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PS 205 Child Psychology
Bevars, Barry J.


Mission Statement: The mission of Park University, an entrepreneurial institution of learning, is to provide access to academic excellence, which will prepare learners to think critically, communicate effectively and engage in lifelong learning while serving a global community.

Vision Statement: Park University will be a renowned international leader in providing innovative educational opportunities for learners within the global society.
CoursePS 205 Child Psychology
SemesterS1Z2005
FacultyBevars, Barry J.
TitleSenior Instructor/Adjunct Faculty
Degrees/CertificatesMS - Human Relations/Counseling
BS - Psychology
Office LocationMalmstrom AFB Campus, Great Falls, Montana
Office Hours4 - 5 PM Mondays and Wednesdays or by appointment
Daytime Phone761-6406 (Home)
Other Phone761-7540 (Malmstrom Campus)
E-MailBarry.Bevars@park.edu
bknbear@bresnan.net
Semester DatesJanuary 10 - March 13
Class Days-M-W---
Class Time5:00 - 7:30 PM
PerquisitesNone
Credit Hours3

Textbook:
The Developing Person, Berger 3rd ed ISBN 0-7167-5465-7

Textbooks can be purchased though the MBS bookstore

Additional Resources:
Internet, Base, Park, and local community libraries.

Course Description:
A study of biological, cognitive, and sociocultural development from the prenatal period through childhood.  Attention will be given to theory and research, practical examples and policy implications.  

Educational Philosophy:
Mr Bevars educational philosophy is based on using a variety of methods in learning with a focus on application. Lectures, readings, videos, essay and vocabulary examinations, class discussions, guest speakers, writing, and the use of reference systems are significant components of this learning process. Each student will be required to analyze, criticize, and synthesize presented information. Each student will be required to demonstrate these skills publicly in the classroom or through the written word.

Learning Outcomes:
- Identify and use vocabulary words related to child psychology in class and through the written word.
- Analyze the concepts germane to the principles of biological, cognitive, and sociocultural development.
- Critically examine theoretical principles found in child psychology.
- Identify basic notions found in research method often used in child psychology research.
- Demonstrate high quality written and oral communication skills through interaction with other students and the instructor in a structured, flexible environment.
- Identify public policy that influences children's lives.
- Demonstrate behavior observation skills and a rudimentary understanding of how to conduct a functional analysis for behavior change.

Course Assessment:
A variety of methods will be used to assess the learning that occurs in this course. Students will be assessed on their performance of vocabulary tests, research paper, end of course examination. There will also be opportunities to be assessed on individual presentations (based on students research paper)

Grading:
Course grades are determined on the following bases.
- 1st Vocabulary test                          50 points
- 2nd Vocabulary test                          50 points
- Research Paper                               50 points
- Presentation of Research Paper    25 points (optional)
- End of course Exam                          150 points.
- Total points 300
- Grading Percentages:
90-100%= A 80 up to 89%= B 70 up to 79%= C 60 up to 69%= D 00 up to 59%= F

Late Submission of Course Materials:
Any assignment turned in after the date it is due will lose 5 points per day until received. No course materials will be accepted after the last class meeting.

Classroom Rules of Conduct:
- Attend class
- Be prepared for class. This means that you have read the assigned readings and are prepared to discuss them.
- Examinations. There will be one (1) end of course examination which will contain material of the entire course. The exam will consist of 15 essay questions each worth 10 points. This exam will be open book, open notes.
- Vocabulary Tests. There will be two (2) Vocabulary tests that will consist of 50 words and definitions for each word. You will match the word to the definition. Each student at the beginning of the term and again half way through the term will be given a vocabulary list to start learning the definitions. Each of the vocabulary words will be discussed throughout the term. However, suggest start learning them early.
- Research Paper. Each student will be required to pick a topic of interest to them in Child Psychology. (Instructor will pass out the first night of class possible topics for research papers) The paper will consist of at least 10 pages, excluding the reference page (at least three references) and the coverpage. Research paper will be typed.
Classroom Presentation. Each student has the option of presenting their research topic to earn extra credit points. The student will present a 7-10 minute summary of his/her topic of research. The student cannot just read the paper. Use of handouts and audiovisual equipment is highly encouraged.

Course Topic/Dates/Assignments:
Week 1 - 10-12 Jan: Welcome, overview of syllabus and term expectations.  Chapters 1, 2, and an overview of chapter 3.

Week 2 - 17-19 Jan: Chapters 4 and 5, films

Week 3 - 24-26 Jan: Chapters 6 and 7, films

Week 4 - 31 Jan - 2 Feb: 1st Vocabulary Test, Guest Speaker - Topic: Early Childhood Intervention

Week 5 - 07 - 09 Feb: Chapters 8, 9, and 10, films

Week 6 - 14 - 16 Feb: Guest Speaker - Topic: Children with Special Needs, Chapter 11, film

Week 7 - 21 - 23 Feb: Chapters 12 and 13, films, Research paper due

Week 8 - 28 Feb - 3 Mar: 2nd Vocabulary Test, Student Presentations

Week 9 - 07 - 09 Mar: Student Presentations, End of Course Exam

Academic Honesty:
Academic integrity is the foundation of the academic community. Because each student has the primary responsibility for being academically honest, students are advised to read and understand all sections of this policy relating to standards of conduct and academic life.  
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Plagiarism:
Plagiarism involves the use of quotations without quotation marks, the use of quotations without indication of the source, the use of another's idea without acknowledging the source, the submission of a paper, laboratory report, project, or class assignment (any portion of such) prepared by another person, or incorrect paraphrasing.
Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog
Page 101

Attendance Policy:
Instructors are required to maintain attendance records and to report absences via the online attendance reporting system.

  1. The instructor may excuse absences for valid reasons, but missed work must be made up within the semester/term of enrollment.
  2. Work missed through unexcused absences must also be made up within the semester/term of enrollment, but unexcused absences may carry further penalties.
  3. In the event of two consecutive weeks of unexcused absences in a semester/term of enrollment, the student will be administratively withdrawn, resulting in a grade of "WH".
  4. A "Contract for Incomplete" will not be issued to a student who has unexcused or excessive absences recorded for a course.
  5. Students receiving Military Tuition Assistance or Veterans Administration educational benefits must not exceed three unexcused absences in the semester/term of enrollment. Excessive absences will be reported to the appropriate agency and may result in a monetary penalty to the student.
  6. Report of a "F" grade (attendance or academic) resulting from excessive absence for those students who are receiving financial assistance from agencies not mentioned in item 5 above will be reported to the appropriate agency.

Park University 2004-2005 Undergraduate Catalog Page 100


Disability Guidelines:
Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all students that meet the criteria for special assistance. These guidelines are designed to supply directions to students concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal. It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the Americans with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding students with disabilities. In the case of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Park University is committed to meeting the needs of all learners that meet the criteria for special assistance.  These guidelines are designed to supply directions to learners concerning the information necessary to accomplish this goal.  It is Park University's policy to comply fully with federal and state law, including Section 504 of the Rehabilitation Act of 1973 and the American with Disabilities Act of 1990, regarding learners with disabilities and, to the extent of any inconsistency between these guidelines and federal and/or state law, the provisions of the law will apply.  Additional information concerning Park University's policies and procedures related to disability can be found on the Park University web page: http://www.park.edu/disability .

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