Psychology of Aging

Psychology of Aging

  1. Module Title: Psychology of Aging
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 330
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description :This course is designed to give the student an overview of the aging process from a psychological perspective by studying such topics as research methods, major theories of aging, stereotypes about aging and older adults, changes in physical health, mental health (cognition), personality and social relationships during later life, death and dying. This course is to provide students with an overview of issues relevant to adult development and aging.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: Upon completion of this course, students should be able to:
    • Acquire an interdisciplinary, lifespan perspective on adult development from early through later adulthood
    • Know what features characterize the normative aging process and understand the basic theories and fundamentals of the psychology of aging
    • Understand that aging processes are affected by genes, socio-cultural context, individual differences, and plasticity
    • Understand major research findings as they relate to the physical aging, cognition, memory and creativity, personality and discuss several areas where new research might increase our present knowledge
    • To provide an understanding and greater appreciation for the aged
    • Gain necessary skills to think critically about research and theory
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500-2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1’’margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exams 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

    • Final : 40 %
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