PSY 333D • Intro to Developmental Psychology
2:00 PM-3:00 PM
The goal of this course is to provide an advanced introduction to the study of developmental psychology from conception through the grade school years. The emphasis is on normal physical, social, cognitive, and language development, although development in various special populations is also addressed. In addition to learning basic developmental concepts, students are expected to become familiar with various research designs and procedures that have been used in the research literature. Students are also made aware of existing controversies in the literature, and as such are encouraged to view developmental psychology as an exciting, evolving discipline.
There will be 4 tests, plus a cumulative final exam. Each exam will consist of multiple choice questions from the lectures, text, reserve readings, and films. The final exam is the same format as the mid-term tests, and is cumulative. Students drop their lowest mid-term exam grade. There will be no curve on the exams: 90-100% is an A, 80-89% is a B, 70-79% is a C, 60-69% is a D, below 60% is an F. Each test is worth 20% of your grade. The final 20% of your grade is based on group work, which involves written assignments and class discussion.
1. Required: Siegler, R., DeLoache, J. and Eisenberg, N. (2003). How children develop, First Edition. 2. Recommended: Study guide to accompany above (same title; author is Jill Saxon). One copy of this study guide will be on reserve at PCL, and one will be on reserve at the Undergraduate Library. NOTE: Students can elect to use the course web site at www.worthpublishers.com/siegler instead of the study guide. 3. Various reserve readings will be required to supplement the text. These articles will be on reserve at the PCL and UGL and will also be available electronically.