University of Idaho Developmental Psychology
















Psyc305: Developmental Psychology - WWW

: Jamie C. Nekich Derrick, Ph.D.

My Office: Forney Hall, 013 (down 1 floor from building entrance)
Psychology Office: Student Health Building #206, 885-6324
Office Hours:  by appointment
Phone: 208-885-5057
Web Site: www.
Blackboard Site:

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  Required text: Infants, Children, and Adolescents, 7th Edition
By Laura Berk (2012)
  Optional:  Study Guide for the Text
bulletCourse Purpose: The course provides an overview of physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development in children from birth through adolescence. We will cover theory and research in the field of child development with a focus on understanding which factors promote and which factors impede healthy development. The course highlights how adults involved in the care/ education of children can use this knowledge to enhance their interactions and work with children.
bulletLearning  Objectives:  After completing this course you will:
bulletknow the major theories in the field of child development
bulletbe able to apply theoretical knowledge to address practical issues related to children and families
bulletbe critical thinkers about social policy that affects children and families
bulletunderstand aspects of your own development and how this shaped your outcomes
bulletbe prepared for advanced study in disciplines related to child development

bulletLearning  Modules: Each chapter has audio lecture presentations discussing each chapter that have been recorded in flash format.  Film clips and YouTube movies are embedded in the presentations to illustrate key concepts.  You are required to read chapters in the text and complete lecture presentations each week.
bulletExams: Five midterm exams will be given during the semester.  These exams will be administered online with access to the exam on Blackboard   Exams are administered on scheduled dates throughout the semester, each exam is made up of 50 multiple choice questions and you have 50 minutes to complete the exam.  Exam questions are drawn from a large bank of pre-selected questions so no two exams are identical.
bulletit is your responsibility to take the exam at the scheduled time -- every time!
bulletpermission must be sought for a make-up within 48 hours of the missed exam and are only allowed in the case of illness and emergency
bulletmake-ups all take place on pre-scheduled make-up dates
bulletonly one make-up is possible any semester
bulletShort homework assignments (on-line questions) will be assigned with each chapter. 
bullet17 assignments, each worth 10 points -- you can drop one
bulletassignments will be completed online using Blackboard
bulletthese are due weekly; make-ups are not allowed
bulletLate assignments are not accepted -- ever!  No exceptions (even the very best excuse, including illness).  This why you can drop one.
bulletOptional extra credit is available on a limited basis.  Extra credit can be earned by participating in Psychology Experiments, one hour earns you 10 points extra credit.  There are alternative assignments available for those who prefer not to participate in experiments.  Please review the information under the 'experiments' tab for more information.
bulletYou can earn a MAXIMUM of 40 points extra credit toward your grade during the semester.  
bulletto sign up for experiments on-line  click here
bulletyou'll need to use a password that was provided by e-mail when you registered for Developmental Psychology this term
bulletif you have any questions contact the psychology dept. secretary, Carol  885-6324


bulletPoints: You can earn a total of 660 points during the semester.
  5 midterms (100 points each)  500
  16 on-line homework 160
bulletGrading: Grading Scale: grades will be posted on this website under grades 
  90-100% A 594-660
  80-89% B 528-593
  70-79% C 462-527
  60-69% D 396-461


0-59% F below 396
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