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Lifespan Development

HDHS 212 / 50960

Instructor: Gabriel D. Searcy, Ph.D.

Contact Information:

Email Address: BEFORE THE COURSE BEGINS gabriel_searcy@cuesta.edu. Once the course begins, please email me in Canvas.

Phone Number: 971-221-5059

Office Location/ Hours: Library 2nd Floor; Cubicle L1 

Instructor Contact Expectations: The best and fastest way to contact me is email. I will generally respond to your emails within 24 hours during weekdays only. During busy times of the semester, the response time may increase to 48 hours.

Course Environment: This online course will be using a Web-based Learning Management System

Canvas as the method to disseminate information. Canvas provides the framework for the course including PowerPoint presentations, student data files, the tools to receive and send course materials, and a grade book. Using the communication tools, you can communicate using e-mail, and you can share materials and ideas with other course participants via the discussion forums and groups.

Class opens / Accessing Canvas: Prior to the Monday classes start, you will receive an email to your my.Cuesta.edu address providing you with a reminder that class will be starting and log in procedures for Canvas, the learning management system (LMS) used to deliver course content. You can access Canvas by logging into MyCuesta, then clicking on the Resources Tab, then clicking on Canvas in the Online Learning Channel, or by typing the Canvas address (https://cuesta.instructure.com/) into your browser address bar. Do not bookmark / favorite the

canvas site after your login, or you will get an error message next time you try to log in. You must access the Canvas log in directly.

If you are not familiar with logging into canvas, please refer to the Canvas Quick Reference Links to an external site.Guide.Links to an external site. Once logged into Canvas you will be directed on where to get started. Be sure to read all the direction on the course home page.

If you are having difficulty logging into Canvas, and need assistance, please email technical support at this email address: support@my.cuesta.edu.

Online Learning

If you have never taken an online class or this is your first experience with Canvas, please be patient with yourself. Online classes are not inherently easier, although they may be much more convenient for many students. You should expect to spend at least as much time, if not more on this course as you would on a course that meets face to face. Since there is no lecture component, much of this time will be self-directed and there will be a substantial amount of reading, viewing, studying, and writing required. This course is completely online using Canvas; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face-to-face meetings. Please be prepared to spend 8 - 12 hours per week on coursework for this class


and the skills necessary for success. (If the tutorials do NOT describe you, then taking this class online is NOT for you and I strongly suggest that you drop the online class and enroll in a traditional classroom section.)

Regular Effective Contact policy:

Regular and Effective Instructor Contact will be met through weekly instructor initiated threaded discussion forums; weekly announcements to students; timely and effective feedback on student assignments; email, phone or messaging to individuals; and virtual office hours.

Course Description

Integrates the physical, social, emotional and cognitive aspects of human development throughout the lifespan. Discusses the developmental tasks facing people at various points in the life cycle. Explores the way social interaction and cultural institutions shape the development of the individual.

Student Learning Outcomes

1. Analyze the fundamental concepts, theoretical perspectives necessary and current research trends necessary to understand the study of lifespan human development

2. Describe the elements of scientific methodology and the common research designs used by psychologists to study human development

 3. Evaluate how physiological, cognitive, emotional, social and multicultural factors influence human development

 4. Apply concepts and theories of human development to analyze one’s own developmental processe

TextBook and Materials

1. Invitation To The Life Span, Berger ISBN 1-3190-1588 3, Copyright 2016 Edition 3

2. You will need to select ONE of the following to read:

  • How the Garcia Girls Lost their Accent, by Julia Alvarez
  • Thin Places, by Elie Axelroth
  • Take this Man, by Brando Skyhorse
  • The Rose that Grew from Concrete, by Tupac Shakur

Technical Support

Cuesta students are encouraged to direct all technical support inquiries to support@my.cuesta.edu. If you are having issues with Canvas, you should contact the Canvas Support Hotline at (877) 921-7680, or click on the help button on the Canvas Navigation to report a problem.

If you are having difficulty viewing the course or logging in, it may be because you are not using the correct url: https://cuesta.instructure.com/ or you are using your phone or using an unsupported

browser. Your learning environment is best accessed from a desktop or laptop computer, using Firefox or Chrome.  This may solve your problem! Please review the browser requirements and minimum computer Links to an external site.specificationsLinks to an external site.


This course is designed using an accessible Learning Management System, and course materials have been created with ADA compliance in mind. If you have a disability and might need accommodations in this class such as extended time on exams or other resources. Please contact the instructor as soon as possible so that you can receive appropriate accommodations in a timely manner. You should also contact  DSPS (Disabled Student Programs & Services) Links to an external site.at 805-


College & Course Policies:

Academic Honesty Policy: All students attending San Luis Obispo County Community College District at

any district site and when representing Cuesta College in any off-campus activity, assume an obligation to conduct themselves in an acceptable manner compatible with the Student Code of conduct. Please

review the Cuesta College Student Code of conductLinks to an external site.

Waitlist Policy: Please review Cuesta’s waitlist procedure and instructionsLinks to an external site.

Add / Drop Policy: Please review the Cuesta policy for drops

  • Add Policy:
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