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Online · School of Behavioral Sciences · Psychology

Psychology of Childhood

  • CG
  • Section 8WK
  • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020
  • Modified 01/31/2020

Course Description

A study of child growth and development from birth to puberty. Examination of the basic theories principles and practices of childhood training and education.



(PSYC 200 or PSYC 101 or PSYC 210 or GEED 201) and PSYC 255


In this study of human development, course materials and student interactions will introduce the methodologies and topics of the childhood years of human life. The stages of life from birth through middle childhood will be examined with respect to the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial areas of development. An understanding of the behavior and thinking of the self and others will be an effective tool for intrapersonal and interpersonal Christian growth.

Measurable Learning Outcomes

The following learning outcomes are in accordance with PDLOs 1–6. Upon successful completion of this course, the student will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate his/her competence in the major concepts, theories, and principles of child development.
  2. Apply psychological concepts, theories, and research findings as they relate to everyday life, examine evidence of ambiguity, ethnics, Christian/Biblical faith, and values.
  3. Apply critical thinking to solve problems related to parenting, children’s behavior, and cognitive processes.
  4. Apply psychological concepts, ethics, Christian/Biblical faith, and values in the stages of child development.
  5. Communicate effectively in written, oral, and technological formats to compare theories with best practice.
  6. Recognize the complexity of socio-cultural and international diversity.

Course Resources

Required Resource

The resources below are provided in the course at no cost to the student. However, if the student prefers a physical copy of the resource(s), he or she may purchase them through the Liberty University Online bookstore, MBS Direct. The purchase of physical copies is optional.

Martorell, G., Papalia, D. E., & Feldman, R. D. (2014). A child’s world: Infancy through adolescence (13th ed.). New York, NY: McGraw-Hill.

Disclaimer: The above resources provide information consistent with the latest research regarding the subject area. Liberty University does not necessarily endorse specific personal, religious, philosophical, or political positions found in these texts.

Additional Materials for Learning

  1. Computer with basic audio/video output equipment
  2. Internet access (broadband recommended)
  3. Blackboard recommended browsers
  4. Microsoft Office
  5. APA Manual
  6. The Holy Bible

Course Assignments

Textbook readings

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in Module/Week 1.

Discussion Board Forums (4)

Discussion boards are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student will post a new thread in the Discussion Board Forums responding to prompts provided by the instructor. Each thread must be 200–250 words. In addition to the thread, the student will read and reply to at least 2 of his/her classmates’ threads. Each reply must be at least 100 words. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

Adaptive Readings

The student will be assigned homework to complete in Connect. The homework will consist of exercises, problems, and SmartBook/LearnSmart activities. All assignments for a given module/week are divided into weekly folders inside of the Connect system. (CLOs: A, B, D, E, F)

Observation Paper

For this assignment, the student will observe a child under the age of ten in a natural setting for at least 30 minutes to 1 hour, and submit a 3 - 4-page paper reporting his/her observations. The paper must demonstrate the theories and concepts learned throughout the course and include at least 4 scholarly references. (CLOs: A, B, C, D, E)

Quizzes (8)

Quizzes will consist of 25 multiple-choice questions. Each of these open-book/open-note quizzes will have a time limit of 1 hour and 30 minutes. The student will be responsible for reading and studying his/her textbooks in preparation, as not everything on the quizzes can be covered or discussed in the modules/weeks. (CLOs: A, B, C, F)

Course Grading

Course Requirements Checklist


Discussion Board Forums (4 at 60 pts ea)


Adaptive Readings


Observation Paper



(8 at 50 pts ea)





Late Assignment Policy

Course Assignments, including discussion boards, exams, and other graded assignments, should be submitted on time.

If the student is unable to complete an assignment on time, then he or she must contact the instructor immediately by email.

Assignments that are submitted after the due date without prior approval from the instructor will receive the following deductions:

  1. Late assignments submitted within one week after the due date will receive up to a 10% deduction.
  2. Assignments submitted more than one week and less than 2 weeks late will receive up to a 20% deduction.
  3. Assignments submitted two weeks late or after the final date of the course will not be accepted outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.
  4. Group projects, including group discussion board threads and/or replies, and assignments will not be accepted after the due date outside of special circumstances (e.g. death in the family, significant personal health issues), which will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis by the instructor.

Disability Assistance

Students with a disability and those with medical conditions associated with pregnancy may contact Liberty University’s Online Office of Disability Accommodation Support (ODAS) at [email protected] for accommodations.  Such accommodations require appropriate documentation of your condition.   For more information about ODAS and the accommodations process, including how to request an accommodation, please visit Requests for accommodations not related to disabilities or pregnancy must be directed to the Registrar’s Office, which generally handles medical needs support.

If you have a complaint related to disability discrimination or an accommodation that was not provided, you may contact ODAS or the Office of Equity and Compliance by phone at (434) 592-4999 or by email at [email protected].  Click to see a full copy of Liberty’s Discrimination, Harassment, and Sexual Misconduct Policy or the Student Disability Grievance Policy and Procedures.

Course Attendance

In an effort to comply with U.S. Department of Education policies, attendance is measured by physical class attendance or any submission of a required assignment within the enrollment dates of the course (such as examinations, written papers or projects, any discussion board posts, etc.) or initiating any communication with one’s professor regarding an academic subject. More information regarding the attendance policy can be found in the Academic Course Catalogs. Regular attendance in online courses is expected throughout the length of the term. Students who do not attend within the first week of a sub-term by submitting a required academic assignment (such as the Course Requirements Checklist, an examination, written paper or project, discussion board post, or other academic activity) will be dropped from the course. Students who wish to re-engage in the course are encouraged to contact Academic Advising to discuss their enrollment options. Students who begin an online course, but at some point in the semester cease attending, and do not provide official notification to withdraw, will be assigned a grade of “FN” (Failure for Non-Attendance). Students wishing to withdraw from courses after the official start date should familiarize themselves with the withdrawal policy.

Grading Scale

900-1010 800-899 700-799 600-699 0-599

For courses with a Pass/NP final grade, please refer to the Course Grading section of this syllabus for the assignment requirements and/or point value required to earn a Passing final grade.

Add/Drop Policy

The full policy statement and procedures are published in the Policy Directory.

Honor Code

Liberty University comprises a network of students, Alumni, faculty, staff and supporters that together form a Christian community based upon the truth of the Bible. This truth defines our foundational principles, from our Doctrinal Statement to the Code of Honor. These principles irrevocably align Liberty University’s operational procedures with the long tradition of university culture, which remains distinctively Christian, designed to preserve and advance truth. Our desire is to create a safe, comfortable environment within our community of learning, and we extend our academic and spiritual resources to all of our students with the goal of fostering academic maturity, spiritual growth and character development.

Communities are predicated on shared values and goals. The Code of Honor, an expression of the values from which our Doctrinal Statement was born, defines the fundamental principles by which our community exists. At the core of this code lie two essential concepts: a belief in the significance of all individuals, and a reliance on the existence of objective truth.

While we acknowledge that some may disagree with various elements of the Code of Honor, we maintain the expectation that our students will commit to respect and uphold the Code while enrolled at Liberty University.

Adherence to the principles and concepts established within facilitates the success of our students and strengthens the Liberty community.

The Code of Honor can be viewed in its entirety at


PSYC 221

Textbook: Martorell et al., A Child’s World (2014).


Reading & Study




Martorell et al.: chs. 1–2

1 presentation

Course Requirements Checklist

Class Introductions

Ch. 1 Adaptive Reading

Ch. 2 Adaptive Reading

Quiz 1







Martorell et al.: chs. 3–4

DB Forum 1

Ch. 3 Adaptive Reading

Ch. 4 Adaptive Reading

Quiz 2






Martorell et al.: chs. 5–6

Ch. 5 Adaptive Reading

Ch. 6 Adaptive Reading

Quiz 3





Martorell et al.: chs. 7–8

DB Forum 2

Ch. 7 Adaptive Reading

Ch. 8 Adaptive Reading

Quiz 4






Martorell et al.: ch. 9

Ch. 9 Adaptive Reading

Quiz 5




Martorell et al.: chs. 10–11

DB Forum 3

Ch. 10 Adaptive Reading

Ch. 11 Adaptive Reading

Quiz 6






Martorell et al.: ch. 12

Observation Paper

Ch. 12 Adaptive Reading

Quiz 7





Martorell et al.: chs. 13–14

DB Forum 4

Ch. 13 Adaptive Reading

Ch. 14 Adaptive Reading

Quiz 8







DB = Discussion Board

NOTE: Each course module/week (except Module/Week 1) begins on Tuesday morning at 12:00 a.m. (ET) and ends on Monday night at 11:59 p.m. (ET). The final module/week ends at 11:59 p.m. (ET) on Friday.