PSYC213 Lifespan Developmental Psychology

Credit Points 6
Offering
Responsible Campus Teaching Period Mode of Study
Armidale Trimester 2 Off Campus
Armidale Trimester 2 On Campus
Intensive School(s)
Start Finish Attendance Notes
20 August 2014 22 August 2014 Non-Mandatory None
Supervised Exam There is a UNE Supervised Examination held at the end of the teaching period in which you are enrolled.
Pre-requisites PSYC101 and PSYC102 or for GradDipSocSc and BAudiometry students only: PSYC101
Co-requisites GradDipPsych and GradDipSocSc and BAudiometry students only: PSYC102
Restrictions PSYC313
Notes None
Combined Units None
Coordinator(s) Natasha Loi (nloi2@une.edu.au)
Unit Description

Lifespan developmental psychology is the scientific study of how humans develop. It investigates the processes of continuity and changes that occur throughout a person's life. This unit will consider various theories including social-emotional, perceptual, cognitive, biological, and behavioural when examining the constancies and changes of a person's life from childhood to adulthood.

Prescribed Material
Mandatory

Text(s):

Note: Students are expected to purchase prescribed material. Please note that textbook requirements may vary from one teaching period to the next.

Lifespan Development: A Chronological Approach plus iStudy

ISBN: 9781118389300
Hoffnung, M. and others, John Wiley and Sons 2nd Australasian ed. 2012

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On and Off Campus

Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association

ISBN: 9781433805615
American Psychological Association, APA 6th ed. 2010

Text refers to: Trimester 2, On and Off Campus

Disclaimer Unit information may be subject to change prior to commencement of the teaching period.
Assessment
Title Exam Length Weight Mode No. Words
Essay 25% 2000
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-3 GA: 1-2, 4 and 6

Online Critique 10% 750
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-3 GA: 1-2, 4 and 6

Online Quiz 1 5%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-3 GA: 1-2, 4 and 6

Online Quiz 2 5%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-3 GA: 1-2, 4 and 6

Online Quiz 3 5%
Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-3 GA: 1-2, 4 and 6

Final Examination 2 hrs 50%
Assessment Notes

Multiple choice and short answer questions

Relates to Learning Outcomes (LO) and Graduate Attributes (GA)

LO: 1-3 GA: 1-4 and 6


Learning Outcomes (LO) Upon completion of this unit, students will be able to:
  1. demonstrate coherent theoretical knowledge of the theories and research findings in developmental psychology;
  2. independently identify and examine applied infant, child, adolescent and adult development issues; and
  3. use autonomy and judgement in discussing the theories of Freud, Piaget, Erikson, Brofenbrenner, Bandura and Vygotsky amongst others.

Graduate Attributes (GA)
Attribute Taught Assessed Practised
1
Knowledge of a Discipline

Developmental psychology topics central to psychology are taught in this unit. Students have opportunities to practise applying this knowledge in tutorials and discussions.The examination, practical report and quizzes assess students' knowledge.

True True True
2
Communication Skills

The entire unit is designed to help students improve their verbal and written communication skills. These skills will be applicable in the student's personal as well as professional life. Students' written and verbal communications will be developed and assessed through participation in tutorials and through the written assignments.

True True True
3
Global Perspectives

This unit takes an international perspective, with a number of sections addressing cultural variations as individuals develop across their life span. This will be assessed in the final exam.

True True
4
Information Literacy

The laboratory work in this unit includes the application of fundamental developmental psychology principles. This will improve student's ability to access and critically interpret research data from peer-reviewed journals and other published sources. This is assessed in all assessment tasks.

True True True
5
Life-Long Learning

Students will acquire the skills to apply fundamental developmental psychology principles to "real-world" behaviours and situations. Students will become aware of additional principles and research findings that could be explored in future years.

True
6
Problem Solving

The lecture and laboratory material will provide opportunities for students to develop competent problem-solving skills which will be assessed in all assessment tasks.

True True True
7
Social Responsibility

Psychology as a discipline of study places great emphasis on ethical procedures. It also deals with a wide range of issues affecting the human condition. The unit instills an awareness of the social responsibility of the psychologist.

True
8
Team Work

Some of the lab exercises require the class to work in small groups via the discussion page.

True