Personal Website for Mr. De'Marcus I. Jackson, MS, PgCert
Master of Science in Educational Psychology
Post-Master's Certificate in General Psychology
Associate Professor in the PSYC Dept. at Columbia State Community College

PSYC 2130 - Lifespan Development Psychology

prenatal development

Lifespan Development Psychology (PSYC 2130) will provide Learners with essential information on the psychological and physiological growth and development of the human organism beginning with conception and continuing through aging and death. This course is very comprehensive, surveying a range of topics within biological (physical), cognitive, and socioemotional development. 

However, the comprehensiveness of this course is balanced by the intrinsic reward of developing new insights into human development. Learners often remark how PSYC 2130 has changed their perspective of their own human development as well as the development of others in their lives. Many of the theories, concepts, and principles discussed can be readily applied to one's own life. Learners leave PSYC 2130 with a broad understanding and deeper appreciation for the complexity and intricate nature of the human being.

Important Information for Learners Enrolled in My Course:

Required Textbook —

Experiencing the Lifespan textbook

Belsky, J. (2022). Experiencing the lifespan (6th ed.). New York: Worth Publishers. ISBN: 9781319331979

(Use the ISBN to search for this textbook online or at the Columbia State bookstore)

Important Notice Concerning the Columbia State Bookstore: It is the absolute responsibility of the Learner to obtain a copy of the required textbook BEFORE the first day of class. The Instructor WILL NOT be held responsible for bookstore “sold outs”, back orders, shipment delays, or issues with a Learner’s financial aid. If a Learner does not have their required textbook by the first day of class, then it is the sole and absolute responsibility of said Learner to obtain a copy of the required textbook ASAP. The Instructor will not lend out his textbook to a Learner, nor will the Instructor be responsible for directing the Learner to alternative routes toward the required textbook. Class will proceed as tentatively scheduled and all Learners will be responsible for textbook content including readings and related assignments to include exams and quizzes.

Contrary to popular belief, both success and failure are options. Choose wisely.

In order to maximize success in psychology courses at Columbia State, students are urged to have very good reading, writing, and studying skills. The ability to think critically and reflectively is a plus! (“What is Critical Thinking?”) The topics covered in all of the psychology courses offered at Columbia State can be very challenging, necessitating an excellent study and work ethic.

Don’t be afraid to participate. It is when students actively listen, engage, and participate in a course that authentic learning takes place. Ask questions. Answer questions posed by the instructor. Make insightful, informed comments. If you want to get the most out of your education, then participate in class. (“Class Participation”)

Read, read, and read! You have to read and study to be successful in psychology. Now, we know that students have very busy lives, but your education should be just as important as any other life domain—you are paying good money for it, you are using up good time for it, and you are making many sacrifices for it. Reading and studying are crucial elements in most college courses. If you believe your reading and studying skills are lacking, then seek to improve them. (“Seven Critical Reading Strategies”)

Finally, get to know your instructors. It never ceases to amaze just how little attention students pay to this essential element of success in higher education. Visit your instructor during posted office hours; try to meet with your instructor before and after class. Utilize the instructor’s willingness to provide out-of-class tutelage. Seek to understand your instructor’s personality, teaching philosophy, likes and dislikes, and interesting quirks. Students would be surprised how successful they will be if they took the time to form a genuine, cordial, and professionally affable relationship with their instructors. (“4 Ways to Get to Know Your College Professors”)