PSYCH 2AA3 – CHILD DEVELOPMENT
Oriane [email protected]
Office Hours: by appointment Psychology 304
Jenn Walsh [email protected]
Lectures: Tues & Thurs 1:30 – 4:20pm Room: MDCL 1102
Learning Objectives: The objective of this course is to provide you with a foundation in
developmental psychology. We will cover a wide range of perspectives and discuss the
various influences on child development, from conception through adolescence. At the end
of this course you should have a greater understanding of children, their behaviour, their
understanding of the world, and how they learn.
*If you are taking this course by special permission pre-requisite override, it is your
responsibility to keep up with material. Intro Psychology textbooks are available in the
Assigned readings to accompany each lecture are listed below. All chapters listed refer to
Discovering the Lifespan by Feldman & Landry, 1st Canadian Ed.
* A custom edition containing Chapters 1-6 is available for this class. If you intend to take
“3AG3 – Aging” you should purchase the full text as Chapters 7-10 will be covered in that
Assessment - Your final grade will be made up of the following:
Two mid-term tests 30% each 1 hr in class.
(not cumulative) Format – 60 multiple-choice questions.
Final exam 40% 2 hr in class
(cumulative) Format – 120 multiple choice questions
Students requiring accommodations should register as soon as possible with Student
Accessibility Services. Both mid-terms will be followed by lecture. Students with time
accommodations should request early start times.
Illness / missed class – Attendance at all lectures is emphatically recommended. If you miss
a lecture, it is your responsibility to get notes from a classmate (lecture slides will be posted,
however videos shown in class will not be posted). Students should make themselves aware
of the policies surrounding the McMaster Student Absence Form, and contact the Instructor
as soon as possible in the event of a missed test / exam. You will be offered re-weighting of
the final exam for a missed mid-term test. If you miss the final exam we will discuss your
In this course we will be using AvenueToLearn. Students should be aware that, when they access the electronic components of this course, private information such as first and last
names, user names for the McMaster e-mail accounts, and program affiliation may become
apparent to all other students in th