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PY2106 - Through the Looking Glass: Development across the Lifespan

Credit points: 03
Year: 2019
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: College of Healthcare Sciences

This subject provides a comprehensive coverage of research, theory, practices and issues in developmental psychology. A topical framework is used to examine human life from conception to death, covering prenatal development and development during infancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood. The inter-relatedness of theory and research is emphasised and the implications this carries for the application of empirical evidence to everyday life. Students will be provided with the opportunity to examine some of the issues including the beginning of life, birth, cognitive growth, language development, the impact of child-care, friendships and peer influences, adolescent identity formation, moral development, gender differentiation, parenting, marriage and partnering, career development, ageing and death and dying.

Learning Outcomes

  • ability to comprehend and evaluate the historical and contemporary conceptual frameworks, principles and theories of lifespan development;
  • ability to strengthen ones competence in relating the study of lifespan development to the study of other areas of psychology;
  • achieve competence in writing on psychological topics using the stylistic conventions of the American Psychological Association;
  • develop critical evaluation skills through the examination of research efforts in lifespan development;
  • identify and describe the types of research techniques employed to study human development and discuss the relative strengths and limitations of these.
Assumed
Knowledge:
To undertake this subject, students must have successfully completed 12 credit points (four subjects) of level 1 study at tertiary level
Prerequisites: PY1101 OR PY1102
Inadmissible
Subject
Combinations:
PY2093

Availabilities

Townsville, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 29-Aug-2019
Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Garry Kidd
Lecturers: Miss Hollie Baxter, Assoc. Professor Garry Kidd, Dr Richard Kocsis.
Contact hours:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
    Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); mid-semester exam (30%); assignments (30%).

    Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
    Census Date 29-Aug-2019
    Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Garry Kidd
    Lecturers: Assoc. Professor Garry Kidd, Dr Richard Kocsis.
    Contact hours:
    • 26 hours lectures
    • 12 hours tutorials
      Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); mid-semester exam (30%); assignments (30%).

      JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 51
      Census Date 11-Apr-2019
      Coordinator: Assoc. Professor Garry Kidd
      Lecturers: Dr Ai Ni Teoh, Assoc. Professor Garry Kidd.
      Contact hours:
      • 26 hours lectures
      • 12 hours tutorials
        Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); mid-semester exam (30%); assignments (30%).

        JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 53
        Census Date 05-Dec-2019
        Coord/Lect: Assoc. Professor Garry Kidd.
        Contact hours:
        • 26 hours lectures
        • 12 hours tutorials
          Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); mid-semester exam (30%); assignments (30%).

          Note: Minor variations might occur due to the continuous Subject quality improvement process, and in case of minor variation(s) in assessment details, the Subject Outline represents the latest official information.