Child Psychology Syllabus for 2021-2022
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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

On Campus Course

Syllabus Information


Textbook: Child Psychology, 8th edition. Feldman


Supplies: pencil, pens, spiral notebook, and access to a computer. If you do not have your own computer, you will need to use AC computers located on the 4th floor of the Ware Student Commons or in the Underground.. You exams will be given online so you need to make sure you have reliable internet access.

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, participate in class, be prepared for class, and respect everyone else who is the classroom. Turn cell phone ringers off. If you are waiting on an important call you must talk with me before class so I am aware. If you decided to leave the classroom to answer the phone please do not return. If you leave and come back, you have interrupted my class twice and that is unacceptable. NO texting, tweeting, Facebook, snapchat or selfies! If it is so important that you have to text, tweet or check-in right away, you may leave and please do not return. I want you to have your phone because it can be used as a valuable resource. Use your phone respectfully and appropriately. If you do miss class it is your responsibility to get the material you missed. I will be giving assignments during class that will be due the next class so if you miss you will miss that assignment unless you contact me or someone else in the class. It is your responsibility!! I do not take make-up work. Each student is expected to engage in academic honesty and refrain from cheating and/or plagiarism. All students are expected to be tolerant and respectful of other students. 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 1120 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% 1120-1008= A

89-80% 1007-896= B

79-70% 895-784= C

69-60% 783-672= D

Below 60% Below 672= F

The points will be earned:

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

190 points for chapter quizzes

180 points for in-class assignments

150 points for Social responsibility learning project and volunteer verification (you will need to answer the essay online and submit your verification online.)

Total points possible: 1070 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.
  • 180 points in class assignments and attendance. We will randomly do in class assignments that will count for differing amount of points.
  • 150 points for social responsibility serving learning project
    • You will be required to volunteer for 4 hours. You will need to get verification of your volunteer hours which will be turned in online for 50 points.
    • You will answer 5 questions with short essays and reading a graph exercise. There is 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.


Attendance policy:

It’s college; I know you want to skip, but if you just show up you will do better in the class. It’s an 8 week class so if you miss you will get behind very quickly. We are going to have to use our time together wisely and missing is not a good idea. I understand that things come up, but please try you best to be in class and be on time!!! If something does come up, please notify me immediately so we can work something out. Contacting me after the fact leaves me little room to work with you. I do not take make-up work, so please contact me as soon as you know you will miss so we can work something out.


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.

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

Date                                       Lesson/Lecture

Monday August 23rd            Introductions

Tuesday August 24th              Chapter 1 An Introduction to Child Development

Chapter 1 & 2 quiz are open and available until August 26th  

Wednesday August 25th       Finish chapter 1 and begin chapter 2 Theoretical Perspectives and Research

Thursday August 26th          In class assignment over chapters 1 & 2

Exam 1 covers chapter 1 and 2. It opens Thursday August 26th and will close Sunday August 29th 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 August 30th               Chapter 3 The Start of Life: Genetic and Prenatal Development

Tuesday August 31st           Chapter 3 The Start of Life: Genetic and Prenatal Development

Chapter 3 & 4 quiz is open and available until Sept. 9th

Wednesday Sept. 1st              In class assignment for chapter 3

Thursday Sept. 2nd               Chapter 4 Birth and Newborn Infant

Monday Sept. 6th                  No class Happy Labor Day

Tuesday Sept 7th                        In class assignment over chapter 4        

Wednesday Sept.8th            Finish chapter 4 in class assignment

Thursday Sept. 9th               Present chapter 4 assignment in class.

 Exam 2 covers chapters 3 and 4. It will open Thursday Sept. 9th  and will close Sunday Sept. 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 Sept. 13th               Chapter 5 Physical development in Infancy

Chapter 5-7 quiz is open and available until Sept. 16th

Tuesday Sept. 14th              Chapter 6 Cognitive development in Infancy

Wednesday Sept. 15th         Chapter 7 Social and Personality Development in Infancy

Thursday Sept 16th              In class assignment for chapters 5-7 Chapter

Exam 3 covers chapters 5-7. It will open Thursday Sept. 16th and will closes Sunday Sept. 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 Sept. 20th               Chapter 8 Physical development in Preschool Years

Chapter 8-10 quiz is open and available until Sept. 24th

Tuesday Sept. 21st               Chapter 9 Cognitive development in Preschool Years

Wednesday Sept. 22nd         Chapter 10 Social and Personality development in Preschool Years

Thursday Sept. 23rd             In class assignment chapters 8-10              

Exam 4 covers chapters 8-10. It will open Thursday Sept. 23rd  and will closes Sunday Sept. 26th 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 Sept. 27th                    Chapter 11 Physical development in Middle Childhood

Chapter 11-13 quiz is open and available until Sept. 30th   

Tuesday Sept. 28th                  Chapter 12 Cognitive development in Middle Childhood

Wednesday Sept. 29th         Chapter 13 Social and Personality development in Middle Childhood

Thursday Sept. 30th             In class assignment over chapters 11-13

Exam 5 covers chapters 11-13. It will open Thursday Sept. 30th and will close Sunday Oct. 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 Oct. 4th                    In class assignment over adolescence

Social Learning project is due Tuesday  Oct. 5th by 11:59 pm.

Chapter 14-16 quiz is open and available until Oct. 7th  

Tuesday Oct. 5th                  Chapter 14 Physical development in Adolescence        

Wednesday Oct. 6th             Chapter 15 Cognitive development in Adolescence

Thursday Oct. 7th                 Chapter 16 Social and Personality development in Adolescence

 Exam 6 covers chapters 14-16. It will open Thursday Oct. 7th and will close Monday Oct. 11th  at 11:59 pm. Please do not wait until 10:00pm Monday evening because I will not be as likely to help you if you run into issues before the exam closes.

Monday Oct. 11th – Thursday Oct.14th: Finals week. No in class assignments 

Good luck on all of your finals and have a great Fall break!!!

Additional Information

I do not allow make-up assignment or exams. If something happens please contact me immediately.

I will be in my office  Monday- Thursday 7:50-8:50  Dutton 202L.If you need me come on by. If those times don't work for you email me.

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

If you email me from the class when I respond it will go to you gmail account. If you do not check you gmail account please email me from the account you do check. Make sure to tell what class you are in and your name as it appears in the class.

Most issues can be resolved before or after class, however we can always set-up an appointment that will work for both of us if more time is needed.  

Syllabus Created on:

08/17/21 11:31 AM

Last Edited on:

08/17/21 11:38 AM