Child Psychology


  2. A. Course Title: Child Psychology
    B. Course Number: PS 213 - 10345
    C. Semester: Spring 2019
    D. Days/Time: Online
    E. Credit Hours: 3
    F. Instructor: Journigan, Walter
    G. Office: Pannell Library (PL) 226
    H. Email Address:
    I. Office Phone: (575) 492-2656
    J. Office Hours: Monday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Wednesday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Thursday: 11:00:00 AM-1:00:00 PM (MST);
    Friday: 10:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Monday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    Virtual Tuesday: 11:00:00 AM-12:00:00 PM (MST);
    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 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, 2015,7th edition.
    ISBN 978-0-13-359568-0



    You can buy your books online at the NMJC Bookstore.


    Evaluation breakdown:
    You will be “offered” learning activities that add up to 100% of your course grade:

    Writing Assignments = 50%
    Quizzes = 25%
    Final Exam = 25%

    Chapter Writing
    You will do an assignment each week, that helps to build your knowledge of core concepts from the chapter and to the application of child psychology ideas into your daily life. This is weighted to be 50% of your final course grade.

    You will do a 25 item multiple-choice quiz each week, to assess your mastery of learning core content and skills in child psychology. This is weighted to be 25% of your final course grade.

    Final Exam
    At the end of the course, during finals week, you will take a final exam that includes multiple-choice questions that assess your mastery of learning core content and skills in child psychology. This is weighted to be 25% of your final course grade.

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    1. Log in to class regularly.
    2. Pay attention.
    3. Take notes.
    4. Keep up with readings and assignments.
    5. Ask questions when you do not understand something.
    6. Utilize your professor’s office hours and e-mail.
    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 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.


    Student Requirements
    If you have not already received login information for Canvas/T-BirdWeb Portal/E-mail, you will need to contact the Enrollment Management office at (575) 492-2546.

    Check first-time login page for instructions at

    Canvas Assistance

    You must have access, on a regular basis, to a computer that supports the Canvas minimum specifications and has an active connection to the Internet. See the minimum computer specification requirements at


    This course is designed so that you work and learn throughout the week and do not attempt to study on just one day or night. You must decide if your life situation will allow you to do that within the time frames outlined in this course. If not I would advise you to consider re-taking this class when you have more control over your schedule.

    Chapter work is due by 1159PM Sunday and no late work is accepted.

    You should refer to the Announcements on an almost daily basis to stay current. It is your responsibility to keep up with all your work and the due dates.

    Response Time Frames: The instructor will respond to student email within 24 hours on weekdays and 48 hours on weekends. Grades for the course will be posted by the end of Tuesday each week.

    There is no extra credit in this class.


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    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 and Participation Expectations
    It is expected that you regularly log into class at least three times weekly and check your Canvas mail to ensure you have not missed any changes/updates. Students are expected to complete discussions/quizzes/tests/ assignments before deadlines expire.

    Canvas Help
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    The professor is responsible for monitoring and evaluating student conduct and student behavior within the Canvas course. By registering for this class, the student is assumed to have entered into an agreement with New Mexico Junior College and the professor to log into 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 and dropped for the semester. For comprehensive information on the common rules of netiquette and other online issues, please review the NMJC Online Student Handbook.

    Online Learning Environment
    By participating in an online class, you undertake responsibility for your own progress and time management.

    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.

    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
    The instructor has the right to drop any student who has failed to log on to Canvas for two weeks or more, but it is not guaranteed that the instructor will drop you. 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. Failure to withdraw yourself from a course by this date may result in your receiving an “F” in the course. All students are encouraged to discuss their class status with the professor prior to withdrawing from the class.


    Subject to change at the discretion of the professor

    Module Chapter 1 "The Science of Child Development"

    January 18-January 27

    Module Chapter 2 "Genetic Bases of Child Development"

    January 28-February 3

    Module Chapter 3 "Prenatal Development, Birth, and the Newborn"

    February 4-February 10

    Module Chapter 4 "Growth and Health"

    February 11-February 17

    Module Chapter 5 "Perceptual and Motor Development"

    February 18-February 24

    Module Chapter 6 "Theories of Cognitive Development"

    February 25-March 3

    Module Chapter 7 "Cognitive Processes and Academic Skills

    March 4-March 10

    Module Chapter 8 "Intelligence and Individual Differences in Cognition

    March 11-March 17

    Module Chapter 9 "Language and Communication"

    March 18-March 24

    Module Chapter 10 "Emotional Development"

    April 1-April 7

    Module Chapter 11 "Understanding Self and Others"

    April 8-April 14

    Module Chapter 12 "Moral Understanding and Behavior"

    April 15-April 21

    Module Chapter 13 "Gender and Development"

    April 22-April 28

    Module Chapter 14 and 15 "Family Relationships" and "Influences Beyond the Family"

    April 29-May 5

    Module Final Exam

    May 4-May 8