Susan D. Harris
Department of Psychology
Office Hours: by appointment
Lectures: 11:00-12:20, TTH Hyer Hall, room 100
Kail, R. (2007). Children and Their Development (4th Edition). Upper Saddle River, NJ: Prentice Hall.
Psychology is the scientific study of behavior and the mind. Developmental Psychology is the area of study that investigates change over the lifespan. Specifically, this course will survey the processes and variables that influence the development of the child, adolescent, and young adult. Emphasis will be placed on the study of physical, emotional, social, and cognitive development. Overall, this course seeks to provide a broad overview of the field of developmental psychology, integrating the theory, research, and applications of the discipline. We will be taking a life-span approach to the study of development. The tenets of a life-span perspective will be outlined during lecture.
The course may include lectures, class discussions, videos, activities, and exams.
Your regular attendance in this class is required, as the exams may cover material from the text, lectures, films, and class discussions. Please make every effort to arrive on time and to stay for the entire class. If attendance/tardiness becomes a problem, points may be deducted from your final grade. In the event of an unavoidable absence from class, you are responsible for all information presented during the class you missed. This includes changes to the course outline and exam dates announced in class.
I expect each and every student to participate actively in class which means to ask questions, answer questions, and participate in discussions. In addition, please turn off and put away cell phones when you enter the classroom. I do not want students using phone for any purpose (this includes text messaging or as a watch) during class.
Grades will be assigned as follows: An overall course percentage of 90% will guarantee at least an A-, 80% guarantees at least a B-, 70% guarantees at least a C-, and 60% guarantees at least a D-. There are NO EXTRA CREDIT opportunities available for this course, so make sure you understand what is required of you. The table below outlines what each assignment is worth to your total grade.
Exams: There will be FOUR exams and a comprehensive Final Exam. Each exam may consist of multiple-choice, short-answer, and/or true/false questions. The exams may cover material from the textbook, lectures, films, and discussions. Makeup exams will be scheduled only if I am informed of your absence prior to the exam AND you have one of the following reasons for missing the exam: 1) university excused absences, if you have proper documentation and 2) illness, if you have a Doctor's note.
Activities: The activities that will be assigned this semester are primarily designed to improve your ability to evaluate and perform science. In addition, they should also help increase your expertise in the field of developmental psychology. On some occasions these activities will involve in-class group work. At other times the activities may incorporate both individual work performed outside the classroom, as well as in-class group work. Activities will not typically be announced in advance so your regular attendance is required. NO LATE ACTIVITIES WILL BE ACCEPTED FOR ANY REASON! Please note that the combination of all your activity grades is the equivalent of one in-class exam.
TENTATIVE COURSE OUTLINE
**Please note: I reserve the right to alter exam dates and the material to be covered for each exam, therefore, you are responsible for alterations to this tentative schedule that are announced in class.
DATE CHAPTERS TO BE COVERED
1/15 - 1/31 Chapters 1, 2, & 3
2/5 EXAM 1
2/7– 2/26 Chapters 4, 5, & 6
2/28 EXAM 2
3/4 - 3/27 Chapters 8, 9, 10, & 11
3/10 - 3/15 Spring Break!
4/1 EXAM 3
4/3 - 4/22 Chapters 13, 14, & 15
4/24 EXAM 4
4/29 Last day of class
5/9 Final Exam 11:30 am
Students needing academic accommodations for a disability must first contact
Ms. Rebecca Marin, Coordinator, Services for Students with Disabilities
(214-768-4557), to verify the disability and establish eligibility for
accommodations. They should then schedule an appointment with the professor to
make appropriate arrangements. (See University Policy No. 2.4.)
Religiously observant students wishing to be absent on holidays that require
missing class should notify their professors in writing at the beginning of the
semester, and should discuss with them, in advance, acceptable ways of making up
any work missed because of the absence. (See University Policy No. 1.9.)
Excused Absences for University Extracurricular Activities
Students participating in an officially sanctioned, scheduled University
extracurricular activity will be given the opportunity to make up class
assignments or other graded assignments missed as a result of their
participation. It is the responsibility of the student to make arrangements
with the instructor prior to any missed scheduled examination or other
missed assignment for making up the work. (University Undergraduate Catalogue)
Cheating and/or plagiarism will not be tolerated in this course and will be dealt with according to the University's Honor Code. As stated by the Honor Council, "Permitting others to prepare their work, using published or unpublished summaries as a substitute for studying required materials, or giving or receiving unauthorized assistance in the preparation of work to be submitted are directly contrary to the honest process of learning." A violation of the Code will result in an F for the course. In addition, the student may also be taken before the Honor Council. If you are unclear about this please see the instructor immediately.