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Subject details

At the completion of this subject, students will be able to:

  1. Knowledge: Recall, recognise and describe key concepts of the major developmental theories. (Lectures, Textbook)
  2. Understanding: Describe the processes of development from conception through pregnancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood (Lectures, Textbook)
  3. Application: Apply developmental theories to various real-life scenarios to explain or predict observed human behaviour at different stages across the lifespan. (Lectures, Tutorials, Literature Review)
  4. Research Skills and Critical Analysis: Collect, integrate and critically evaluate a body of developmental research literature on a specified developmental topic.
  5. Academic writing: Clearly present a line of argument using a concise and clear academic writing style (APA Publication Manual, journal articles)
    • 1. MODULE 1 INTRODUCTION AND EARLY DEVELOPMENT Introduction, Overview of Theory, Approach to writing a literature review Prenatal Development, Genes, Environment Physical and Perceptual Development
    • 3. MODULE 3 SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT A Temperament and Q&A Session Social-Emotional Development and Attachment
    • 4. MODULE 4 SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT B Contexts for Development: Families & Parenting Gender Development Moral Development
    • 5. MODULE 5 ADULT DEVELOPMENT AND AGEING Adolescence/Adult Development Adult Development Continued Death and Dying
  • Study resources

    • Instructional methods

      • Discussion forum/Discussion Board
      • Online assignment submission
      • Podcasting/Lecture capture

You must have successfully completed the following subject(s) before starting this subject:

MAQ-PSYX104-Introduction to Psychology I

Special requirements

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This subject involves the study of how humans grow and change across the lifespan from conception until death. The subject consolidates and extends topics introduced in the developmental section of PSYC105. We explore developmental continuities and changes that are normative and common to most people, but also ways in which people differ from one another. In particular we focus on theories that seek to explain development and the extent to which development is influenced by genes, the physical environment, social relationships, and the context in which the individual lives. We survey major theories, research findings, and contemporary issues in physical, cognitive, social-emotional, and personality development across the life span. The tutorial sessions complement the lectures and focus on developmental research methodologies and practical applications of developmental theory.

  • Open book (10%)
  • Literature review (1500 words) (40%)
  • Invigilated examination (50%)

Textbook information is pending.

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