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PY2106 - Human Development Across the Lifespan

Credit points: 3
Year: 2014
Student Contribution Band: Band 1
Administered by: School of Arts and Social Sciences (pre 2015)

This subject provides a comprehensive coverage of research, theory, practices and issues in developmental psychology. A chronological 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 28-Aug-2014
Coord/Lect: Dr Kerry McBain.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); assignment, essay, classroom activities or tests (60%).

Cairns, Internal, Study Period 2
Census Date 28-Aug-2014
Coordinator: Dr Kerry McBain
Lecturer: Dr Carolyn Timms.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); assignment, essay, classroom activities or tests (60%).

JCU Singapore, Internal, Study Period 52
Census Date 17-Jul-2014
Coordinator: Dr Kerry McBain
Lecturer: <Person not found>.
Workload expectations:
  • 26 hours lectures
  • 12 hours tutorials
Assessment: end of semester exam (40%); assignment, essay, classroom activities or tests (60%).

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