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PSYCH-172 - Developmental Psychology - Tammy Mahan


Course: Developmental Psychology
Professor: Tammy L. Mahan, Ed.D.
Email: Please contact me via Canvas
Format: Online

Human Development: A Cultural Approach with REVEL by Jeffrey Arnett, 3rd edition (2019). ISBN: 9780134711447 *Text and Revel access are REQUIRED*

Introduction Dr. Tammy Mahan

Welcome! My name is Tammy Mahan and I will be your instructor throughout this course. I have been a full-time Psychology Department member since 2005. I have taught several courses within the department including, but not limited to, Developmental Psychology, Developmental Psychology- Honors, Introductory Psychology, Psychology of Gender Roles, Human Sexuality, Psychology of Aging, Health Psychology, and Abnormal Psychology. 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 Psychology Club and Psi-Beta and also teach within the First Year Promise program and the Future Instructors training program. I have taught in all modalities, including traditional face to face, online and hybrid.

Course Description 

Developmental Psychology is a wonderful topic that covers the entire lifespan from conception to 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 old age. You will be covering many theorists including throughout the course. I am looking forward to working with all of you.

What to Expect in this Course

Full Length Course (16 weeks): Exams will be given online but they are proctored via the TLC. You will need to make an appointment during the 6 day window of exam availability in order to take the exam. There is no time limit for the proctored exams. If you live out the area, you will need to set up a proctoring facility and have it approved within two weeks of the course beginning. All exams consist of 100 multiple choice questions and cover 3-4 chapters per exam. There are 4 exams in the course.

Short-Term Course: (8 weeks or Less): Exams will be taken from home, but will be timed. There are 100 multiple choice questions on the exam and each of you will have an 80 minute time limit.

Long-Term Course (16 weeks): Exams will be proctored and will be taken in the TLC. Exams do not have a time limit. If you do not live locally, you will need to set up proctoring for the semester with an approved institution.

Textbook information 

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*


Other relevant course information 

The course moves relatively quickly. In addition to your online homework with REVEL, you will be completing discussion boards based upon TED talk reviews, and raising a virtual baby to the age of 18. The MyVirtualLife (child) assignment is a fun and interactive simulation that allows each of you an opportunity to have a baby be born, name the child, and raise it to adulthood. The choices you make while raising this child will determine what type of adult they become. There is also another simulation that you can complete for 25 points of extra-credit that is MyVirtualLife (adult). This simulation begins at 18 and progresses throughout adulthood to the age of 80. This simulation will include adult life decisions about relationships, career, health and aging, as well as interacting with adult children.

Additional Resources


The course can be accessed via Canvas at on the first day of the course. Follow the login instructions at the bottom of the screen to log in. Here, you can also access Canvas user guides with helpful tips for navigating and using Canvas. For any Canvas related issues please call the Canvas Student Support line at (661)362-3344 during college business hours, or (877)889-9052 for 24/7 support.

Online Education

Check out the Online Education website for more information on a variety of topics that can help you be a successful online student such as: exam proctoring, learning styles, computer skills, and tips for student success. If this is your first online course, feel free to take our online learning readiness assessment to assess your skills.

The Learning Center (TLC)

The TLC provides FREE tutoring resource to COC students including:

  • Face-to-face & ONLINE tutoring
  • Testing Center: offers test proctoring services for courses that have required proctored exams
  • Study Jam Review Sessions
  • Computers with over 300 software programs For more information visit the TLC Website.

Academic Accommodation Center (AAC)

College of the Canyons AAC provides educational services and access for eligible students with documented disabilities who intend to pursue coursework at COC.  A variety of programs and services are available which afford eligible students with disabilities the opportunity to participate fully in all aspects of the college programs and activities through appropriate and reasonable accommodations. For more information on their services visit the Academic Accommodation Center website. 

Online Counseling

The Counseling Department offers appointments online. You can schedule an appointment by visiting the Online Counseling website. Counselors can help you map out a plan to reach your educational goals as well as advise you on course selection and registration.

Management of Stress and Mental Health

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