PSY-152: Child Psychology

School
Liberal Arts
Department
Psychology
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Psychology
Course Number
152
Course Title
Child Psychology
Credit Hours
3.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Pre-requisites
PSY-131 with grade of C or higher
Catalog Course Description

Covers the physical, emotional, intellectual, and social development of the child and adolescent. Explores a variety of theories, recent research, and practical application.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Core Course Topics
  1. Experimental, Observational, Correlational and Survey Research Methods
  2. Genetic Foundations of Child Psychology
  3. Prenatal Development
  4. Birthing Process
  5. Infancy
    1. Social Development
    2. Emotional Development
    3. Physical Development
    4. Cognitive Development
  6. Early Childhood
    1. Social Development
    2. Emotional Development
    3. Physical Development
    4. Cognitive Development
  7. Middle and Late Childhood
    1. Social Development
    2. Emotional Development
    3. Physical Development
    4. Cognitive Development
  8. Adolescence
    1. Social Development
    2. Emotional Development
    3. Physical Development
    4. Cognitive Development
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)
  1. Compare and contrast the different research methods used in child psychology
  2. Analyze the major child psychology theorists as well as their theories*
  3. Identify the genetic mechanisms that make up heredity
  4. Identify the different stages of prenatal development and the birth process
  5. Evaluate the different physical, cognitive, social and emotional developmental stages in infancy
  6. Evaluate the different physical, cognitive, social and emotional developmental stages in early childhood
  7. Evaluate the different physical, cognitive, social and emotional developmental stages in middle and late childhood
  8. Evaluate the different physical, cognitive, social and emotional developmental stages in adolescence
  9. Explain the cross-cultural implications of child psychology

Assessment and Requirements

Assessment of Academic Achievement

Each instructor will implement appropriate methods for assessing the achievement of the learning objectives of the course. These methods may include, but are not necessarily limited to, objective and/or written examinations, papers, Internet assignments, and library projects. In addition, all students will analyze a child psychology article.* 

*Indicates critical thinking assignment.

Approval Dates

Effective Term
Fall 2014
ILT Approval Date
04/04/2014
AALC Approval Date
05/12/2014
Curriculum Committee Approval Date
05/12/2014