Infant and Child Development – PSYC 371

Longwood University – Summer 2014 Online

Chris Bjornsen, Ph.D., Professor of Psychology

Office: Ruffner 305


Office phone: 434-395-2736

Office Hours/availability: 10-4 PM Monday – Friday via email.

Course dates: M-F from July 21 – August 1, 2014

Psychology Department phone: 434-395-2318


Getting Started:

1. Please read this entire syllabus to familiarize yourself with the structure and content of this course.

2. To succeed in this course, you should be able to use Canvas and Outlook email.

3. Your instructor for this course is Dr. Chris Bjornsen. He just completed his 19th year as a member of the department of psychology at Longwood University. He specializes in developmental psychology and cross-cultural psychology. For more information on Dr. Bjornsen, click here:

4. Take a minute to go to the Discussions section, and write a post introducing yourself to the instructor and the other students.

5. Course netiquette: Please keep your discussion posts professional; discuss topics in the same way you would be expected to do so in our classrooms.

6. Your instructor will monitor his Canvas inbox 10 AM to 4 PM each day of the course.

7. For assistance with Canvas, please go here:

8.  For library or tutoring assistance, please use the following:,

9. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please talk to the professor before the course begins to discuss your learning needs. If you wish to request reasonable accommodations (note taking support, extended time for tests, etc.), you will need to register with the Office of Disability Resources (Graham Hall, 395-2391). The office will require appropriate documentation of disability. All information is kept confidential.


Course description

An examination of the biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and behavioral changes that take place during prenatal development, infancy, and childhood including genetic influences, transformations in attachment, autonomy, family relations, sibling relations, peer relations, moral thinking and behavior, intelligence, language, and achievement. Brief examination of childhood psychopathology. 3 credits.


Required text:

Human Development: A Cultural Approach, by Jeffrey Jensen Arnett, (2012). Students do NOT need the mypsychlab that is often bundled with this text.


Course Schedule – We will focus on a chapter from Arnett each day.

Mon    July 21  Chapter 1               A Cultural Approach to Human Development   pp. 1-41 (40)

Tue     July 22  Chapter 2               Genetics and Prenatal Development     pp. 42-81 (40)

Wed   July 23  Chapter 3                Birth and the Newborn Child        pp. 82-125 (44)

Thu     July 24  Chapter 4               Infancy          pp. 126-173 (48)

Fri      July 25                                     No Assignment or Quiz

Mon   July 28  Chapter 5                Toddlerhood            pp. 174-227 (54)
Tue     July 29  Chapter 6               Early Childhood       pp. 228-281 (54)

Wed    July 30                                   No Assignment or Quiz

Thu     July 31  Chapter 7               Middle Childhood    pp. 282-337 (56)

Fri       Aug 1                                No Assignment or Quiz


Course objectives

1. Demonstrate an understanding of the basic physical, psychological, and behavioral changes that occur over the course of childhood as explained in each chapter of the textbook through successful (C- or better) completion of daily quizzes.

2. Demonstrate the ability to explain one’s understanding of the course content (textbook) in writing on short answer items contained in the quizzes.


Suggestions for meeting the above course objectives:

1. Students should read the study guide for each chapter before reading that chapter. Study guides will be located in Modules.

2. Students should thoroughly read each chapter and make an outline of the content of the chapter.

3. Students should post a question or comment about the study guide and chapters in the discussion board each day.


Course requirements


Seven Quizzes online The number of questions on each quiz will change from day to day, depending on the complexity and amount of information in each chapter in the textbook.  Each quiz will be worth 100 points.
Total Grade The total grade will be the average quiz grade for the entire course The Longwood University grading scale will be used in this course (see below).



Quizzes will contain multiple-choice questions each day, and the last quiz of each week will contain a number of short answer questions.

Quizzes will be administered online each day of the course. Students can take quizzes between approximately 9:30 am and 11:30 pm. Students are required to take quizzes alone, and without any assistance from any other person. Each quiz will be timed. Allowed time will show up in the instructions for each quiz. Students taking more than the allowed time on quizzes can expect to have that quiz grade lowered 5 percent for every minute the time limit is exceeded.  Each quiz can only be taken once and only on the day it is scheduled.

Students should be prepared to take Quizzes without using the textbook or notes/outlines. Quizzes are designed to NOT enable students to simply browse through the text or notes to find the answers to questions. That’s why the quizzes are timed. The time allocated for each quiz is based on the notion that students must have thoroughly read and understood each chapter and, as strongly suggested by the instructor, made an outline of each chapter. Making an outline will definitely enhance your learning (that’s the point, right?). In short, students should study for each quiz exactly as they would for an in-class, closed-book quiz.

All quizzes are timed, and can only be taken once. Once a student opens the quiz file, the timer has started for that quiz. Quizzes must be completed within the time specified in the instructions. If the student’s computer for some reason kicks the student out of the quiz, the student can immediately re-open the quiz and continue, but the timer has not stopped. This feature is meant to prevent anyone from quitting a quiz before completion in order to look up the answers to quiz questions.

It is the responsibility of the student to ensure he or she is using a reliable computer, and that no other programs are running and no other browser tabs are open on the computer when the student starts a quiz. If, for whatever reason, once a quiz is opened the student does not complete the quiz, the grade will stand. Be sure to close all other programs and all other browser tabs before starting a quiz.

Extensions on assignments, make-up quizzes, etc. may or may not be given, at the discretion of the instructor, for the following reasons: (1) Prior to the quiz date or assignment due date, the student has requested an extension (via email) because the assignment/quiz conflicts with a college-sponsored activity (such as a class field trip or LC sport team event). (2) The student has requested an extension, prior to the quiz/assignment due date, due to a serious illness or family emergency. (3) The student was hospitalized and could not request an extension prior to the quiz date or due date of the assignment. Documentation must be faxed or emailed as an attachment to Dr. Bjornsen. No other reasons for missing an quiz or assignment will be considered. Students will be given a grade of zero for assignments/quizzes missed.





Grading policy

Final course grades will be calculated as the percentage of total points earned for quizzes and will be converted to letter grades as follows:


100% –  93% = A                  79% – 77% = C+

92% –  90% = A-                 76% – 73% = C

89% – 87% = B+                72% – 70% = C-

86% – 83% = B                  69% – 67% = D+

82% – 80% = B-                 66% – 63% = D

62% – 60% = D-

59% – 0% = F


Final grades will be rounded up from .50, and down from .49. For example, an 89.50 final grade will be rounded up to a 90, and an 89.49 final grade will NOT be rounded up to a 90, but will be rounded down to an 89. Final grades will not be available until the grades are posted on the University web site.

Attendance:  No formal attendance will be recorded or assessed in this course.

Honor Code and Student Conduct

Students are expected to take quizzes individually without the assistance of any other person, whether that person is enrolled in this course or not.

Students are expected to assume full responsibility for their actions, and refrain from lying, cheating, stealing, and plagiarism. University penalties for infraction of the Honor Code are detailed in the Student Handbook, which students can find on-line within the Longwood University web pages and are responsible for understanding and following. If the professor believes a student has violated the Honor Code, the student will receive an “F” for the course. The professor may also file Honor Code charges against the student.

The instructor reserves the right to make changes to the above syllabus during the course if necessary, with proper notification provided to students via email (Longwood University email addresses will be used).