Child Psychology


  2. A. Course Title: Child Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 213 - 10075
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: M W F 11:00:00 AM - 11:50:00 AM
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Reed, Kenneth
    G. Office: Heidel Hall (HH) 212
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2810
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST); 12:00:00 PM-4:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Wednesday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Thursday: 8:00:00 AM-9:30:00 AM (MST);
    Friday: 9:00:00 AM-10:00:00 AM (MST);
    Spring 2019 office schedule work phone 575-492-2810, C-575-441-4817 PLEASE leave a voice mail! as NMJC Student & canvas e-mail I will respond within a 24 hr period.
    K. Time Zone: Mountain Time
    L. Prerequisite(s):
    M. Corequisite(s):
    N. Class Location: HH205

    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 is designed to provide the student with an understanding of child and developmental psychology and will be accepted for Behavioral Sciences requirements and or electives at NMJC. This course has transferability to other colleges, but it is always advisable to check with the receiving four-year school.



    Kail,Robert V. Children and Their Development. Pearson Prentice Hall, 2010,7th edition. (At the book store)
    ISBN 13:978-0-205-03494-9



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Evaluation Breakdown
    you will be "offered" 1000 points for the semester.
    500- 5 Exams
    450- 10 Discussions

    900+= A
    800-899= B
    Below 600= F

    The total number of points you "earn" will be your semester grade.

    This course is Web Enhanced. There will be course work to be done online.

    The instructor reserves the right to determine which of the exams will be on online/canvas and which ones will be presented in the classroom. There will be 5 exams including the final throughout the semester. These exams are taken from classroom lectures. Exams are worth 100 points each worth 500 points for the semester.

    There will be 10 pertinent topics throughout the semester that will be used for online and classroom discussion. Students will provide meaningful dialogue with one another through quality contribution that delivers more than mere agreement or disagreement but provides ideas, thoughts and perceptions that add to the discussion. For full credit, students will respond to the topic and then comment on at least two other student's remarks. Discussions are worth 45 points each and worth 450 points for the semester.

    Each student starts the semester with 50 points for attendance. Points are deducted 5 points at a time for each absence. Roll sheet is signed each class period.

    Proctorio is a test monitoring system whereby the student is observed taking an exam remotely. Proctorio utilizes Google Chrome and there is a $20.00 fee for that test monitoring service.


    New Mexico Junior Collegeís 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 should be able to:
    1. List the popular developmental perspectives in child psychology
    2. Explain the common research methods used in child psychology.
    3. Explain the mechanisms of heredity and their influence on child psychology
    4. compare and contrast development between the periods of the zygote, embryo, and fetus.
    5. List the common teratogens
    6. Identify the common adjustments to parenthood.
    7. Predict how malnutrition. eating disorders, obesity, disease and accidents influence child development.
    8. Describe the basic sensory and perceptual processes.
    9. Explain the diagnosis and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder.
    10. Name and describe Piaget's stages of cognitive development.
    11. Describe the elements of memory.
    12. describe strategies for improving memory.
    13. Explain how early intelligence test were developed.
    14. Define giftedness. mental retardation, and learning disabilities.
    15. Explain the learning and nativistic perspectives to language development.
    16. Explain the process of attachment in the developing child.
    17. Describe methods to improve self-esteem in the developing child.
    18. list the major sources of self-esteem in the developing child.
    19. Explain how moral reasoning and behavior develops in the child.
    20. Name and describe common differences related to gender.
    21. Explain common styles of parenting and their influence on the developing child.


    Students will be held responsible for the information on these pages.

    Academic Honesty
    Each student is expected to maintain the highest standards of honesty and integrity in online academic and professional matters. The College reserves the right to take disciplinary action, up to and including dismissal, against any student who is found guilty of academic dishonesty or otherwise fails to meet these standards. Academic dishonesty includes, but is not limited to, dishonesty in quizzes, tests, or assignments; claiming credit for work not done or done by others; and nondisclosure or misrepresentation in filling out applications or other College records. Cheating or gaining illegal information for any type of graded work is considered dishonest and will be dealt with accordingly.

    Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) Information
    Any student requiring special accommodations should contact the Special Needs Student Services Coordinator at (575) 492-2576 or by e-mail at

    Attendance Policy
    Attendance is required at every session of each course for which the student is enrolled. When unavoidable circumstances make attendance impossible, students must provide a satisfactory explanation of their absences to their professors. College-sponsored activities are considered excused absences and the appropriate sponsor of those students who will be absent from class will notify professors. Students having absences due to college-sponsored activities will need to make arrangements with the affected classes / professor to take care of required work; however, arrangements for make-ups should be made within a reasonable time frame, usually within one week of the absence. Regarding make-up work, absences due to late registration are considered the same as regular absences.

    Cell Phones/Pagers
    All cell phones and pagers must be turned off when the student is participating in any lecture, laboratory, or other learning activity.

    Classroom Conduct
    The professor is responsible for maintaining a class environment best suited for effective learning. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to attend the class regularly and to behave in an appropriate manner at all times. Disruptive behavior may result in the student being removed from the class.

    Food and Drink Policy
    Food items and soft drinks may not be consumed in NMJC classrooms. Students are also discouraged from bringing food and drink items into the classroom even though these items remain in sealed packaging. Bottled water is permissible.

    No Children in the Classroom
    In order to adhere to instructional procedures as well as maintain the safety of children, NMJC’s policy of no children in the classrooms (lecture, lab, etc.) will be followed.

    Offering the work of another as one’s own, without proper acknowledgment, is plagiarism; therefore, any student who fails to give credit for quotations or essentially identical expression of material taken from books, encyclopedias, magazines and other reference works, or from the themes, reports, or other writings of a fellow student, is guilty of plagiarism. Plagiarism violates the academic honesty policy and is considered cheating.

    Smoking/Use of Tobacco
    New Mexico Junior College is cognizant of the health hazards associated with smoking / use of tobacco for the smoker, as well as the non-smoker. In an effort to provide a healthy environment for students, employees, and others who may frequent the campus, NMJC prohibits smoking / use of tobacco inside any campus building or facility.

    Tutoring Assistance
    Free tutoring services are available to all NMJC students through Brainfuse and the Academic Success Center located at the Pannell Library on the 1st floor.

    Withdrawal Policy
    Regular, punctual attendance is required for all classes at NMJC. Although the professor has the right to drop any student who has missed the equivalent of 2 weeks of instruction (based on a 16 week semester) whether itís a face to face, online, or a hybrid course, it is not guaranteed that the professor will drop the student. If the student chooses to stop attending a class, he/she should withdraw from the class by accessing your student account in the T-Bird Web Portal at, or submitting the required paperwork to the Registrar’s Office by 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, April 18, 2019. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Jan. 21 Martin Luther King Day
    Week 1 Syllabus Review- Chapter 1
    Week 2 Chapter 2
    Week 3 Chapter 3 EXAM I 1&2 Feb. 2
    Week 4 Chapter 4
    Week 5 Chapter 5
    Week 6 Chapter 6 EXAM II 3&4 Feb. 23
    Week 7 Chapter 7
    Week 8 Chapter 8
    Week 9 Chapter 9 EXAM III 5&6 Mar. 16
    Week 10 Chapter 10
    Week 11 Chapter 11
    Week 12 SPRING BREAK March 27-31
    Week 13 Chapter 12 EXAM IV 8,9,&10 April 13
    Week 14 Chapter 13
    Week 15 Chapter 14
    Week 16 Chapter 15
    Week 17 Finals exam 13,14,&15 (May9at8-9:45am)