Online Education

Online Education Center

Orientation Details

Online Orientation for PSYC-D010G-62Z
(It is highly recommended that you print out this page for future reference.)
Instructor Contact Information
Instructor Cristina Leal
Office Hours Online office hours Mondays 10-11am on Gmail Chat (cristinalealgdl) and Yahoo Messenger (cristinalealgdl)
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A Message from your Instructor

I am delighted to be your instructor in this course. I am an instructor at De Anza College and am also currently completing my dissertation for a Ph.D. in Child and Adolescent Development at Stanford University. I have been engaged in the field of developmental psychology for over ten years. I hope you will find this topic and course as fascinating as I do! Email is the best way to contact me if you have any questions or want to set up a time to talk. I hope you find this class to be interesting and informative and that it helps to meet your educational objectives.

Child Development: The Early Years covers physical, cognitive, social and emotional growth and development from conception to age five. In this course, you will use current and historical theoretical perspectives in developmental psychology to reflect on others' as well as your own development. As all development occurs within a cultural context, attention will be given to diverse perspectives on child development.

The primary content of the course comes from the text, Infants, Children and Adolescents, 7th Ed, by Laura Berk. The online resources MyDevelopmentLab and MyVirtualChild reinforce the material and are included in the textbook package you can purchase at the DeAnza bookstore (ISBN: 978125633)9861). I recommend that you purchase your textbook from the DeAnza bookstore as we have obtained a discount on the unbound textbook and extra resources. If you buy your textbook elsewhere you will need to make sure it includes access to MyDevelopmentLab with MyVirtualChild. Alternatively, you may purchase access to MyDevelopmentLab (which includes an e-book, but no hard copy) once you begin our online class for around $80. Instructions will be provided on our class website (Catalyst).

Our virtual classroom is online and is called Catalyst. All assignments and discussion take place on the Catalyst website. Each week, there will be a question posted each week that corresponds to subject matter in the chapter. You must post an answer to the question in the appropriate Discussion Forum by midnight Sunday of the same week. Your responses will count as attendance and participation for the class.

For Week 1: If you do not sign in to Catalyst and answer the first question on the Discussion Forum by Friday, September 28th, by 5:00 p.m., you will be dropped from the course. Login to the Catalyst website at: to post your responses to the questions, submit your assignments, and take exams. Only registered students have access to Catalyst.

Hours of Study
Be prepared to spend a minimum of 15 hours per week using and studying the course materials.
How to get started in your course
  • Complete the Online Orientation and sign in to Catalyst the first week of classes. Answer the question posted in the first discussion forum by Friday, September 28th, by 5:00 p.m. Students who fail to complete both the online orientation and the discussion forum by the deadline will be dropped from the course to make room for students on the waiting list. This deadline will be strictly enforced!
  • Read the complete Course Syllabus (available on Catalyst).
  • Obtain the required course textbook (Infants, Children and Adolescents, 7th Ed., by Laura Berk), ISBN: 9781256339861.
  • Consult the Assignment Schedule in the syllabus and start the readings for Weeks 1 and 2.

  • Online Education
    Building: MLC 210

    Phone: 408.864.8969
    M-Th: 9:00a-5:00p
    F: 9:00a-4:00p


    Last Updated: 1/27/16