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Psych 214: Developmental Psychology: Infancy and Childhood
Razran 343. M-F 1:00-4:13
Office: RZ 268
Office Hours: by appointment
Laura E. Berk (2011). Infants and Children: Prenatal Through Middle Childhood (7th
Edition). Boston, Massachusetts: Pearson.
Class Lectures Power Points will be posted on blackboard. LecturesTextbook will
supplement Power Points.
Developmental Psychology is the study of behavioral change across the lifespan. In
this course, we will focus on developmental changes that take place from conception
through childhood. We will examine several aspects of these changes including the
major milestones of development in various domains, classic and modern theories of
development, and approaches to research in developmental psychology.
Exams: There will be four exams given: These exams will cover the material in the
assigned textbook and lectures.
Your three highest exam grades will be averaged and a percentage grade will be
calculated. . NO make-ups will be given since lowest grade is being dropped.
Academic dishonesty of any form will not be tolerated. Penalties for cheating can
range from a failing grade for an assignment or exam to a failing grade in the course.
Additional disciplinary action is also possible through Queens College. Please consult
the CUNY policy on academic integrity for additional information
Turn cell phones off or set to vibrate, no texting as it is disruptive to other students.
Regardless of your attendance, you are responsible for knowing EVERYTHING that
was covered in class. This includes any changes made to the syllabus. Arriving late
to class is disruptive to your classmates. Please arrive to class on time.
Tentative Class Schedule
Date Topic Reading
History, Theory & Research Strategies + Genetic and
Environmental Foundations Ch 1-2
Th 1/3 Prenatal Development Ch 3
F 1/4 Birth and the Newborn Baby Ch 4
M 1/7 **Exam 1: Chapters 1-4
T 1/8 Physical Development in Infancy & Toddlerhood Ch 5
W 1/9 Cognitive Development in Infancy & Toddlerhood Ch 6
Th 1/10 Emotional & Social Development in Infancy & Toddlerhood Ch 7
F 1/11 **Exam 2: Chapters 5-7
M 1/14 Physical Development in Early Childhood Ch 8
T 1/15 Cognitive Development in Early Childhood Ch 9
W 1/16 Emotional & Social Development in Early Childhood Ch 10
Th 1/17 Exam 3: Chapters 8-10
F 1/18 Physical Development in Middle Childhood Ch 11
M 1/21 Cognitive Development in Middle Childhood Ch 12
T 1/22 Emotional & Social Development in Middle Childhood Ch 13
W 1/23 Exam 4: Chapters 11-13