Li Wei Sun CD 10G

Li Wei Sun - CD 10G

CD/PSYC10G Green Sheet Mon/Wed

CD010G.01/PSYC010G.01: CHILD DEVELOPMENT (The Early Years)

Instructor: Dr.  Li Wei Sun  E-Mail:  Tel:(408)864-5329

Quarter: Spring 2014  Class Hours: M/W 8:30-10:20am.  Room: G10

Office Hours: Mon. 12:20-1:20pm. Office: CD2-21d

Course Description:

Critical examination of human growth and development from conception to early childhood with particular attention given to current theoretical and research perspectives.

Desired Outcomes: Upon the completion of this course, students will have:

1.  An understanding of major theories and the strengths and shortcomings of each.

2.  An appreciation of research strategies for investigating child development.

3.  Knowledge of both the sequence of child development and the processes that underlie it.

4.  An appreciation of the impact of context and culture on child development.

5.  An understanding of the joint contributions of biology and environment to development.

6.  A sense if the interdependency of all domains of development-physical, cognitive, emotional, and social.

7. An appreciation of the interrelatedness of theory, research and applications.

Required Text:


1.Arnett and Maynard (2013)  Child Development: A Cultural Approach. United States: Pearson

2. Handouts and Study Guide, Li Wei Sun

Class Requirements:

1.Students are expected to arrive on time, participate in class discussions and remain for the entire class. Role is taken promptly at 8:30am. When the instructor calls a student's name, if the student does not respond, instructor will show the student as being absent. If a student arrives late, please sit down quietly at the back row. It is the student's responsibility to speak to the instructor at the end of that same class period and ask the instructor to change "absent" into a "tardy". The instructor can change this only that same day, not in the future. Class ends at 10:20am. If a student has need to leave early one day because of a pressing emergency, the student needs to let the instructor know ahead of time, otherwise he/she will be shown as being absent for that day. Students are responsible to keep track of their absences and tardiness.

2.If a student misses 3 classes, he/she needs to see the instructor for an assessment of his/her ability to complete the class. The instructor may drop a student with 4 absences. Three tardiness equal one absence. It is the student's responsibility to process a DROP form. If a student simply stops attending class, the student will get an "F".

3.There will be 4 exams as shown on schedule. Students are responsible for being present at those dates. NO MAKE-UP EXAMS. Students are responsible to call in on exam day if insurmountable emergency should arise.

4.Students are required to turn OFF cell phones during class time. If a student wants to say something during lecture, please get the instructor's attention first (raise hand or say "question"), then speak out. If a student needs to tell the instructor something important regarding his/her class status, please give it to the instructor in writing and talk to the instructor during office hours. A student who is disruptive or is disregarding rules, such as talking, passing notes, doing homework or outside work, wearing headphones, verbal abuse, threats and etc. will be asked to leave classroom. The student must submit a request in writing asking to be re-admitted and may not re-enter without the instructor's permission. The student will be counted as absent until re-entered. Any second incident will result in the student being dropped from class with an "F". The student who refuses to leave the room will be dropped from the class with an "F" and reported to school authorities for further action.

5.Each student gets one folder from the instructor. It is the student's responsibility to keep all the graded work in the folder and clearly record the points of each graded work until the end of the quarter.


This is a 4-unit course. Three units are satisfied through in-class hours. All assignments must be typed, 12 font pitches, 11/2 space and stapled together, and otherwise points will be deducted from the paper. Late assignmentswill have 5 points deducted from assignments. These assignments must be handed to the instructor no later than one week after it is due.Do not put any assignment in the instructor's mailbox. E-mail assignments will not be accepted.

Toddler Observation (see instruction for details)                       50 points
Preschooler Observation (see instruction for details)                50 points

Plagiarism is to steal or pass on the ideas or words of another as one's own and includes the use without crediting the source. It will not be tolerated. Such action will be dealt with in accordance with the procedures set forth in the college catalog.

Extra points will be given to student attending a study group at least once a week. Students will form a study group to meet at least 45 minutes every week. In this weekly meeting students will study the text, share child development information, discuss assignments and prepare for quizzes.


There will be a total of 4 quizzes. Each quiz contains 25 multiple choice questions. The study guide for each quiz will be provided one week before the quiz.

Quiz1                 50 points
Quiz2                 50 points
Quiz3                 50 points
Quiz4                 50 points

Course Grading:

1. Two written observations of child development           100 points

2. Four examinations                                                  200 points

                                                                        Total 300 points

Grade Scale:

A+ = 4    286-300 points             C+=2.3    234-239 points

A = 4     279-285 points             C=2.0     210-233 points

A- = 3.7   270-278 points             D+=1.3    204-209 points

B+= 3.3   264-269 points             D= 1.0    189-203 points

B = 3.0    249-263 points             D-= 0.7    180-188 points

B- =2.7    240-248 points             F=0       below 180 points

Services for Disabled Students:

Disabled Students Services (DSS) is available on campus. It provides special registration for Adaptive P. E., personal counseling, academic and vocational advisement and equipment loans. It also can help provide note-takers, assistance to and from class, and mobility training for students with blindness. For more information call 864-8753.


Important Dates:

4/19    Last day to drop for a refund

5/30    Last day to drop with a “w”


Week 1             Introduction & Chapter1 (Section2 &3)

                          Definitions. Domains of development.

           Developmental Processes and Periods

           Core issues in Child Development


Week 2             Chapter1 (Section2 & 3)

                           Research methods and designs.

             Developmental theories.


Week 3             Chapter 2 (Section1)

           Genetic foundations of Development.

           Reproductive Choices.

           Heredity & Environment.



 Week 4            Chapter 2 (Section2 &3) & Chapter3 (Section1)

                            The course of Prenatal development

                            Some potential hazards to prenatal development

                            Stages of Childbirth


Week 5             Chapter 4 (Section1) & Chapter 5 (Section1)

              Body growth. Brain Development. Motor development.

             Sensory and perceptual development



Week 6                 Chapter 4 (Section2) & Chapter 5 (Section2)

                Piaget’s sensorimotor stage.

                Language development.



Week 7    5/26&5/28     Chapter 4  (Section3) & Chapter 5 (Section3)

                              Sociomotional development. Attachment. Temperament.

                               Due: Observation (Toddler) 

                         5/26 Holiday

Week 8                Chapter 6 (Section1)

             Body growth. Brain development. Motor development

             Last day to drop


Week 9               Chapter 6  (Section2)

            Cognitive Changes in Early Childhood 

                         Piaget’s Theory. Vygotsky’s Theory.

                         Language Development

                        Due: Observation (Preschooler)  


Week 10             Chapter 6  (Section3)

                              Socioemotional development.


Week 11             Final Review



Week 12    6/23    Final Examination:  Mon, 8:30-9:30am



email Email: Li Wei Sun
Phone: 408.864.5329
Office: CD 2-21d

Office Hours:

Wed: 5:30-6:30pm
Wed: 1:20-2:20pm
Tues: 1:20-2:20pm


Last Updated: 4/11/14