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James W. Pennebaker, Chair The University of Texas at Austin, SEA 4.212, Austin, TX 78712 • (512) 475-7596

Amy Roberson Hayes

Graduate Student, Bigler Lab


PSY 304 • Intro To Child Psychology

43055 • Fall 2011
Meets TTH 930am-1100am SEA 2.108
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Course Description

The primary purpose of this course is to examine the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional growth of infants, children, and adolescents, and the various factors (e.g., genetics, parenting, peer groups, schooling, and the media) that influence development.  Prominent theories of child development and research methods used in developmental psychology are reviewed.Course RequirementsPlease note that the Psychology Department will drop all students who do not meet the following prerequisites:(a)  Completion of Psy 301 (Introductory Psychology)(b)  Received at least a grade of C in Psy 301

Grading Policy

Four examinations (worth 35 points a piece) will be given during the semester, with each exam covering roughly a fourth of the material.  The fourth exam will be given during the final exam period (date) of the course, but it is NOT a comprehensive final exam. Your cumulative exam grade will be the best 3 of the 4 grades.  The top three test scores will contribute equally toward the final grade, (i.e., each student's lowest exam score will be dropped).  Make-up exams will be essay format rather than the standard multiple-choice/short-answer format.  The exams will assess both conceptual knowledge and factual information, so be prepared to answer both kinds of questions.


Berk, L.E. Child Development (8th ed.)

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