Psychology 260-201 Child Psychology (Online) Overview and General Course Information:

Psychology 260-201 Child Psychology (Online)  Overview and General Course Information:
Psychology 260-201 Child Psychology (Online)
Spring 2016 (1/25-5/15)
Instructor: Kristin Smith, Ph.D.
Office/Phone: Garland 213, 414-229-1152
Email: [email protected]
Mailbox: Garland 224
Office Hours: MW 2-3:30pm (and by appointment)
Teaching Assistant: Ellen Defenderfer
Office: Pearse 374
Email: [email protected]
Office Hours: By appointment
Overview and General Course Information:
Communication in the Course: Communication with me and with the class teaching assistant is strongly encouraged
during the semester. There are three ways to communicate with us:
1) Send an email directly to myself or your teaching assistant (required method of contact for any personal, grade,
or feedback-related questions). Note: Grade communications can only be exchanged between UWM email
**Email is the preferred method of contact, as it is checked daily. Please include the following in an email: a)
your full name, b) the name or course number of the class you are taking (your instructor teaches several large
classes at a time), and c) an appropriate greeting (preferably something other than “Hey, prof…”). This will
greatly reduce the time it takes for me to get back to you.
2) Post to the “General Questions” discussion board on D2L (recommended if you are inquiring about the logistics
of the course or course content; this way, others can benefit from your question and the answers!)
3) Call me or your teaching assistant (numbers listed above). Note: we are not always in our offices or on campus.
Voicemail messages will be retrieved but on a much less regular basis. We can certainly arrange to speak with
you by phone if needed.
I will use our D2L site on a near-daily basis, so please check it often!
Course Description: This course is designed to introduce you to the fundamental theories, research methods, key
concepts, and current topics related to the study of child development.
Table of Contents: Here is a list of Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) and where to find the answers:
What do I need?
Can I make up things I miss?
What will I learn?
How does extra credit work?
How will I learn it?
Anything else I should know
What do I have to do?
When do I need to do it?
How long will it take?
Course Learning Objectives and Learning Outcomes:
We all have some experience with children, whether it’s through our work, our families (some of you may even be
raising your own!), or reflecting back on our childhoods. It is hoped that, by the end of this course, when you think about
or interact with the children in your life, you do so with a new appreciation, knowledge, and excitement about the
complexities involved! Upon completion of this course, students will be able to:
 Compare and contrast many of the most important theories and beliefs in the field of developmental
psychology, both historical and current.
 Analyze child development research studies using knowledge of the research methods found in child
development and recent medical and psychological advances in the field.
 Assess the impact of cultural factors, interactions between inheritance and the environment, and ever-changing
social trends on developmental outcomes.
 Apply your knowledge of the above topics to the world (and children) around you.
 Demonstrate critical thinking skills on course assessment measures (quizzes, exams, discussions).
This course meets the UWM General Education Requirements (GER) in the division of Social Sciences. All Social Science
courses have the following learning outcome: improved knowledge of Human Cultures and the Natural World. This
involves broadening one’s knowledge and ability to think beyond one’s discipline, major, or area of concentration.
Course Prerequisite: Psychology 101
Note: This is not a self-paced course. Once the semester begins, please do not wait to start the course.
1. Textbook: Cook, J. L., & Cook, G. (2014). The World of Children – 3rd Edition. Boston, MA: Pearson Education Inc.
2. Online Resource: MyPsychLab (
The textbook publisher provides an excellent set of online materials, including study plans, videos, multimedia
exercises, and practice exams. This option also includes access to a virtual child-rearing program
(MyVirtualChild). You can choose whether or not you want to purchase an e-text with chapter audio through
this site as well (see purchase options below). You will need to enter the following when it asks you for a course
ID: smith62338. This will allow you to access the correct course and allows me to see the components you
complete so that I can grade them.
Purchasing Materials: You have several options for purchasing the required and optional materials for this course:
o The UWM virtual bookstore ( has stocked a looseleaf textbook bundled with an access
code for MyPsychLab. This package is available new (~$155).
o If you instead find a used copy of the text elsewhere, you must make sure you also have access to MyPsychLab. If
not, you can purchase it separately ($62;
o If you want to go all electronic, you can purchase MyPsychLab with a Pearson eText for $84
( You should click the “Student” button under the Register heading.
Click “Ok! Register Now,” select the “Yes, I have a Course ID” option and enter smith62338 when prompted for the
Course ID).
o Several copies of the textbook are also available on reserve at the library; they are to be used within the library for
limited periods of time. You will STILL need to buy access to MyPsychLab ($62;
Important notes:
1) When you get the book, make sure it is the right one – there are other sections of this course that have used
similar books (even by the same authors!) that are not the same.
2) Please follow the instructions in the syllabus and on the course D2L site about registering for the electronic
resources, so that you are sure to enter the correct ID for MyPsychLab. Activate your materials on the first day.
Follow the trouble-shooting instructions later in the syllabus if you run into technical problems while registering.
Course Requirements, Learning Activities/Assignments, Make-up Policy, and Grading:
Course Requirements: All activities will be completed online, through D2L, and using MyPsychLab. Your final grade will
be determined by your performance on the following:
1. Orientation Activities (5% of final grade)
 Online Scavenger Hunt (Including Scavenger Hunt Worksheet, Practice Quiz, and Personal Introduction)
2. Chapter Quizzes (Performance on best 12 out of 15; 36% of final grade)
 You can take each quiz up to 3 times. Quizzes must be completed before the dates indicated below.
 You are encouraged to complete the quizzes earlier than the dates on the schedule below.
3. Online Unit Discussions (5 total; 15% of final grade)
 There are two components of each discussion: 1) post and 2) response. Both parts are required for a
completed assignment.
 Details and guidelines are provided in the “Important Course Documents” section of D2L and below.
4. MyVirtualChild (24% of final grade)
 You need to complete the 4 “checkpoints” in MyVirtualChild by the deadlines listed in the Course Schedule.
 The assignment consists of both selecting from a range of options as well as writing open-ended responses.
5. Exams (Performance on best 2 out of 3; 20% of final grade)
 Exam 1 will be on chapters 1 through 6.
 Exam 2 will be on chapters 7 through 12.
 The cumulative final (Exam 3) is optional and will be on Chapters 1 through 15.
 You can take each exam up to 2 times. The optional cumulative final exam can replace either your Exam 1 or
your Exam 2 grade. If you score more poorly on the optional final, then it does not count at all.
 Exams must be completed before the dates indicated below.
 You can choose to complete the exams sooner than the schedule, but not before you have taken the quizzes
for the chapters included in the exam.
6. OPTIONAL Extra Credit (up to 3.5% bonus; to be added at end of semester): Deadline to complete extra credit
through the Psychology Department is May 11th. Please see page 7 of the syllabus for additional, essential
information about extra credit opportunities in this class.
Note: The lowest three quiz scores and lowest exam grade will be dropped at the end of the semester.
Grading System:
Grades are based on cutoffs derived from the percentage of possible points (note that there is NO rounding):
C ………………………….72.5-76.49%
B …………………82.5-86.49%
F ………………………….<59.5%
Late Assignments/Quizzes and Make-Up Policy:
This course is designed with ample flexibility and many opportunities to do well. Your three lowest quiz grades and
lowest exam grade are all dropped. All assignments are due at or before the date listed on the schedule. Late
assignments will not be accepted. You will not be able to make up a missed quiz or discussion under any circumstances.
Learning Activities and Assignments: Your learning will be based on your reading of the textbook, your participation in
discussions, and your experiences raising a “virtual child.”
Chapter Reading: You must complete the reading in order to succeed in this course. This is a core component of
the course. See the course schedule below for assigned readings.
Powerpoint presentations: There are brief Powerpoint presentations available on D2L for each chapter. These
are sometimes quite short and focus on the more difficult components of each chapter. They are NOT
comprehensive. The majority of your learning will take place through chapter reading, completion of
MyPsychLab activities, and participation in discussions.
Online Learning Activities: These are available on MyPsychLab. You can get there by clicking on the tab in D2L.
You will be asked for your username and password; this is the account you set up when you registered, not the
same as your Panther ID.
Online Study Activities: The textbook publisher has an excellent set of resources online to supplement
and deepen your understanding of the material covered in the class. The class ID for MyPsychLab is
smith62338. You will need to enter the class ID to receive grades on these activities (especially on the
MyVirtualChild part of the course). You can search the Multimedia Library in each chapter for electronic
resources. You can also complete Media Assignments, which will help you gauge your understanding of
select videos. There is a study guide available for each chapter, which you may find helpful to structure
your learning of the material. MyPsychLab also has practice Chapter Exams. Please note: The
MyPsychLab system will track your progress on its activities, including your performance on the quizzes
and exams available. Completing these quizzes will likely help you to prepare for the D2L quizzes.
However, your quiz grade in this course comes from your performance on the D2L quizzes, not on your
performance on the quizzes/exams within MyPsychLab.
MyVirtualChild: Beginning with Unit 2 until the end of the semester, you will participate in the “My
Virtual Child” program, an online program which allows you to “raise” a child from birth through
adolescence. You are randomly assigned a child with some initial characteristics, and then you are asked
to make decisions about how to raise your child. This program will help you place your textbook learning
within a “virtual” real world. Although you are not required to begin using the program until Unit 2, I will
ask you to log on to the program during the Scavenger Hunt (in the first week of the course) to make
sure that you are able to do so and that you don’t run into any technical glitches. You can get to
MyVirtualChild through MyPsychLab. You will be asked for your username and password; these are the
username and password you set up for MyPsychLab. I will be able to see your progress in the program
when you register with the course ID.
Your grade will be based on timely completion of the checkpoints and your written responses to
the essay questions. Note that your goal is to show me that you understand the concepts AND
that you can apply what you have read and understood from the text and other course
activities, rather than to present me with your opinion alone or to rewrite what the
MyVirtualChild program says about your child.
Please make sure to use your own words in your assignment, and to clearly indicate when you
are quoting directly from the text (include the page number) or another source, in order to
avoid plagiarism (see
Your grade on these written assignments is based on the following rubric:
Demonstration of
knowledge and
understanding gained
from the assigned
Very clear that
readings and course
concepts were
understood and
incorporated very
well into responses.
Readings and course
concepts were
understood and
incorporated into
Written responses
have questionable
relation to reading
material and to
course concepts.
There is mention of
course concepts, but
they are not defined.
Not evident that
readings and course
concepts were
understood and/or
not incorporated into
Up to one additional point will be awarded for writing clearly and formally.
If you have difficulties accessing either MyPsychLab, please follow these steps:
1) Contact Pearson using their live chat function (see Links on D2L). They are often very helpful. You will be given an
“incident number” that you will need if they do not succeed at solving your problem.
2) Be in touch with Benjamin Hermes ([email protected]), and he will try to help you. You will need to tell
him: a) that you are a UWM student enrolled in Psychology 260 with Dr. Smith; and b) Your incident number from tech
3) Finally, if you still do not have access, please put upload a document to the “MyPsychLab Help!” dropbox on D2L. I will
need the following information to help you:
a. Your incident number
b. The access code that came with your textbook
c. Your MyPsychLab username and password (so don’t choose anything too private!)
Email me at [email protected] once you have uploaded a document, so that I know to check the dropbox.
Chapter Quizzes: Chapter quizzes will be on the D2L course site. You will complete a quiz for each chapter of the
course. Each quiz has 10 questions, and you have 15 minutes to complete it. These quizzes are meant to
measure your knowledge of the material in the chapter, and will help you gauge how well you have mastered it.
Save quiz answers as you go along to avoid losing work. You can take the quiz up to 3 times. It is recommended
that you spend additional time studying between quiz attempts.
Quiz Disputes Drop Box:
If you believe that one or more of the questions on the quizzes was graded incorrectly, then you can submit a chapter
quiz dispute to the drop box.
Include the following information:
a) the stem of the question (it is not sufficient to say “Question 1” because the questions are generated randomly for
each person each time they take the quiz);
b) the answer you chose; and
c) a justification for why that answer is better than the other answers provided, including reference to page numbers and
sections in the book or a part of an online learning activity.
**Please do not email me with this information or to dispute a question. I will periodically (every few days) check this
drop box and get back to you with a decision.
Discussions: The discussions are meant as a way for you to interact with your fellow students (as well as the
course instructor and TA) by discussing a topic or question related to the material covered in that unit. These
will often involve having you first read a brief article or watch a short video on MyPsychLab. You will receive full
credit by providing a post AND a response to at least one other classmate. It is expected that you will uniquely
contribute to the discussion in your writing. Please see the specific guidelines on D2L for discussions and
Exams: There will be 3 multiple-choice exams over the course of the semester. Exam 1 will cover chapters 1
through 6. Exam 2 will cover chapters 7 through 12. Exam 3 is cumulative (chapters 1 through 15) and is
optional. You can use your grade on Exam 3 to replace the lowest exam grade (Exam 1 or Exam 2). Each exam
will have 50 questions and you will have 60 minutes to complete it. You can take each exam up to 2 times.
Time Commitment: The suggested minimum time commitment recommended for successful completion of this course
is as follows.
Scavenger Hunt
Textbook Reading and Note-Taking
Listening to/Reviewing Powerpoints and Note-Taking
MyVirtualChild Activity
Discussion Assignments
Preparing for Quizzes
Taking Quizzes
Studying for Exams
Taking Exams
Reading Instructor Correspondence
Per Assignment Time Commitment
2 hours
3 hours per chapter (45 hours total)
1 hour per chapter (15 hours total)
15 hours total
2 hours per assignment (10 hours total)
1 hour per chapter (15 total)
10 minutes per quiz, up to 3 attempts (7.5 total)
1 hour per chapter (15 total)
1 hour each attempt (6 total)
30 minutes per week (7.5 total)
In sum, you should expect to dedicate at least 9 hours per week to this course (138 hours across the entire semester).
Please remember that this is a minimum time commitment; more time might be required to prepare effectively for
quizzes and the exam and to complete course assignments.
Research Participation for Extra Credit:
Research Participation for Extra Credit
Opportunities for research participation for extra credit can be found on the Psychology Department SONA website –
see the top link on the department Sona webpage:
The last day for participation is 5PM on Wednesday, May 11, 2016 (Study Day).
You have until 5PM on Thursday, May 12, 2016 to reassign Sona credits from one course to another (if you are
registered for more than one course offering extra credit this semester).
If you participated in previous semesters you may already have an account. If your account no longer exists or you need
to establish a new account, follow these steps:
1. Log onto the SONA website:
2. In the bottom left-hand corner click on “Request an Account Here” under the “New Participant” heading.
3. Enter all of the requested information – MAKE SURE YOUR EMAIL ADDRESS IS CORRECT. Your username
should be your epanther email address, not your student ID number.
4. When you receive your password via email, log into your account and change your password.
The first time you log in you will be asked to do a brief prescreening survey (approximately 25 questions). Researchers
may invite you to participate in their studies based on your responses to the prescreen questions. You may choose
whether or not you wish to participate in these studies.
Once you have logged on to the website you will see a list of studies. If a study interests you and “Time slots available” is
stated to the left of the study title, you can view available sessions and sign up for those sessions by clicking on the study
title and then on View Time Slots at the bottom of the study description page. You will receive a reminder email prior to
your session.
It is very important to remember that when you sign up for a session you are making a commitment to show up for
that appointment. If you need to cancel you may do so via the SONA website prior to the session. Studies vary in how
much advance notice they need of cancellation (most are 24 hours) – please take note of this when you sign up. If you
do not show up for a session you will lose the opportunity to earn one percent of extra credit. If you fail to show for a
second session you will again lose the opportunity to earn a second percentage of extra credit and you will no longer
have the opportunity to sign up for research studies to earn extra credit for your course(s). You can make up the extra
credit points you lost by completing an alternative extra credit option (see Alternative to Research Participation study on
Sona). The alternative option involves reading an empirical paper related to the course for which you wish to receive
extra credit and writing a summary of the article.
If you have questions please contact the SONA Subject Pool Coordinator, Dr. Christine Larson, [email protected]
Important Policies:
Departmental and University Policies
Information on university policies on participation by students with disabilities, accommodation for religious
observances, complaint procedures, grade appeal procedures, and other standing policies (e.g., sexual harassment,
incompletes) can be found here:
If you have a documented disability and need special accommodations to meet any of the requirements of this course,
please contact me as soon as possible. I will need your VISA form, which you can obtain at the Accessibility Resource
Center (Mitchell 112,, phone 414-229-6287).
In this course, we will strictly adhere to UWM's policy regarding academic misconduct. UWM does not tolerate
academic misconduct, in any form. Cheating and plagiarism are examples of academic misconduct. Here is the
university's definition: "an act in which a student seeks to claim credit for the work or efforts of another without
authorization or citation, uses unauthorized materials or fabricated data in any academic exercise, forges or falsifies
academic documents or records, intentionally impedes or damages the academic work of others, engages in conduct
aimed at making false representation of a student's academic performance, or assists other students in any of these
acts." Information about the procedures that are followed when a student is suspected of academic misconduct can be
found on this web page:
Title IX is a federal law that prohibits sex discrimination. Sex discrimination includes sexual harassment, sexual violence,
and any other sex-based misconduct, relationship violence, discrimination based on pregnancy, and the failure to
provide equal opportunity in all areas of schooling such as admissions, educational programs or activities, and athletics.
In compliance with Title IX, UWM will not tolerate discrimination or harassing conduct that is based on a protected
status. Federal law requires UWM employees who receive information about conduct that is prohibited by Title IX to
report such information to UWM’s Title IX Coordinator. UWM’s Title IX Coordinator can be reached by calling the Office
of Equity/Diversity Services at 414-229-5923, or by emailing the office at [email protected]
Child Psychology Online Spring 2016 Class Schedule
Please note that you are free to complete the exams and quizzes sooner than the schedule indicated below. You will have 3 attempts
per quiz. You will have only 2 attempts per exam. Assignments are due by 11:59pm on the due dates listed below.
Lecture Topic/Activity
Due Date
Course Intro
Personal Introduction Post
Personal Introduction Response
Unit 1 Discussion Post
Ch 1
Unit 1 Discussion Response
Ch 2
Unit 2 Discussion Post
Physical Development
MVC Raise to 3 years, 0 months
Ch 5
Unit 2 Discussion Response
Ch 6
Social-Emotional Dev
EXAM 1 (CH. 1-6) DUE BY 11:59 pm
Early Childhood:
Unit 3 Discussion Post
Physical Development
MVC Raise to 6 years, 11 months
Ch 8
Unit 3 Discussion Response
Ch 9
Cognitive Dev
Social-Emotional Dev
Middle Childhood:
Unit 4 Discussion Post
Physical Development
MVC Raise to 11 years, 11 months
Ch 11
Unit 4 Discussion Response
Ch 12
Social-Emotional Dev
EXAM 2 (CH. 7-12) DUE BY 11:59pm
Unit 5 Discussion Post
Physical Development
Unit 5 Discussion Response
Ch 13
Ch 14
Cognitive Dev
Social-Emotional Dev
Ch 10
CH 10, 11, & 12 QUIZZES DUE by 11:59pm
Ch 7
CH 7, 8, & 9 QUIZZES DUE by 11:59pm
Cognitive Dev
Ch 4
CH 4, 5, & 6 QUIZZES DUE by 11:59pm
Ch 3
CH 1, 2, & 3 QUIZZES DUE by 11:59pm
Cognitive Dev
Prenatal Development
Chapter Reading
Ch 15
CH 13, 14, & 15 QUIZZES DUE by 11:59pm
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