DEP 3103 Child Development
Exam 1 Study Guide
You must be present on the day of the exam unless you have made prior arrangements with
the instructor. The exam will consist entirely of multiple-choice items. You will need to
bring a #2 pencil and your UWF campus ID (Nautilus Card). An outline of the material
that will appear on the exam is provided below. However, you are also responsible for
material from the textbook, films, or other materials presented in class that do not appear
on this outline. The exam will cover Chapters 2, 4, and 5 of the textbook in additional to
supplementary materials that were brought in by the instructor. Please e-mail your
instructor at [email protected] if you have any questions.
Chapter 2: Prenatal Development and the Newborn Period
 Understand the concepts of preformationism and epigenesis.
 Understand what happens during conception.
 Be familiar with the information presented in the video segments from the film In
the Womb.
 Be familiar with the sex differences in the human population from conception and at
various stages throughout development.
 Be familiar with the major developmental milestones that occur during the zygotic
phase, the embryonic phase, and the fetal phase of prenatal development.
 Be familiar with the four major developmental process that occur during prenatal
 Be familiar with the term phylogenetic continuity.
 Understand the different types of twins.
 Understand the fetal experience and fetal learning.
 Understand habituation.
 Understand the concept of sensitive periods.
 Understand the risk of teratogens during development.
 Be able to identify examples of newborn states of arousal.
 Be familiar with interventions and parenting strategies for low birth weight infants.
 Understand the concept of resilience.
Chapter 4: Theories of Cognitive Development
 Have a thorough understanding of the Piagetian theory of cognitive development,
the concepts associated with each stage of thought.
 Have a thorough understanding of the information processing perspective of
cognitive development and the concepts associated with this theoretical
 Be familiar with the basic concepts associated with core-knowledge theory,
sociocultural theory, and dynamic-systems theory.
Chapter 5: Seeing, Thinking and Doing in Infancy
 Have an understanding of sensation and perception.
Understand the visual capabilities of the infant and the classic studies that have
been used to study their visual capabilities.
Be familiar with infants' ability to hear, taste, smell, and touch, and be familiar with
the concept of intermodal perception.
Be familiar with the major motor and locomotion milestones and understand how
culture can impact these milestones.
Understand the classic visual cliff study.
Understand the common forms of learning during infancy and early childhood.
Be familiar with infants' basic cognitive abilities as they relate to object knowledge,
physical knowledge and social knowledge.
Understand the violation-of-expectancy procedure and classic studies.
Be familiar with our guest speaker's lecture on breastfeeding.