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Welcome to HDHS212:  Lifespan Human Development

    This information is intended to help you determine if this online course is right for you and provide introductory information to orient you to the course.  HDHS 212 is completely online; all coursework (discussions, assignments, quizzes) is submitted online. There are no face to face meetings.

    Please carefully read the information below to see if you are willing and able to meet the requirements of this course.  Wishing you the very best on your academic journey!

    IS an ONLINE CLASS for YOU? 

    First of all, go to the Online Readiness Resources/Tutorials and take the "self assessment survey".  Then read "How to survive in an online course".  (If that survey does 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.  You are expected to already have the computer skills for an online class.


    Keep in mind that this course will require as much time—if not more— as a traditional course.  While distance education provides a convenient alternative to traditional classroom education, it requires computer literacy and much more reading and writing.  This 3 unit college-level course translates into spending between 7 - 9 hours each week on coursework.

    • This is NOT a work-at-your-own-pace class. You will have assignments due each week.

    • You must obtain the textbook prior to the first day of class.

    • Please review the following documents:

      Canvas Quick Reference for Students Online

    • Once the semester begins, it is your responsibility to access the course using Canvas.  ALL students (no matter when they register), will be held to the same assignment deadlines for this class.    An Introductory Assignment is due by 11:59pm on the first Sunday of the semester.  IF YOU DO NOT COMPLETE THE FIRST ASSIGNMENT BY THE DEADLINE YOU WILL BE DROPPED FROM THE COURSE.

    More about HDHS212 ...

    This course explores human development across the lifespan.  We will examine the physiological, cognitive, emotional, social and multicultural factors that influence our development.    I look forward to exploring this content with you!

          By the end of the semester, students will be able to….

    1. Articulate the terminology, fundamental concepts and theoretical perspectives necessary to understand the study of lifespan human development
    1. Describe the elements of scientific methodology and the common research designs used by psychologists to study human development
    1. Evaluate how physiological, cognitive, emotional, social and multicultural factors influence human development
    1. Describe and analyze emerging issues and current research findings relevant to the study of human development
    1. Apply concepts and theories of human development to analyze one’s own developmental processes as well as the developmental processes of others
    1. Apply critical thinking skills while reading course material, engaging in verbal and/or written discussions, and in completing course assignments

    Required textbooks / materials:

    Invitation to The LifeSpan, K. Berger, 2nd edition, 2014.   Additionally, students will need to rent/stream DVDs assigned to this class.

    * Order early to avoid missing the first assignments; it is expected that you have your textbook prior to the semester beginning.

    Course Policies

         Drop Policy:

    The quality of your contributions determines your grade for this portion of the class. Contribution of quality thoughts and analysis are imperative to succeed in this portion of grading. As stated in the Class Schedule: “Normal progress and successful completion of scholastic work depends upon regular attendance. Students are expected to attend all classes and laboratories for which they are registered. Instructors set an attendance policy for each class and it is the student’s responsibility to know and comply with each one.”

    If you cannot participate in class, my expectation is you will communicate with me via e-mail, complete with reason for missing class. This may not excuse an absence but it does provide a context for your absence when I complete the evaluation of this portion of the course. In addition to points earned for contribution in class discussion, any absence from the course with failure to notification the instructor by email will be dropped from the class after 7 missed submissions.  No exceptions are made.

    In addition, students that fail to complete the first week of assignments will be dropped by the orientation deadline in the first week of class.

    Please review the Drop Policy.

         Academic Honesty:

    You are expected to complete your own assignments and exams. If you are caught cheating, both you and the other students involved will receive an F.

    What do we mean by “cheating?”

    • Sharing answers with another student to complete assignments or exams
    • Submitting someone else files as your own
    • Submitting either your assignments or another student’s files from a previous semester
    • Helping someone or receiving help on an exam
    • Getting someone else to take your exams

    What happens if you cheat?

    Both you and the other students involved will receive an F on the assignment, exam, and/or for the entire course.

    For more information, see the Student Code of Conduct.



    1. Contact the DSPS office Building N3000, Room N3024; (805) 591-6215, (805) 591-6216 TDD dspsinfo@cuesta.edu
    2. Present documentation of disability for review by a disabilities specialist
    3. Discuss options for support through DSPS
    4. Present a signed DSPS authorization for accommodation to your instructor

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