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 contexts.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    Learning outcomes
    The learner will:
    Assessment criteria
    The learner can:
    1. Introduce the major topics, issues, terminology, and guidelines to create a quality environment and quality instruction. 1.1 Describe methods of child study and explain authentic assessment.
    1.2 Explain how perception is a critical aspect of learning.
    1.3 Construct a list of guidelines for creating a quality environment and quality instruction.
    2. Examine the growth and development of children and factors that affect physical growth 2.1 Identify the important factors in infant communication
    2.2 Articulate the sociocultural aspects of toddler cognitive and language development
    2.3 Identify the six factors that affect physical growth
    3. Demonstrate an understanding in the importance of the contexts (relationship) within which children develop in factors that can affect school achievement and adjustment. 3.1 Explain the importance of culture in language development and use.
    3.2 Select important adult responsibilities in support of language diversity.
    3.3 Describe various factors that can affect school achievement and adjustment.
  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
    Topics in Part 1
    • Prenatal Development, Infancy & Early Childhood
    • Biological Foundations: Heredity, Prenatal Development & Birth
    • Tools for Exploring the World: Physical, Perceptual, & Motor Development
    • The Emergence of Thought & Language: Cognitive Dev. in Infancy & Early Childhood
    • Entering the Social World: Socioemotional Development in Infancy & Early Childhood
    • Off To School: Cognitive & Physical Development in Middle Childhood
    • Expanding Social Horizons: Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood
    • Rites of Passage: Physical & Cognitive Development In Adolescence
    • Moving into the Adult Social World: Socioemotional Development in Adolescence
    • Becoming an Adult: Physical, Cognitive & Personality Development In Young Adult
    • Being with Others: Relationships in Young & Middle Adulthood
    • Working & Relaxing
    • Making It in Midlife: The Bio psychosocial Challenges of Middle Adulthood
    • The Personal Context of Later Life: Cognitive, & Mental Health Issues
    • Social Aspects of Life: Psychosocial, Retirement, Relationship, & Social Issues
    • Dying & Bereavement
    Topics in Part 2
    • Studying the Young Child – Brief History & Theories
    • How Play, Technology & Digital Media, & Disabilities Affect Learning
    • Factors Affecting Learning
    • Infant Cognitive and Affective Development
    • The Toddler: Autonomy 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 School: Bridging the Gap into the Primary Grades
    • Primary Grade Child Development

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