Child Psychology


  2. A. Course Title: Child Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 213 - 30383
    C. Semester: Fall 2017
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Valdez-Betsch, Erika
    G. Office: none
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: none
    J. Office Hours: By Appointment
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: Virtual

    This course is a study of the physiological, psychological, and social development from conception to adolescence. Basic theories, research, and practical applications will be connected to student lives. This is a three credit hour course.


    This course fulfills NMJC’s educational requirements for a certificate in Early Childhood Education, an associate’s degree in Early Childhood, and articulates to other colleges and universities. It will transfer as an elective to most institutions which do not require the class at the sophomore level. It is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year institution regarding transferability.



    Kail,Robert V. Children and Their Development. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2015,7th edition.
    ISBN 13:978-0133849547


    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Students attending New Mexico Junior College will be evaluated according to the following grading scale:
    1350-1500 points= A
    1200-1349 points= B
    1050-1199 points= C
    900-1049 points= D
    Less than 900 points= F

    Chapter Assignments/Quizzes 800 points
    Module Assignments 400 points
    Discussion Responses 200 points
    Final Cumulative Exam 100 points

    Email responses and assignment grading will be addressed within 24 hours on the weekdays and within 48 hours on weekends.

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    7. Read the text.
    8. Adhere to the deadlines posted in the course outline.


    New Mexico Junior College’s institutional student learning outcomes represent the knowledge and abilities developed by students attending New Mexico Junior College. Upon completion students should achieve the following learning outcomes along with specific curriculum outcomes for respective areas of study:


    New Mexico Junior College's Social/Behavioral Sciences Department endorses the core competencies as established by the state of New Mexico. Within our respective fields, as appropriate, students should:
    A. identify, describe, and explain human behaviors and how they are influenced by social structures, institutions, and processes within the contexts of complex and diverse communities.
    B. articulate how beliefs, assumptions, and values are influenced by factors such as politics, geography, economics, culture, biology, history, and social institutions.
    C. describe ongoing reciprocal interactions among self, society, and the environment.
    D. apply the knowledge base of the social and behavioral sciences to identify, describe, explain, and critically evaluate relevant issues, ethical dilemmas, and arguments.

    Selected specific competencies will be used to demonstrate mastery of the above.


    Upon completion of this course, the student will be able to:
    A.Define Child Development – Describe theories and controversies of child development - Discuss the influence of heredity on development – Describe environmental influences on prenatal development
    B.Understand the stages of childbirth and methods of childbirth
    C.Describe the physical growth of an infant to include development of the brain and nervous system, motor development, and sensory/perceptual development
    D.Describe the physical growth of a child from toddler to school age to include growth patterns, nutrition, development of memory, language patterns, and personality
    E.Describe the physical growth of a child in middle childhood to include growth, intellectual development, and relationship development
    F.Describe the physical growth of a child in adolescence to include puberty, health, school, relationships with parents, and sexuality


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    Withdrawal Policy
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    The outline for this class is as follows:

    Week 1
    Complete Unit 1. Read Chapters 1 and 2. Complete the Unit 1 Assignment. Respond via the discussion board to the posted question/comment.

    Complete Unit 2. Read Chapters 3 and 4. Complete the Unit 2 Assignment. Respond via the discussion board to the posted question/comment. Take Quiz over Module 1.

    Week 2
    Complete Unit 3. Read Chapters 5 and 6. Complete the Unit 3 Assignment. Respond via the discussion board to the posted question/comment. Take Quiz over Module 2

    Complete Unit 4. Read Chapters 7 and 8. Complete the Unit 4 Assignment. Respond via the discussion board to the posted question/comment. Take Quiz over Module 3.

    Week 3
    Complete Unit 5. Read Chapters 9 and 10. Complete the Unit 5 Assignment. Respond via the discussion board to the posted question/comment. Take Quiz over Module 4.

    Complete Unit 6. Read Chapters 11 and 12. Complete the Unit 6 Assignment. Respond via the discussion board to the posted question/comment. Take Quiz over Module 5.

    Week 4
    Complete Unit 7. Read Chapters 13 and 14. Complete the Unit 7 Assignment. Respond via the discussion board to the posted question/comment. Take Quiz over Module 6.

    Complete Unit 8. Complete the Unit 8 Assignment. Respond via the discussion board to the posted question/comment. Take Quiz over Module 7.

    Last Day of Class (FINAL EXAM).