Course Syllabus

Catalog Description

In CHILD 310, we learn and practice applying 10 core concepts of developmental science, and relevant developmental theories, to foster optimal development of children in the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social domains.

Additional Description

This course explores in depth the relationships between theory, core developmental concepts, and practice in the field of child development from preschool through middle childhood. Learning and application of various theoretical perspectives to explain and interpret children's development will be explored. Coursework includes reading, summarizing, and analyzing current research and developmental topics of interest. Students will master and apply research-based norms in the physical, cognitive, emotional, social, and spiritual domains of human growth and development. Emphasis will be on the application of current research.


  1. Apply 10 core concepts of developmental science to design effective parenting approaches, teaching strategies, or other interventions to foster the development of children in early and middle childhood.
  2. Apply major developmental theories to create effective parenting approaches, teaching strategies, or other interventions to foster the development of children in early and middle childhood.
  3. Demonstrate a knowledge of the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social domains of children in early and middle childhood.
  4. Demonstrate a passion for and commitment to defending children and childhood.

Major Assignments

The table below is meant to help you see the relevance of each major assignment as it pertains to the course outcomes (CO).

Major Assignment Description CO#
W05 Brain Development Answer questions about brain development. 1, 3
W09 Piaget & Vygotsky Experiment and Observation Conduct two simple experiments with a child. Make careful observations. Write a report applying theories.  1, 2
W13 Interventions Interview two adults. Identify risks to children and suggest possible interventions. 1, 2, 3, 4
Closing the Loop Papers (6) With these formal written assignments, students will reflect on their learning and experiences. 1, 2, 3, 4 
Exams Midterm and final exams  1, 2


Learning Model Architecture

As in all BYU-Idaho courses, this course will utilize the Learning Model. Students will prepare by reading all course and study materials in a timely manner and as directed. Teaching one another will occur as students participate in collaborative activities and discussion boards. And students will engage in pondering and proving what they learned by completing comprehensive assignments.

All students and instructors are called upon to do their best to fully understand and implement the principles and processes of the BYU-Idaho learning model, as outlined below.


  1. Exercise faith in the Lord Jesus Christ as a principle of power.
  2. Understand that true teaching is done by and with the Holy Ghost.
  3. Lay hold upon the word of God—as found in the holy scriptures and in the words of the prophets—in all disciplines.
  4. Act for themselves and accept responsibility for learning and teaching.
  5. Love, serve, and teach one another.


  1. Prepare carefully and thoroughly for each class experience.
  2. Seek opportunities to teach one another, both in and out of the classroom.
  3. Take time to ponder and prove teachings presented in the text and class discussions.


Take one of the following:

  • CHILD 210: Child Development 
  • PSYCH 201: Developmental Psychology Lifespan 

Required Resources

This course uses three textbooks. Read the information in the Textbook Information module to learn how to access your textbooks and how to opt out of automatic purchases if needed.

Resource Title and Description
(books, software, and so on)
Author or Provider Ed. or Vol. 13-Digit ISBN
(printed textbook)
Infants, Children, and Adolescents Laura E. Berk 9th


Theories of Development: Concepts and Applications William Crain 6th 9780205810468
Punished by Rewards: The Trouble with Gold Stars, Incentive Plans, A's, Praise, and Other Bribes  Alfie Kohn 25th 978-0395710906

Other Resources

You must have access to a computer, microphone, and a webcam.

Proctored Exams and Assessments

This course will use an online proctoring software called Proctorio. This makes it possible for students to take assessments and exams without a human proctor present. Proctored exams can be accessed like any other exam, once the software has been installed. Exams will be recorded by Proctorio and reviewed by the BYUI Testing Center. Any questionable exams will be forwarded to the instructor for further review.

For step-by-step instructions on Proctorio installation, please refer to Student Help: Proctorio in Canvas.

Grading Policies

All student work will be carefully assessed, and the final grade will accurately reflect the quality of each student’s work throughout the semester, without inflation.

Each student has a responsibility to do his or her very best work and to approach the instructor objectively with supporting evidence if they feel grading has been unfair. Students also have the responsibility to recognize that an A represents outstanding performance in all aspects of the course.

Grading Scale

The grading scale for this course will be as follows:

Letter Grade Percentage Range
A 94–100%
A- 90–93.99%
B+ 87–89.99%
B 84–86.99%
B- 80–83.99%
C+ 77–79.99%
C 74–76.99%
C- 70–73.99%
D+ 67–69.99%
D 64–66.99%
D- 60–63.99%
F 0–59.99%

Late Work Policy

Students should complete their work on time, and late work generally will not be accepted. However, the instructor has discretion to accept late work or extend due dates in the case of extenuating circumstances.

Technical Support

If you need technical assistance, use the I-Learn Help button located on the left side of your screen to contact the appropriate support center (either BYU-Idaho Help or BYU-Pathway Help). 

Department Policy Regarding Intellectual Property and Course Materials

All of the materials in this course are covered by fair use and copyright law and are proprietary (intellectual property). Students are not permitted to sell, post, trade, share, distribute, or send any information contained in this course (including outlines, handouts, syllabi, exams, quizzes, PowerPoint presentations, lectures, audio and video recordings, or images of the same, and so on including your own work for this course) to any parties outside of this course (Course Hero, Quizlet, Google Docs, and so on) by any means (posting, uploading, attachments, and so on) without the express written permission from the creator of these works and the Department Chair. Any of these actions violate the Academic Honesty policies of Brigham Young University-Idaho (please see Academic Honesty) and will be dealt with as such. The materials in this course are also intellectual property and taking any materials from the course and posting them outside of this course in any manner will be construed as theft and distribution of intellectual property. If you engage in any of these actions, or use any of these materials without authorization, the instructor has the right to impose an appropriate academic sanction (give you a failing grade for the assignment and/or fail you from the course). Additionally, the respective Course Lead, Program Lead, and/or Department Chair also reserve the right to impose appropriate academic sanctions regardless of any imposed by the instructor.

University Policies

Students with Disabilities

Brigham Young University-Idaho is committed to providing a working and learning atmosphere that accommodates qualified persons with disabilities. If you have a disability and require accommodations, please contact the Accessibility Services Office at 1-208-496-9210 or visit their website and follow the Steps for Receiving Accommodations. Reasonable academic accommodations are reviewed for all students who have qualified documented disabilities. Services are coordinated with students and instructors by the Accessibility Services Office.

This course may require synchronous meetings. If you are currently registered with the Disability Services Office and need an interpreter or transcriber for these meetings, please contact the deaf and hard of hearing coordinator at 1-208-496-9219.

Other University Policies

Student Honor and Other Policies

Please read through the document called University Policies. It gives important information about the following topics:

  • Student Honor
    • Academic Honesty
    • Student Conduct
      • Sexual Harassment
    • Student with Disabilities
    • Complaints and Grievances
    • Copyright Notice

Go to the Student Resources module to review further resources and information.

Course Summary:

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