Psychology | Developmental Psychology
P315 | 3380 | Jones S.


>From conception to death, there are changes in the physiology, mind, and
behavior of humans.  Such change is called development. This course is
about how and why these age-related changes take place.  We will focus on
development in infancy and childhood. Our purposes include learning some
of the results of
developmental research -- e.g., facts about 4-year-olds -- but also extend
to understanding and evaluating the ways in which researchers think about
and study the processes driving change.
Assessment:  Your learning in the course will be assessed by 3 tests and 1
short paper.
Tests: Tests will not be cumulative.  Each will be designed to take about
1 hour, and will consist of 2 sections -- multiple choice questions and
short-answer questions.  Grades will be reported as percentages of the
highest score in the class: A=90%, B=80%, C=70%, D=60%, F= below 60%.  For
people who miss one of the first two tests, a make-up test that IS
cumulative will be offered after Test #3.  Since there is only one make-up
opportunity, anyone missing more than one test will receive an Incomplete
if their grades on the other assignments average C or above, otherwise a D
or F.  NOTE: Anyone who has a two-step spread between their grades on the
first two tests (e.g., A and C; B and D) will be eligible to take the
make-up test to try to improve their overall grade.
Paper:  One paper of 5-10 double-spaced typed pages in length is required.
Topics are provided on separate pages.  In planning your paper, keep in
mind that originality and initiative in going beyond the instructions are
likely to be rewarded.  Each paper will be given a score out of 10.  NOTE:
One full point will be deducted for every day beyond the deadline that a
paper is late.
Final Course Grades:  Each test will count for 30% and the paper for 10%
of your final grade..  For the exam portion of the grades, I will again
use the highest score in the class as 100% that is, 90 points.