Child Psychology

Course Code: DEP2102

Credit Hours: 3

Effective beginning: Fall 2020


Course Description:
A course with application to an objective study of the preadolescent child. Preadolescent physical, psychological, and social development are studied. Special problems of child training in the family and of social adjustment at school are discussed.

Course Details


Tameka Russ

Willie E. Spires

Rachel Rackard

Kassandra Starrine

Latresha Moore

Sarah Gambill


Required textbooks/ course materials:

Rathus, Spencer A. CDEV2: Child and Adolescent Development. 2nd ed. Boston: Cengage Learning, 2018. Print. ISBN: 9781337116947


Assignment/course outline:

See your Instructor First Day Handout for individual instructor assignment schedule.


Discipline-level learning outcomes:

SS-1 Identify theories, hypotheses and research methodologies that behavioral scientists use to explain, investigate and predict behaviors and social trends.

SS-2 Use appropriate social and behavioral science investigation techniques to analyze contemporary social issues.

SS-3 Identify and investigate interdisciplinary courses in the social and behavioral sciences, such as, history, criminal justice, economics, etc. and establish how these courses are inter-related from a global perspective.

SS-4 Create and utilize current technologies in developing oral and written presentations on topics relevant to subject matter under the auspices of social and behavioral sciences.

SS-5 Identify fundamental modalities used to promote understanding of differences and commonalities within diverse cultures.


Course-level student learning outcomesDiscipline-level learning outcomesAssessment methods
  • Outline fundamental theories and scientific research of child development throughout the lifespan.
  • Analyze the historical (aspects and key concepts of child development.
  • Deliver a well-developed oral presentation using computer technology

SS-1, SS-2, SS-3, SS-4, SS-5

SS-1, SS-2


Tests, Cumulative Final, Report/Presentation, Projects


  • Read all assigned materials.
  • Attend and participate in class discussions.
  • Complete study guides and notes from class discussions and lectures.
  • Courses taught under the auspices of the Social and Behavioral Sciences will include an oral component, oral presentations and/or classroom discussions. Note: Online and Distance Learning Courses will not contain the oral component.

Chapters are as follows:

  • History, Theories and Methods
  • Heredity
  • Conception and Prenatal Development
  • Birth and Newborn Baby: In the New World
  • Infancy: Physical Development
  • Infancy: Cognitive Development
  • Infancy: Social and Emotional Development
  • Early Childhood: Physical and Cognitive Development
  • Early Childhood: Cognitive Development
  • Early Childhood: Social and Emotional Development
  • Middle Childhood: Physical and Cognitive Development
  • Middle Childhood: Cognitive Development
  • Middle Childhood: Social and Emotional Development
  • Adolescence: Physical Development
  • Adolescence: Cognitive Development
  • Adolescence: Emotional Development


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