This course explores human development. The primary focus is on development in childhood and adolescence, although the evolution of different psychological functions is also explored through the consideration of comparative studies with other species. Topics include perceptual development, cognitive development, language development, social and moral development, and developmental disorders. Controversial issues such as the interaction between nature and nurture, and whether development is best described as continuous or stage-like, will be highlighted. The laboratory program will provide students with more in-depth information about specific aspects of development, with a focus on the practical application of research skills through the writing of a lab report and the ‘parenting’ of a virtual child.
This course can be taken as an HPO, please discuss with course convener.
Upon successful completion, students will have the knowledge and skills to:
The broad goals of the course are to provide students with the basic knowledge that will enable them to:
- describe and evaluate different theoretical approaches to development.
- outline the course of development in several domains, including perception, cognition, language, emotion, and social and motor skill.
- identify factors which facilitate or impair typical development.
- demonstrate research skills through the writing of a lab report.
demonstrate an understanding of how developmental psychology is relevant to understanding the behaviour of children and adolescents in daily life situations
(i)a lab report (25%), (ii) a mid-semester exam (25%) and an end-of -semester exam (25%), (iii) two minor assignments based on laboratory work (25%).
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Two- hours of lectures per week and 6 x 3 hour laboratories spread over the semester.
Requisite and Incompatibility
White, F., Hayes, B. & Livesey, D. (2016). Developmental Psychology: from infancy to adulthood (4th edition). Pearson: Frenchs Forest, NSW
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|Class number||Class start date||Last day to enrol||Census date||Class end date||Mode Of Delivery||Class Summary|
|2492||15 Feb 2016||26 Feb 2016||31 Mar 2016||27 May 2016||In Person||N/A|