PSYC 315 (3 cr): Childhood and Adolescence

Course Outline

  • Four study modules, each with an accompanying assignment
  • Final examination

Course Description

Psychology 315: Childhood and Adolescence Human development from the preschool period through adolescence.

This course is designed to provide you with a background in theory and research in the cognitive, emotional, and social development of the child. Emphasized as well is the influence of child development contexts such as family life, peers, and culture.

Prerequisites: Either (a) PSYC 100 or (b) all of PSYC 101, PSYC 102 or (c) 6 credits of 200-level Psychology (but not 205 or 263).

Course Objectives

Psych 315 has been designed to foster breadth and depth in your understanding of current theoretical orientations and research findings on child development. Through assignment work, exploration activities and discussion forums you will be exposed to a range of current-day issues and concerns relating to the developing child.

Course Overview

Your study in Psychology 315 mirrors the chronological organization of the course text and is organized into four modules.

Module 1 introduces the field of developmental psychology including the key theories, research strategies and issues that inform the study of human development.

Module 2, 3 and 4 follow the sequence of child development from early childhood, middle childhood and adolescence, respectively. Module readings present findings on the cognitive, emotional and social development of children as well as the influence of developmental contexts such as family life, peers, etc.

All four modules follow a similar format. Each module begins with a general overview and a set of learning objectives. A check list follows that details the activities you must work through in order to successfully complete the module.

Your study within each module is subdivided into two to four lessons. For each module lesson, the assigned text reading and accompanying self test study exercise are listed. Most module lessons include an exploration activity. Each exploration activity is wrapped around a reading or other web-based resource and focuses on a topical issue or concern introduced in your module readings.

A final feature of each module is a discussion forum centred on an issue or debate drawn from the Module reading. Here you are encouraged to share your reflections and questions with fellow students.

Course Work

There are four assignments in Psychology 315. All four assignments must be completed to receive credit for the course.

Each assignment will assess your understanding of assigned text reading; your work on the module’s exploration activities and your input and contribution to the discussion activity.

At the end of the course there is a two and a half hour final examination. The final exam will consist of thirty (30) multiple choice questions and seven (7) written questions that you select to answer from a choice of ten.

Your final grade will be determined as follows:

Assignment One 10%
Assignment Two 12%
Assignment Three 14%
Assignment Four 14%
Final Exam 50%

To receive credit for this course you must:

  • Pass the final exam with a minimum of 50%.
  • Achieve an overall grade of 50% on the combined assignments and final exam.

Course Material

Other then the course text, all instructional material relating to the course is found at the course website.

Course Textbook

Berk, L., Infants, Children and Adolescents. 7th ed. with MyDevelopmentLab with E-book Student Access code card. Pearson, 2011.

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