EDUC-2010: CHILD PSYCHOLOGY ( Online | Spring 2018 )

Download this syllabus as a PDF Document.

Instructor Information
Instructor Name

Donna Nasso

Instructor Rank

Adjunct Faculty Instructor

Instructor Email
Instructor Office

Call, text, or email me for assistance

484-4844 - prefer text.

Office Hours

I have virtual office hours from 6-7 am and 6-9 pm. I can also meet anyone on campus by appointment.  


Instructor Phone


Department Fax


Department Phone


Course Information
Course Description


This course is an exploration of child development from conception through puberty. Emphasis is placed on theories, concepts, practices and research applications integrating psychological, sociological, and medical areas as related to cognitive, physical, moral, social and emotional growth. Insights into behaviors, self-awareness, and education of the developing child are presented.  

STCC is committed to providing reasonable accommodation for all qualified students with disabilities. It is the responsibility of the student to contact the Counseling Office to arrange for appropriate accommodation. When the disability has been documented and verified, a counselor will notify the instructor regarding any special accommodation to be provided. 

Computers located in classrooms and laboratories are for educational purposes only.  

Student Learning Objectives

 The student will:

  1. Discuss the major theories of child psychology and child development
  2. Discuss the role of genetics and heredity in the development of the child and explore the theory of nature vs. nurture
  3. Discuss the importance of good prenatal health care including environmental and genetic conditions that affect the unborn child
  4. Be able to ascertain developmental landmarks of children in the five major areas of development (physical, socio-emotional, communication, adaptive, and cognition)
  5. Observe and research all facets of the physical, social and intellectual development of the child from pre-school through adolescence
  6. Reflect, compare, and analyze behavior patterns in order to personally develop critical thought processes, writing skills, and computer competencies
  7. Analyze and document one’s own developmental process and personality while either supporting or arguing against developmental theories in one’s own life




Instructional / Learning Methods

Instructional learning methods will include:

PowerPoints presentations, reading assignments, movie clips and other forms of media.


Textbooks, Supplementary Materials, Hardware, and Software Requirements
Required Text

Childhood & Adolescence Voyages in Development, 4th edition or 5th edition (pictured below is the 4th edition)

Author:  Spencer A. Rathus

ISBN# 978-495-90408-3

Childhood and Adolescence: Voyages in Development (ISBN10: 0495904082; ISBN13: 9780495904083)

Additional Text


Supplementary Materials


Hardware Requirements

If this course requires the use of a computer, these are general recommendations for accessing any of the services that Southwest offers on the Web (e.g. My.Southwest, etc.).

  • minimum Pentium IV or higher processor (recommended)
  • SVGA monitor, minimum resolution 800x600 (1024x768 strongly recommended)
  • CD-ROM or DVD drive
  • floppy drive, zip drive, or CD-RW drive
  • Mouse or compatible pointing device
  • at least 512 MB of RAM (recommended)
  • (optional) printer
Software Requirements

The software listed below is recommended for any student accessing Southwest services through the internet. Your course may have specific software requirements.

  • Windows 7, Vista, XP
  • Mac OS X (up to 10.6) (OS 10.6 recommended)
  • Linux with a Supported Browser
  • Microsoft Edge+
  • IE 10 & 11: some issues+
  • Firefox (latest)+
  • Firefox ESR+
  • Chrome (latest)+
  • Current Anti-Virus protection
  • Reliable Internet connection (broadband recommended but not required)

Many instructors may require assignments to be submitted using Microsoft Excel or Microsoft Word. To learn how to obtain discounted software from Microsoft, visit

Assessment and Grading
Method of Evaluation

5 Exams @ 100 points each = 500 points

5 Discussion questions @ 50 points each = 250 points

5 Practice test study guides @ 50 points each= 250 points

Critical Thinking Paper=100 points

FINAL=100 points

Total points= 1,200 points



Grading Scale

100-90= A

89-80= B

79-70= C

69-60= D

Below 60= F

Testing Procedure / Policy
  • Exams will be multiple choice and true/false questions.
  • The Final will be over everything that you have learned this semester.


Major Assignments


Discussion questions

Study guides

Critical Thinking Paper


Participation / Attendance Policy

You must check into the class often. I suggest at least 3 times a week. This way you will not miss important posting or notes from your instructor. I also take attendance by you logging onto the class. That is how I know you are attending and participating in class.

Guidelines for Communications
Email Guidelines

Each student has been provided a Southwest e-mail account. Please do not email your classmates unless the topic relates specifically to this course. E-mails that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden. Below are a few guidelines that you should keep in mind when sending email:

  • Always include a subject line.
  • Typing in all CAPS is considered SHOUTING in Cyberspace. So please use upper and lower case characters when sending e-mails.
  • Remember, without facial expressions some comments may be taken the wrong way. Be careful in wording your e-mails and use good Netiquette
  • Use standard fonts.
  • Do not send large attachments without permission.
  • Respect the privacy of other class members.

Online instructors will respond to all e-mails within 48 hours.

Discussion Guidelines

Below are a few guidelines that should be adhered to when using the Discussion forum. Messages that contain advertisements, solicitations, personal interests, etc. are strictly forbidden.

  • Review the discussion threads thoroughly before entering the discussion.
  • Please try to maintain threads by using the "Reply" button rather starting a new topic.
  • Do not make insulting or inflammatory statements to other members of the class. Be respectful of others' ideas.
  • Be patient and read the comments of other group members thoroughly before entering your remarks.
  • Be positive and constructive in group discussions.
  • Respond in a thoughtful and timely manner.
Technical Support
Technical Support

My.Southwest: Submit a Student Technical Support Request. Please provide a full detailed explanation of the problem.

PAWS: For course related questions, contact your instructor. For technical issues with the PAWS website, contact the College Helpdesk at (901) 333-4357.

Course Topics
Tentative Schedule

The tentative schedule is on content page and the class calandar.

Student Services
Embedded Librarian Service This service may be found inside PAWS courses.
Two Southwest Librarians are assigned to work with you and your instructor throughout the course for the entire semester. The Librarians will suggest library resources and answer questions sent to "Ask A Librarian".

To contact a Librarian, go to the Classlist and select the "Ask A Librarian" tab.
Student Services Links

Academic Support

The Academic Support Center (ASC) provides free services and resources to help Southwest students successfully reach their academic and career goals. These services include tutoring by peer and master tutors, computer labs, success workshops, academic coaching, early alerts from your instructors and areas for individual or group study at numerous locations. The ASC also provides Supplemental Instruction in some of our general education classes and the Center is also responsible for Academic Progress Reporting so that you will be award of your academic standing during the 5th-6th week of the semester. Online tutoring services are offered through Smarthinking 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Simply login to your PAWS to access this online tutoring resource.

Drop/Withdrawal Dates

See the official college catalog for the current withdrawal policies. Important semester drop and withdrawal dates can be found on the college Web site at

Academic Misconduct

Plagiarism, cheating, and other forms of academic dishonesty are prohibited. A student guilty of academic misconduct, either directly or indirectly, through participation or assistance, is immediately responsible to the instructor of the class. The instructor has the authority to assign an “F” grade or a zero for the exercise or examination, or to assign an “F” for the course. College sanctions for academic misconduct may include suspension or dismissal from the College. Please see the section in the current Catalog on Academic Misconduct.

Classroom Behavior: Any student engaged in disruptive conduct or conduct violating the general rules or regulations of the College may be ordered to temporarily leave the classroom. Extended or permanent exclusion from the classroom can be achieved only through appropriate procedures of the College.

Open Labs

Macon Cove

  • Academic Support Center: Available during working hours
  • Bert Bornblum Library: Available during library hours
  • Farris 2131: M-R 8-5:30, F 804:30

Union Avenue

  • Academic Support Center - F Building, Room 319, available during working hours
  • Parrish Library - Available during library hours
  • M105: 8-6:30


  • Computer Lab- Room 101 (Please note - this room is available when classes are not scheduled. Schedule fluctuates each semester.)
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.

Maxine Smith

  • Open Lab- Room 101.
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.


  • Open Lab Building 6, Room 127
  • Library - Available during Library hours only.
Syllabus Updates The instructor reserves the right to make changes as necessary to this syllabus. If changes are necessitated during the term of the course, the instructor will immediately notify students of such changes.