The purpose of this course is to increase students’ knowledge and comprehension of early child development. In this course we will examine some of the basic theoretical and empirical issues and concepts associated with development. Topics covered will include: prenatal development, sensory, motor, and cognitive development, as well as social-emotional development, and the effects of parenting and day care on early development. This course will emphasize the period of prenatal development up to about eight years of age.
Graduates will be able to do the following:
Siegler, R., DeLoache, J., & Eisenberg, N. (2011). How Children Develop. 3rd ed. Worth, New York, NY.
There are four basic instructional activities:
The lectures and readings are designed to convey the conceptual and logical foundations associated with developing an understanding of developmental psychology.
Lessons divide chapters roughly in half. Thus there are two audio lectures per chapter (each audio lecture is about 20–30 minutes) and the readings represent roughly the first and second half of each chapter.
Don’t you just love papers! OK. The goal of the papers is to give me a chance to read what you, individually, think of the assigned reading and associated questions. The purpose of the papers is to assess your proficiency with college-level writing.
Each of the four paper assignments has three or four associated chapters, and three questions for you to choose from. For each assignment, you are to pick and answer any two questions from the list. You are to complete three of the four paper assignments.
Each paper is to be about four typed pages, about two pages per question (length is not so much an issue as is what you say and how you say it). In essence, quality of content counts more than volume. In each paper, I want you to answer each question to the best of your ability in a concise manner—using the text and outside sources when possible. Again, quality counts more than quantity—and I do not have a preference for double or single spacing.
Each written assignment is worth 100 points. There are three unequal content elements that I assess in reading each written assignment.
Here’s how the point totals break down for each written assignment:
|Content||This includes your understanding of the question||Question 1 = 25 points
Question 2 = 25 points
|Discussion and Application||This includes your ability to think about the paper in terms of what it adds, and its implications. It also includes how you use examples from the paper in making your point(s)||Question 1 = 15 points
Question 2 = 15 points
|Logic and Flow||In essence, I ask myself, “How well written is your assignment?”||Question 1 = 10 points
Question 2 = 10 points
To make sure I can open and read your papers, please save them as Word .DOC or .DOCX files.
Use the course number, your first and last name, and the assignment name for the filename. For example, PSYCH320_JaneSmith_Assignment1.docx.
Remember that you must complete only three (3) of the four possible written assignments. You’ll see three Written Assignment Submission links right after this syllabus. When you’re ready to turn in your first assignment, submit it through the appropriate link.
For example, if you decide to skip the prompts for chapters 1–3 and write your first paper on two of the prompts for chapters 4–6, you turn that paper in as your First Written Assignment. That’s because it’s the first written assignment you’ve done, not because it is from chapters 1–3.
To submit your assignments,
There will be four major course examinations. The exams are not comprehensive; however, they do build upon those concepts previously covered. Each exam includes 20 multiple-choice items per chapter covered.
Each exam will be scored as a percent correct—the three exams with the highest percent correct will be averaged and that will become your overall exam grade. (That means I’ll drop your lowest exam score.)
Here is the percentage breakdown for all papers and exams:
|3 Written Assignments||30%|
Your course grade will be based on the following percentages:
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