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PY2106 - Through the Looking Glass: Development across the Lifespan

Credit points: 3
Year: 2022
Student Contribution Band: Band 4
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

  • 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 historical and contemporary conceptual frameworks, principles and theories of lifespan development as applied to diverse situations experienced across the lifespan;
  • critically review and evaluate contemporary topics in the field of lifespan development as they apply to culturally or gender diverse populations, interpersonal relationships and psychological conditions.

Subject Assessment

  • Written > Examination (centrally administered) - (40%) - Individual
  • Written > Examination (College administered) - (30%) - Individual
  • Written > Literature review - (30%) - Individual.

Special Assessment Requirements

Passing requirements: achieve a cumulative score of at least 50% after the application of any penalties such as late penalties.

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


JCU Singapore, Study Period 52, Internal
Census Date 04-Aug-2022
Lecturer: Dr Ai Ni Teoh.
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 10 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • 16 hours pre-recorded content/lectures
  • assessment and self-directed study

Townsville, Study Period 2, Internal
Census Date 25-Aug-2022
Workload expectations:

The student workload for this 3 credit point subject is approximately 130 hours.

  • 26 hours lectures (didactic or interactive)
  • 12 hours tutorials
  • assessment and self-directed study

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.