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Summer 2016 Syllabus for PSYC-D010G-64Z
PSYC-D010G-64Z - Cristina Leal
Child Development: The Early Years
Call Number: 40537
Term: Spring 2014
4 units
De Anza College Online Education Center • LC 107 • Phone: 408-864-8969 • FAX: 408-864-8245 •
Critical examination of human growth and development from conception to middle childhood with particular attention given to current theoretical and research perspectives. (Also listed as Child Development 10G. Students may enroll in either department, but not both, for credit.)
Instructor Information: Cristina Leal
Office Hours: Online office hours Mondays 10-11am on Gmail Chat (cristinalealgdl) and Yahoo Messenger (cristinalealgdl)
Be prepared to spend at 12-15 hours per week interacting with following the course materials.

1. Orientation: Complete the Online Orientation and submit the student information form by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 11. The Online Orientation may be found on the Distance Learning Website by clicking on the link "Online Orientation" and searching for CD-010G-62z OR PSYC-010G-62z. Pre-registered students who do not complete the online orientation by the deadline will be dropped to make room for students on the wait list. This deadline will be strictly enforced.

2. Log in to Catalyst the first week of class. Go to "Week 1" and post to "Discussion Forum 1" to get started. You must do this by Friday, April 11, 5:00 pm. Students who do not post by this deadline will be dropped from the class to make room for students on the waiting list.

3. MyPsychLab with MyVirtualChild: This online resource will supplement our course materials. This is included in the textbook package you can purchase at the bookstore (Child Development, by Arnett & Maynard, ISBN: 0205987729). We are using a new textbook this quarter and I do not recommend you buy a different book as the exams and material will be based on the Arnett & Maynard book. I recommend that you purchase your textbook from the DeAnza bookstore. If you buy your textbook elsewhere you will need to make sure it includes access to MyVirtualChild. You will have weekly assignments based on your participation with MyVirtualChild. For further instructions go to

4. Discussion Board: This is an interactive board where students will be asked to post answers to a weekly question for the instructor and students to read. You will have to log in to Catalyst every week to answer these discussion forum questions. Read and respond to the questions (new questions will be posted every week). You must post your answer by midnight on Sunday night of the same week to receive credit.

5. Assignments/Exams: There are a total of three written assignments that will require you to work with children and adults. There may be smaller writing exercises throughout the course in addition to these formal papers. There will be three scheduled online examinations. All exams and assignments are submitted on the Catalyst website. Check Discussion Board for announcements. Please respond to the first questions by Friday, April 11, by 5:00 pm, in order to stay in the class.

This course is an examination of physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from conception to age five.

The learning objectives for this course are:

  • To survey theories of child development as they relate to physical, psycho-social and cognitive development from conception to early childhood.
  • To gain understanding of developmental characteristics and behavior from pre-conception to infancy and early childhood through observation, interviews, case study analysis and self-reflection.
  • To demonstrate understanding of major theories in developmental psychology as they relate to children
  • To examine ethnic, cultural, language and disability issues as integral factors in all aspects of development.
  • Textbook
    Required: Child Development by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett & Ashley E. Maynard. ISBN: 0205987729.

    Required: My Virtual Child. An access code is included with your textbook if you purchase it at the DeAnza bookstore. If you are purchasing your textbook elsewhere, make sure that it includes access to MyVirtualChild. You can also buy access to the program directly on .
    Written Assignments
    Three written papers that combine observation, interviews and reflection are required in this course. Two of these assignments will ask that you work with children, so plan ahead. All papers must be submitted in order to pass the class. Extra credit assignments may be offered in addition (but not instead) of these assignments.
    Testing / Grading
    Three quizzes will be given throughout the quarter (online). There are no on-campus exams. The quizzes may consist of multiple-choice and short-answer questions. Tests are open book. No comprehensive final is given. You will have at least two hours to complete each test.
    Assignments Schedule
    Below is a preliminary course outline of readings, assignments, and quizzes. Due dates for assignments and quizzes are subject to change. See the syllabus posted on Catalyst the first week of classes for the official schedule. Details on written assignment requirements will be provided the first day of the quarter on the Catalyst website.

    WEEK 1: Introduction to Child Development, Chapter 1. Discussion Forum 1 (deadline: 5:00 pm on Friday, April 11.)

    WEEK 2: Theories of Development, Chapter 2. Discussion Forum 2 due by midnight on Sunday.

    WEEK 3: Review/Quiz on Chapters 1 &2. Quiz will be available online on Catalyst. Heredity and Environment, Chapter 3. Discussion Forum 3 due by midnight Sunday.

    WEEK 4: Prenatal Development and Birth, Chapter 4. Discussion Forum 4 due midnight on Sunday. Assignment #1: Childbirth Interview due this week.

    WEEK 5: Review/Quiz on Chapters 3&4. Quiz will be available online on Catalyst. Physical Development in Infancy, Chapter 5. Discussion Forum 5 due by midnight on Sunday.

    WEEK 6: Cognitive Development in Infancy, Chapter 6. Discussion Forum 6 due by midnight on Sunday.

    WEEK 7: Social and Emotional Development in Infancy, Chapter 7. Discussion Forum 7 due by midnight on Sunday . Assignment #2: Infant Observation due this week.

    WEEK 8: Review/Quiz on Chapters 5, 6 & 7. Quiz will be available online on Catalyst. Discussion Forum 8 due by midnight on Sunday.

    WEEK 9: Physical Development in Early Childhood, Chapter 8. Discussion Forum 9 due by midnight on Sunday.

    WEEK 10: Cognitive Development in Early Childhood, Chapter 9. Discussion Forum 10 due by midnight on Sunday.
    Assignment #3: Preschooler Interview due this week.

    WEEK 11: Social and Emotional Development in Early Childhood. Discussion Forum 11 due by Sunday .

    WEEK 12: Finals Week. Review/Quiz on Chapters 8, 9 & 10.
    Quiz #4 must be completed by Friday of Week 12. All assignments must be submitted by this deadline in order to pass the course. Discussion Forum 12 is optional.
    Policy on Copying and Cheating:Students who submit the work of others as their own or cheat on exams or other assignments will receive a failing grade in the course and will be reported to college authorities.
    Catalyst Information
    This course utilizes Catalyst, De Anza's Online Learning Community. Please view the Catalyst website at to login. Please note that you will be unable to login until the first day of class. Be sure you are using your correct username and password - do not use your social security number or international "99" number. If you need help logging in or finding your student ID, please view the short instructional video at: Additional instructions and assistance can be found on the Catalyst website.
    De Anza College Bookstore Contact Information
    Phone: 408-864-8455
    De Anza College Library Services are available for all students and faculty, both on and off campus. Please consult the library website for a complete description of the library services and hours:

    De Anza College Library:

    Services of particular interest to off campus students include:
    • Access to the Library Catalog which includes books, DVDs, and course reserves. Here is a link to the library catalog:
      Library Catalog:
    • Article Databases and Research Databases The library subscribes to several electronic databases which provide access to thousands of full-text journals, newspapers, and magazine articles. Research databases include: LEXIS NEXIS Academic, Encyclopedia Britannica Online and a Practice Test Database which contains Nursing Exams, TOEFL Preparation, College Entrance Exams, and many more.
    To use the article or research databases from an off campus computer, log in with your 14 digit library number or eight digit student id number. These instructions are repeated on the first page of the library website along with descriptions of all the online resources provided.

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    Last Updated: 1/27/16