SRJC Course Outlines

7/22/2024 12:51:30 AMPSYC 4 Course Outline as of Summer 2025

Changed Course

Discipline and Nbr:  PSYC 4Title:  CHILD & ADOLESCENT PSYCH  
Full Title:  Child and Adolescent Psychology
Last Reviewed:12/9/2019

UnitsCourse Hours per Week Nbr of WeeksCourse Hours Total
Maximum3.00Lecture Scheduled3.0017.5 max.Lecture Scheduled52.50
Minimum3.00Lab Scheduled04 min.Lab Scheduled0
 Contact DHR0 Contact DHR0
 Contact Total3.00 Contact Total52.50
 Non-contact DHR0 Non-contact DHR Total0

 Total Out of Class Hours:  105.00Total Student Learning Hours: 157.50 

Title 5 Category:  AA Degree Applicable
Grading:  Grade Only
Repeatability:  00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP
Also Listed As: 
Formerly:  PSYCH 4

Catalog Description:
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Development of the child from prenatal life to the adolescent years with emphasis on emotional, intellectual, social, and personal growth and development.


Recommended Preparation:
Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent

Limits on Enrollment:

Schedule of Classes Information
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Development of the child from prenatal life to the adolescent years with emphasis on emotional, intellectual, social, and personal growth and development.
(Grade Only)

Recommended:Eligibility for ENGL 1A or equivalent
Limits on Enrollment:
Transfer Credit:CSU;UC.
Repeatability:00 - Two Repeats if Grade was D, F, NC, or NP


Associate Degree:Effective:Fall 1981
Social and Behavioral Sciences
CSU GE:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 DSocial ScienceFall 2010
 DSocial ScienceFall 1991Fall 2010
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D4Gender Studies  
 DSocial ScienceFall 1981Fall 1991
 D1Anthropology and Archeology  
 D4Gender Studies  
IGETC:Transfer Area Effective:Inactive:
 4Social and Behavioral ScienceFall 1981
CSU Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:
UC Transfer:TransferableEffective:Fall 1981Inactive:

Certificate/Major Applicable: Both Certificate and Major Applicable


Student Learning Outcomes:
At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
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1.   Analyze and apply biological and environmental theories to explain cognitive, physical, emotional, and social development of the individual from the prenatal period through childhood and adolescence.
2.   Describe and apply the research methods that are used to study child and adolescent psychology.

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At the conclusion of this course, the student should be able to:
1.   Distinguish among significant theoretical perspectives on the development of the child.
2.   Differentiate between chromosomes and genes, recessive and dominant traits, and
       monozygotic and dizygotic twins.
3.   Discuss chromosomal and genetic abnormalities relevant to the psychological
       maladjustment of the child.
4.   Describe how psychological and environmental factors such as maternal stress, nutrition,
      teratogens, sexually transmitted diseases, and drugs influence the development of the child.
5.   Examine the brain structures, intellectual growth, perceptual processes, memory and
      language development of the child in the infancy, childhood and adolescent years.
6.   Explain how attachment, social deprivation, child abuse and neglect, day care, temperament,
       and gender differences influence the infant's social and emotional development.
7.   Discuss the influence of parenting styles, siblings, peer interactions, and gender roles in the
      early childhood years.
8.   Describe the factors that contribute to and delineate treatment strategies for childhood
       obesity,  eating disorders, elimination disorders, ADHD, and learning disabilities.
9.   Provide causal factors and treatment options for separation anxiety, conduct disorder,
       childhood depression, and drug abuse in the middle childhood and adolescent years.
10. Discriminate among the various theories that describe the adolescent's self-concept,
       emotional, cognitive and moral development.

Topics and Scope
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I. The Study of Human Development
    A. History
    B. Research
    C. Theories
II.   The Human Heritage
    A. Genes
    B. Environment
III.   Prenatal Development and Birth
IV.   Infant Capacities and the Process of Change
V.   The Achievement of the First Year and the End of Infancy
VI.   Early Experiences and Later Life
VII.  Language Acquisition
VIII. Early Childhood Thought
    A. Competence
    B. Abilities
IX. Social Development in Early Childhood
X.  The Contexts of Early Childhood
    A. Family
    B. Media
XI.   Cognitive and Biological Attainments of Middle Childhood
XII.  Schooling and Physical and Social Development in Middle Childhood
XIII. Biological and Social Foundations of Adolescence
XIV. Cognitive and Psychological Achievements of Adolescence
XV.  Emerging Adulthood

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1. Read approximately 35 pages per week
2. Writing assignment that may include research, experiential, response,
     or project for a minimum of 1,250 words
3. Formal testing: quizzes, exams, and a final
4. Oral presentation and/or group project may be assigned

Methods of Evaluation/Basis of Grade.
Writing: Assessment tools that demonstrate writing skill and/or require students to select, organize and explain ideas in writing.Writing
30 - 60%
Research, experiential, response, or project paper
Problem solving: Assessment tools, other than exams, that demonstrate competence in computational or non-computational problem solving skills.Problem Solving
0 - 0%
Skill Demonstrations: All skill-based and physical demonstrations used for assessment purposes including skill performance exams.Skill Demonstrations
0 - 0%
Exams: All forms of formal testing, other than skill performance exams.Exams
40 - 60%
Quizzes, Exams, and a Final
Other: Includes any assessment tools that do not logically fit into the above categories.Other Category
0 - 10%
Oral presentation and/or group project

Representative Textbooks and Materials:
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The Developing Person Through Childhood and Adolescence. 11th ed. Berger, Kathleen Stassen. Worth Publishers. 2018
Child Development. 8th ed. Feldman, Robert. Pearson. 2019
Child Development: An Active Learning Approach. 3rd ed. Levine, Laura and Munsch, Joyce. Sage Publications. 2018
Childhood and Adolescence: Voyages in Development. 6th ed, Rathus, Spencer. Cengage. 2017

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