The University of Texas at Dallas Course Syllabus
Course Information Course Number: PSY/CLDP 3301, Section 001 Term: Fall 2012 Meeting Times: TTh 2:30-3:45 Meeting Location: GR 4.301
Professor Contact Information Professor: Emily W. Touchstone, Ph.D. Office Hours: TTh 3:45-4:00 or by appointment Telephone: 214-289-9569 Email: [email protected]
Course Pre-requisites, Co-requisites, and/or Other Restrictions This course should not be taken if the student is/was enrolled in LIFESPAN 4334 or an equivalent child development course.
Course Description Child Development serves as an introduction to the study of child psychology from conception to adolescence. This course will provide students with broad knowledge of normal physical, cognitive and social development as well as an understanding of the prominent theories in child psychology. In addition, students will be introduced to research methods appropriate for use with children.
Student Learning Objectives/Outcomes With your active participation, this course will allow you to: Describe and analyze major theoretical perspectives of child development (1.2) Identify and explain research methods commonly used to study child development (2.1) Use critical thinking and knowledge of child development to evaluate popular media and scholarly literature (3.1) Demonstrate effective writing skills to explain sources of influence on child development (4.1) Apply the psychological concepts, theories, and research findings discussed in class to everyday life (5.1) Demonstrate how psychological principals and empirical studies of child development can inform public policy (5.3)
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Required Textbooks and Materials Santrock, J.W., Child Development, 12th (2009) edition or 13th edition (2011) Books are available at Off Campus Books or online.
Course Website Course information will be posted on the eLearning site.
Grading Policy Final grades will be determined as follows: A range: 90%-100% B range: 80%-89% C range: 70%-79% D range: 60%-69% F: 59% and below You will only receive a grade in this course if you complete the research participation credits required by the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences.
Course Communication E-mail will be the official mode of communication for this course. Please send e-mails to me or to the TA at any time with course-related questions. When e-mailing please have “Child Development” in the subject line. Course Policies The following policies, along with your active participation, will help ensure a good class. Students should conduct themselves in a professional and courteous manner at all times. Students should arrive to class on time with cell phones turned off. Students should have completed assigned readings before class. Students who have a question about the grading of an exam or assignment should submit a written appeal to the instructor within one week after the grade is posted. Dates and Topics of Course Material 8/28 Introduction 13th Edition, pages and chapters 8/30 Theories of Development 6-8; 15-30 9/4 Research Methods 30-43 9/6 Biological Processes, Prenatal Development & Birth 51-63; Ch 3 9/11 Early Cognition, Sleep & Nutrition 115; 120-122; 127-131 9/13 Motor, Sensory & Perceptual Development Ch 5 9/18 Emotional Development Ch 10 (up to page 314) 9/20 EXAM 1 9/25 Preschool- Physical Change & Cognitive Development 118, 123; 171-182; 187-198 9/27 Preschool- Attention, Memory & Information Processing Ch 7 10/2 Preschool- Language Ch 9 10/4 Preschool- Parenting Strategies & Childcare 404-410; 314-318 Child Development Syllabus- Touchstone
10/9 Preschool- Play & Early Academic Abilities 437-440; 453-460 10/11 Preschool- Media 382-383; 500-503 10/16 EXAM 2 10/18 Self Esteem Ch 11 10/23 Gender & Growth 109-113; Ch 12 10/25 PROJECTS DUE 10/30 Morality Ch 13 11/1 Adolescence- Parent & Sibling Relationships 410-416 11/6 Adolescence- Peer Groups & Romantic Relationships 440-450 11/8 Adolescence- Risk Factors (Aggression, Eating Disorders, Substance Abuse) 11/13 Achievement in Adolescence 471-482 11/15 EXAM 3 11/20 No Class- Fall Break 11/22 No Class- Thanksgiving 11/27 Culture & Diversity Ch 17 11/29 Special Populations: Disabilities in Childhood 468-470 12/4 Special Populations: Divorce 416-419 12/6 Special Populations: Socioeconomics in Development 12/11 EXAM 4 Important Dates Exam Dates: September 20, October 16, November 15, December 11 Project Submission Date: October 25 Research Participation Credit: Completed before December 1
Research Exposure Credits: All students enrolled in this core class must earn research exposure credits. Details about this requirement appear on the separate Research Exposure Credit Requirement handout distributed on the first day of class. This handout is also posted on the BBS Forum eLearning site.
University Policies Student Conduct & Discipline The University of Texas System and The University of Texas at Dallas have rules and regulations for the orderly and efficient conduct of their business. It is the responsibility of each student and each student organization to be knowledgeable about the rules and regulations which govern student conduct and activities. General information on student conduct and discipline is contained in the UTD publication, A to Z Guide, which is provided to all registered students each academic year. The University of Texas at Dallas administers student discipline within the procedures of recognized and established due process. Procedures are defined and
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described in the Rules and Regulations, Board of Regents, The University of Texas System, Part 1, Chapter VI, Section 3, and in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations (SU 1.602, 972/883-6391). A student at the university neither loses the rights nor escapes the responsibilities of citizenship. He or she is expected to obey federal, state, and local laws as well as the Regents’ Rules, university regulations, and administrative rules. Students are subject to discipline for violating the standards of conduct whether such conduct takes place Page 3
on or off campus, or whether civil or criminal penalties are also imposed for such conduct. Academic Integrity The faculty expects from its students a high level of responsibility and academic honesty. Because the value of an academic degree depends upon the absolute integrity of the work done by the student for that degree, it is imperative that a student demonstrate a high standard of individual honor in his or her scholastic work. Scholastic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, statements, acts or omissions related to applications for enrollment or the award of a degree, and/or the submission as one’s own work or material that is not one’s own. As a general rule, scholastic dishonesty involves one of the following acts: cheating, plagiarism, collusion and/or falsifying academic records. Students suspected of academic dishonesty are subject to disciplinary proceedings. Plagiarism, especially from the web, from portions of papers for other classes, and from any other source is unacceptable and will be dealt with under the university’s policy on plagiarism (see general catalog for details). This course will use the resources of turnitin.com, which searches the web for possible plagiarism and is over 90% effective. Email Use The University of Texas at Dallas recognizes the value and efficiency of communication between faculty/staff and students through electronic mail. At the same time, email raises some issues concerning security and the identity of each individual in an email exchange. The university encourages all official student email correspondence be sent only to a student’s U.T. Dallas email address and that faculty and staff consider email from students official only if it originates from a UTD student account. This allows the university to maintain a high degree of confidence in the identity of all individual corresponding and the security of the transmitted information. UTD furnishes each student with a free email account that is to be used in all communication with university personnel. The Department of Information Resources at U.T. Dallas provides a method for students to have their U.T. Dallas mail forwarded to other accounts. Withdrawal from Class
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The administration of this institution has set deadlines for withdrawal of any collegelevel courses. These dates and times are published in that semester's course catalog. Administration procedures must be followed. It is the student's responsibility to handle withdrawal requirements from any class. In other words, I cannot drop or withdraw any student. You must do the proper paperwork to ensure that you will not receive a final grade of "F" in a course if you choose not to attend the class once you are enrolled. Student Grievance Procedures Procedures for student grievances are found in Title V, Rules on Student Services and Activities, of the university’s Handbook of Operating Procedures. In attempting to resolve any student grievance regarding grades, evaluations, or other fulfillments of academic responsibility, it is the obligation of the student first to make a serious effort to resolve the matter with the instructor, supervisor, administrator, or committee with whom the grievance originates (hereafter called “the respondent”). Individual faculty members retain primary responsibility for assigning grades and Child Development Summer 2010 5 evaluations. If the matter cannot be resolved at that level, the grievance must be submitted in writing to the respondent with a copy of the respondent’s School Dean. If the matter is not resolved by the written response provided by the respondent, the student may submit a written appeal to the School Dean. If the grievance is not resolved by the School Dean’s decision, the student may make a written appeal to the Dean of Graduate or Undergraduate Education, and the deal will appoint and convene an Academic Appeals Panel. The decision of the Academic Appeals Panel is final. The results of the academic appeals process will be distributed to all involved parties. Copies of these rules and regulations are available to students in the Office of the Dean of Students, where staff members are available to assist students in interpreting the rules and regulations. Incomplete Grade Policy As per university policy, incomplete grades will be granted only for work unavoidably missed at the semester’s end and only if 70% of the course work has been
completed. An incomplete grade must be resolved within eight (8) weeks from the first day of the subsequent long semester. If the required work to complete the course and to remove the incomplete grade is not submitted by the specified deadline, the incomplete grade is changed automatically to a grade of F. Disability Services The goal of Disability Services is to provide students with disabilities educational opportunities equal to those of their nondisabled peers. Disability Services is located in room 1.610 in the Student Union. Office hours are Monday and Thursday, 8:30 a.m. to 6:30 p.m.; Tuesday and Wednesday, 8:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.; and Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. The contact information for the Office of Disability Services is: The University of Texas at Dallas, SU 22 PO Box 830688 Richardson, Texas 75083-0688 (972) 883-2098 (voice or TTY) Essentially, the law requires that colleges and universities make those reasonable adjustments necessary to eliminate discrimination on the basis of disability. For example, it may be necessary to remove classroom prohibitions against tape recorders or animals (in the case of dog guides) for students who are blind. Occasionally an assignment requirement may be substituted (for example, a research paper versus an oral presentation for a student who is hearing impaired). Classes enrolled students with mobility impairments may have to be rescheduled in accessible facilities. The college or university may need to provide special services such as registration, note- taking, or mobility assistance. It is the student’s responsibility to notify his or her professors of the need for such an accommodation. Disability Services provides
students with letters to present to faculty members to verify that the student has a disability and needs accommodations. Individuals requiring special accommodation should contact the professor after class or during office hours. Religious Holy Days The University of Texas at Dallas will excuse a student from class or other required activities for the travel to and observance of a religious holy day for a religion whose places of worship are exempt from property tax under Section 11.20, Tax Code, Texas Code Annotated. The student is encouraged to notify the instructor or activity sponsor as soon as possible regarding the absence, preferably in advance of the assignment. The student, so excused, will be allowed to take the exam or complete the assignment within a reasonable time after the absence: a period equal to the length of the absence, up to a maximum of one week. A student who notifies the instructor and completes any missed exam or assignment may not be penalized for the absence. A student who fails to complete the exam or assignment within the prescribed period may receive a failing grade for that exam or assignment. If a student or an instructor disagrees about the nature of the absence [i.e., for the purpose of observing a religious holy day] or if there is similar disagreement about whether the student has been given a reasonable time to complete any missed assignments or examinations, either the student or the instructor may request a ruling from the chief executive officer of the institution, or his or her designee. The chief executive officer or designee must take into account the legislative intent of TEC 51.911(b), and the student and instructor will abide by the decision of the chief executive officer or designee.
The descriptions and timelines contained in this syllabus are subject to change at the discretion of the Professor.
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