THE UNIVERSITY OF WISCONSIN-WHITEWATER
Department of Psychology
Psychology 331: Psychology of Childhood
Section 01: TR 9:30-10:45 in WH 4007
Section 02: TR 11:00-12:15 in WH 4007
Instructor: Dr. Greg Cook
Office: WH 5047
Phone: 472-1050 or 472-1026 (sec.)
Office Hours: Tuesdays, 8:15-9:30; Wednesdays, 2:00-3:30; Thursdays, 8:15-9:30 &
1:30-2:30. Others by appointment.
Prerequisites: Psychology 211
Required Textbook & Web Materials:
The required textbook is Child Development: Principles & Perspectives by Joan
Littlefield Cook & Greg Cook, 2005, Allyn & Bacon Publishers. This textbook is available for
rental in the University Bookstore.
This course also uses web materials for quizzes and other activities. You must purchase
access to the web materials by buying the Student Starter Package for
MyDevelopmentLab on the main floor of the University Bookstore ($44.75) or by buying
access directly from this website: https://register.pearsoncmg.com/reg/buy/coursebuy.jsp
($63.50). The course ID number is Cook13850.
2-for-1: Another alternative is to purchase the Student Starter Package together with a
loose-leaf version of the textbook ($76), at this site:
option is a bit more expensive, but it gives you your own copy of the textbook so you can
highlight, take notes in the book, etc. The book is not bound—it is in loose-leaf form and is
3-hole punched so you can put it in your own 3-ring binder. Could be handy!
**If you are purchasing access to the web materials from any other site or source, please
make sure you are getting MyDevelopmentLab with CourseCompass. The company also
sells MyDevelopmentLab without CourseCompass, but that version does not have all of the
features we need for this course.
Please note that this course does not use D2L (a web system used for many other UWW
classes), and you will not see it listed at the campus D2L site.
Course Description: This course covers the current and historical issues regarding child
development, including research methods and findings, theories, controversies, and
practical applications. Physical, social, and cognitive aspects of development are covered.
Emphasis is on development from conception until adolescence.
Learning Objectives Met by This Course: By completing this course, you should meet
each learning objective listed below.
1. Gain basic factual knowledge of the physical, social, and cognitive aspects of child
2. Gain knowledge of the important historical and contemporary theoretical perspectives
related to child psychology.
3. Gain knowledge of different research techniques used in child psychology, including
observational, case study, correlational, and experimental techniques.
4. Gain knowledge of ethical issues related to the study of child psychology.
5. Distinguish between correlation and causation.
6. Apply knowledge of the principles of child psychology to everyday life.
Class Time: The basic idea for this class is that you will study each assigned chapter
thoroughly before we cover it in class. You will need to pass an online quiz on each
chapter, and these quizzes are generally set to expire on the evening before we are
scheduled to cover the chapter in class. Rather than lecture on the chapter material in
class, we will instead use class time to discuss the most important topics, review any topics
students find most difficult or confusing, discuss how we can use the information in our real
lives and potential careers, and to explore other features of the online materials. We are
therefore using our class time to “go beyond” what is in already in the textbook. Of course,
you will not be able to “go beyond” the textbook if you haven’t studied it, so do please study
your assigned readings thoroughly (read and think about it) and keep up with our reading
schedule. Please also be aware that material we discuss in class will also be added to
exams. I will intentionally write some exam items that can be answered only from our class
discussions and things that happen in class. It is important that you attend class to keep up
with our class material. If you miss class, I do not give you my class notes nor do I re-teach
the material to you. You will need to get notes from other students.
Grade Aid study guide: As part of MyDevLab, you have a complete student study guide.
You can find it online under “Course Documents,” and it is called “Grade Aid.” Grade Aid
has excellent active learning exercises for every chapter, and it also has excellent practice
tests. Grade Aid is a very valuable tool to use if you would like activities to help you digest,
explore, remember, and understand the textbook information. It also has very interesting
web links to help you dig deeper into important topics, and it has crossword puzzles that
combine learning with fun. Check it out!
Class Participation: This class will rely heavily on student participation in class
discussions and activities. I expect students to participate in class, but I do not give formal
grades for participation. If you have concerns or questions about your level of participation
or your ability to participate in class, please see me as soon in the semester as possible.
Attendance Policy: I do not take attendance, and attendance is not included in calculating
grades. It has been my experience, however, that students rarely ever perform well when
they miss more than one or two classes. You are responsible for everything that happens
in class, including announcements, additional assignments, activities, and changes in the
class schedule, even when you do not attend. If you miss class, make sure you check with
fellow students to find out what you missed. It will be very difficult to perform well on
exams if you miss classes. Remember that material from class is also added to all exams.
One exception: If you have a contagious illness (fever, etc.) please do not come to class
where you might infect others.
MyDevelopmentLab: MyDevLab is a state-of-the-art system of online supports developed
specifically for the textbook used in this course. By accessing MyDevLab, you can:
work with a full electronic version of the textbook with numerous simulations,
activities, WEB links, practice quizzes, and other features built right into every
use a full student workbook, called “Grade Aid,” to assist you as you study each
take a pretest (just for practice) and see the study plan that MyDevLab customizes
just for you based on your pretest results;
take a posttest (again, just for practice) to see what you know after studying each
take all of the chapter quizzes assigned for a grade in this course;
use discussion boards to ask questions, share comments, and communicate with
other students in the course;
take advantage of numerous other activities and materials built into MyDevLab.
If you have problems with internet access or other issues in using MyDevLab from your
home computer, try using campus computers in Winther 4002 or in the Anderson or
McGraw Hall Computer Labs. If problems persist, see me right away.
Outline of Requirements: The course is divided into 3 units. Each unit contains 4 textbook
chapters, quizzes for each chapter, and one exam at the end of the unit. It is your
responsibility to read the chapters assigned to each unit and pass at least one quiz (at 80%
correct) for each chapter. Chapter quizzes will be set to expire just before we begin
discussing that chapter in class; it is your responsibility to keep abreast of the schedule (it
can change as our class discussions proceed) and pass each chapter before the quiz
expires. You will take an exam in class at the end of each unit.
Grading: Grades will be based on 12 chapter quizzes (max. 120 points) and 3 exams
(max. 300 points). Final grades will be based on the percentage of total points
accumulated, using this scale: A=90-100%, B=80-89%, C=70-79%, D=60-69%, F<60%. A
maximum of 420 points is possible during the semester. At the end of the semester, I take
all percentages that end in .5 and round up. For example, I round 79.50 up to 80% (for a
B). Please understand that I do not round up any fraction below .5. So, 79.49 is not
rounded up (it’s a C). No exceptions—the line must be drawn somewhere.
Chapter Quizzes: All quizzes are taken online. Each quiz will contain 20 multiple-choice
questions taken randomly from the assigned chapter. Quizzes are open-book and open-
note, but you must take every quiz alone and without the assistance of any other person.
Quizzes will be timed: 15 minutes will be allowed for each quiz. In general, quizzes in each
unit expire the night before I expect that we will begin covering that chapter in class. It is
your responsibility to take the quizzes online before the quizzes expire. Please be aware
that the quiz schedule can change as our class discussions proceed (so quizzes may
expire either earlier or later than originally posted). Schedule changes will be announced in
class—it is your responsibility to come to class and be aware of all changes. You can
always take quizzes early, but please note that late quizzes will not be available or
accepted. All quizzes are posted online in MyDevelopmentLab under “Assignments.”
You must answer at least 16 questions correctly (80%) to pass each quiz. If you do not
pass a quiz, you can make up to 2 more attempts by taking additional quizzes from that
chapter. Under “Assignments” you will notice 3 quizzes posted for each chapter (e.g.,
Chapter 1 Quiz A, Chapter 1 Quiz B, Chapter 1 Quiz C). You can attempt each of these
quizzes only once, but notice that there are 3 quizzes posted for each chapter (Quizzes A,
B, and C). You can take these quizzes in any order you wish, and passing any one quiz per
chapter gives you full quiz credit for that chapter. You will receive 10 points for each
chapter where you pass a quiz: 12 chapters passed = 120 points, 11 chapters passed =
110 points, etc. If you pass a chapter on the first or second quiz attempt, you can take the
remaining quiz (or quizzes) just for practice if you wish.
Exams: Each exam will contain 50 multiple-choice questions testing material from the 4
textbook chapters assigned during that unit and also any other material added or
discussed in class. All exams are taken in class and without any books or notes. Each
exam is worth 100 points (2 points for each correct answer). I reserve the right to alter the
exam format to better fit the class, e. g., I may add a few essay questions or other types of
items as the class proceeds.
Makeup Exams: Makeup exams are given only for very important emergencies, illnesses,
or other serious problems that you can document. If you must miss a regularly-scheduled
exam, please see me as soon as possible to schedule a makeup exam. Makeup exams
may be essay exams.
Companion Website: Your textbook is also supported by a companion website that you
can access at http://wps.ablongman.com/ab_cook_childdev_1. This helpful site offers
additional practice quizzes, chapter outlines, flashcards, and related activities. You are not
required to use this site, but you might find it helpful. You can find a link to this site by
going to MyDevLab and clicking on “External Links.”
Schedule of Readings, Quizzes, and Exams: Assigned readings from the textbook are
given below. You should pass a quiz for each chapter online before the chapter quizzes
expire (but remember: the reading and quiz schedule can change, and changes are
announced only in class). Also, to learn more about the textbook material, try other links,
icons, and activities embedded in MyDevLab.
A note about time zones: Please know that MyDevelopmentLab normally posts times in
Eastern Time. Times used in my syllabus, in announcements that I post in MyDevLab, and
in my other communications with you are adjusted to be in Central Time.
Days of the week are designated below as (M) = Monday, (T) = Tuesday, (R) = Thursday,
Date: Topic: Quizzes Expire:
(T) Jan. 23 Introducing the course
(R) Jan. 25 Ch. 1 Exploring Child Development
(T) Jan. 30 Ch. 2 Genes & Heredity Ch. 1, 2 @ 10 pm Jan. 31 (W)
(R) Feb. 1 Ch. 2 Genes & Heredity
Ch. 3 @ 10 pm Feb. 5 (M)
(T) Feb. 6 Ch. 3 Prenatal Development & Birth
(R) Feb. 8 Ch. 3 Prenatal Development & Birth
Ch. 4 @ 10 pm Feb. 12 (M)
(T) Feb. 13 Ch. 4 Physical Development, Perception
(R) Feb. 15 Ch. 4 Physical Development, Perception
(T) Feb. 20 Review
(R) Feb. 22 Exam #1 Chs. 1,2,3,4
Ch. 5 @ 10 pm Feb. 26 (M)
(T) Feb. 27 Ch. 5 Piaget, Vygotsky, Cognitive Develop.
(R) Mar. 1 Ch. 5 Piaget, Vygotsky, Cognitive Develop.
Ch. 6 @ 10 pm Mar. 5 (M)
(T) Mar. 6 Ch. 6 Information Processing
(R) Mar. 8 Ch. 6 Information Processing
Ch. 8 @ 10 pm Mar. 12 (M)
(T) Mar. 13 Ch. 8 Language Development
(R) Mar. 15 Ch. 8 Language Development
Ch. 9 @ 10 pm Mar. 19 (M)
(T) Mar. 20 Ch. 9 Attachment, Temperament, Emotion
(R) Mar. 22 Ch. 9 Attachment, Temperament, Emotion
(T) Mar. 27 Spring Break (Enjoy!!)
(R) Mar. 29 Spring Break (Enjoy!!)
(T) Apr. 3 Review
(R) Apr. 5 Exam #2 Chs. 5,6,8,9
Ch. 10 @ 10 pm Apr. 9 (M)
(T) Apr. 10 Ch. 10 Self, Gender, Moral Development
(R) Apr. 12 Ch. 10 Self, Gender, Moral Development
Ch. 11 @ 10 pm Apr. 16 (M)
(T) Apr. 17 Ch. 11 Peers, Play, Popularity
(R) Apr. 19 Ch. 11 Peers, Play, Popularity
Ch. 12 @ 10 pm Apr. 23 (M)
(T) Apr. 24 Ch. 12 Families
(R) Apr. 26 Ch. 12 Families
(T) May 1 Ch. 12 Families
(R) May 3 Ch. 12 Families
Ch. 14 @ 10 pm May 7 (M)
(T) May 8 Ch. 14 Different Paths
(R) May 10 Ch. 14 Different Paths & Review
(T) May 15 Exam #3 Chs. 10,11,12,14
in WH 4007 (regular classroom)
Section 01 (9:30 class): 10:00-12:00
Section 02 (11:00 class): 3:15-5:15
Important Notices to Students
I am not responsible for computer and server problems. Most of you will take quizzes on
your own home computers, and each of your computers can have its own array of
problems with hardware, software, internet connections, viruses, spyware, pop-up
blockers, etc. If you are having problems, first make sure you are using Microsoft
Internet Explorer--MyDevelopmentLab is designed to run best on this browser. Close
other programs running on your computer. Disable pop-up blockers (your quizzes will
appear in pop-up boxes). Re-install the plug-ins that run with MyDevLab (especially the
TestGen plug-in if you are having problems with quizzes). Work with your local
computer technicians. Contact help support available in MyDevLab or CourseCompass
(your online software for this course). If your home computer is not reliable, try using
the lab computers in Winther Hall 4002. These are for students in Psychology classes
only, and I monitor them somewhat to keep them compatible with MyDevLab. You can
also try the computers in the Anderson and McGraw Hall Computer Labs (they have
been configured to run MyDevLab). Other public computers on campus may not give
you executive privileges needed to download the plug-in software needed for
MyDevLab. Always work early and in advance so computer problems can be fixed
before quizzes expire. Also be aware that MyDevLab is occasionally taken off-line for
maintenance and upgrades. I do not control when this happens, and it can happen at
any time. Ultimately, I am not responsible for any computer or server problems that may
arise, and they cannot be used as an excuse for not completing course requirements.
The U.W.-Whitewater is dedicated to a safe, supportive, and non-discriminatory
learning environment. It is the responsibility of all students to familiarize themselves
with University policies regarding Special Accommodations, Misconduct, Religious
Beliefs Accommodation, Discrimination, and Absence for University-Sponsored Events.
For details please refer to the Undergraduate & Graduate Timetables; the “Rights and
Responsibilities” section of the Undergraduate Bulletin; the Academic Requirements
and Policies and the Facilities and Services sections of the Graduate Bulletin; and the
“Student Academic Disciplinary Procedures [UWS Chapter 14]; and the “Student
Nonacademic Disciplinary Procedures” [UWS Chapter 17].
If you require any special accommodations to be successful and comfortable in this
class, please see me at the beginning of the semester (during the first week).
Cheating of any kind will not be tolerated. You must do your own work in this class,
without assistance from anyone else on quizzes and exams. Copying, plagiarism,
and copyright violations are all illegal. You may not copy down quiz questions and
answers provided online, and you cannot give them to any other persons or use
any offered to you. I assume that you will operate with full integrity and honesty in
completing this course. Violations threaten our ability to offer students a legitimate and
useful experience. Help us protect the system by participating appropriately. Report to
me any violations that come to your attention. All reports will be investigated seriously
and prosecuted fully. Be aware that student cheating can result in a failing grade, and
with repeated offenses and very serious violations, even expulsion from school.
I am available to help all students. Don’t flounder around if you are not sure what to do.
Come see me, email me, or call my office for help. I want to see each and every
student be successful and happy with this course!
Computer Problems on Quizzes:
The most common problem we have with the computer software in this course is that
students’ computers sometimes freeze up when students click to access a quiz, while
students are taking a quiz, or when students click to submit a score for a quiz. This
does not happen often, but here are some tips you can try if it happens to you:
1. Don't panic! We can usually work around the problem.
2. If you are using a dial-up internet connection, it can take a few minutes for
quizzes to load. After you click the “Take Test” button, you might get a blank box
(with no quiz questions), and your computer may sit and make no apparent
progress for a few minutes. If you get impatient and click out of the quiz box, the
quiz will be terminated and it will not let you back into it (blah!). So, just be
patient and give the quiz more time to load into the quiz box. It might work,
3. On the toolbar at the top of your screen, pull down "Tools" and select "Internet
Options". In the box that appears, click to "Delete Cookies" and "Delete Files".
Then restart your computer.
4. Restart your computer before attempting any quiz (freshly booted computers
5. Check your internet options, virus software, etc. to make sure you do not have
pop-up blockers turned on. Your quizzes are presented in pop-up boxes. You
can also try disabling firewalls.
6. Never have any other programs open while you attempt a quiz (do not have
instant-messaging software, email, etc. open). Set these programs to "off" before
you reboot the computer. You don't want them to come on automatically when
7. Make sure you are using Internet Explorer as your web browser.
8. Make sure your TestGen plug-in is updated (check it using the Software
Installation Wizard; you can find it under "Announcements"). You can download it
again to make sure it is fresh.
9. If your computer is not reliable, find a different computer to use.
10. Always take your quizzes early. It is extremely risky to wait until the last
day or the last hours before they expire. If you take quizzes several days
before they expire, we have time to reset them if they freeze. If you wait
until the last hours before expiration, if they freeze, you lose! I am not then
obligated to provide makeup quizzes.
11. Report all computer and software problems to CourseCompass Support. They
need your detailed information so they can identify patterns and work on fixes.
Thanks for your patience.
The integrity of online quizzes depends on the honesty and integrity of the students. We
do everything we can to offer you an honest course and an honest educational
opportunity. If you cheat, you rob yourself of the opportunity to learn and you cheat on
the other students who are taking the course honestly. After you graduate, your grades
will not matter as much as what you learned while you were here. Your grades can’t do
your job for you, but the knowledge and skills you gained from your courses can.
All cases of suspected cheating will be investigated and prosecuted to the fullest extent
allowed. If you know of any instances of cheating, you should report them to me
In a recent semester, several students in one of our online classes were caught
cheating on quizzes and exams. These students were given “F’s” for their semester
grade, letters of reprimand were placed in their disciplinary files, they were suspended
from the UW system for one year, and they were banned from all other online courses
in the UW system for life. Don’t let something like this happen to you. Know the rules.
Do your own work. Be honest. Don’t let peer pressure push you into something you
know is wrong.
I want to be absolutely clear that the following behaviors are not allowed in this course;
they are considered to be serious forms of cheating:
Helping any other student while taking quizzes or exams.
Receiving any help from anyone else while taking quizzes or exams.
Printing or copying items from quizzes or exams.
Taking detailed notes from the quizzes or exams.
Giving or receiving help on any other assignment that counts for points (special
The quizzes that I am referring to here are the ones posted under “Assignments.”
These count for points in this course, and they must be taken alone and without help
from any other person. Any other practice quizzes, practice tests, or other tools that are
available within MyDevLab and are not posted under “Assignments” are another
matter—if they are not posted under “Assignments,” then they are just for practice and
you can work with other students on these as a learning exercise. If you have any
questions about where and when you can work with other students or other people,
please contact me first.
Your Grade Record
The online “My Grades” program will keep track of each score you get on chapter
quizzes and exams. However, due to the special grading system used in this course,
the total number of points and percentages given in “My Grades” will not be accurate.
You can use the record sheet below to keep track of your grades in the course and your
progress toward a letter grade.
Item Max. Yours:
Quizzes and Exams:
Passing a Quiz for Chapter 1 10 _____
Passing a Quiz for Chapter 2 10 _____
Passing a Quiz for Chapter 3 10 _____
Passing a Quiz for Chapter 4 10 _____
Score (%) on Exam 1 100 _____
Passing a Quiz for Chapter 5 10 _____
Passing a Quiz for Chapter 6 10 _____
Passing a Quiz for Chapter 8 10 _____
Passing a Quiz for Chapter 9 10 _____
Score (%) on Exam 2 100 _____
Passing a Quiz for Chapter 10 10 _____
Passing a Quiz for Chapter 11 10 _____
Passing a Quiz for Chapter 12 10 _____
Passing a Quiz for Chapter 14 10 _____
Score (%) on Exam 3 100 _____
Grand Total of Points 420 _____
Your percentage of the grand total will determine your letter grade for the semester (see
earlier in syllabus).