PSYC-260: Psychological Disorders of Childhood

Course Information

Course, prefix, number, & title: PSYC-260 Psychological Disorders of Childhood

Hours (Class, recitation, Laboratory, studio): 3; offered as needed

Credits: 3

Pre-requisites (if any): PSYC-101

Course Description in college catalog:

This course is a survey of the major psycho-logical disorders in infants, toddlers, children, and adolescents with a focus on diagnosis, assessment, etiology, and treatment. These disorders include anxiety disorders, mood disorders, conduct disorders, attention-deficit hyperactivity disorder, learning and communication disorders, eating disorders, habit disorders, attachment disorders, autism and other pervasive developmental disorders, childhood psychoses, and sensory-motor disabilities. Emphasis is placed on the develop- mental context of the disorders and on the use of multiple theoretical perspectives on the disorders. 

Academic programs for which this course serves as a requirement or an elective:

A.S. Liberal Arts and Sciences (Mathematics and Science)

A.S. Psychology (elective)

General Education Outcomes: Below is a listing of General Education Outcome(s) that this course supports.

  1. Use analytical reasoning to identify issues or problems and evaluate evidence in order to make informed decisions

  2. Reason quantitatively as required in various fields of interest and in everyday life

  3. use historical or social sciences perspectives to examine formation of ideas, human behavior, social institutions, or social processes

Course-specific student learning outcomes:

  1. Students will understand psychological text effectively through readings in the textbook and ancillary documents and articles as these apply to an understanding of psychological disorders of childhood.
  2. Students will critically evaluate theories and research in the field of psychological disorders of childhood
  3. Students will construct written essays, responses, and/or papers demonstrating the use of evidence-based information in drawing conclusions about issues that apply to psychological disorders of childhood.
  4. Students will analyze research methods used in developmental psychology  to apply these to use in understanding and evaluation theoretical concepts in typical and atypical child development (e.g. childhood psychopathology).

Methods by which student learning will be assessed and evaluated; describe the types of methods to be employed; note whether certain methods are required for all sections:

A variety of assessment methods are employed in individual sections, including but not limited to the following: objective tests, essay examinations, essay assignments, term papers, reflection papers, oral presentations, and/or group projects.

Academic Integrity policy (department or College):
Academic honesty is expected of all students. Any violation of academic integrity is taken extremely seriously. All assignments and projects must be the original work of the student or teammates. Plagiarism will not be tolerated. Any questions regarding academic integrity should be brought to the attention of the instructor. The following is the Queensborough Community College Policy on Academic Integrity: "It is the official policy of the College that all acts or attempted acts that are violations of Academic Integrity be reported to the Office of Student Affairs. At the faculty member’s discretion and with the concurrence of the student or students involved, some cases though reported to the Office of Student Affairs may be resolved within the confines of the course and department. The instructor has the authority to adjust the offender’s grade as deemed appropriate, including assigning an F to the assignment or exercise or, in more serious cases, an F to the student for the entire course." Read the University’s policy on Academic Integrity opens in a new window(PDF).

Disabilities
Any student who feels that he or she may need an accommodation based upon the impact of a disability should contact the office of Services for Students with Disabilities in Science Building, Room S-132, 718-631-6257, to coordinate reasonable accommodations for students with documented disabilities. You can visit the Services for Students with Disabilities website.