Course Syllabus


This course is a theoretical, academically-oriented course focusing on the physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development of the child from conception through adolescence. Students will explore the influences of family, peers, and social institutions on the child's development.

Credits: 3



No prerequisites

Required Resources

You must have access to a microphone and webcam.

This course uses an auto-access textbook. Read the information in the Textbook Information module to learn how to access your textbook, and how to opt-out of this automatic purchase, if desired.

The course materials are available in the Course Materials List.

Resource Title/Description
(books, software, and so on)
Author/Provider Ed./Vol. 13-Digit ISBN (if applicable)
The Developing Person Through Childhood and Adolescence
(comes with course; charged the first day of class)
Berger, K.S. 12th 978-1319191740

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.


Course Outcomes

  1. Identify and describe the typical physical, cognitive, emotional, and social developmental needs and tasks for each stage of development.
  2. Demonstrate an introductory understanding of major developmental theories and accepted methods of scientific inquiry.
  3. Recognize and apply strategies to create environments and cultivate relationships that will foster healthy development.
  4. Recognize the role of the family in nurturing and guiding the development of young children.
  5. Encourage love of nature and God's creations in children.

Major Assignments

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

Major Assignment Description Course Outcome #
W12 Outdoor Observation Spend time outside observing your own experiences and those of children. #5
Dig Deep Presentation Research, create and share a presentation on a topic related to child development. #3
W14 Final Exam Complete a comprehensive final exam. #1-4

Weekly Patterns

The table below displays typical weekly activities, due dates, and activity descriptions. 

Due Date* Learning Model Activity Title Description
Midweek Prepare Study Read the assigned pages in the textbook and study additional materials
Midweek Prove Quiz: Study Check Assess your knowledge of the principles covered in the study page and textbook reading
Midweek Teach One Another Presenter Information: Dig Deeper Presentation Submit your completed presentation and post to the Discussion: Dig Deeper Presentation
End of Week Teach One Another Discussion: Dig Deeper Presentation View your classmate's presentation, respond with your questions and insights.
End of Week

Ponder and Prove

Assignment: Advice to Parents Respond to provided child development prompts with thoughtful advice based on your learning.

*Set your time zone within user preferences so the dates and times for course activities will display correctly for your time zone.

Learning Model

This course seeks to apply the principles and steps of the learning model throughout the course. You will be expected to exercise faith in Jesus Christ, seek teaching from the Holy Ghost, and study the word of God to aid to your efforts to complete your individual assignments. By participating in the dig deeper presentations, in addition to completing major assignments, you will be expected to act for yourself and accept responsibility for learning and teaching. This course also encourages you to develop your ability to love, serve, and teach one another by being authentic, open, and thoughtful in discussion board conversations.

You will prepare to learn by studying the readings and associated material. You will teach one another through the dig deeper presentations and subsequent discussions. You will ponder lessons learned and prove your learning by making notes on your observations, completing quizzes and completing the final exam.



You can expect to receive grades and feedback within seven days of the due date for all assignments.


You will be expected to spend an average of 9–12 hours each week on this class.

Late Work

As a sign of professionalism and respect, you should complete your work on time. However, your instructor has the discretion to accept late work or extend due dates as appropriate.


Three attempts are allowed on each Study Check. However, the questions are randomized so they may not be the same ones provided in a previous attempt.

Extra Credit

Extra credit is not allowed in this course.

Grading Scale

Letter Grade Percent
A 100%–93%
A- 92%–90%
B+ 89%–87%
B 86%–83%
B- 82%–80%
C+ 79%–77%
C 76%–73%
C- 72%–70%
D+ 69%–67%
D 66%–63%
D- 62%–60%
F 59% and lower

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 Disability 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 Disability 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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