Child Development

Child Development

  1. Module Title: Child Development
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 204
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description :This course will provide students with an understanding of the major theories of child and adolescent development. It will examine the research methods appropriate to the study of development. In addition, it will look at the overview of issues in child development within the cross-cultural and multi-cultural context.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes: At the end of this course students will have:
    • Introduce the major topics, issues, terminology, and theories in child and adolescent development
    • Examine the growth and development of children from conception to adolescence
    • Apply the concepts of developmental psychology to students’ career and educational goals
    • Demonstrate an understanding in the importance of the contexts (relationship) within which children develop, with special attention to cross-cultural and multicultural issues
  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

        • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
        • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
        • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
        • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There is a final exam (40%) consisting of short answer questions. The exam will be based on material covered in the lecture notes and textbook readings.

  7. Course Outline
    Topic
    • Studying the Young Child
    • How Play, Technology and Digital Media and Disabilities Affect Learning
    • Factors Affecting Learning
    • Infant Cognitive and Affective Development
    • The Toddler: Automy Development
    • Physical and Motor Development
    • Oral and Written Language Development
    • How Adults Enrich Language and Concept Development
    • Affective Development
    • How Adults Support Affective Development
    • Preschool to Primary: Bridging the Gap into the Primary Grades
    • Primary Grade Child Development

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