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PSYC 161 (3 credits) Developmental Psychology: Childhood University of Vermont Summer 2012 TWR 9:00 a.m. – 12:45 p.m.

--------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------Instructor: Dr. S.K. Fenstermacher (best way to contact) Textbook: Office hours: Wednesdays 1:00-2:00 p.m. in 334 Dewey

Levine, L.E., & Munsch, J. (2011). Child Development: An Active Learning Approach. Available at the bookstore. A copy is also on reserve at the library. Assigned article readings will be available on Blackboard under “Course Materials”.


Course Overview This survey course is intended to provide an introduction and overview of theory and research in Developmental Psychology, from infancy through middle childhood. The course will address both historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives and research methodologies applied to the study of children and their development. It will introduce central topics in developmental psychology including the biological foundations of development, 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. Contacting Instructor The best way to contact me is via email (address above). Please get in the habit of using your UVM email accounts for any communication about the course. Although I usually check email regularly during the week and will do my best to get back to you at my first opportunity, please be patient and understand that a response may take more than one day, particularly if the email is sent over a weekend or during high-volume times (e.g., around exams or assignment due dates). 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 Website Familiarize yourself with the PSYC 161 Blackboard site, and check frequently for announcements. I will post assignment guidelines, extra credit opportunities, grades and other material pertinent to the course on the Blackboard site.

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Course Requirements Exams (300 points; 60% of final grade) There will be three one-hour exams in this course. Please refer to the included course schedule for details. All exams are closed book and will begin promptly at the start of the class period. The exams (including the final exam) are not cumulative, and will cover material from lecture, films, and the assigned readings. You will have one hour to take each exam. Following each exam, there will be a short (15 minute) break before we resume class for the day. Class participation activities (80 points; 16% of final grade) Because of the condensed nature and small size of this summer session course, YOUR REGULAR ATTENDANCE IS CRUCIAL to your success in the course. During most class meetings, I will assign a brief class activity to be completed during class time and turned in for credit. These activities may include, but are not limited to, small group activities/discussions completed during class, brief quizzes or writing assignments reflecting on assigned readings or film(s), or material collected during class to be used for class demonstrations. Please note that attendance for the entire class period is required to receive credit for the activity on that day. In other words, if you are absent, arrive late to class, or leave early and miss an activity, there will not be an opportunity for you to make it up. Writing Assignment (120 points; 24% of final grade) The purpose of this 3- 4 page writing assignment 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). Please note that although you are only required to turn in one paper for credit, you will be provided with two sets of topics and opportunities to turn in your paper (dates listed on syllabus). If you choose to complete and turn in both paper assignments, only your best score will be counted toward your final grade. Lists of specific topics and guidelines will be posted on Blackboard and distributed in class. 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, ID#, and a title for your paper. Papers are due at the start of class and must be in hard copy format. E-MAIL SUBMISSIONS ARE NOT ACCEPTED. Late papers will be docked 5 points for each day late. Extra Credit (12 points maximum) 1. Research participation (4 points per hour of participation). Periodically, I will post announcements on Blackboard for opportunities to participate in psychological research studies conducted at UVM. You will receive four extra credit points for each full hour of participation that you complete. In other words, if you complete a 45 minute study, you will receive 3 extra credit points, whereas a two-hour study would be worth 8 extra credit points. Please note that if you choose this option and sign up for research studies, you MUST attend the study at the time for which you sign up. Signing up for a study and then not showing up without contacting the researcher well in advance to make other arrangements will result in a zero for the entire extra credit assignment. 2. Selected Active Learning ‘homework activities’ (up to 6 points each). Throughout your text you will notice sections labeled Active Learning, describing activities related to that chapter’s topic. I have selected some of these activities as assignments that may be completed outside of class and written up for extra credit. Please note that not all Active Learning activities are eligible for extra credit. Further details, including a list of eligible activities, will be available on Blackboard. Please note that while you may combine these extra credit opportunities, 12 points is the maximum number of extra credit points you may receive. Moreover, as stated above, if you receive a zero as a result of failing to show up for any research study, you may not make this up by completing another extra credit assignment. Summary of Course Requirements: Course Requirement Exams (3 @ 100 points each) Class Activities (8 @ 10 points each) Writing Assignment TOTAL

Possible Points 300 80 120 500

Percentage of Course Grade 60% 16% 24% 100%
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Course Schedule (please note that course schedule may be subject to change; any changes in the schedule will be announced in class and posted on the Blackboard site) Week Date May 22 Topic Overview of Developmental Psychology; Major Theories of Child Development Research Methods in Developmental Psychology; Genes, Environment and Behavior Genes, environment, and behavior ; Prenatal Development and the Newborn Prenatal Development and the Newborn Readings Text, chapter 1; Text, chapter 2 Text, Chapter 3; Text, Chapter 4 Text, Chapter 4; Text, Chapter 5 Text, Chapter 5


May 23

May 24

May 29

EXAM 1 (Chapters 1, 2, 3, 4) 2 May 30 Physical Development Text, Chapter 6

May 31 June 5 TOPIC 1 PAPERS DUE June 6 3

Physical Development; Cognitive Development Cognitive Development

Text, Chapter 6; Text, Chapter 7 Text, Chapter 7

Language Development

Text, Chapter 9

EXAM 2 (Chapters 5, 6, 7) June 7 Emotional Development, Temperament, Attachment Text, Chapter 10; Text, Chapter 11 Text, Chapter 11; Text, Chapter 12 Text, Chapter 10

June 12 June 13 TOPIC 2 PAPERS DUE June 14

Emotional Development, Temperament, Attachment; Self, Gender, Moral Development Self, Gender, Moral Development; Social Development EXAM 3 (Chapters 9, 10, 11, 12)


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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. Exams will include information from class that is not in the readings. 3. Special Accommodations: Students with special needs that affect their ability to participate fully in class, to meet all course requirements, or that require special exam administration should contact Accommodation, Consultation, Counseling & Educational Support Services (ACCESS; A170 Living/Learning Center; phone: 656-7753) and me within the first two weeks of class. I will provide reasonable accommodations for documented disabilities in accordance with college policies. NOTE: Students who take exams at ACCESS must take the exam on the same day that the exam is scheduled in class unless given permission by the instructor to take the exam on another day. 4. Grade Concerns: If you have concerns regarding your grade at any point, please meet first with your Graduate Teaching Assistant to discuss ways to improve your mastery of the course material. The sooner you contact us regarding concerns, the more we can do for you. I will not be able to accommodate students who contact me at the end of the semester with concerns about their grade. I also encourage students to visit the Learning Co-op (Living/Learning Center, 244 Commons) for help with writing, study skills, and exam-taking skills. Please call the Co-op (656-4075), visit their web site, or stop by M-Th 8a-9p, F 8a-5p, Sun 6p-9p for additional information. 5. Returned Assignments: Hold on to all graded assignments after they have been returned until the end of the semester. They will serve as your record of your grade. In the case that a grade is missing for an assignment that you turned in and that was returned to you, you will need to produce a copy of the graded assignment. 6. Late Essay Papers: Late papers will be docked 5 points for each day late and are not to be submitted outside of class without first contacting your instructor to verify an alternate arrangement. Papers that are emailed, slipped under my office door, or left in a mailbox will not be accepted. 7. 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, 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, you do not use quotation marks, but you still need to give the reference. See the following resource for additional information on plagiarism: 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 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. 8. Religious Holidays: Students have the right to practice the religion of their choice. Each semester, students should submit in writing to their instructors by the end of the second week of classes their documented religious holiday schedule for the semester. Faculty must permit students who miss work for the purpose of religious observance to make up this work.
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UVM Department of Psychology Code of Classroom Conduct Faculty and students will at all times conduct themselves in a manner that serves to maintain, promote, and enhance the high-quality academic experience befitting the University of Vermont. The essential characteristic of this policy is respect. Student responsibilities • Students are expected to attend every class, arriving promptly and remaining alert and involved until dismissed by the instructor. • Students are expected to come having not only read and completed assignments but also having thought about them, and be prepared to engage in discussion and pose meaningful questions. • During class, students will refrain from using laptop computers or other web-enabled devices. While the use of laptops, tablets and smart phones in the classroom has potential benefit, the Department of Psychology does not allow the use of these devices in classrooms for courses that enroll 100 or more students. This policy may be waived at an individual faculty member’s discretion. Faculty and student responsibilities • Faculty and students will promote academic discourse and the free exchange of ideas by listening with civil attention to all individuals. • Faculty and students will treat all members of the learning community with respect and will not discriminate on the basis of characteristics that include race, color, religion, national or ethnic origin, sex, sexual orientation, marital status, disability, or gender identity or expression. • Mutual respect extends to turning off cell phones or other web-enabled devices prior to the beginning of class, refraining from leaving the room in the middle of class, and, when authorized, using laptops for course-related activities only. Course Grades Letter grades will be based on the following percentages of the 500 possible points. To earn a(n): Receive: Definition: A 93% or better of possible points (465+) Achievement that is outstanding relative to the level necessary to meet course requirements. A90% or better of possible points (450+) B+ 88% or better of possible points (440+) Achievement that is significantly above that necessary to meet course requirements. B 83% or better of possible points (415+) B80% or better of possible points (400+) C+ 78% or better of possible points (390+) Achievement that meets course requirements in every respect. C 73% or better of possible points (365+) C70% or better of possible points (350+) D+ 68% or better of possible points (340+) Achievement that is worthy of credit even though it fails to meet fully the course requirements. D 63% or better of possible points (315+) D60% or better of possible points (300+) Work was either complete but at a level of achievement F 59% or below of possible points that is not worthy of credit or not completed.

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