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Intro Exceptional Children
PSY 321.501/CRN 82155 Psychology of Adolescence
Fall 2012: Wednesday 4:30 PM- 7:10 PM
3.0 Credit hours
Office Hours: Email the Instructor to set a meeting time up
Lindsay Ballinger, MA, LPC-I; Adjunct Professor
Face-to-face course at CHEC Building
Email- [email protected]
Course week: Every Wednesday
Dolgin, K. (2011). The Adolescent (13th Ed.). Boston, MA: Allyn & Bacon.
Academic Catalog description- The course considers the patterns of “teenage” growth
and development and the factors which influence them.
The following are the standard course objectives:
The field of adolescent psychology focuses on three related questions:
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1. Class participation: class participation is expected of every student. In the event that a
student does not participate in required activities or discussions, a loss of participation
points will occur. Participation includes turning in assignments and viewing material.
2. Please be prompt in turning in assignments.
3. Assignments that are turned in late will receive a ZERO. There are no exceptions to this
due to the fact that you have 7 full days for each week to complete all assignments. All
assignments, group discussions, quizzes, or papers are due by midnight on the Sunday
ending that week of activities.
4. You are responsible for all assigned reading material. Read the assignments carefully
before entering discussions or fulfilling assignment/paper requirements.
5. ALL work will be carefully graded for content as well as appropriate grammar, spelling,
and neatness. Do not forget to spell-check all your work. Also, all work should be
presented in APA format. Questions on how to use this style can be resolved by clicking
on the following link, APA Style, or by purchasing APA’s Publication Manual.
Note: One of my biggest pet peeves is using first person and contractions in formal
writing. If the assignment asks for a personal evaluation, opinion, or critique, you may
use first person, however, in a formal paper it is not acceptable. Contractions should
never be used under any circumstances.
6. Cheating in any form will result in failure of this class and a report of the incident
will be placed in your permanent file. Academic dishonesty will be dealt with as
outlined in the Student Handbook. Do your own work.
7. All students enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of common decency
and acceptable behavior conducive to a positive learning environment.
8. Testing Procedure- All tests are in MC format. You will have as much time as you need
to take the test within one class period.
NOTE: The instructor reserves the right to modify or change the syllabus at any time. The syllabus is a
guideline, and thus additional assignments may be given and added to the total course grade.
Adolescence Paper
Adolescence Project: Each student will select a psychopathology as identified by DSM-IV-TR
that can affect an adolescent. A list of suggested topics of mental illnesses will be presented in
class. There will be several areas of information that should be included in the paper, which are
listed in the rubric. If you chose from the list, you do not need to get permission from the
professor. If you wish to cover a topic not on the list, please get permission from the instructor.
Write a paper reviewing the mental illness. Your paper will be submitted to your
instructor by report format. Your paper should be at least 5 pages (no less than 1500 words),
not including the bibliography and coversheet, and must follow APA formatting.
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Your bibliography should include no less than 5 sources. Wikipedia is not an acceptable
source and your book only counts as one source. A good source of acceptable resources can
be found as online journal articles from the university’s online library (there is a link on the
left hand toolbar in the course). Please remember, never use first person in research papers.
Feel free to email me rough drafts of your research paper for review should you have
questions or concerns. Any rough draft for review must be emailed to me at least 10 days
before the due date. Please be aware that I use a program called TURN-IT-IN to check for
plagiarism. Be sure all your work is your own. If you quote from an original source, please
put their words in parentheses. If you use someone’s thoughts or ideas, be sure to reference
the source. For examples of APA see the links below.
APA Style Manual:
American Psychological Association (2002). Publication manual of the American
Psychological Association (5th Ed.). Washington DC: American Psychological Association.
Your paper must be turned in through the dropbox and www.turnitin.com.
At the website, you must create a login and password. You must register for
the class using the following information: Class ID-5203789, Class name- Fall
2012 Psy 321, and Password- psy.321. If you do not turn your paper in here
as well, I will deduct points because I use this site to check for any plagiarism.
(This information will supplied on first day of class.
Adolescent Paper Rubric
APA format and references:
Introduction to mental illness:
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Definitions/ DSM-IV-TR:
Characteristics and how they apply to that age group:
Prevalence and causes:
Treatment options (biological, behavioral, cognitive, etc):
Turn-it-in website: 20 point deduction if not turned in here as well as in class
Weekly Assignments
Each week, in class, I will be assigning a chapter –related activity, which can be in the form of a pop quiz.
Chapter activities will count as weekly participation and pop quizzes will count for a little more. If you
miss the class meeting and miss the activity or quiz, you will not be able to make it up unless there is a
valid reason as to why the class was missed.
All chapter assignments, quizzes, tests, and papers are worth 100 points. See the scale below
for percentage breakdown for the grade.
Weekly Participation- 5%
Pop Quizzes- 10%
Adolescent Paper- 25%
Test 1- 20%
Test 2- 20%
Test 3- 20%
· Assignments turned in on time
· Papers typed and professional using APA Style
· Respectful communication with classmates
· Active and meaningful participation
· Appropriate behavior and attitude in and out of class suitable for a teacher
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Email: [email protected]
Please direct all questions, concerns, or comments to this email provided above. I check this
email several times daily. I do not normally check the TAMU-Commerce email address; because
it is not linked to my phone and I like to get back to my students quickly.
Students can expect to receive response from the instructor within 24-48 hours. I try to be extremely
prompt in getting back to questions and emails, however, sometimes response may be closer to 48 hours.
I will return grades within one week of completing an assignment. On larger projects, it may take me a
little bit longer to grade. If I will not be able to finish within a week, I will let you know in class.
Course Policies
It is the prerogative of the instructor to drop students from courses in which they have accrued excessive
absences (three or more). However, a student wishing to drop the course should do so. Failure to do so
may result in a failing grade.
Academic Honesty Policy
Texas A&M University-Commerce does not tolerate plagiarism and other forms of academic
dishonesty. Conduct that violates generally accepted standards of academic honesty is defined as
academic dishonesty. "Academic dishonesty" includes, but is not limited to, plagiarism (the appropriation
or stealing of the ideas or words of another and passing them off as one's own), cheating on exams or
other course assignments, collusion (the unauthorized collaboration with others in preparing course
assignments), and abuse (destruction, defacing, or removal) of resource material.
Disciplinary action for these offenses may include any combination of the following:
Point deduction on an assignment.
Failure for an assignment.
A grade of zero for an assignment.
Failure for the course.
Referral to the Academic Integrity Committee or department head for further action.
Referral to the Dean of the College of Education and Human Services, Business and Technology,
Arts and Sciences, or Graduate School as appropriate.
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7. Referral to the University Discipline Committee.
8. Communication of student's behavior to the Teacher Certification Office and/or Dean of the
College of Education as constituting a reason to bar student from entering into or continuing in a
teacher certification program. Procedures, A 13.04, 13.12, 13.31, and 13.32
Drop a Course
A student may drop a course by logging into their myLEO account and clicking on the hyperlink labeled
‘Drop a class’ from among the choices found under the myLEO section of the Web page.
Academic Support Statement
1. Resources* Services, Halladay Student Services Bldg., Room 303D, (903) 886-5835. Requests from
students with disabilities for reasonable accommodations must go through the Academic Support
Committee. For more information, please contact the Director of Disability
2. All students enrolled at the University shall follow the tenets of common decency and acceptable
behavior conducive to a positive learning environment (See Student’s Guide Handbook, Policies and
Procedures, Conduct).
ADA Statement
The Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) is a federal anti-discrimination statute that provides
comprehensive civil rights protection for persons with disabilities. Among other things, this legislation
requires that all students with disabilities be guaranteed a learning environment that provides for
reasonable accommodation of their disabilities. If you have a disability requiring an accommodation,
please contact:
Office of Student Disability Resources and Services
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Gee Library 132
Phone (903) 886-5150 or (903) 886-5835
Fax (903) 468-8148
[email protected]
Student Disability Resources & Services
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The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the schedule of the class. Any alterations will be
announced by the instructor in class or via email. Students who do not attend class or check their email
assume full responsibility for missing changes to the course.
Recommended Schedule Fall 2012:
Class Mtg. Date
Aug 29
Sept 5
Sept 12
Sept 19
Sept 26
Oct 3
Oct 10
Oct 17
Oct 24
Oct 31
Nov 7
Nov 14
Nov 21
Nov 28
Dec 5
Dec 12
Chapter Covered
Syllabi & Chapter 1
Chapter 2
Chapter 3
Chapter 4 & 5
Ch. 1-5
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Chapter 8 & 9
Chapter 10 & 11
Ch. 6-11
Chapter 12
Chapter 13
Chapter 14
Chapter 15
Ch. 12-15
Test 1
Test 2 Take Home
Adolescent Paper
Final Exam
Additional assignments are subject to professor’s discretion. Changes can be made.
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