Current Issues in Brain Development: ECE & PSY 275

Winter Quarter 2010 WAOL on-line

Required Reading: Brain: The Complete Mind; How it Develops, How it Works, and How to Keep it Sharp; Michael Sweeney; National Geographic, 2009 AND Brain Gym; Teacher’s Edition Revised; Paul E. Dennison, Ph.D. and Gail E. Dennison; Edu-Kinesthetics, Inc.; 1994 AND Articles as assigned Optional Reading: Brain Facts, (2008). Order or download and print from Society for Neuroscience AND The Developing Brain: Birth to age Eight; Marilee Sprenger; Corwin Press; 2008 *this book especially good for those of you who want to learn ways to apply brain research for young children. Professor: Christine Moon Phone: (360) 596-5378 Office Location: 20-204 appointment email: Office Hours: By

Course Objectives: A. Introduce the student to the field of neurobiology as it relates to the development of the brain. B. Familiarize the student with current research in the area of brain development C. Enable the student to understand the role of technology in the findings of brain development D. Critically examine research and evidence in the field of neurobiology and brain development E. Foster a multi-disciplinary approach to understanding human development

F. Encourage and demonstrate practical application of brain development research to the field of early childhood development and psychology G. Familiarize the student with the concept of emotional intelligence and it’s relationship to brain development H. Foster an understanding of difference between psychiatric and psychological methodologies used in treating disorders as they relate to brain development

Cheating: Each student is expected to do his or her own work. Plagiarism, which is stealing the language, ideas or thoughts of another and representing it as your own original work, is also cheating. Any violation of academic honesty may result in dismissal from the course and the college. Additional Comments: Please note that I reserve the right to make corrections and/or changes to the syllabus. This syllabus is a contract between you and I. If you have a concern with any of these issues please discuss them with me as soon as they arise. Grading: Points Participation (discussion forum) 100 Midterm 75 Final 100 Research Project 125 TOTAL 400

Participation: 10 points per discussion forum (See Discussion Rubric for details) Midterm: 75 points Final: 100 points Research Project: Students will be assigned to a current issue. Students will research the topic using at least one book and 2 research articles (from EBSCO). Students will create a PowerPoint on their topic that will be emailed to the professor and posted for class. See assignment sheet for details. 125 points

Class Calendar
1 June 28-July 2 2 July 5-9

Basic Brain Facts Neurons Brain Development Enriched Environments Readiness Layers of the brain Lobes of the brain Sensory R/L Hemispheres Neurotransmitters Limbic System Emotional Intelligence Feelings Gate Stress and Distress Midterm Gender Research Projects: Nutrition Sleep Depression Addiction Exercise Research Projects: Aging Memory Media ADHD Autism Final

Work Due
Chapter 1 Chapter 3 and pages 236-238 (Up to “History of Memory”) Chapter 4 Chapter 2 Chapter 7

3 July 12-16 4 July 19-23 5 July 26-30

6 August 2-6 7 August 9-13

Article(s) as assigned that week Chapter 5 Chapter 6 Articles as assigned that week Chapter 9 and pages 92-93 and pages 238-257 Articles as assigned that week

8 August 16-20

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