Skip to main contentSkip Navigation or Skip to Content

PSYC 3151: Developmental Psychology of Children

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.

Learning outcomes

  • Discuss the historical foundations and major theoretical perspectives of human development.
  • Discuss research strategies researchers employ in the scientific study of human development.
  • 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.

Course topics

  • 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

To be determined.


Please be aware that should your course have a final exam, you are responsible for the fee to the online proctoring service, ProctorU, or to the in-person approved Testing Centre. Please contact with any questions about this.

To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher on the overall course, and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.


Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 15%
Discussions 5%
Final Exam (Mandatory) 50%


Assignment 1 10%
Assignment 2 10%
Assignment 3 10%
Assignment 4 15%
Reflections 5%
Final Exam (Mandatory) 50%

Open Learning Faculty Member Information

An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.

Search To Top