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)

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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, quizzes and some assignments will be  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

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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 1100 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% 1100-990= A

89-80% 989-880= B

79-70% 879-770= C

69-60% 769-660= D

50% Below 550= F

The points will be earned:

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

190 points for chapter quizzes

160 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: 1100 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.
  • 160 points in class assignments, online 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 of community service. You will upload a volunteer verification in order to earn your 50 points for volunteering.
    • 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. Waiting until the 7th or 8th week to worry about your grade is too late.


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

Wednesday Jan. 19th          Chapter 1 An Introduction to Child Development

Chapter 1 & 2 quiz is open and available until Thursday Jan. 27th

Monday Jan. 24th                      Finish chapter 1 and begin chapter 2 Theoretical Perspectives and Research

Wednesday Jan. 26th           Finish Ch 2 and talk about Feral child  assignment over chapters 1 and 2

Feral child assignment due Thurs. Jan 27th by 11:59 pm

 Chapter 1 and 2 quiz due Thursday Jan 27th

Exam 1 covers chapter 1 and 2. It opens Thursday Jan. 27th and will close Sunday January 30th 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 Jan. 31st                      Chapter 3 & 4 quiz is open and available until Feb. 3rd   

Chapter 3 The Start of Life: Genetic and Prenatal Development

Wednesday Feb. 2nd              Chapter 4 Birth and Newborn Infant

Teratogen assignment for chapter 3 due Thursday Feb 3rd  by 11:59 pm

Chapter 3 & 4 quiz due Thursday Feb 3rd

Exam 2 covers chapters 3 and 4. It will open Thursday Feb 3rd   and will close Sunday 6th 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 Feb. 7th                   Chapter 5-7 quiz is open and available until Feb. 17th 

Chapter 5 Physical development in Infancy

Wednesday Feb 9th             Chapter 6 Cognitive development in Infancy     

Monday Feb. 14th                 Chapter 7 Social and Personality Development in Infancy     

Wednesday Feb 16th           Social Learning Assignment is due Wednesday Feb 16th by 11:59 pm. The instructions and drop box for assignment are located in the common assessment tab.

 Chapter 5-7 quiz is due until Feb. 17th 

Exam 3 covers chapters 5-7. It will open Thursday Feb.  17th and will closes Sunday Feb 20th 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 Feb. 21st                 Chapter 8-10 quiz is open and available until Feb 24th    

Chapter 8 Physical development in Preschool Years

Chapter 9 Cognitive development in Preschool Years

Wednesday Feb. 23rd           Chapter 10 Social and Personality development in Preschool Years

Preschool assignment due Thursday Feb 24th  by 11:59 pm

  Chapter 8-10 quiz is due Feb 24th  by 11:59 pm

Exam 4 covers chapters 8-10. It will open Thursday Feb 24th  and will closes Sunday Feb 27th  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 Feb 28th                  Chapter 11-13 quiz is open and available until March 3rd    

Chapter 11 Physical development in Middle Childhood

Wednesday March 2nd        Chapter 12 Cognitive development in Middle Childhood

 Chapter 13 Social and Personality development in Middle Childhood

Chapter 11-13 quiz is March 3rd  by 11:59 pm 

Exam 5 covers chapters 11-13. It will open Thursday March 3rd   and will close Sunday March 6th 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 March 7th                    Chapter 14-16 quiz is open and available until March 10th   

Chapter 14 Physical development in Adolescence

Chapter 15 Cognitive development in Adolescence

Wednesday March 9th           Chapter 16 Social and Personality development in Adolescence      

                                                                Chapter 14-16 quiz is due March 10th by 11:59 pm

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

Good luck on all of your finals and have a great Spring 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 8:00-8:50  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:

12/08/21 1:38 PM

Last Edited on:

12/08/21 1:44 PM