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Instructor: Wesley Sanders, M.A. email@example.com Office hours: By Appointment
______________________________________________________________________________ Textbook: Siegler, R., Deloache, J., & Eisenberg, N. (2010). How Children Develop, 3rd Ed. New York: Worth Publishers. Course Overview This survey course is intended to provide an introduction and overview of theory and research in Developmental Psychology. The first goal of this course is to address both historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives regarding the study of children and their development. A second goal of this course is to introduce students to some central topics that are addressed in developmental psychology, including the biological foundations of development and potential impacts of both ‘nature’ and ‘nurture’ on developmental outcomes; how children's personalities might be formed and change over time; how children acquire, remember, and process information; and the impact of children’s social experiences on development. A final goal of this course is to address the methods that researchers have adopted in their assessment of child development.
Class Format The format of the course will include lectures, group discussions, and class activities. Questions, comments, and active class participation are encouraged. I expect students to come to class with the readings for the assigned day completed, to listen attentively and respectfully, and to contribute to class activities and discussions.
Course Requirements Exams (60%) There will be two exams in this course. Two exams (multiple choice and short answer) will be administered during the semester. The exams are not cumulative and will be worth 30 points each. All exams are closed book and will begin promptly at the start of the class period. You will have 1.5 hours (approximately the first half of class) to take the exam. Please note that your attendance to class is essential to strong performance on the exams, as some topics discussed in lecture will not necessarily be found in the text or assigned readings. Applied Writing Assignment (20%) The purpose of this assignment (due in class on Thursday, June 13) is to allow students to apply what they have learned in the course to ‘real world’ examples (e.g., children’s media evaluation, child observation, fictional character ‘case study’, investigation of a topical issue in child development). Topic choices and detailed instructions for this assignment will be posted on Blackboard. Students will choose one of these topics to address in a 3-4 page essay. Please note that all written work submitted for this course must be typed using 12-point Times New Roman font, 1-inch margins, and double-spaced, and should include a separate cover page (not counted in the 3-4 page requirement) with your name and ID#. Papers are due at the start of class and must be in hard copy format. E-mail submissions are not accepted. You will have an opportunity to turn in a complete draft of the assignment in order to gain feedback for improving the final paper. Turning in a draft is optional, but is recommended for those students who would like additional feedback. The due date for the optional draft is Tuesday, June 4th and will count for 5 of the 20 points on your final paper. This means that your final paper will be graded out of a total 15 points if you choose to turn in the draft assignment. A rubric for both the draft and the final paper will be posted on Bb. I will return the drafts by Thursday, June 6th. Class participation activities (20%) Each class I will assign activities as part of the class participation grade. These activities may include, but are not limited to, brief quizzes or writing assignments done at the start of class to reflect on the assigned readings, material collected during lecture to be used for class demonstrations, or comments and questions on the day’s topic turned in at the end of class. Of the two points assigned per class period, one point will be assigned for attendance and the other for class participation. Thus, in order to receive full credit for each class period, you will need to be present and participate. Class participation activities are closed-book, and must be completed individually unless the opportunity to collaborate with classmates is explicitly stated.
Summary of Course Requirements Course Requirement Mid-term Exams (2 @ 30 pts) Class Participation (10 @ 2 pts) Applied Writing Assignment (1 @ 20 pts) TOTAL Possible Points 60 20 20 100
Course Schedule (please note that course schedule may be subject to change) Week Date 5/21/13 Prenatal Development Biology and Behavior 1 5/22/13 Theories of Cognitive Development Theories of Cognitive Development 5/23/13 Infant Development Language Development 5/28/13 Conceptual Development Intelligence and Academic Achievement 2 5/29/13 Theories of Social Development EXAM 1 5/30/10 Theories of Social Development 3 6/4/13 6/5/13 Emotional Development Attachment Ch. 9 Ch. 10 Ch. 11 Ch. 8&9 Ch. 6&7 Ch. 4&5 Ch. 3&4 Topic Themes of Development Ch. 1&2 Readings
Ch. 12 Ch. 13
6/11/13 Peers Moral Development 4 6/12/13 Gender Development 6/13/13 EXAM 2
Course Expectations and Responsibilities You are responsible for knowing and following the course policies listed below. 1. Prerequisite: This course is designed for intermediate undergraduate students in psychology and related fields who have completed General Psychology (Psyc001). Please see me if you have not taken this prerequisite but you believe you have a sufficient background in psychology to be prepared for this course. 2. Attendance: Please come to each class ready to engage in the day’s lesson. This includes having the assigned reading completed, and any assignments ready to turn in at the start of class. I understand that sometimes circumstances beyond your control may prevent you from attending class. If you must miss class, it is your responsibility to find out what you have missed. Given the brevity of the course and the importance of class participation, missing more than one class will negatively impact your grade. Thus, attendance is critical for success in this course. 3. Special Accommodations: If you require special accommodations in order to meet course requirements, attend, or participate in class contact the Accommodation, Consultation, Counseling, and Educational Support Services office (802-656-7753). Please let me know about any accommodations you will be receiving within the first week of class and provide proper documentation. 4. Grade Concerns: If you have concerns regarding your grade at any point, please contact me. The sooner you contact me regarding concerns, the more I can do for you. I will not be able to accommodate students who contact me at the end of the course with concerns about their grade. 5. Late Assignments and Missed Exams If you know you will be missing an exam or unable to turn in an assignment on the day that it is due, let the instructor know as soon as possible. Late assignments that have not been excused ahead of time will have 10% deducted from the final grade for every day that it is late. Make-up exams will only be allowed in extreme circumstances. If you miss an exam that was not excused
prior to the exam you must have approved documentation proving a legitimate absence and a make-up exam will be given only at the discretion of the instructor. 6. Academic Misconduct: The University of Vermont requires academic honesty from all students, and academic misconduct will not be tolerated. Academic misconduct includes cheating on assignments or exams, completing assignments for classmates, plagiarizing (misrepresenting someone else’s work as your own), submitting the same or similar papers for more than one course without the permission of all instructors involved, submitting work on which you have collaborated with other students except in cases when this is specifically encouraged or required, or sabotaging another student’s work or access to necessary class resources. Please remember that plagiarism occurs whenever you present another person’s ideas as your own. In written assignments, students must not duplicate passages of more than five words from another source without quotation marks AND proper attribution. If you paraphrase someone else’s words, a reference is still needed. Please avoid problems by understanding what behaviors constitute academic misconduct and asking me for any clarification. You are responsible for knowing and understanding the Plagiarism policies of the University Vermont, which are available in the Code of Academic Integrity on-line at http://www.uvm.edu/~uvmppg/ppg/student/acadintegrity.pdf. If a student engages in academic misconduct, the case will be forwarded to the Center for Student Ethics & Standards and may involve sanctions such as receiving a zero on the assignment or failing the course.
Letter grades will be based on the following percentages of the 100 possible points.
To earn a(n): A AB+ B BC+ C C-
Receive: 93-100 90-92% 87-89% 83-86% 80-82% 77-79% 73-76% 70-72%
D+ D DF
67-69% 63-66% 60-62% 59% or below
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