(HUM DEV 210)



Instructor:  Dr. Fergus Hughes

                   Professor, Human Development and Psychology


Office:  MAC 309

Phone:  465-2479

Office Hours: WF: 11:00-12:00; TR: 8:30-10:30; Other times by appointment



Text Book:



Sigelman, C. K. & Rider, E. A. (2003).  Life-Span Human Development (4th edition).  Thomson/Wadsworth Publishing Company.



The topic of this course is the development of the human being from conception to death, from a psychological, sociological, biological, and anthropological perspective.  Because it is an introductory course, I assume that you’ve had no previous course work in the area, although all of you have had direct personal experience with the subject matter. 


Students are required to read the assigned chapters in the textbook, attend class regularly, and take the exams on the dates scheduled.  You’ll notice on the reading schedule below that a couple of the chapters have not been assigned.  I also hope you’ll feel comfortable contributing to class discussions, or at least asking questions in class. 


My class presentations will be in the form of Power Point slides.  Students often ask to have copies of these class lecture notes, and they are available to you on my website.  Go to which is my home page.  Then scroll down to where I list the courses I currently teach and click on Hum Dev 210 - Introduction to Human Development.  That will bring up this syllabus.  Click on the lecture topic and the PowerPoint slides for that topic will appear as web pages. If you want to print the lecture notes, expand the outline by clicking the little box near the bottom of the page, then print "only the selected frame". 


CLASS ATTENDANCE IS ABSOLUTELY REQUIRED.  The availability of notes online is to help you appreciate the lectures, and not to substitute for the lectures themselves.  I will take attendance on ten different occasions (at random) and you will receive 5 points for each time you are present, for a possible total of 50 points, and this will count for 25% of your grade.


Each of the three examinations in the course will count for 25% of the final grade, and they will not be cumulative.  That is, the final exam will cover only the last third of the course rather than going back to the beginning.  Exams will consist of multiple-choice questions.  If you have a legitimate reason for missing an exam, you must obtain my permission in advance in order to make arrangements for a make-up. 


Topic                                                                        Reading Assignment



Understanding Life Span Human Development                        Chapter 1


Theories of Human Development                                           Chapter 2


Genes, Environment, and Development                                  Chapter 3


Prenatal Development and Birth                                             Chapter 4


The Physical Self                                                                  Chapter 5






Perception                                                                            Chapter 6


Cognition                                                                             Chapter 7


Memory and Information Processing                                       Chapter 8


Intelligence and Creativity                                                      Chapter 9


Language and Education                                                        Chapter 10


Self and Personality                                                               Chapter 11






Gender Roles and Sexuality                                                    Chapter 12


Social Cognition and Moral Development                                 Chapter 13


Attachment and Social Relationships                                       Chapter 14


The Family                                                                           Chapter 15


Death and Dying                                                                   Chapter 17




(Wednesday, December 17th, 8:00 – 10:00 a.m.)