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Montgomery Community College – West Campus

PSY 200 Child Psychology

Section TW – 3 Credits – Spring 2008

Wednesday 7:00 p.m. – 10:00 p.m. RM West 115

 

 

Instructor:                Mr. Francis P. O’Neill M.A.

Office:                        West 141 A

Phone:                      610-718-1842

Email:                        foneill@mc3.edu (Best Method of Contact)

Office Hours:           Wednesday before class and by appointment

Class Room:           West 115

Prerequisite:            None  Recommended: English 101 & Psychology 101

 

INSTRUCTIONAL MATERIALS

 

A. Required Text:                                       Children ninth edition, 2007, John W. Santrock McGraw Hill Publishing

B. Supplementary Reading Material:    Provided by instructor

C. In Class Video:                                      Films and video tapes provided by instructor

COURSE DESCRIPTION

A study of children from their prenatal stage through adolescence. Physical, psychological and cognitive areas of development are examined. Major theories as well as developmental stages are given careful attention. Prerequisite: PSY 101

RATIONALE OF COURSE

This course is designed to foster knowledge and attitudes which will assist the student in understanding and to know the scholarship developed within the discipline.

Students are Responsible for the Following:

Course Competencies & Objectives
Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to:

A.     Explain the current and historical perspectives of child behavior.

B.     Describe the various biological, psychosocial and sociocultural factors in the etiology of child development.

C.    Define the various classifications of stage development by leading theorists.

D.    Identify and understand through testing and class work the various Physical, psychological and cognitive areas of development of children and adolescence. .

Participation and Attendance: So that you can get the most out of the class you need to be present for the majority of the sessions. It is also important to interact in the classroom discussions and exercises. Most formal learning will come from the classroom interaction. All extra credit test questions will be taken from classroom lecture material!

After 2 absences you will drop one letter grade 2 more absences (total 4 absences) and you will receive an “F” grade for this class.

Excessive lateness/tardiness is to be avoided, but it’s better to be late than absent. If you are late, after roll is taken, you need to see the instructor immediately after class to be counted as being present for class. 3 times late equals one absence.

Official Withdraw from Class:

1.      Students can withdraw from class up to one week after mid-semester with a formal withdraw application. Grade will then be a “W”. Last date to withdraw without a signature from the instructor March 25th, 2008.

2.      After this time a withdraw with a “W” is at the discretion of the instructor. The instructor must sign off for a class withdraw at this point. Last date to withdraw with a signature from the instructor  May 14th, 2008 (Last class day is recommended).

3.        Failure to attend class may lead to a grade of an “F”, it will not constitute an automatic withdraw from class.

GRADING POLICY

 

Grading will be as follows:

 

A = 90 – 100+

B = 80 – 89

C = 70 – 79

D = 60 – 69

F  = 0 – 59

 

Grades will be based on the final grade breakdown. There will NOT BE A CLASS CURVE. This means that everyone can get an "A".

No “I" (incomplete) grades will be submitted for this course, unless a death in the family occurs or another serious situation develops. An “I” grade is at the sole discretion of the instructor. It is paramount that all test and assignments be completed before the course ending date. No exceptions unless there is a medical emergency!

Exams: There will be 3 major exams and one final. Each exam will consist of multiple choice & true false questions with the possibility of extra credit questions added at the end of the test. If a student misses an exam the possibility of a make-up is strictly on the basis of a medical or other serious reason at the discretion of the instructor. You must be present for each exam on the date of the exam. A make up test can not be taken after a week from the original testing date, if at all. You must be present for the final or you must take it early if you can’t be present NO EXCEPTIONS!

 

Grading:

 

  1. 3 exams worth 100 points each (extra credit poss.)             300+pts
  2. Class Participation & Attendance                                              50 pts
  3. Postings on Blackboard                                                              50 pts
  4. Short paper 1                                                                                  50 pts
  5. Short paper 2                                                                                  50 pts
  6. Short paper 3 & Presentation                                                    100 pts
  7. Final Exam                                                                                       100 pts

 

All points will be added up and divided by 7

 

Class Participation & Attendance:

 

You will get points throughout the semester for several reasons:

 

bullet 12.5 points - A clear presentation (prepared, informative and thoughtful)
bullet 12.5 points - Questions relevant to class discussions
bullet 50 points - Posts on Blackboard
bullet 12.5 points - Coming to class on time
bullet 12.5 points - Handing in papers on time and being ready to present on your scheduled day
bullet These points will be summed up in two categories and are approximate. Totals above are maximums for area breakdown.

 

Grades will be based on the final grade breakdown. There will NOT BE A CURVE. This means that everyone has the possibility of getting an "A".

 

It is paramount that all test and assignments be completed before the course ending date. No exceptions unless there is a medical emergency!

 

Other Information

Reading: It is VERY important that you complete the reading for each day on the course schedule BEFORE you come to class that day. The most important goal for the class is for you to have fun while learning about psychology. But to do this, you’ll have to stay on top of the reading (and there’s a lot). Take note that class lectures will not reiterate the text book, but will be used to enhance the selections read.

Student Conduct:

1.      Academic integrity is expected. Cheating in any form is unacceptable, and will be dealt with per college policy. Which could include but, is not limited to, expulsion from class with a failing grade (F) and possible dismissal from the college? There will be no individual or group warnings.

2.      Plagiarism (taking false claim for work that you did not generate) of any type is unacceptable and will be dealt with per college policy. Which could include but, is not limited to, expulsion from class with a failing grade (F) and possible dismissal from the college? There will be no individual or group warnings.

3.      Classroom behaviors that are encouraged: Asking questions, answering instructor’s questions, discussion of topics between students before the entire class, and the participation in structured learning activities.

4.      Classroom behaviors that are discouraged: Two way conversation between students during lectures or class discussions and leaving the classroom before the instructor dismisses the class.

5.      Respect for all the class is paramount. Anything less is unacceptable.

Class Cancellation Policy:

 

If there is inclement weather please check the college web site and/or call the campus at 610-718-1800 and listen to the message. Also the school codes are 395 for day and 2395 for the evening division. Also please refer to the campus calendar for days off and breaks in the class schedule.

 

 

Important Dates for Papers, Tests and Days Off:

2/13                 Paper #1

2/20                 Exam #1 Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4 In Class

3/19                 Spring Break – No Class

3/26                 Exam #2 Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8 In Class!!!

3/25                 Last day to withdraw from class without a signature

4/2                   Paper #2 Due

4/16                 Exam #3 Chapters 9, 10, 11 & 12 In Class!!!

4/30                 Last Date Life Assignment will be Accepted

5/14                 Last day to withdraw from class with a signature (Last day instructor                               on campus for signature 4/30)

5/14                 Final Exam Chapters 13, 14, 15 & 16 (17) in Class 7:15-9:15pm 115

 

The instructor reserves the right to make any content or rescheduling revisions as deemed appropriate or necessary. 

Students with Disabilities Policy:

Students with disabilities may be eligible for accommodations in this course. Contact the director of services for students with disabilities in the counseling center, College Hall, at 215-642-6575/6577 for more information. At West Campus, contact the director of student affairs, 610-718-1839.

MCCC web site information http://www.mc3.edu/sa/stdisab/stdisab.htm

Assignment Submission Guide Lines:

 

All paper assignments handed in must be typed with a cover page and submitted through Blackboards assignment section!

 

Spelling, grammar and sentence structure must be correct.

 

Page layout should be 12 pitch font, Times New Roman or Arial, double spaced with a one inch margin on the top and bottom and on the sides. You are to hand in a digital copy ONLY of the assignment to the blackboard web site in the assignments section by midnight on the day it is due. Do not use the digital drop box!!!

 

The teacher is not responsible for improper uploading of files, corruption of data, the digital disappearance of files (i.e. the digital dog ate my electronic file), the power went out, etc. You are solely responsible for getting the final draft of your paper in to the instructor through Blackboard. If you need assistance ask the instructor (not the digital dog as he has a tendency of eating your work:-)

 

Format: Information on the cover page should include your name, The assignment (“Presentation Assignment – “Toys for kindergarten age children” etc.), date the paper is handed in, class (Psy 200 Spring 2008), instructor’s name (Francis O’Neill), toy chosen (or other needed info). Centered under this should be a title of the assignment ex. “The Batmobile, the toy that wouldn’t die”, etc. Have fun with this assignment!

 

All citations are to be APA, MLA or another accepted style. Internet citations are allowed.

Missed Deadlines:
Any material turned in late will subject to a reduction in points. 5 point reduction for every class late. Items not turned in by the last day of class will be counted as a zero.

Online Help:

You can access the text books information, this syllabus and the class schedule through BlackBoard: www.mc3.edu All grades and info pertaining to the course will be posted on Blackboard. Slides used in class are also posted in the documents sections of Blackboard. Blackboard is a necessary part of this class.

The text Books web site is: http://www.mhhe.com/santrock9 

Short paper 1 and group discussion WIVES TALES-points 50

 

Perhaps no other period in the life of the developing person generates as much fascination and misinformation as the gestation and delivery of a new baby.  Folk wisdom, or old wives’ tales, concerning pregnancy and birth are still passed on today.  Some are based on fact and observation; others are derived from fears or are no longer true for a healthy mother who receives good prenatal care.

Students are to ask their parents or other adults, relatives or friends to share any old wives tales or folk tales about pregnancy that they remember.  Document at least two old wives’ tales.  On the basis of what you have learned in class or from the text; which of these tales do you feel are accurate/helpful /true?  Which are not? Or why not?

 

Students should be prepared to discuss these in class and justify their reasoning as to the accuracy, etc of the tale.  Papers should not be longer than three typed pages.

 

Short paper 2 AUTOBIOGRAPHY-Points 50

 

Students are to write an autobiography of their first 12 years of life.  This is a subjective report and should not be longer than four typed pages.  Areas to be discussed should be family interactions, siblings and parents; favorite grade school year and why, peer interactions, overall memories of childhood.  Any holidays or special celebrations should be included.  Students may be as open as they wish, the professor is the only one to read the papers. 

 

Short Paper 3 and Presentation TOYS Points 100

 

Part 1 - Student are to select any toy which they will bring to class; discuss and demonstrate.  To the class then students will discuss and/or demonstrate the use of the toy and evaluate it.  A paper discussing the following will be submitted: the name of the toy, suggested child’s age range, the positive and negative aspects of the toy, including how this toy will assist in development.  And, answer the question; would you want your child to use this toy, why or why not? 

 

Part 2 - What was your favorite toy growing up? Why? Was it educational and what did you learn from it? Papers should not be longer than three to five typed pages.

 

Presentations will be during the chapter age appropriate section.

 

 

Date    Topic Age                                          Student

 

2/13    Infant toys                                           ______________________

 

2/20    Infant toys                                           ______________________

 

2/27    Infant toys                                           ______________________

 

3/16    Early Childhood                                 ______________________

 

3/26    Early Childhood                                 ______________________

 

4/2       Early Childhood                                 ______________________

 

4/9       Mid & Late Childhood                      ______________________

 

4/23    Mid & Late Childhood                      ______________________

 

4/23    Adolescence                                     ______________________

 

4/30    Adolescence                                     ______________________
 

Child Psychology 200

Class Schedule* – Spring 2008 –

 

1/23     Introduction, Review Syllabus Start Chapter 1 History

1/30     Chapter 1 & 2 Introduction & The Science of Child Development

2/6       Chapter 3 Biological Beginnings

2/13     Chapter 4 Prenatal Development

2/13     Paper #1 Due

2/20     Chapter 5 & 6 Birth & Physical Development in Infancy

2/20     Exam #1 Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4

2/27     Chapter 7 Cognitive Development in Infancy

3/5       Chapter 8 Socioemotional Development in Infancy

3/12     Chapter 9 Physical Development in Early Childhood

3/12     Exam #2 Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8

3/19     No Class Spring Break

3/25     Last day to withdraw from class without a signature

3/26     Chapter 10 Cognitive Development in Early Childhood

4/2       Paper #2 Due

4/2       Chapter 11 Socioemotional Development in Early Childhood

4/9       Chapter 12 Physical Development in Mid & Late Childhood

4/16     Exam #3 Chapters 9, 10, 11 & 12

4/16     Chapter 13 Development in Mid & Late Childhood

4/23     Chapter 14 Socioemotional Mid & Late Childhood

4/30     Chapter 15 & 16 Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence

4/30     Last day all papers will be accepted for credit

 

5/14 – Final Chapters 13, 14, 15 & 16 (17) in Class 7:00-8:15pm Room West 115

 

* All dates are tentative and subject to minor changes

 


 

Child Psychology 200

Class Schedule* – Spring 2008 –

 

1/23     Introduction, Review Syllabus Start Chapter 1 History

1/30     Chapter 1 & 2 Introduction & The Science of Child Development

2/6       Chapter 3 Biological Beginnings

2/13     Chapter 4 Prenatal Development

2/20     Chapter 5 & 6 Birth & Physical Development in Infancy

2/20     Exam #1 Chapters 1, 2, 3 & 4

2/27     Chapter 7 Cognitive Development in Infancy

3/5       Chapter 8 Socioemotional Development in Infancy

3/12     Chapter 9 Physical Development in Early Childhood

3/19     No Class Spring Break

3/26     Chapter 10 Cognitive Development in Early Childhood

3/26     Exam #2 Chapters 5, 6, 7 & 8

3/28     Last day to withdraw from class without a signature

4/2       Chapter 11 Socioemotional Development in Early Childhood

4/9       Chapter 12 Physical Development in Mid & Late Childhood

4/16     Exam #3 Chapters 9, 10, 11 & 12

4/16     Chapter 13 Development in Mid & Late Childhood

4/23     Chapter 14 Socioemotional Mid & Late Childhood

4/30     Chapter 15 & 16 Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence

4/30     Last day all papers will be accepted for credit

 

5/14 – Final Chapters 13, 14, 15 & 16 (17) in Class 7:00-8:15pm Room West 115

 

* All dates are tentative and subject to minor changes