Great Basin College 

Course Syllabus

ECE 204:  Principles of Child Guidance, Web Campus

Fall Semester 2010 - 3 Credit Course


Instructor:  Lynette Macfarlan, MA, Edu

Phone:  753-2239

Office: EIT Building, #259 

E-mail through Web Campus

Office Hours:  Tuesdays & Thursdays: 8:30 AM – 11:30 PM

or by appointment


No Prerequisites


An important note about On-line Classes:


On-line classes require constant motivation and self-direction on the part of the student.  You are responsible for reading, studying, asking questions, completing assignments within the required time-frame, being organized, and staying on schedule. You are encouraged to contact the Technology-Help desk for assistance when needed at 753-2167 or  The Technology Help Desk is open from 7AM -10 PM, Monday through Friday, and 8 AM – 5 PM on Saturdays.  All GBC sites have lab aides on staff to assist students.  You are encouraged to attend a Webcampus Workshop. Please call the Help Desk to inquire about training dates and times. 


Course Description: No Prerequisite


The primary purpose of this course is to provide you, the learner, with the concepts and skills you will need to work effectively with young children in a home, child care or classroom setting.  The content examines positive guidance strategies and effective group management skills used in working with young children in relation to their safety and physical/emotional well-being.




Positive Child Guidance by Darla Ferris Miller, 5th Edition, ISBN: 1-4180-4462-8


Please do not purchase the 6th edition. There is a problem with the Webpack. I encourage you to purchase, Positive Child Guidance, 5th Edition by Darla Ferris Miller through or You will have to purchase the $30.00 access code on-line. On the right-hand side of the page where you log in to the course, you will find a link for purchasing the access code.  


You must buy the access code in order to take this class.




The best means of communication for on-line classes is through Webcampus e-mail.  It is essential that all students check their e-mail at least twice a week for updates from the instructor.  When the instructor sends an e-mail to individual students or the class as a whole, a response of acknowledgement is expected.  If a problem arises with any aspect of the course, contact the instructor immediately.  If the problem is technical in nature, it is important to contact the instructor and the GBC Help Desk.  Students are encouraged to contact the instructor with ideas of interest, questions or concerns at any time.


On-Line Student Responsibilities:


·       Be able to access the class website through Webcampus.

·       Have and maintain Internet access throughout the semester.

·       Have and maintain a virus-free computer.

·       Have knowledge of Windows and file handling.

·       If students have computer or Internet problems, they must have an alternative solution

for back-up purposes:  GBC Computer Lab, GBC Library, or a friend’s computer


Student Outcomes:

Through the process of this course, the students will:


1. Identify contemporary practices in child care, recognize the purpose of child guidance, and describe ideal early environments for optimum development.


Quiz/Final Exam - #1


Essay/Discussion Board - #1


Exploration of Classroom Design

2.  Define pro-social behavior and outline strategies for initiating positive behavior in children.


Quiz/Final Exam – Quiz #1


Essay/Discussion Board - #1


Observation Project

3.  Identify effective listening strategies, recognize the rationale for positive statements of instruction, and discuss strategies for positive communication.


Quiz/Final Exam - #2


Essay/Discussion Board - #2


Literacy Research - Bibliotherapy

4.  Create a setting that is supportive to positive child guidance, define logical and natural consequences, and understand their importance in guidance.


Quiz/Final Exam - #3 


Essay/Discussion Board


Internet Research

5.  Develop specific strategies for effective guidance and identify methods of shaping positive behavior.


Quiz/Final Exam - #4


Essay/Discussion Board


Observation Project

6.  Recognize typical ages and stages of early childhood and identify developmental milestones that affect behavior.


Quiz/Final Exam - #5


Essay/Discussion Board


Internet Research


7.  Recognize children’s behavioral limitations based on typical stages of moral development.


Quiz/Final Exam - #6


Internet Search



8.  Define the typical characteristics of problem behaviors, list steps to resolve conflicts between adults and children, and define strategies for meeting special needs.


Quiz/Final Exam - #7


Essay/Discussion Board


9.  Identify personal biases that affect guidance, list effective observation strategies, and identify the components of the observation sequence.

Final Exam


Essay/Discussion Board 


Observation/Analysis/Plan of Action


10.  Recognize historical events related to beliefs about children, outline the child’s role in society, and identify the role of child guidance in a democracy. 


Quiz/Final Exam


Essay/Discussion Board



Method of Instruction:


·       Essays  

·       Observation

·       Discussion Board

·       Individual Projects

·       Reading/Reflection

·       Application of Methods




·       Weekly Quizzes

·       Progressive Final Exam

·       Essay/Discussion Board

·       Internet Research/Reporting

·       Observation/Analysis & Plan of Action

·       Application/Reflection/Exam Questions


Student Responsibilities:


1.   Participation is very important since students will be responsible for reading material, class activities, discussions, and diverse information presented by the instructor weekly. This class requires that work be completed each week.  Each student must contact the instructor a minimum of two weeks in advance if he or she will not be participating in the class. These absences will only be approved for an extreme family emergency and/or personal illness.  A grade of “W” (withdrawn) will be recorded for anyone who formally withdraws by contacting the instructor and completing a withdrawal form. 



2.   All required reading assignments should be completed weekly so that students can actively participate in assigned Discussion Board interactions and complete assignments and quizzes with a successful outcome. Procrastination may result in failure!


3.   Assignments must be turned in by specified dates.  Weekly assignments are due on Mondays at 8 A.M.  Late assignments will not be accepted unless prior arrangements are made with the instructor in advance.


4.   Written assignments:

·       Must be typed, organized, and neat.

·       Correct spelling, grammar and format are expected.  Remember to use spell check and proof your work before posting assignments. 

·       College level writing skills are expected.  Assignments with excessive or repetitive errors must be rewritten and reposted before the next assignment is due.  A grade will be given after the rewritten assignment is reviewed. If the instructor does not receive the rewritten assignment as specified above, the student will receive a “0” for the assignment.

·       Weekly assignments MUST be posted as an attachment. Please do not write your response in the drop box. If this occurs, the assignment will be returned to you.  If you do not know how to type a Word document and send it as an attachment, it is imperative that you learn this  process prior to taking this class. If you need assistance, please call the Help Desk, e-mail or call me at 775-753-2239.

·       Discussion Board assignments DO NOT need to be sent as an attachment. Your responses can be written in the drop box. 




This course will officially begin on August 30th.  All assignments are due on Monday at 8:00 A.M. beginning September 13th. You will be given two weeks to orient yourself to the course and purchase your text book/access code. This is a very rigorous, fast-paced course. In order to succeed, students must be dedicated learners and self-starters.  Assignments are due weekly.


Prior to the first assignment, I am asking that all students introduce themselves through Webcampus e-mail by writing a two paragraph autobiography. The introduction must be sent to the instructor and the other students who are enrolled in the class. Students are expected to reply to one another.


Weekly, students are required to follow the guidelines specified under the Course Content icon on the Home Page.   Students will begin by reading the Chapter Overview and continuing though the links.  Students will be taking Quizzes on each chapter.  The Final Exam will not be administered at the end of the course, but rather through the progression of the semester.  Students will complete two to three Final Exam questions on each chapter weekly. The Web Links are provided as resources for your information only. There will be 3 graded Discussion Board assignments. 






Assignments Due:

8/30 – 9/6

Week 1 & 2


(Two weeks to orient to course. Purchase book & Web tutor prior to August 30th).


You must purchase the access code to enroll in this course.

Chapter 1

Read Ch. 1


Complete Quizzes


Complete Final Exam Questions


Introduce Yourself through Webcampus

E-mail by September 6th.  


Reminder: All Final Exam question responses must be submitted as an attachment.



Final Exam Questions


Introduce yourself through the Webcampus e-mail by writing a minimum two paragraph autobiography. Send it to your instructor and all of the other students who are enrolled in the class. Please respond to all of your classmates. Due: Monday, September 7th by 8:00 am. 



First Assignment Due: Monday, Sept. 13th by 8 am.

9/13 Week 3


Remember Discussion Board Assignment!

Chapter 2

Read Ch. 2


Complete Quizzes


Don’t Forget: 1st

Discussion Board Response


Final Exam Questions



Post response in Discussion Board and respond to a minimum of 3 other students.


Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Sept. 20th by

8 am.

9/20 Week 4

Chapter 3

Read Ch. 3


Complete Quizzes


Final Exam Questions



Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Sept. 27th by

8 am.

9/27 Week 5





Chapter 4





Read Ch. 3


Complete Quizzes


 Final Exam Questions



Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Oct. 4th by 8 am.

10/4 Week 6


Remember Discussion Board Assignment


Chapter 5

Read Ch.5


Complete Quizzes


Don’t Forget: 2nd Discussion Board



Final Exam Questions



Post in Discussion Board and respond to a minimum of 3 other students. Reflective Essay


Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Oct. 11th by 8am.

10/11 Week 7

Chapter 6

Read Ch. 6


Complete Quizzes


Final Exam Questions



Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Oct. 18th by 8 am.

10/18 Week 8


Remember Discussion Board Assignment

Chapter 7

Read Ch. 7


Complete Quizzes


Don’t Forget: 3rd Final Discussion Board



Final Exam Questions



Final Exam Questions


Post in Discussion Board and respond to a minimum of 3 other students. Reflective Essay


Due: Monday, Oct. 25th by 8:00 am.

10/25 Week 9

Chapter 8

Read Ch. 8


Complete Quizzes


Final Exam Questions



Final Exam Questions


Due: Monday, Nov. 1st by 8 am.

11/1 Week 10

(2-weeks to complete assignment)

Chapter 9

Read Ch. 9


Complete Quizzes



Final Exam Questions



Final Exam Questions



Due: Monday, Nov. 15th by 8 am.

11/15 Week 11

(2-weeks to complete course)


Chapter 10

Read Ch.10


Complete Quizzes


Final Exam Questions


Note:  Read Chapter 11 on your own! This information is important. It is also covered in ECE 250.   



Final Questions Due

Congratulations! Your final is completed.


Due:  Final Assignment Due Nov. 29th by 8 am. Cut-off date for final assignment - December 6th


End of Class!


Course Assignments:


Students will be graded on the basis of accuracy, completeness, and the degree of excellence in carrying out the required assignments.



1.  Quizzes: Three short quizzes will be given weekly on each chapter: Matching, True/False and Multiple Choice. The quizzes are located in sequenced order under the Course Content Icon on the Homepage. The quizzes cover chapter information, therefore it is imperative that you read and process the information in your reading assignments.  The quizzes will not be timed.  I encourage you to ponder and discuss the questions with other class members. Students are welcome to use the Discussion Board or E-mail to correspond with other students at any time. I am a proponent of team work when all members participate equally and fairly.  Students can take each chapter quiz up to 3 times to earn a higher score.  


2.  Discussion Board/Reflection: Students are required to complete 3 Discussion Board assignments. A set of reflective questions will be posed in the Discussion Board area in Chapters 2, 5 and 7. In order to receive the maximum number of points, students must respond to a minimum of three other students. Students are required to write a minimum of three comprehensive paragraphs.  It is important to support views and personal reflections with concrete evidence provided in the text and through personal Internet research.  The instructor tracks the responses and is fully aware of all contact or lack thereof between students within the Discussion Board. The responses must be completed in a neat, concise and understandable format.  All Discussion Board responses must be written in the drop box and not posted as an attachment. Points will be deducted for spelling and grammar errors.  Texting grammar is not acceptable. Proof your Discussion Boards assignments before posting. Remember that a first impression is a lasting impression!


3.  Participation and a Positive Interactive Attitude: These points are essential for receiving an “A.”   A student’s attitude and class participation can make a difference in his or her personal growth, course progression, and success in the world of Early Childhood Education. Continual late submissions will have an adverse affect on this score.


4. Progressive Final Exam: Rather than completing the Final Exam at the end of the course, students will be completing the exam throughout the duration of the course.  Each week, I will post final questions based on the chapter content, reading assignments and personal experience in working with young children.  I will also be asking for personal reflection on many of the questions.  I expect all responses to be detailed, comprehensive and grammatically correct and written in a neat, concise and understandable format. Points will be deducted for spelling and grammar errors.  It is imperative that all parts of each question be included. All Final Question responses must be written in an APA format. Sources must be cited when and if applicable. Student must submit their response in a Word format.  If students do not know how to attach a document, they must seek assistance from the Help Desk. The instructor will not accept any work unless it is posted as an attachment. 



ECE 204, Child Guidance Point System


Students are encouraged to make an appointment with the instructor at any time during the semester to discuss grades, questions, or concerns about the course. 





Your Score




10 Quizzes @ 30 points each

(Set of 3 quizzes per chapter)


300 Points


Discussion Board/Reflective Essay    

(3 @ 50 possible points)


150 Points

Chapters 2, 5 & 7  


Participation/Positive Attitude:

100 Points


Final Chapter Questions:

(10 sets of questions @ 40 possible points)

400 Points



 950 Points Possible







90 - 100 %

855 - 950


80 -  89%

759 - 854


70 -  79%  

663 - 758


60 -  69%

567 - 662


0 -   59%

0 - 566


Calculate your letter grade at any time by dividing the total points accumulated by the total points possible to calculate the letter grade

For Example:    855/950  = 90% or an “A”

                                        750/950 =  79% or a “C”





Policy of Academic Integrity:  GBC subscribes to the traditional policy of academic integrity:  students are expected to be honest.  Students are expected to do their own work.  Students who plagiarize or commit academic dishonesty are violating the standards of academic integrity and are subject to consequences ranging from failing the assignment or course to dismissal from the institution.


Plagiarism is presenting someone else’s word, ideas or data as one’s own.  When a student submits work that includes the words, ideas, or data of others, the source of that information must be acknowledged through complete, accurate, and specific references; and if verbatim statements are included, through quotation marks as well.  In academically honest writing or speaking, the students will acknowledge the source whenever…


·        another person’s actual words are quoted.

·        another person’s idea, opinion or theory is used, even if it is completely paraphrased in the student’s own words.

·        facts, statistics, or other illustrative materials are borrowed, unless the information is common knowledge.


ADA Accommodations


Great Basin College supports providing equal access for students with disabilities. An advisor is available to discuss appropriate accommodations with students.  Please contact the ADA officer in Elko at 753-2271 at your earliest convenience to request timely and appropriate accommodations.


Statement of Academic Integrity


I, Lynette Macfarlan, promise to expect nothing more of you, the student, than I, the instructor, expect of myself.  Freedom of speech, thought and learning are a responsibility and right of all participants in this class.  Respect and privacy are assumed.  At times the character of this course material may be of a personal nature, please treat your classmates as you wish to be treated.