Child & Family Development: Psychological and Theological – DBPC 300

CG • Section 8WK • 11/08/2019 to 04/16/2020 • Modified 05/03/2022

Course Description

This course offers foundational and developmental perspectives on child and family life and dynamics. Sociocultural trends and issues are explored, as well as important factors that impact the behavioral and spiritual development of today’s children and adolescents. Ethical concerns and multicultural factors are also considered.

For information regarding prerequisites for this course, please refer to the Academic Course Catalog.


The physical, emotional, cognitive, social and spiritual development of children and adolescents is ever changing. Today’s parents are often challenged in understanding and responding to these developmental stages. The principles taught in this course will provide the student with the essential framework necessary for helping parents create and sustain a healthy and balanced family environment. This course is offered in an 8-week format and includes extensive readings, reviews, quizzes, a research paper, and interactions with other students via Discussion assignments.

Course Assignment

Textbook Readings and Lecture Presentations

Course Requirements Checklist

After reading the Syllabus and Student Expectations, the student will complete the related checklist found in the Course Overview.

Discussions (3)

Discussions are collaborative learning experiences. Therefore, the student is required to provide a thread in response to the provided prompt for each discussion. Each thread must be a minimum of 300 words and demonstrate course-related knowledge based on that particular Module: Week. In addition to the thread, the student is required to reply to 2 other classmates’ threads. Each reply must be a minimum of 200 words. (Confidence in Children CLOs: A, B, C, E, F, G, H; Spiritual Foundations CLOs: D, F, G, H; Defining Family Health CLOs: A, D, E)

Perspectives Research Paper Assignments (2)

This assignment is completed in two steps throughout the course: Topic and Sources Assignment and Final Paper Assignment. For the final paper the student will write a 6-page paper (not including Title Page and References) following APA guidelines on the approved topic with at least six references from scholarly sources, in addition to the course textbooks, Dobson material and the Bible. (CLOs: A, B, D, E, F, G, H)

Perspectives Research Paper: Topic and Sources Assignment

The student will choose a topic for study and identify three psychological and three theological scholarly sources. Use of the LUO library is encouraged.

Position Paper: Final Paper Assignment

The student will demonstrate knowledge and reflection by utilizing scholarly research and course material to analyze and synthesize both psychological and theological perspectives on the chosen topic .

4-MAT Review Assignment

The 4-MAT REVIEW system is a way of responding to course readings by demonstrating critical thinking and application to new ideas presented in the material. The student will write a review on Building Confidence in Your Child. The review will include a summary, concrete response, academic critique, and personal application. The review is to be 4 pages and the student must use current APA format. (CLOs: A, B, D, F, G, H)

Quizzes (8)

Quizzes cover Learn materials from each associated Module: Week. Aside from the quiz in Module 8: Week 8, each quiz has 10 multiple choice and true/false questions. Aside from the quiz in Module 8: Week 8, a second attempt is allowed for each quiz with the highest score counting towards the final grade. Please see specific instructions on each quiz. (CLOs: A, B, C, F)

The quiz in Module 8: Week 8 covers material from the entire course, consists of 60 multiple choice and true/false questions, and allows one attempt. (CLOs: A, B, C, F)