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FMSC 332 Spring 2012 _ Singer-1

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Unformatted text preview: University of Maryland College Park School of Public Health FMSC 332 (0201) - Children in Families Semester: Spring 2012 Classroom and Time: Tu/Th 12:30~1:45pm, SPH 1301 instructor: Barbara Singer, MSPH, MSW Office Hours: T/Th 11~12 and by appt Office: SPH 1236 Phone: 301-405—4007; 3014058672 (Main Office) Email: [email protected] Teaching Assistant: Briana Kichaven; [email protected] Required Texts and Other Readings: Reguired: DeHart, 6., Sroufe, A. & Cooper, R. (2004). Child Development: lts Nature and Course. (5th ed). New York, NY: McGraw, Hill. (ISBN # 0072900083) Supplementary readings will be assigned and will be distributed in class or via Blackboard. Course Description: This course will explore the physiological, cognitive, moral, relational, and social aspects of child and adolescent development. We will consider how development is influenced by the social world in which children and adolescents interact — including, but not limited to, the influences of parents and family members, school and community settings, and government, media and cultural influences. The course is designed to help students to understand and empathize with the complexities of the parental role, and to gain a working understanding of the issues and institutions that have impact upon families in the child rearing years. Though intended as preparation for understanding child development in the family context, it is hoped that the course will also stimulate thought on practical issues concerning child rearing and acculturation in modern American society. Course Learning Objectives: Upon completing this course, the student will be able: 1. To perceive and analyze applied behavioral science issues from a systems perspective, specifically with regard to child rearing in American society. This includes understanding the reciprocal influences between or among: a. Children and their direct caregivers b. The larger familial context c. Peers, friends and others closely connected to children’s social worlds d. Other social institutions and the family (eg, child care, school) e. Larger social contexts such as media and popular culture f. Social policy and the family 2. To understand the importance of the decision to become parents and the dramatic changes that take place during the transition to parenthood. 3. To learn the delicate and complex biological intricacies surrounding impregnation, fetal development, and birth. 4. To learn major aspects of children’s physical, cognitive, social and emotional development. To become familiar with major parent education approaches. 6. To understand parenting practices and issues in among diverse families. 5-“ Program Competencies Addressed in this Course: The following competencies for FMSC students are addressed in this course: it is expected that this course contributes to student competence to analyze and critique the range of social structures and systems such as health, legal, and economic that affect family well—being. Course Requirements: 1. Assignments. Throughout the semester, there will 12 graded in—class/homework assignments (both announced and unannounced). For assignments distributed in class, students that are not in attendance and have a university~approved excuse may make up the assignment within seven days. it is the responsibility of the student to determine if an assignment has been missed and if so, to contact the teaching assistant to make up the assignment within seven days. A student forfeits their ability to make up the assignment if not done within seven days. These assignments will be related to the class lecture, readings, videos and discussions. You may miss up to 2 assignments without penalty. 2. Online Textbook Quizzes. There will be 3 online textbook quizzes. The quizzes will be based on your assigned textbook readings and they will be taken through Blackboard on your personal computer outside of class time. Each quiz will consist of 10 questions and you will have one chance for 45 minutes to take each quiz. Quizzes must be completed by 5:00 pm EST on the due date. Because you have several days to complete each quiz, under no circumstances will extensions be given to complete quizzes past the due dates. 3. Exams. There will be three scheduled exams based on assigned readings and class activities (lectures, handouts, discussions, videos). You are responsible for all reading material assigned whether it is directly covered in class or not. Each exam will cover only the material presented during the preceding period (not cumulative or comprehensive). Exams may follow a multiple-choice, true/false, and/or matching format. Exams must be taken when scheduled. No make~up exams will be given without written documentation of a health problem or a university scheduled conflict. it is the responsibility of the student to contact the instructor as soon as possible ifone of these conditions exists and to make up the exam within 48 hours of return to class. Make—up exams may follow a format different than the original exam (eg. essay, short answer, fill-in—the-blank). Exam dates are listed on the course schedule. 4. Family Setting Observation Report. This assignment is designed to help you apply didactic course work with real life experience. Paper should be 5 pages (double spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 point font) summarizing your observation. Papers turned in late (a paper is late when turned in after the end of class that day) will automatically lose 5%, plus an additional 5% for each 24 hours it is late. A hard copy of the paper must be turned in to the instructor during class - Electronic copies are not acceptable. Additional information regarding this assignment is below. 5. Child Care or After School Program Observation Report. This assignment is designed to help you apply didactic course work with real life experience. Paper should be 5 pages (double spaced, 1 inch margins, 12 point font) summarizing your observation. Papers turned in late (a paper is late when turned in after 2 the end of class that day) will automatically lose 5%, plus an additional 5% for each 24 hours it is late. A hard copy of the paper must be turned in to the instructor during class — Electronic copies are not acceptable. More information regarding this assignment is below. Course Policies: Absence Policy In accordance with University policy if you are absent for a single (1) lecture due to illness or some form of personal or family emergency, this absence will be considered “excused” and the instructor will accept a note from you attesting to the date of the illness/incident, along with an acknowledgement that the information is true. Whenever feasible, you should try to contact the instructor in advance. Multiple or prolonged absences, and absences that prevent attendance at a major scheduled grading event (like an exam or test) will require written documentation from an appropriate health care provider/organization. A link to pull information on the new policy covering absences from class can be found at http://www.presdient.umdedu/policies/leOghtml Blackboard This class has a Blackboard space and will be used for posting course outlines, learning objectives, etc. Students are expected to visit, and when applicable, download documents before each class. To access the Blackboard site, go to https://elms.umd.edu. Use the same [0 and password assigned to your UMD email account. You can access Blackboard from any computer lab on campus or with any internet connection. You will be expected to regularly check your email and Blackboard for updates regarding the course. if you have any questions, please email the instructor or utilize office hours. Emails should receive a response within 48 hours. Classroom atmosphere Participation in the class is imperative in order to make this class interesting and to allow for opportunities to apply your knowledge to real world circumstances. Participation involves students taking risks and being willing to share. Although it is unlikely that everyone will always agree with one another, I expect everyone to be respectful of others in the class. This involves refraining from side discussions when others are speaking and not repeating any personal information that is shared during class outside the class. The classroom is a ‘no phone zone’, meaning cell phones are to be turned off and put away while class is in session. The use of laptops is also prohibited while class is in session. If you have a situation that requires your cell phone or laptop to be accessible during class time please discuss with the instructor. Additionally, if laptop access as a learning accommodation, please bring documentation to the instructor for approval. Missed classes It a student misses class, s/he is responsible for finding out through another student what happened during the class and whether any announcements were made. Absence due to observance of a religious holiday constitutes an excused absence. If you plan to miss a class due to a religious holiday or scheduled conflict, please notify the instructor within the first two weeks of the semester. ' Grading Policy There are a number of deadlines for you to meet in this course. if you miss an in-class/ homework assignment, you cannot make it up without a University approved excuse. Please note that late graded assignments will be dropped one letter grade for each day late. Further, there will be no makesup exams other than those approved by university policy. in case of severe illness, a written medical excuse is required. Grades are NOT negotiable—Your final grade will be based on an objective evaluation of your performance in this course. Evaluation criteria include 3 exams, in»class/homework assignments, online textbook quizzes, and the two observation reports. You are encouraged to see the instructor periodically throughout the semester to check on your progress and discuss ways of improving your grade (if desired). Diversity: Diversity in the student population will be highly valued in this course. We will be discussing the diversity in families and family structure between and within cultures and socioeconomic levels, and context is an important component of this course. As such, it is expected that you will consider your own cultural perspective as well as be respectful and open-minded towards other students’ perspectives. Whenever possible, class topics and discussions will be approached from a diverse perspective. Email — The Official University Correspondence: Verify your email address by going to www.my.umd.edu. All enrolled students are provided access to the University’s email system and an email account. All official University email communication will be sent to this email address (or an alternate address if provided by the student). Email has been adopted as the primary means for sending official communications to students, so email must be checked on a regular basis. Academic advisors, faculty, and campus administrative offices use email to communicate important and time-sensitive notices. Students are responsible for keeping their email address up to date or for redirecting or forwarding email to another address. Failure to check email, errors in forwarding email, and returned email (from l’full mailbox” or “unknown user” errors for example), will not excuse a student from missing University announcement, messages, deadlines, etc. Email addresses can be quickly and easily updated at www.my.umd.edu or in-person at the Student Service Counter on the first floor of the Mitchell Building. For technical support for University email: www.helpdesk.umd.edu or call 301405-1400. Religious Observances: The University System of Maryland policy provides that students should not be penalized because of Observances oftheir religious beliefs; students shall be given an opportunity, whenever feasible, to make up within a reasonable time any academic assignment that is missed due to individual participation in religious Observances. It is the student’s responsibility to inform the instructor in advance of any intended absences for religious observance. Special Accommodations/ Disability Support Services: If you have a documented disability and wish to discuss academic accommodations for test taking or other needs, you will need documentation from Disability Support Service (301»314~ 7682). If you are ill or encountering personal difficulties, please let the instructor know as soon as possible. You can also contact Learning Assistance Services (301»314~7693) and/or the Counseling Center (301-314~7651) for assistance. Academic Integrity: The University’s code of academic integrity is designed to ensure that the principle of academic honesty is upheld. Any of the following acts, when committed by a student, constitutes academic dishonesty: o CHEATING: intentionally using or attempting to use unauthorized materials, information, or study aids in an academic exercise. 0 FABRICATION: intentional and unauthorized falsification or invention of any information or citation in an academic exercise. 0 FACILITATING ACADEMIC DISHONESTY: intentionally or knowingly helping or attempting to help another to violate any provision of this code. 0 PLAGIARISM: intentionally or knowingly representing the words or ideas of another as one’s own in any academic exercise. For more information see: httpfiwwwshcumdedg/code.html. The Honor Pledge is a statement undergraduate and graduate students should be asked to write by hand and sign on examinations, papers, or other academic assignments. The Pledge reads: I pledge on my honor that I have not given or received any unauthorized assistance on this assignment/examination. The University of Maryland, College Park has a nationally recognized Code of Academic Integrity, administered by the Student Honor Council. This Code sets standards for academic integrity at Maryland for all undergraduate and graduate students. As a student you are responsible for upholding these standards for this course. It is very important for you to be aware of the consequences of cheating, fabrication, facilitation, and plagiarism. For more information on the Code of Academic Integrity or the Student Honor Council, please visit http:[[www.shc.umd.edu. Inclement Weather/ University Closings: In the event that the University is closed for an emergency or extended period of time, the instructor will communicate to students regarding schedule adjustments, including rescheduling of examinations and assignments due to inclement weather and campus emergencies. Official closures and delays are announced on the campus website (htt : www.umd.edu) and snow phone line (30l—405-SNOW), as well as local radio and TV stations. Available Support Services: The LearningAssistance Services (LAS) offers help with study skills and time management, as well as test preparation, grammar review, support for returning students, English as a second language, and more specialized help in learning. Interested students may contact LAS, 3125 South Campus Dining Hall, at 3013147651. More information can be obtained at www.counseling.umd.edu/LAS The Counseling Center provides free and confidential services by professional counselors to all UM students. Many students take advantage of these services when encountering a variety of personal, social, career, and academic issues that call for assistance beyond advice provided by friends and family. You may schedule an appointment in person -— 3125 South Campus Dining Hall ~ or by phone at 301-314— 7651. More information about available services can be obtained at www.counseling.umd.edu. The Center for Healthy Families provides free and confidential services by professional therapists to all UM students (individuals, couples, and families). Many students take advantage of these services when encountering personal, social, career, and academic issues that call for assistance beyond advice provided by friends and family. You may schedule an appointment by phone at (301) 405—2273. CourseEvalUM is the University of Maryland online course evaluation system. Your participation in the evaluation of courses is a responsibility you hold as a student member of the academic community. Your feedback is confidential and important to the improvement of teaching and learning at the University as well as to the tenure and promotion process. By completing all of your evaluations each semester, you have the privilege of accessing the summary reports for courses online at Testudo. Course evaluations will be available to complete at www.courseevalum.umd.edu. Grading Procedures Summary of Course Requirements and Points 1. Assignments 2. Online Textbook Quizzes 3. Exams 100 points (10 points each) 60 points (20 points each) 150 points (50 points each) 4. Child and Family Observation 45 points 5. Child Care setting Observation 45 points Total 400 points Grading System A+ 98.0000%—»-100% (4 GPA Points) 392+ points A 92.0000%---97.9999% (4 GPA Points) 368-391 points A- 90.0000%---91.9999% (4 GPA Points) 36023567 points B+ 88.0000%-~89.9999% (3 GPA Points) 352-359 points B 82.00DO%--»87.9999% (3 GPA Points) 328-351 points 8— 80.0000%~—81.9999% (3 GPA Points) 320-327 points C+ 78.0000%~--79.9999% (2 GPA Points) 312-319 points C 72.0000%-——77.9999% (2 GPA Points) 288—311 points 0 70.0000%-~71.9999% (2 GPA Points) 280-287 points D+ 68.0000%--—69.9999% (l GPA Points) 272-279 points D 62.0000%-——67.9999% (l GPA Points) 248—271 points D- 60.0000%-——61.9999% (1 GPA Points) 240—247 points F O--—59.9999% (O GPA Points) 0-239 points m WW _ Week Date ‘ Topic Readings Assignment Due 1 1/26 Introduction to Course m, Nature of Development & lle _ . Theories 0 WWW DeHart: Homework assignment “ Chs l and 2 due 2/3 by 9pm 7/? Development within the Family ‘“ “' Context 2/7 Prenatal development 3 DeHafi: Ch 3 3/9 Transition to parenthood & anieaaliltligigiial Quiz 1 due 2/10 by 9pm (Chs 1-3) “ Child Care 5 2/14 Infant Physical Development DeHart Chs 4 Child care observation 4 and 5 information sheet due in class by 2/ l6 Infant Cognitive Development 2/16 M M Infant Social and Emotional 2/21 Development WMMWWW Dth‘Zrt: (2:37;) (up Homework Assignment 5 p‘ ‘“ due 2/25 by 9pm [23 Review Session ~ Exam 1 W l 2/28 Exam 1 DeHart: Ch. 6 6 (pps. 203 to end Exam 1 (Chapters 1—6 .up to p 202) 3/1 Attachment of chapter) 3/6 Guest speaker: Attachment Family observation information 7 Del‘lart: C11 7 sheet due in class by 3/8 Toddler language and 3/8 ‘ development ,, Social and Emotional , , , , 3/13 development ol’toddlers DeHart: Ch. 8 Child Care paper due In class 3/13 s and adil‘tmal QUIZ 2 due by 3/16 at 9pm (C115 7 readings » and 8) 3H 5 The spankmg debate 3/19 l 9 3/23 Spring break W W Cognitive development in Early 3/27 childhood DeHart: C115. 9 and 10 and 10 addttional HW assignment due 3/30 by 9pm readings 3/79 Social and emotional " development in early childhood 4/3 Exam 2 Review session Exam 2 Covering Chapters ll 6 (after p. 202) —10 and other materials 4/5 Exam 2 4/10 Cognitive development in Middle Childhood 12 w DeHart: Chs 1 1 Quiz 3 due 4x13 by 9pm Social/emotional development in (2112 (C115 11 and 12) 4/12 middle childhood 4/17 Birth order/Siblings 13 Adolescent cognitive 4/19 development 41,24 Adolesceni physical dovelopment 14 4f26 Adolescent socialismotional development 5/] Relational aggression/bullying 15 5/3 Parenting panel 5/8 Transition to adulthood & Wrap Up 16 5/10 Inna] exam revmw sesswn 5/17 FINAL EXAM Dollart: Ch 12 and 13 Defiant: Ch 13 and 14 Family observation paper due 4/26 Additional readings Homework assignment due 5/2 by 11:59pm W Final Exam: Thursday, May 17‘", 2:30-4:30pm in SPH 1301, (Chapters 1144 and additional material) Observation of Child Care Setting Assignment FMSC 332 Due March 13, 2012 This assignment requires that you observe the operations of a childcare setting serving children between the ages of birth and five year...
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