Psychology 211-Winter 2009

Developmental Psychology

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 F: Adam Petrashek  (PAS 4011)
    • Potential meeting times:
  • Last name beginning G to L: Marysia Lazinski  (PAS 40??)
    • Potential meeting times: Wed, 11am to 1pm
  • Last name beginning M to P: Marcia Gordeyko (PAS 4017)
    • Potential meeting times: Wed, 11am to 1pm
  • Last name beginning Q to Z: Roman Feiman  (PAS 4011)
    • Potential meeting times:

Contacting the Instructor and TAs

Emails should be sent through UW-ACE. Please, start by contacting your TA 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

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 you will need to attend class and to do assigned readings. 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 to students who have missed classes. It is up to you whether you read the assigned readings before or after the corresponding lectures.

Course requirements and grading

Four midterm tests. All test questions will be multiple choice and will cover material from the readings and the lectures. Tests are non-cumulative.

Your grade will be determined solely by your performance on the required tests. Grades cannot be improved through extra-assignments or by re-weighing the tests. Temporary grades will not be assigned, unless serious medical or personal problems interfere with class completion. 

Grades will not be curved or adjusted.

Policy on missed tests

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 a test you are strongly recommended to let your teaching assistant know before the test begins. If this is not possible then you are must contact your teaching assistant no later than a day after the missed test. You will need to provide formal documentation for the reason you missed the test or exam.

Important: If you miss a test, you are responsible for making arrangements with your teaching assistant to schedule a time to write a makeup test. Makeup tests must be written with in four school days of the end of your illness or serious domestic issue. 

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

Week 1

Jan 5

Jan 7


Chapter 1

Week 2

Jan 12

Jan 14

No class

Chapter 2

Week 3

Jan 19

Jan 21

Chapter 3

Chapter 3

Week 4

Jan 26

Jan 28

Test 1 (25%)

Chapter 4

Week 5

Feb 2

Feb 4

Chapter 4

Chapter 4

Week 6

Feb 9

Feb 11

Chapter 5

Chapter 5


Feb 16

Feb 18

Reading week

Reading week

Week 7

Feb 23

Feb 25

Chapter 6

Test 2 (25%)

Week 8

Mar 2

Mar 4

Chapter 6

Chapter 7

Week 9

Mar 9

Mar 11

Chapter 7

Other material

Week 10

Mar 16

Mar 18

Test 3 (25%)

Other material

Week 11

Mar 23

Mar 25

Chapter 14

Chapter 14

Week 12

Mar 30

Apr 1

Chapter 14

Test 4 (25%)

Academic Integrity:

Academic Integrity: In order to maintain a culture of academic integrity, members of the University of Waterloo are expected to promote honesty, trust, fairness, respect and responsibility.

Discipline: A student is expected to know what constitutes academic integrity, to avoid committing academic offences, and to take responsibility for his/her actions. A student who is unsure whether an action constitutes an offence, or who needs help in learning how to avoid offences (e.g., plagiarism, cheating) or about “rules” for group work/collaboration should seek guidance from the course professor, academic advisor, or the Undergraduate Associate Dean. When misconduct has been found to have occurred, disciplinary penalties will be imposed under Policy 71 – Student Discipline. For information on categories of offenses and types of penalties, students should refer to Policy 71 - Student Discipline,

Grievance: A student who believes that a decision affecting some aspect of his/her university life has been unfair or unreasonable may have grounds for initiating a grievance. Read Policy 70 - Student
Petitions and Grievances, Section 4,

Appeals: A student may appeal the finding and/or penalty in a decision made under Policy 70 - Student Petitions and Grievances (other than regarding a petition) or Policy 71 - Student Discipline if a ground for an appeal can be established. Read Policy 72 - Student Appeals,

Academic Integrity website (Arts):

Academic Integrity Office (UW):

Accommodation for Students with Disabilities:

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.