CD/PSYC10H Green Sheet: CHILD DEVELOPMENT (Middle Childhood and Adolescence)

Instructor:Dr. Li Wei Sun E-Mail: Tel:(408)864-5329
Office Hours: Wed.12:20-1:20pm Office: CD2-21d

Course Description:

Critical examination of human growth and development from school age through adolescence with particular attention given to current theoretical and research perspectives within a diverse society.

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

1. An understanding of developmental theories as they relate to physical, cognitive and socio- emotional development in middle childhood and adolescence.
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 middle childhood and adolescence.
6. An appreciation of the interrelatedness of theory, research and applications.

Required Text:

1. Kathleen S. Berger (2012). The Developing Person: Through Childhood and Adolescence (9th ed.).United States: Pearson
2. Handouts and Study Guide, Li Wei Sun

Suggested Readings:

Method of Presentation:

Presentation will be through lecture, discussion, individual and group activities and other media audio/visual aids.

Class Requirements:

1. Students are expected to arrive on time, participate in class discussions and remain for the entire class. 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. Instructor may drop a student with 3 absences. Three tardiness equal one absence. It is the student’s responsibility to process a DROP form. If the student simply stops attending class, the student will get an “F”.

3. There will be 3 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. 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 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.


This is a 4-unit course. All assignments must be typed, 11/2-spaced, in 12-point font, and stapled together otherwise points will be deducted from the paper. Late assignments will 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.

Assignment 1: School-age child observation (see instruction for details)  30 points  
Assignment 2: Adolescent Interview (see instruction for details) 40 points
Assignment 3: Final Group Oral Presentation & Written Report 60 points

Plagiarismis 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 3 quizzes. Each quiz contains 30 multiple choice questions. The study guide for each quiz will be provided one week before the quiz.

Quiz1 will cover chapter1 (Section 2, 3)  50 points
Quiz2 will cover chapter7 (Section 1,2,3)  60 points
Quiz3 will cover chapter8 (Section 1,2,3)  60 points

Course Grading:

1. Naturalistic Observation 30 points
2. Interview 40 points
2. 3 examinations 170 points
3. Final Group Presentation 60 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.

The Student Success Centeroffers free tutoring for many De

Anza classes. See for details. 
• Writing and Reading Center: ATC 309 408-864-5840
• Math, Science and Technology Resource Center: S-43 408-864-8683
• General Subject Tutoring: ATC 305 408-864-8682
• Listening and Speaking Center: ATC 304 408-864-5385
• Skills Center: ATC 302 408-864-8253


Class Schedule

Week1 Introduction & Chapter1
Domains of development. Development Processes and Periods
Historical Perspectives of Child Development
ing-up Developmental Theories Presentation

Week2  Chapter2
Basic issues, Research methods and designs
In-Class Presentation
Developmental theories

Week3 Chapter2
Developmental Theories
Physical Development in Middle and Late Childhood 

Week4 Chapter 11
Physical Development in Middle and Late Childhood

Week5 Chapter 12
Cognitive Development in Middle and Late Childhood

Week6 Chapter 13
Social-Emotional Development in Middle and Late Childhood
ue: School-age child observation 

Week7 Chapter 14  
Physical Development in Adolescence

Week8  Chapter 15
Cognitive Development in adolescence
Due:Adolescent Interview

Week9 Chapter 16
Social -Emotional Development in adolescence

Week10 Chapter 16
Social-Emotional Development in Adolescence

Week11 6/19 Group Oral Presentation  

Week12 6/26 Final Examination

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