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Kate Williams Browne

Child Development

ECE 201 (36431) / PSYCH 201 (41894)

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Grades PSY201
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Child Development ECE 201 (36431) / PSYCH 201 (41894)

Kate Williams Browne, Program Coordinator

Office: Bldg 8, room 8-303

M-W 12:10-1:25 pm

Office Hrs: M/W  2-4 pm; T/Th 2-5 pm

Bldg/Rm, 8-306

Ph: 650 738-7092

please note: click the link below to download Microsoft Word documents

1-Course Agenda 2-Observation Rubric 3-Child Observation 4-Observation Letter

Course Description 
This course is a study of child growth and development from conception through adolescence.  The course will examine the biosocial, cognitive and psychosocial changes that occur to individuals, describe theories and research, and discuss development within the context of family and culture.

Spring 2010 download Microsoft Word version of Course Syllabus


  • Required Text: Berger, K. [7th edition/2007]  The Developing Person
  • Diamonds

Final grades will be based on a percentage of total points.  Student grades will be based on the following:

  • Exams [5]
  • Child Observations [3]
  • Reflective Text Journal [5 parts]
  • Self-Study [1] & Addendum[1]

The course is divided into 5 modules:

  • The Beginnings [chapters 1-4]
  • Infant/Toddler [chapters 5-7]
  • Preschool [chapters 8-10]
  • School-Age [chapters 11-13]
  • Adolescence [chapters 14-16]

There will be two assignments in each module [text journal and exam]; there will be a self-study in the first module, a child observation in three age group modules, and an addendum for the adolescence module.   
Exams100 total points possible
Your five exams will be given at the end of each module.   You may make up an exam at the end of the term ONLY.  Regular exams are multiple choice & short-answer; Make-up exams consist of all essay questions.   
Reflective Text Journal - 100 total points possible
This assignment is an opportunity to reflect on your own learning and understanding.  You will select quotes/statements from each chapter, analyze it, and comment/reflect on its meaning to you.  These will be due at the end of each module on the day of the exam. 
Child Observations - 25 points each, 75 total points possible
During the three age group modules, you will be expected to make an observation of a child of that age range.  The observation will consist of looking for physical, cognitive or psychosocial developments discussed during lecture. Prior to the observation I will pass out an observation checklist as well as specific questions for you to answer.  These are due the day of the exam for that module
Self Study - 20 total points possible
This assignment is designed to help you appreciate child development by looking at the process of growing up in a personal way.  Reflecting on your own childhood can foster a sense of perspective and another way to understand the complex nature of human development.  The self-study is to be 3-4 pages, double-spaced, and is due at the end of the first module.
Addendum for Adolescence - 5 points
This assignment is an addition to your self-study. Adding a page about your adolescence will complete your profile of your own childhood.  It is 1-page, double-spaced, and is due at the end of the module.
Extra Credit25 points possible
Skyline College’s Writing Center and Learning Center offer workshops and seminars that create and develop important skills. These include time management, effective study habits and writing skills.  You may earn 2 points for each workshop attended, and may earn no more than a total of 12 extra credit points.
All Extra Credit Must Be Competed By December 3, 2009.
*Points and number of assignments are subject to change

Final Grades

Final grades are based on a percentage of points earned. Please keep all graded work until the end of the semester. Ninety percent of points earned is an A, 80% is a B, 70% is a C, 60 % is a D and 59% and below is an F. You can keep track of your grade at all times by recording your scores as you receive them. Also, please feel free to check your grade at any time during my office hours.