AP5824: The Teenage Years

Credit Weighting: 5
No. of Students: Min 25, Max 30.
Pre-requisite(s): None.
Co-requisite(s): None.
Teaching Period(s): Semesters 1 or 2 or 3. (semester details for this module will be confirmed at the start of the programme).
Teaching Methods: 6 x 4hr(s) Lectures
Module Co-ordinator: Dr Séamus O Tuama, Centre for Adult Continuing Education.
Lecturer(s): Staff, Department of Ace.
Module Objective: To introduce participants to the stages of adolescent development, the influence of peer pressure, the physical, sexual, emotional, intellectual, educational, social, creative and spiritual challenges that arise for adolescents, the effective parenting of teenagers, how to detect the inner turmoil of teenagers and how to determine the best professional help when required.
Module Content: The nature of adolescent development; Peer pressure; Communication and adolescence; 'Persistent' versus 'new' problems in living; Adolescent depression and anxiety; Understanding the nature of adolescent inner turmoil; What it takes to guide adolescents towards self-reliance; Key issues in adolescence.
Learning Outcome: On successful completion of this module, students should be able to:
  • Describe and explain the nature and stages of adolescent development.
  • Outline and equip parents with the skills needed to effectively parent adolescents through this critical time.
  • Assess and intervene in situations where an adolescent is manifesting 'persistent' or 'new' problems in living.
  • Explain how it is that it takes a society to effectively rear a child.
  • Identify the more common problems that face adolescents and illustrate ways of helping them to cope.
  • Describe and explain the nature of peer pressure and its potential impact on young people's lives.
Assessment: Total Marks 100: Continuous Assessment 100 marks (1 x 2,500 word essay).
Compulsory Elements: Continuous Assessment.
Penalties (for late submission of course/project work etc.): Where work is submitted up to and including 7 days late, 5% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Where work is submitted up to and including 14 days late, 10% of the total marks available shall be deducted from the mark achieved. Work submitted 15 days late or more shall be assigned a mark of zero.
Pass Standard and any Special Requirements for Passing Module: 40%.
End of Year Written Examination Profile: No Formal Written Examination.
Requirements for Supplemental Examination: Marks in passed element(s) of Continuous Assessment are carried forward, Failed element(s) of Continuous Assessment must be repeated (as prescribed by the Module Coordinator).

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