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Summer 2013

CD2/Psych 2:

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Students who do not log in by June 15 at 11:30 p.m. will be dropped

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CD 2 and PSYC 2 : Early Child Development, 3 units,


Dr. Marlene Bumgarner.

Any time you need to contact me outside of the online class, please send an email: to  with CD2 or Psyc2 as the Subject Heading. Otherwise your message may disappear in spam. DO NOT USE Quickmail (messaging system inside iLearn)!

Dr B

Welcome! I am very much looking forward to facilitating your learning experience this summer. Fostering the optimum growth and development of children is my passion, and I hope it will soon become yours as well. Plan to do very little else, however, during this summer session, as you will need to spend 54 hours in our virtual classroom and approximately twice that reading the text and preparing assignments. Three units in six weeks is a very fast ride!

This class will be taught entirely on the internet.

Office hours by appointment: (send me an email to arrange).   

See you online!


This course is offered as part of Gavilan College's Child Development major programs for a Certificate of Completion in Early Childhood Education or an Associate Degree in Child Development or Liberal Arts/Elementary Education. It also meets a Social Science lower division general education requirement for the Associate Degree or the California State University Breadth Pattern.

Students will be required to the read the textbook, online lecture modules, and linked articles, as well as to participate in weekly online discussions (asynchronous). Students will be evaluated on their online participation, written assignments, and online examinations.

Optional Class Meetings

All students are encouraged to attend an online or live orientation to Moodle, the software used for the online classes at Gavilan College. Information about these orientations can be found on the main Distance Education web site,


A systematic study of the child from prenatal life through the preschool years. The course integrates the basic concepts of physical, cognitive and psychosocial development at each major stage of life during this period. This course is listed both as CD 2 and PSYC 2, and has the option of a letter grade or credit/no credit.



Order online or from the Gavilan Bookstore

The Development of Children , 7th Edition by Cynthia Lightfoot, Michael Cole & Sheila Cole. Worth Publishers, ISBN: 1429243287

CD2/Psyc 2 will cover Chapters 1 - 10, the Appendix, and the Glossary

CD3/Psyc 3 will cover Chapters 1, 2, 10 - 15, the Appendix, and the Glossary

You will need a textbook the first week of class.

You may obtain the text from the Gavilan College Bookstore, There is a bookstore link on the Gavilan Home Page under Student Services. Note the bookstore hours (or email the manager to ask for the current semester hours). Scroll down to Visit Gavilan Online Bookstore, click, then select Textbooks which is just under the Gavilan logo. Select the correct term, department, course and section number, and the text will be listed there with the price. At that point you can order the book online, or close the website and drive to the bookstore and purchase it directly.

There are also many online bookstores that sell textbooks at reduced prices. Be sure to purchase the most recent edition.

7th edition cover

Since this is a very intensive class, with a great deal of material to cover in a short amount of time, students will be expected to log in several times a week. Ideally, you will spend from 1 - 3 hours on Monday reviewing the written assignments, online resources, forum posts, and quizzes for the week, and then log in at least twice more by Saturday night. (Many students log in every day.) In order to earn maximum points on forum discussion participation, your initial post should be made no later than Wednesday, followed by at least two responses to student posts by Saturday. All forum posts and written assignments must be in standard English (no textspeak please), free of grammatical, spelling and punctution errors. In-text and end of assignment reference citations should be in APA format.


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At the end of this course, students are expected to be able to do the following:

1. Analyze major developmental milestones for children from conception through adolescence in the areas of physical, psychosocial, cognitive, and language development using standard research methodologies.

2. Analyze how cultural, economic, political, historical contexts affect children's development within the first five years.

3. Compare and contrast various theoretical frameworks that relate to the study of human development.

4. Apply developmental theory to the analysis of child observations, surveys, and/or interviews using valid and ethical investigative research methodologies.

5. Differentiate characteristics of typical and atypical development at various stages.

6. Employ the knowledge of the interaction between maturational processes and social/environmental factors and the effects on various areas of development.



Final course grades consist of a percentage of the total points accumulated -- a possible 100 points.  

1 Online forum discussions (6 x 3) 18
2 Written assignments (6 x 4) 24
3 Chapter quizzes (6 x 3 ) 18
4 Final Exam 20
5 Scholarly Article Summary 20
  Total points possible: 100

A 90 - 100
B 80 - 89
C 70 - 79
D 50 - 69
F Below 50

Special Notes

  1. Students requiring special services or arrangements because of hearing, visual or other disability should contact their instructor, counselor, advisor, or the Disabled Students Services.
  2. Limited English language skills will not be a barrier to admittance to and participation in vocational programs.
  3. Students are expected to exercise academic honesty and integrity.   Violations such as cheating and plagiarism will result in disciplinary action which may include recommendation for dismissal.
  4. The college policy on attendance, as stated in the catalog is: "students missing one more class hour than the unit value for a particular course, without making prior arrangements may, at the instructor's option be dropped without possibility of credit." (You can expect to spend just as many hours in your “virtual” classroom as in a regular, face-to-face, classroom.)
A Final Note
from the
GOOD LUCK!   You are about to embark on a very exciting field of study.   I will try to assist you in any way that I can to make this class a rewarding experience.   Dr. B.


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Last updated on
June 6, 2013
For more information please contact Dr. Marlene Bumgarner