Psychology 210.01 Child Psychology  CRN: 31279

Spring, 2013 - Dr. Karen Hartlep

8:00 – 9:30 AM, MWF  in  BDC 154B



Office:  DDH/D115                                                   Office Hours:  12:15-2:00 PM, MWF

Phone:  654-2371                                                    e-mail:




      Shaffer, D. R. & Kipp, K.  (2010).  Developmental Psychology. (9th Ed.)  Belmont, CA; Wadsworth/Cengage.  (ISBN-13:978-1-113-49121-7)


     Freiberg, K. (2011).  Annual Editions Human Development 12/13.  Guilford, CT; McGraw-Hill/ Dushkin.  (ISBN 978-0-07-805128-9)


Goals of the Course:

         The course will survey the work of developmental psychologists working with children from birth

             through adolescence.  From the course the student should gain:

         1.   An awareness of the methods used in studying children.

         2.   A survey of the findings within the topic areas of physiological, cognitive, perceptual, social, and personality development.

         3.   A general knowledge of some of the most famous theories in child psychology, including Piaget, Information Processing, Freud, Bandura, and Erikson.

         4.   Some awareness of why the study of human development is important, of what is to be gained by it, and where the "growth areas" are in the field.

         5.   Finally, information gained in this course should provide the student with some practical guides to working with and understanding children.


Psychology Department Learning Outcomes for this course:


Outcome 1.2:  Demonstrate knowledge and understanding representing appropriate breadth and depth in selected content areas of psychology.


Outcome 1.4:  Explain major perspectives of psychology (e.g., behavioral, biological, cognitive, evolutionary, humanistic, psychodynamic, and sociocultural).


Outcome 4.4:  Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as these relate to everyday life.



Schedule of Events:


Part I. Theories, Methods, Prenatal Development, Birth, and Physical Development.


            A.  Reading Assignments:

                  In Shaffer & Kipp, read Chapters l-3 and 5.

                  In Annual Editions, read the following articles 2) Seeking Genetic Fate;  3) The Prematurity Puzzle;  4)  Thanks, Dad;  6) Vaccination Nation;  8) Five Skills Kids Need Before They Read; and  9) Little by Little.


            B.    A Project from Group 1 is Due April 19, 2013.


            C.    Last day to withdraw from classes without a "W" being recorded on official transcripts is April 22, 2013.


            D.    Exam over Part I will be on April 24, 2013.




Part II. Perception, Cognition, Learning, Intelligence, and Language.


             A.  Reading Assignments:

                  In Shaffer & Kipp, read chapter 4 and 6-9.

                  In Annual Editions, read the following articles 12)  An Educator's Journey Toward Multiple Intelligences;  14) What Really Motivates Kids;  15) The Truth About Kids and Money;  16)  What I've Learned;  17)  From Lockers to Lockup;  and  22) Use the Science of What Works to Change the Odds for Children at Risk.


            B.  A Project from Group 2 is Due May 10, 2013.


            C.  Exam over Part II  will be on May 15, 2013.




Part III.  Emotional Development, the Self-Concept, Social Development, Gender and Personality Development, Aggression, Moral Development, the Family, etc..


             A.  Reading Assignments:

                  In Shaffer & Kipp, read Chapters 10-15.

                  In Annual Editions, read the following articles:  18) Role Reversal19) The Angry Smile;  20)                  Fast Times; 21) Engaging Young Children in Activities and Conversations About Race and

                 Social Class;  25)  Interview With Dr. Craig Anderson: Video Game Violence; and  27) Portrait of

                  a Hunger Artist.


            B.  Last day to withdraw from classes for a "serious and compelling reason" is May 20, 2013.  Please check the CSUB Catalog for the definition of "serious and compelling".  Poor grades in a course are specifically excluded.


            C.    Memorial Day Holiday - No Classes, May 27, 2013.


            D.    A Project from Group 3 is Due  May 31, 2013. 


             E.     Exam over Part III will be on June 7, 2013.



IV.  The Final Exam for this course will be cumulative.   It is scheduled for Wednesday, June 12, 2013,  from 8:00 to 10:30 AM.





1.  Four exams are scheduled, including three mid-terms and a final.  I will count the best three of these and drop the lowest score. Each of the exams I count will be worth 25% of your course grade, for a total of 75%.  There will be No Make-up Exams.  If you miss an exam, for any reason, that will be the score I drop.


 2.  Three Projects are also assigned.  The projects are available on the Web at are a total of 14 different projects described. They are listed by name and number below, along with the date each would be due during the quarter. (Note: If a project refers to a table or study, the appropriate table or reference is provided for you in the project, on the pages following the project’s instructions.)


Group 1 - Choose One - Due 4/19/13

Project 1: Observation of a Child

Project 2: Observation of a Newborn Nursery

Project 3: Observation of Turn-Taking During Feeding


Group 2 - Choose One - Due 5/10/13

Project 4: Development of the Object Concept

Project 5: Conservation of Number, Mass, and Weight

Project 6: The Pendulum

Project 7: The Game of 20 Questions

Project 8: Beginning Two-Word Sentences

Project 9: Conversation Between Mother and Child


Group 3 - Choose One - Due 5/31/13

Project 10: Television Aggression

Project 11: Sex Roles on TV

Project 12: Observation of Altruistic Behavior

Project 13: Observation of Children's Play Groups

Project 14: Understanding Friendship


You are to choose three of these to do for your grade, One From Each Group.  The project summaries and descriptions are to be typewritten, and a minimum of two pages.  Any raw data and materials should be attached to the back.  Handwritten projects will not be accepted.  Each of the three projects will be worth 8.33% for a total of 25% of the final grade.  I will not accept late papers.


             3.  Attendance.  In class you will be asked to respond in writing to thought questions, apply a concept, provide an example, or participate in other written activities.  These will be collected in class as evidence that you were there.  If you miss more than three classes, a percentage point will be taken off your final grade in the course for each additional class that is missed.





In Summary, the Final Grade will be weighted as follows:


             Highest Three Exams (25% each)       75%

             Three Projects                                        25%



Grades are given on a percentage basis using the following scale:


             A   = 93-100%                                  C   = 73-77%

             A- = 90-92%                                     C- = 70-72%

             B+ = 88-89%                                    D+ = 68-69%

             B   = 83-87%                                    D  = 63-67%

             B- = 80-82%                                     D- = 60-62%

             C+ = 78-79%                                    F   = 59% and below



Policy on "Incompletes":  I will not allow a student to take an incomplete in this course.  Since you are permitted to drop one exam score already, to miss more would be excessive.  Students who miss two exams must repeat the course.  Projects may be turned in ahead of the due date but late projects will not be accepted.  You will simply receive a zero for that portion of your grade.


Policy on Academic Dishonesty:  Any student caught in an act of academic dishonesty, including plagiarism, will receive an "F" for the course, and their action will be reported in a letter to the Dean of Arts and Sciences.  Please refer to the CSUB Catalog for the full details and definitions of what actions qualify under this policy.


Policy on Exams:  1) Be on time.  Once the first person has finished and left the room you will not be allowed to start.  2) Do not leave the room during the exam.  You may leave once you have finished and passed in your exam.  3) Clear your desktop.  4) No peaked caps.  4) No cell phones, etc.