Child Psychology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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Dutton Hall 202L

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PSYC-2308-001 Child Psychology


Course Description

This course will address psychological development from conception through middle childhood with references to physical, cognitive, social and personality changes. Students will examine the interplay of biological factors, human interaction, social structures and cultural forces in development.

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(3 sem hrs; 3 lec)

Class Type

Online Course

Syllabus Information


Child Psychology, 8th edition. Feldman ISBN 978-0-13-464129-4


Supplies: pencil, pens, spiral notebook, and access to a computer. If you do not have your own computer, or if you do not have access to a computer at some other facility, you will need to use AC computers located on the 4th floor or the Underground in the Ware Student Commons. All exams, notes and assignments will be given on-line.

Student Performance

Student performance and learning outcomes for PSYC 2308:

  • Understand and explain the major theories and themes related to the physical, cognitive and social development of children and adolescents.
  • Understand, compare and contrast the methods used in child psychology research.
  • Understand, describe and explain the sequence of prenatal development from conception to birth, including basic genetic transmission of traits.
  • Understand and explain the importance of neurological and brain development in children, and analyze, integrate and apply that knowledge to methods of enhancing a child's physical, cognitive and social development.
  • Understand the maturation process and the sequencing of events in children's and adolescents' physical, cognitive and social/personality development.
  • Describe the major social influences on the developing child, and integrate the knowledge from the research in the field as to how parents, caregivers, teachers, and others who interact with children can apply this knowledge to enhance children's social and personality development.
  • Apply this information in critical and creative ways to virtual and actual interactions with children and adolescents that might include (but are not limited to) the students own children, younger siblings or relatives, care giving opportunities such as babysitting, as well as training and professional contact in the fields of teaching, nursing, childcare, criminal justice, counseling, social work, and even business.

Students Rights and Responsibilities

Student Rights and Responsibilities

Log in using the AC Connect Portal

In order to receive your AC Connect Email, you must log in through AC Connect at .

If you are an active staff or faculty member according to Human Resources, use "Exchange". All other students, use "AC Connect (Google) Email".

Expected Student Behavior

Classroom Behavior:

            I expect you all to attend class, check-up online, participate in class, be prepared for class discussion and exams, and respect everyone else who is the class. . I expect you to contact me before assignments are due if you are not going to complete the assignment on time. I DO NOT TAKE LATE WORK OR MAKE-UP WORK. Each student is expected to engage in academic honesty and refrain from cheating and/or plagiarism. This means that although that some of this class is online you should be doing your own work. I whole heartedly expect you to use your notes and books on all assignments and exams, you just may not use your friend or classmates. All students are expected to be tolerant and respectful of other students’ responses within class. There will be zero tolerance for any type of harassment!! I want this to be an environment everyone can learn and feels safe!!

Grading Criteria

Grading criteria:

            There will be a total of 1050 possible points for the semester. You will be able to check your grade on AC connect. Grading will be on the standard grade scale:

100-90% 1050-945= A

89-80% 944-840= B

79-70% 839-735= C

69-60% 734-630= D

Below 50% Below 525= F

The points will be earned: 1050

600 points for exams (6 100 points for each exam)

190 points for chapter quizzes

110 points for class assignments

150 Social learning Assignment

Total points possible: 900 points

  • 6 -50 question multiple choice exams on online; each exam is worth 100 points. The exams will be taken from notes, lecture and the chapters in the book. These exams will be taken online. I do expect you to use your notes and book, you just cannot use another person, student or classmate. That is cheating and cheating is wrong.
  • 6 quizzes for a total of 190 points; each quiz will help you prepare for the exams. You will get 2 chances on each quiz. Use them to help you for your exams.
  • 110 points class assignments. We will randomly do class assignments that will count for differing amount of points.
  • 150 points for social responsibility serving learning project
    • You will be required to do 4 hours of community service at your chosen agency in the community. You must provide signed documentation that verifies your required hours. This verification is worth 50 points
    • You will answer 5 questions with short essays and reading a graph exercise. Each question has a rubric which will be used for grading. The questions are worth a different amount of points for a total of 100 points.  You will be able to access the rubric when you are completing the assignment.


You will need to check online every day for updates and assignments. If you miss assignment and exam due dates, then that will negatively impact your grade. It is extremely important to come to class. If you miss a class in the 8 week format you get behind very quickly. Your work online illustrates your participation and attendance. If you have a problem with something contact me right away. After the fact makes it hard to work with you on a solution before it’s too late. I do not make up work or late work.


Class Schedule/Outline:

The instructor reserves the right to change the syllabus and/or calendar if needed. Some chapter titles have changed and will be updated.

Date                           Lesson/Lecture

All chapter quizzes are open now and will close the day the corresponding exam opens for those chapters.

Monday June 6th                  Chapter 1 Introduction to Child Development

Tuesday June 7th                 Feral Child assignment due Wednesday June 8th  

Wednesday June 8th           Chapter 2- Theoretical Perspectives and Research

Thursday June 9th                Chapter 1 & 2 practice quiz due Thursday June 9th at 11:59 pm

Exam 1 covers chapter 1 and 2. It opens Thursday June9th and will close Sunday June 12th at 11:59 pm. Please do not wait until 10:00pm Sunday evening because I will not be as likely to help you if you run into issues before the exam closes.

Monday June 13th                Chapter 3 The Start of Life: Genetics and Prenatal Development

Tuesday June 14th               Teratogen Assignment Due Wednesday June 15th at 11:59 pm  

Wednesday June 15th         Chapter 4 Birth and the Newborn Infant

Thursday June 16th              Chapter 3 & 4 quiz is open and available until Thursday June 16th at 11:59 pm   

 Exam 2 covers chapters 3 and 4. It will open Thursday June 16th and will close Sunday June 19th at 11:59 pm.   Please do not wait until 10:00pm Sunday evening because I will not be as likely to help you if you run into issues before the exam closes.

Monday June 20th                   Chapter 5 Physical Development in Infancy

Tuesday June 21st                Chapter 6 Cognitive Development in Infancy

Wednesday June 22nd         Social Learning project is due Thursday June 23rd by 11:59 pm. It is located in the common assessment tab. Make sure to get everything in by 11:59 pm.

Thursday June 23rd             Social Learning project is due Thursday June 23rd by 11:59 pm. It is located in the common assessment tab. Make sure to get everything in by 11:59 pm.

Monday June 27th                Chapter 7 Social and Personality Development in Infancy

Tuesday June 28th               Finish Chapter 7

Wednesday June 29th         Chapter 5-7 quiz is open and available until Thursday June 30th by 11:59 pm   

Thursday June 30th             

 Exam 3 covers chapter 5-7. It opens Thursday June 30th    and will close Sunday July 3rd  at 11:59 pm. Please do not wait until 10:00pm Sunday evening because I will not be as likely to help you if you run into issues before the exam closes.

Monday July 4th                     HAPPY 4TH!!

Tuesday July 5th                   Chapter 8 Physical Development In Preschoolers

Chapter 9 Cognitive Development in the Preschool Years

Preschool assignment Due Wednesday July 6th at 11:59 pm. 

Wednesday July 6th             Chapter 10 Social and Personality Development in the Preschool Years

Thursday July 7th                 Chapter 8-10 quiz is open and available until Thursday July 7th    

Exam 4 covers chapters 8-10. It will open July 7th and will closes Sunday July 10th at 11:59 pm. Please do not wait until 10:00pm Sunday evening because I will not be as likely to help you if you run into issues before the exam closes.

Monday July 11th                 Chapter 11 Physical Development in Middle Childhood

Tuesday July 12th                 Chapter 12 Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood

Wednesday July 13th           Middle childhood assignment due Wednesday July 14th   

Thursday  July 14th              Chapter 13 Social and Personality Development in Middle Childhood

Chapter 11-13 quiz is open and available until Thursday July 14th    

Exam 5 covers chapters 11-13. It will open Thursday July 14th and will close Sunday 17th  at 11:59 pm. Please do not wait until 10:00pm Sunday evening because I will not be as likely to help you if you run into issues before the exam closes.

Monday July 18th                 Chapter 14 Physical Development in Adolescence

Tuesday July 19th                 Chapter 15 Cognitive Development in Adolescence

Wednesday July 20tht          Adolescence Assignment due Wednesday July 20th   

Thursday July 21st               Chapter 16 Social and Personality Development in Adolescence

Chapter 14-16 quiz is open and available until Thursday July 21st

Exam 6 covers chapters 14-16. It will open Thursday July 21st and will close Monday July 25th at 11:59 pm.  Please do not wait until 10:00 pm Monday evening because I will not be as likely to help you if you run into issues before the exam closes.

            Good luck on all your finals!! Have a great rest of your summer.


Additional Information

Office Hours:

I do not hold office hours during the summer. Please email me with any and all questions. If we need to set up and meeting we can.

The best way to reach me is my e-mail:

If you email me within the AC connect class then when I reply it will go to your gmail account that is connected with this course. If you do not check your gmail then make sure to email me from the email you use most with your section number so I know what class you are enrolled in.


Syllabus Created on:

05/18/21 9:33 AM

Last Edited on:

05/11/22 10:29 AM