Students explore normal human development from conception to middle childhood. A major focus is
on the various genetic, environmental, social, family, and cultural factors that influence
development in complex ways. The course has been designed to highlight cross-cultural research on
development. Topics include major theoretical issues and research methods, prenatal development
and birth, physical development throughout childhood, development of cognition and language,
socialization (moral and sex-role development), and personality.
After you have successfully completed this course, you will be able to:
- Discuss the historical foundations and major theoretical perspectives of human
- Discuss research strategies researchers employ in the scientific study of human
- Explain the major physical, cognitive and socioemotional developments that occur across
development from conception up to and including the middle years of childhood.
- Discuss the bidirectional interplay (interaction) of genetic (nature) and environmental
(nurture) factors upon children's development.
- Discuss key developmental issues such as critical periods of development, continuity vs.
discontinuity of development, and universal vs. culture specific developments.
- Critically reflect on developmental issues and research findings as presented in published
articles, scholarly presentations, and web resources devoted to child development concerns.
The course is divided into thirteen modules as follows:
- Module 1: History, Theory, and Research Strategies
- Module 2: Genetic and Environmental Foundations
- Module 3: Prenatal Development
- Module 4: Birth and the Newborn Baby
- Module 5: Infancy and Toddlerhood: Physical Development
- Module 6: Infancy and Toddlerhood: Cognitive Development
- Module 7: Infancy and Toddlerhood Emotional & Social Development
- Module 8: Early Childhood: Physical Development
- Module 9: Early Childhood: Cognitive Development
- Module 10: Early Childhood: Emotional & Social Development
- Module 11: Middle Childhood: Physical Development
- Module 12: Middle Childhood: Cognitive Development
- Module 13: Middle Childhood: Emotional & Social Development
Required text and materials
Berk, L.E. (2016). Revel for Infants and Children: Prenatal through Middle Childhood –
Access Card, (8th ed.) Pearson Education Canada.
Type: Access Code Card
Note: Students registering for this course will be using the 9th edition of the above
textbook. The 9th edition can be purchased via the TRU Bookstore https://thebookstore.tru.ca/site_digital.asp
Berk, L.E. (2020) Revel for Infants and Children: Prenatal Through Middle Childhood (9th
ed.)-with MyVirtualChild. Pearson Education Canada.
Please be aware that due to COVID-19 safety guidelines all in-person exams have been suspended. As such, all final exams are currently being delivered through ProctorU, which has an approximate fee of $35 involved. There will be more information in your course shell, on how to apply, if your course has a final exam.
In order to successfully complete this course, you must obtain at least 50% on the final
mandatory examination and 50% overall. The following chart shows how the final grade is
determined for this course.
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Open Learning Faculty Member
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Primary communication through
the Learning Environment’s “Mail” tool or by phone. Students will receive the necessary contact
information at the start of the course.