Psychology 2011

Developmental Psychology, Winter Term 2006

Mondays and Wednesdays, 4:30-5:50 p.m.

Arts Lecture Hall 116


Dr. Ori Friedman (PAS 4014)

Teaching Assistants

Last name beginning A to G: Marjan Maleki-Tehrani  (PAS 4011)

Potential meeting times: Mon, Tue, Wed (5:30-6:30p.m.)

Last name beginning H to O: Sara Schleien  (PAS 4022)

Potential meeting times: Mon (12:00-2:00), Wed (3:00-4:30), Thu (10:00-12:00)

Last name beginning P to Z: Tara Voros  (PAS 4022)

Potential meeting times: Mon & Tue (12:00-2:00), Wed & Thu (2:30-4:30)

Contacting the Instructor and TAs

All contact will be done through UW-ACE e-mails. Do not send e-mails outside of this system. You should contact your TA first with any issues, and only contact the instructor if additional help is needed. To set up a meeting, e-mail your TA and suggest a meeting time based on the potential meeting times listed above. The TA will either confirm the suggested time, or suggest another time.


Siegler, R., DeLoache, J., & Eisenber, N. How Children Develop (Second Edition).

(available at the bookstore)

Course description

This course is an Introduction to Developmental Psychology. This course is intended to familiarize you with the theories, experimental methodologies, and major findings, of research on infant and child psychological development.

To succeed in this class you will need to attend class, and to do assigned readings. Lecture notes will not be posted online. If you miss a class, you are responsible for getting notes from another student in the class. The instructor and TAs do not provide lecture notes or outlines to students who have missed classes. It is up to you whether to read the assigned readings before or after the corresponding lectures.

Course requirements and grading

Two midterm exams (30% of final grade each), and one final exam (40% of final grade).

All exam questions will be multiple choice, and will test on material from the readings and the lectures. The second mid-term exam will only cover material for that section, and not material specific to the first mid-term exam. About 75% of the material on the final exam will be from the last section of the course, and the remaining 25% will cover important material from the first two sections.

Temporary grades will not be assigned under any circumstances. Also, your grade will be determined solely by your performance on the required tests and exams. Grades cannot be improved through extra-assignments or by re-weighing the exams.

I will not be curving exam grades during the course. There is a chance that the final averages will be curved, but this is unlikely, and should not be assumed.

Policy on missed exams

Standard university policy will be followed in the event that a student misses a test or exam due to illness or domestic reasons. These regulations can be found in the UW Undergraduate Calendar. Requests may be granted on the basis of valid medical or extremely serious domestic grounds. If you think you will miss an exam you are strongly recommended to let the instructor know, before the exam begins. You will need to provide formal documentation for the reason you had missed the test or exam.

Note on avoidance of academic offences

All students registered in the courses of the Faculty of Arts are expected to know what constitutes an academic offence, to avoid committing academic offences, and to take responsibility for their academic actions. When the commission of an offence is established, disciplinary penalties will be imposed in accord with Policy #71 (Student Academic Discipline). For information on categories of offences and types of penalties, students are directed to consult the summary of Policy #71 which is supplied in the Undergraduate Calendar (section 1; on the Web at If you need help in learning how to avoid offences such as plagiarism, cheating, and double submission, or if you need clarification of aspects of the discipline policy, ask your TA or course instructor for guidance. Other resources regarding the discipline policy are your academic advisor and the Undergraduate Associate Dean.

Students who believe that they have been wrongfully or unjustly penalized have the right to grieve; refer to Policy #70, Student Grievance,

Also see “Avoiding Academic Offences”  (

Schedule – Although the exam dates are firm, the schedule of the readings may change. Please check the syllabus regularly for such changes.

Week 1 Jan 4 Introduction
Week 2

Jan 9

Jan 11

Chapter 1

Chapter 1

Week 3

Jan 16

Jan 18

Chapter 2

Chapter 2

Week 4

Jan 23

Jan 25

Chapter 3

Chapter 3

Week 5

Jan 30

Feb 1

Chapter 4

Chapter 4

Week 6

Feb 6

Feb 8

Test on February 6

Chapter 4

Week 7

Feb 13

Feb 15

Chapter 5

Chapter 5


Feb 20

Feb 22

Reading week

Chapter 6

Week 8

Feb 22

Mar 1

Chapter 6

Chapter 6

Week 9

Mar 6

Mar 8

Chapter 7

Chapter 7

Week 10

Mar 13

Mar 15

Test on March 13

Chapter 7

Week 11

Mar 20

Mar 22

Chapter 7

Chapter 14

Week 12

Mar 27

Mar 29

Chapter 14

Chapter 15

Week 13 Apr 3 Chapter 15

The Final exam will be scheduled between April 6 & April 22.

The Academic Date section of the Calendar (printed and web site versions) clearly states the examination date period for each semester. The examination period for this course is April 6 to 22.  Students must note that they are required to reserve this time in their personal calendars for the examinations.  Students who are considering registering to write MCAT, LSAT, GMAT, GRE or a similar examination, should select a time for those examinations that occurs outside the University=s examination period. For additional information that describes the special circumstances for examination deferment, please consult the University calendar.

Note for students with disabilities

The Office for Persons with Disabilities (OPD), located in Needles Hall, Room 1132, collaborates with all academic departments to arrange appropriate accommodations for students with disabilities without compromising the academic integrity of the curriculum. If you require academic accommodations to lessen the impact of your disability, please register with the OPD at the beginning of each academic term.