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Child Learning and Development Course Descriptions

CLDP courses are new for 2005

CLDP 3194 Research and Evaluation Methods (1 semester hour) Laboratory that accompanies CLDP 3394. Student gains hands-on experience in research design, computer data analysis, and report writing. Must co-enroll in CLDP 3394. (0-3) S
CLDP 3303 Normal Language Development (3 semester hours) The development of language and communication, including phonology, syntax, semantics, and pragmatics, with emphasis on theories and historical perspectives. (Same as SPAU 3303) (3-0) S
CLDP 3310 Child Development (3 semester hours) Introduction to psychological theory and research on physical, cognitive, social and emotional development from birth to adolescence. Credit given for only one of CLDP/PSY 3310 or CLDP/PSY 4334. (Same as PSY 3310) (3-0) Y
CLDP 3332 Social and Personality Development (3 semester hours) The study of the forces affecting the socialization of children. Emphasis is placed on children's interactions with other and how this influences their development in such areas as self-concept, identity, and morality. This course assumes as introductory background in child or lifespan development. Pre- or co-requisite: CLDP/PSY 3310, 3339, or 4334. (Same as PSY 3332) (3-0) S
CLDP 3336 Infancy (3 semester hours) Examines the period of human life between birth and the onset of language. While attention is given to evidence for the genetic endowment of humans, the main focus is the role of the environment in development and on the long-term consequences of particular patterns of development in infancy. Daycare and its effects are discussed. Pre- or co-requisite: CLDP/PSY 3310, 3339, or 4334. (Same as PSY 3336) (3-0) Y
CLDP 3338 Adolescence (3 semester hours) Social, emotional, cognitive, moral, and physical development during adolescence. Specific topics covered in the course include parent-adolescent relations, self-identity, achivement, motivation, sex roles, and cultural and social class differences. (Same as PSY 3338) (3-0) Y
CLDP 3339 Educational Psychology (3 semester hours) This course introduces the psychological theories and research underlying various teaching strategies and provides a framework for understanding student cognitive and motivational development. Emphasis will be on applications in actual teaching behavior. (Same as PSY 3339) (3-0) S
CLDP 3342 Exceptional Children (3 semester hours) Introduction to the characteristics of exceptional children and their education, including children with disabilities (learning, emotional/behavioral, communication and physical) as well as those who are gifted. The causes and assessment of exceptionality are examined, along with educational and social policy considerations. This course assumes an introductory background in child development. Pre- or co-requisite: CLDP/PSY 3310, 3339, or 4334. (Same as PSY 3342) (3-0) S
CLDP 3362 Cognitive Development (3 semester hours) A contrast of Piagetian, behaviorist, and information-processing approaches to the development of cognitive processes throughout childhood. Pre- or co-requisite: CLDP/PSY 3310, 3339, or 4334. (Same as PSY 3362) (3-0) S
CLDP 3365 Child Learning (3 semester hours) Examines the nature of child learning and implications for improving the teaching and learning process. Major theories and research on conditioning paradigms, learning and remembering, attention, knowledge representation and retrieval, and problem solving. Illustrations of how theses processes relate to teaching and the acquisition of expertise in content areas such as reading, mathematics, and science. Child assessment, identification of learning styles, and tests and measurements are also considered. Pre- or co-requisite: CLDP/PSY 3310, 3339, or 4334. (3-0) Y
CLDP 3394 Research and Evaluation Methods (3 semester hours) Students gain experience in all phases of behavior science research, including study design, measurement, sampling, data collection, data analysis, and report writing. The course covers the fundamental concepts of the psychometrics of measurement and testing, as well as foundations of experimental and non-experimental designs in research and evaluation. This course fulfills the advanced writing requirement for Child Learning and Development majors. Prerequisite: PSY 2317 or STAT 1342. Must co-enroll in CLDP 3194. (3-0) S
CLDP 4308 Language Disorders in Children (3 semester hours) Language impairment in children, including etiology, characteristics, and treatment procedures with special emphasis on factors that interfere with normal development of language skills. Prerequisite: CLDP/SPAU 3303 or consent of instructor. (Same as SPAU 4308) (3-0) Y
CLDP 4334 Lifespan Development (3 semester hours) The development of personality, social skills, language, and thought throughout the human life span. Credit given for only one of CLDP/PSY 3310 or CLDP/PSY 4334. (Same as PSY 4334) (3-0) S
CLDP 4344 Child Psychopathology (3 semester hours) Present various views of clinical issues in childhood from sociological, anthropological, and psychological perspectives. Historical views of children are examined in terms of the evolution of current perspectives in childhood psychopathology. Pre- or co-requisite: CLDP/PSY 3310, 3339, or 4334. (Same as PSY 4344) (3-0) Y
CLDP 4345 Violence in the Family (3 semester hours) Explores the area of family violence with primary emphasis on the problems of spouse abuse and child abuse. Analysis of each of these areas of family violence focuses specifically on the epidemiology of the problem, characteristics of the families, etiological theories, and treatment approaches. (3-0) Y
CLDP 4375 Honors Seminar (3 semester hours) A course for students who conduct undergraduate thesis research in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences. The seminar explores the different types of thesis research, current research opportunities in the school, and appropriate techniques for writing the thesis proposal and final thesis report. Broader issues of professional development are also explored. Permission of Associate Dean required. This course is required for all students seeking School Honors (minimum GPA of 3.4 and 30 hours at UTD). Recommended, but not required, for students seeking University magna or summa cum laude honors. Usually offered only in spring semester. (Same as CGS 4375, NSC 4375, and SPAU 4375) (3-0) Y

Special Topics

CLDP 4V90 Special Topics in Child Learning and Development (3 semester hours) Topics vary from semester to semester. The class schedule for the current semester will list the special topic that will be offered. May be repeated for credit provided course topics differ. ([1-6]-0) R

Independent Study

The following independent study courses are advanced individualized learning experiences to be arranged with a supervising professor or course coordinator. Open only to qualified students by consent of instructor. Students must make appropriate arrangements with the professor or coordinator prior to the beginning of the semester (preferably at least six weeks ahead). Permission forms are available in the Associate Dean's office. Students may enroll in no more than a total of 6 semester credit hours of Independent Study courses during one semester, and may take as Independent Study a maximum of 20 percent of the total hours of course work undertaken at U.T. Dallas, or 12 semester credit hours, whichever is smaller.

CLDP 4394 Internship (3 semester hours) Students earn course credit for field experience in an applied setting. Requires working at least 8 hours per week at an approved community agency or business of the student's choice. Students keep daily job diaries, attend one class meeting per month, and write brief papers relevant to their experiences. Open to all students who have reached junior or senior standing (more than 53 hours). (Same as PSY 4394) (3-0) S
CLDP 4395 Co-op Fieldwork (3 semester hours) Students earn course credit for field experience in an approved business or government setting. Requires working at least 8 hours per week. Students will keep a journal of their workplace experience, maintain contact with the instructor, and prepare a written report that focuses on the accomplishments and insights gained through their co-op experience. Credit will not be awarded retroactively. Apply for placements through the Career Center office. May repeat for up to six hours. Credit/No Credit. (3-0) T
CLDP 4397 Honor Thesis (3 semester hours) An independent study in which the student writes an honors thesis under faculty supervision. Permission of instructor and Associate Dean required. (3-0) S
CLDP 4V98 Directed Research (1-6 semester hours) Student assists faculty with research projects or conducts a research project under weekly faculty supervision. Taken on a Credit/No Credit basis. May be repeated for credit. ([1-6]-0) S
CLDP 4V99 Individual Study (1-6 semester hours) Student studies advanced topics under weekly faculty direction and writes a paper. Taken for letter grade unless the Program Head approves for Credit/No Credit basis. May be repeated for credit. ([1-6]-0) S

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