COURSE SYLLABUS

Child Development l                                                                         Ellen Farhood
Spring 2007, Sections 0186 and 0187                                                         (818) 785-4393
Math/Science, Room 114                                                      V-mail: (818) 947-2600, x 8082
Los Angeles Valley College                                                    E-mail:

REQUIRED TEXT: The Developing Person Through Childhood and Adolescence, Seventh Edition,
Kathleen Stassen Berger. ISBN: 0-7167-7050-4 (hardback); 0-7167-7630-8 (paperback)

Welcome to Child Development 1! This is an interesting course, but a difficult one because it includes
many theories and a vast amount of information. It explores human growth and development in the
biosocial, cognitive and psychosocial domains from conception through adolesence.

To successfully pass this course, it is highly recommended that you are functioning at English 28 or
English 101 level.

CLASS FORMAT: Lectures, group discussions, in-class activities and videos will be used to present the
material. You are expected to read the assigned chapters prior to class in order to participate fully.

ATTENDANCE: According to LAVC policy, you are expected to attend every meeting of all classes for
which you are registered. Whenever absences in hours exceed the number of hours the class meets per
week, the instructor will consider whether there are mitigating circumstances which may justify the
absences. If the instructor determines that such circumstances do not exist, the instructor may exclude the
student from the class. To avoid being dropped you should contact the instructor when absences are for
emergency reasons. You are expected to be prompt and remain for the full class session. Attendance will
be taken at each class session. Do not bring children to class.

If you stop attending a class (or wish to drop a class) it is your responsibility to drop the class yourself—
officially with the Office of Admissions and Records. Failure to do so may result in a grade of “F” in that

STUDENT CONDUCT AND CHEATING: You are expected to act according to “Standards of
Student Conduct” (see current College Catalog or Schedule of Classes). Cheating will not be tolerated.
During tests all objects are to be removed from your workspace. Violators are subject to instructor and
college disciplinary action. Keep your work original.

All electronic devises will be turned off and put away during class time.

INSTRUCTOR’S OFFICE HOURS: I will be available to meet with you each Tuesday and Thursday
from 7:30-8:00 a.m. in MS 114. Appointments may be made to meet at other hours.

CONTACTING INSTRUCTOR BY E-MAIL: My e-mail address is Only mail
from senders that I recognize will be opened, therefore always include your name and class section on the
subject line when e-mailing me. I will promptly reply to let you know that I have received your message.

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Child Development l                                                                       Ellen Farhood
Spring 2007, Sections 0186 and 0187                                                       (818) 785-4393
Math/Science, Room 114                                                    V-mail: (818) 947-2600, x 8082
Los Angeles Valley College                                                  E-mail:

                                       SYLLABUS continued
EXAMS: You are responsible for lectures and the content of all chapters assigned for each exam. Not all
textbook material will be covered in class. Exams will consist of multiple choice and short answer
questions. Dictionaries may NOT be used during exams. You may ask the instructor for clarification.
For exams you will need the narrow 100 question Scantron forms that may be purchased at the bookstore.
A #2 pencil with a good eraser is also required.

GRADING POLICY: Your semester grade will be based upon exams, in-class group assignments, a
pregnancy interview and a preschool assignment. The grade point values for exams and assignments are
stated below. You are expected to take exams and turn-in assignments on the scheduled dates. There are
no make-up exams or extensions on assignment due dates. An assignment submitted after the due date
will receive an automatic 5 point deduction. No extra credit opportunities are offered for this course. The
out-of-class assignments will be described in separate handouts.

Five exams - 50 points each. Best 4 grades. Lowest exam score will be dropped.            200
Pregnancy Interview Assignment                                                             25
Preschool Assignment                                                                       25
In-class group assignments (several unannounced assignments during the semester)           50
Final Exam - REQUIRED                                                                      50

                              Total points that can be earned for this course             350


                                             315 – 350 points = A
                                             280 – 314 points = B
                                             245 – 279 points = C
                                             210 – 244 points = D
                                             209 – and below = F

If you can not personally hand-in your assignments on time, other ways to meet your deadline include:
 Turn it in ahead of time or have someone drop it off for you.
 E-mail it to the instructor. Be sure to include your name on the subject line.
 Address to instructor and leave at campus mailroom in Administration Building by the due date.
 Telephone instructor if you have a serious emergency.

 Attend each class session.
 Trade names and phone numbers with 2 other students in case you miss a class and need lecture notes.
 Complete your assigned readings prior to the lecture.
 Form a study group. Help each other.
 Always ask the instructor when you need help. The instructor’s contact information is stated above.

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                                   COURSE CALENDAR
                   Child Development 1, Spring 2007, Sections 0186 and 0187

Date – 2007   Topic                                           Reading Assignment
2/6           Class Orientation
              Definition and characteristics of development   Chapter 1
2/8           Research methodologies and ethics
2/13          Grand Theories                                  Chapter 2
2/15          Emergent Theories
2/20          Exam: Chapters 1 & 2
2/22          Genes                                           Chapter 3
2/27          Genetic and Chromosomal Abnormalities           Pregnancy Interview due today
3/1           Prenatal Development                            Chapter 4
3/6           Birth
3/8           Exam: Chapters 3 & 4
3/13          Biosocial Development: Infants and Toddlers     Chapter 5
3/15          Continue discussion of biosocial development    Chapter 6
              Cognitive Development: Infants and Toddlers
3/20          Continue discussion of cognitive development
3/22          Psychosocial Development: Infants and           Chapter 7
3/27          Continue discussion of psychosocial develop.
3/29          Exam: Chapters 5, 6, and 7
4/2 – 4/8     Spring Break
4/10          Biosocial Development: Play Years               Chapter 8
4/12          Continue discussion of biosocial development    Chapter 9
              Cognitive Development: Play Years               Preschool Assignment due today
4/17          Continue discussion of cognitive development
4/19          Psychosocial Development: Play Years            Chapter 10
4/24          Exam: Chapters 8, 9 and 10
4/26          Biosocial Development – School Years            Chapter 11
5/1           Continue discussion of biosocial development
5/3           Cognitive Development: School Years             Chapter 12
5/8           Continue discussion of cognitive development
              Psychosocial Development: School Years          Chapter 13
5/10          Continue discussion of psychosocial develop.
5/15          Exam: Chapters 11, 12 and 13
5/17          Adolescent’s Thinking and Identity              Textbook: pp. 433-435, 445-449,
                                                              465-469, 472-480, 495-505
5/22          Adolescent’s Family and Friends                 Textbook: pp 505-514, 520-527
5/24          Effective Drug & Sex Education for              Textbook: pp. 438-439, 449-458,
              Adolescents                                     514-520
See below     Final Exam: Reading assignments and
              lectures for 5/17, 5/22, and 5/24

                  Final Exam for Section 0187 – Tuesday, 5/29, 9:30-11:30 a.m.
                  Final Exam for Section 0186 – Thursday, 5/31, 8:00-10:00 a.m.

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GRADE RECORD                                            NAME ______________________________

Exams and assignments will be returned to the instructor after the student has seen the grade. Use this
sheet to record and track your progress throughout the semester.

Exam Points                   Pregnancy Interview – 25 pts.          Semester Grade Points
(total points = 50 each)                                             (total points = 300)
                              Preschool Assignment – 25 pts.
A = 45 – 50                                                          A = 315 - 350
B = 40 – 44                   In-class group assignments             B = 280 - 314
C = 35 – 39                   (total points = 50)                    C = 245 - 279
D = 30 – 34                                                          D = 210 - 244
                                 Value of each assignment will be
F = 29 and below                  determined by number of in-class   F = 209 and below
                                  group assignments during the
                                 Each group member receives full
                                  points for each assignment.
                                 Your attendance will determine
                                  the number of group assignments
                                  that you complete.

Exam 1 – Chapters 1 and 2                                              _____

Exam 2 – Chapters 3 and 4                                              _____

Exam 3 – Chapters 5, 6, and 7                                          _____

Exam 4 – Chapters 8, 9, and 10                                         _____

Exam 5 – Chapters 11, 12, and 13                                       _____

Pregnancy Interview                                                    _____

Preschool Assignment                                                   _____

In-class assignments                                                   _____
(your points will be available in class on 5/24)

Total points for exams and assignments                                 _____

       Less lowest score of exams 1 through 5                          _____

Subtotal of points                                                     _____

Final – Lectures and assigned pages of Chapters 14, 15 and 16          _____

Total semester points                                                  _____

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