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Unit description

Provides an overview of human development from conception, through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. Introduces students to the scientific study of cognitive, social and physical development applying to human lifespan development. Biological, social and psychological factors which influence the course of human development are considered.

Unit content

  • The study of human development in general
  • Research methodologies
  • Biological and environmental influences
  • Pre-natal development
  • Cognitive and physical development
  • Emotional and social development
  • Early childhood development
  • Middle-childhood development
  • Development in adolescence
  • Development in adulthood
  • Development in late adulthood
  • Death, dying and bereavement

Learning outcomes

Unit Learning Outcomes express learning achievement in terms of what a student should know, understand and be able to do on completion of a unit. These outcomes are aligned with the graduate attributes. The unit learning outcomes and graduate attributes are also the basis of evaluating prior learning.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:
1describe and discuss the fundamental theories of developmental psychology and how they relate to the real world context
2critically review and evaluate the relative benefits and disadvantages of the different research methodologies used to explore developmental processes in psychology
3identify some of the significant changes that occur across an individual's lifespan in the domains of cognitive, social and physical development
4explain how social and cultural factors influence development
5explain the role of genetics in development, including pre-natal and brain development
6write an APA lab report
7critically discuss and communicate the ideas from contemporary papers in developmental psychology journals.

On completion of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. describe and discuss the fundamental theories of developmental psychology and how they relate to the real world context
  2. critically review and evaluate the relative benefits and disadvantages of the different research methodologies used to explore developmental processes in psychology
  3. identify some of the significant changes that occur across an individual's lifespan in the domains of cognitive, social and physical development
  4. explain how social and cultural factors influence development
  5. explain the role of genetics in development, including pre-natal and brain development
  6. write an APA lab report
  7. critically discuss and communicate the ideas from contemporary papers in developmental psychology journals.

Prescribed texts

  • Lally, M & Valentine-French, S, 2017, Lifespan development: A psychological perspective, https://scu.primo.exlibrisgroup.com/permalink/61SCU_INST/hir31i/alma991012863198502368.
Prescribed texts may change in future teaching periods.

Teaching and assessment

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (11 weeks)
Assessment
Report45%
Presentation10%
Online Exam20%
Exam: take home25%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours  (12 weeks)
Tutorial on-site 1 hour (11 weeks)
Assessment
Report45%
Presentation10%
Online Exam20%
Exam: take home25%

Teaching method
Lecture online 2 hours (12 weeks)
Tutorial online 1 hour (11 weeks)
Assessment
Report45%
Presentation10%
Online Exam20%
Exam: take home25%
Notice

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