hall East, before receiving academic adjustments.

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