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Psychology 172 - Developmental Psychology - Tammy L. Mahan

Course:Developmental Psychology
Professor:Tammy L. Mahan
  • Online
Course Length:
  • Applies to All Course Lengths


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Welcome to my Orientation Letter for Psychology 172! My name is Tammy Mahan and I will be your instructor throughout this course. I have been a Full-Time Tenured Professor within the Psychology Department at College of the Canyons since 2005. I have taught several courses within the Department including, but not limited to, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Psychology-Honors, Introduction to Psychology, Psychology of Gender Roles, Human Sexuality, Psychology of Aging, Abnormal Psychology, and Health Psychology. In addition to teaching for the Psychology Department at College of the Canyons, I have also taught within the First Year Experience (FYE) program, the Future Instructor Program (FIT), and Introduction to Online Learning (IOI) through the Center for Excellence Teaching Institute (CETL). Throughout the years, I have also taught Statistics, Research Methods, Family Systems & Theory, Personality, Scientific Writing, and Social Psychology at other Institutions. 

I am the Co-Advisor of the Psychology Club and Psi-Beta at College of the Canyons and also serve on the Professional Development Committee. I have served on several committees throughout the years and continue to be active within my Psychology Department, School of Social Sciences and Business, as well as the College of the Canyons community. In addition to my commitment at College of the Canyons, I also serve as a Mentor for the Doctoral Program in Educational Leadership at UCLA. 

I earned my Bachelor's of Science degree in Psychology with a special emphasis in Developmental Psychology from California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo. My Master's Degree was also earned in Psychology with an emphasis in Community College Teaching from California State University, Bakersfield. My Doctorate Degree was earned in Educational Leadership from the University of California, Los Angeles. 

I look forward to working with you while you are enrolled in this fun and engaging Developmental Psychology course! 


Tammy L. Mahan

Course Description

Developmental Psychology is a wonderful topic that applies to all of our lives. We will cover the entire lifespan from conception until death. In this class you will be learning about all different stages of the lifespan, including, but not limited to, pregnancy/birth, infancy, toddlerhood, childhood, adolescence, young adulthood, middle adulthood, and later adulthood. You will be covering many theorists throughout the course including, but not limited to, Erikson, Freud, Piaget, Kohlberg, and Kubler-Ross. 

The class will include lecture content, online homework and quizzing through Pearson REVEL, embedded video content, writing assignments/discussion boards, and 4 exams. The final exam is NOT cumulative. 

What to Expect in this Course

Full-Length Course: (16 Week Course): Exams will be given online and will consist of 100 questions. You will have 90 minutes to take the exam. You will have approximately one exam every 4 weeks. Each exam covers approximately 3-4 chapters per exam. In addition to the exam, you will have chapter homework to complete within REVEL, discussion boards/reports, and you will be raising a virtual baby (and adult!) within My Virtual Life! 

Short-Term Course: (8 Weeks or Less): Exams will be given online and will consist of 100 questions. You will have 90 minutes to take the exam. You will have approximately one exam every two weeks for the 8 week class. If you enroll in the 5-week course, you will have an exam every week beginning on the second week of instruction. Each exam covers approximately 3-4 chapters per exam. In addition to the exam, you will have chapter homework to complete within REVEL, discussion boards/reports, and you will be raising a virtual baby (and adult!) within My Virtual Life! 



Types of Assessments

  • Four Online Exams, 100 Questions each. Timed at 90 minutes per exam. 
  • Pearson REVEL chapter homework (integrated within the e-book; includes reading, quizzing, videos, etc.). 
  • Video Discussion Boards (minimum of four video discussion boards will be assigned. Please check your course syllabus for additional details). 
  • Progress and Completion Reports for My Virtual Life (Child). 
  • Progress and Completion Reports for My Virtual Life (Adult). 
  • Extra Credit Assignment is Available 

*Please note, assignments are subject to change and may vary depending upon your semester of enrollment. 

Textbook Information / Link to ZTC Textbook

We will be using the 3rd edition (2019) of Human Development: A Cultural Approach with REVEL by Jeffrey Arnett. ISBN: 9780134711447 

*Text and REVEL access are REQUIRED* 

This particular text is an e-book with REVEL integrated throughout the reading materials. You can also purchase a loose-leaf (LL) copy of the textbook if you like having paper in hand (in addition to the e-book). This particular book can be accessed via the Pearson app and on all tablets, laptops/etc. 

Other Relevant Course Information

If you are waitlisted for this course, please know that I will be processing adds the first week of class. If you happen to receive an add notification via email, please go into MyCanyons and add the course accordingly. 

Additional Resources


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Last updated: 12/16/2022 Sub#: 1517