Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

  1. Module Title: Developmental Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 207
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: Life-Span Development is an introduction to the science of human development. This course is designed to give the student a basic orientation to the life-span perspective on human development and to approaches to the scientific study of development. The student will be given exposure to the core concepts, development of basic human capacities and development of self in society.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    Learning outcomes
    The learner will:
    Assessment criteria
    The learner can:
    1.     Comprehend the life-span perspective on human development and approaches to the scientific study of development. Students will also be exposed to the central issues and theoretical perspectives that have dominated the field. It further explores developmental processes in some depth, examining genetic and environmental influences on development and then focusing on important environmental influences during the critical prenatal and perinatal periods. 1.1      Define development and what challenges developmental scientists face?

    1.2      Discuss developmental theories and the issues they raise

    1.3      State the key evolution and species heredity

    1.4      Explore prenatal development and perinatal / neonatal environment

    2.     Understand the growth and aging of the body, nervous system, development of sensory, perceptual and motor capacities. Further exploration is done on cognitive development using influential theorist such as Piaget, Vygotsky and Fischer;s perspectives. Memory and problem solving using information-processing perspective is analyzed. Psychometric approach to cognition, differences in intelligence and creativity together with language development and roles of language is further explored. 2.1      Identify the building blocks of growth and lifelong health in infant, child, adolescent and adult

    2.2      Describe the perspectives on perception in infant, child, adolescent and adult

    2.3      Analyze Piaget’s, Vygotsky and Fishers’s approach in infant, child, adolescent and adult

    2.4      Discuss conceptualizing memory in infant, child, adolescent and adult

    2.5      Define intelligence and creativity in infant, child, adolescent and adult and what factors influence their IQ scores over the life span

    2.6      State the key system of language in infant, child, adolescent and adult

    3.     Identity the development of the self: changes in self-conceptions and personality and their relationships to vocational identity and development in gender roles and sexuality and in social cognition, morality and prosocial and antisocial behavior. An in-depth understand the developmental problems and disorders and examine how humans of different ages cope with dying and bereavement. 3.1      Identify the conceptualizing of self and personality in infant, child, adolescent and adult

    3.2      Explore sex and gender in infant, child, adolescent and adult

    3.3      Discuss social cognition on moral development in infant, child, adolescent and adult

    3.4      State the emotional development on relationships in infant, child, adolescent and adult

    3.5      Discuss diverse family experience and the problem of family violence

    3.6      Explore what makes development abnormal in infant, child, adolescent and adult

    3.7      Gain insight understanding on matters of life and death in infant, child, adolescent and adult

  6. Grading Scale: Your letter grade in this course will be determined by calculating your score on all assignments and exams as a percentage of the total possible score, on a standard grading scale:
    Your Letter Grade Your Score as % of Total
    A 90–100
    B 80-89
    C 70-79
    D 60-69
    F 0-59

    Assignments 40%

    As part of the requirements, students must complete short assignments based on these studies. There will be 2 assignments, each attracting 20% of total course grade.

    Assignment (Essay) 20%

    Students are also required to turn in an essay assignment.

    Guidelines for the essay assignment:

    • Word limit: 1500 – 2500
    • The assignment should be typed using Times New Roman, 12-point size, double spaced, and 1″ margins.
    • The assignment should be edited for spelling and grammar.
    • References to be provided using the APA guidelines.

    Exam 40%

    There will be a Final exam. The exam will be based on material covered in the textbook readings and lecture notes.

  7. Course Outline
    Topic
    • Understanding Life-Span Human Development
    • Theories of Human Development
    • Genes, Environment and Development
    • Prenatal Development and Birth
    • Body, Brain and Health
    • Sensation, Perception and Action
    • Cognition
    • Memory and Information Processing
    • Intelligence and Creativity
    • Language and Education
    • Self and Personality
    • Gender Roles and Sexuality
    • Social Cognition and Moral Development
    • Emotions, Attachment and Social Relationships
    • The Family
    • Developmental Psychopathology
    • The Final Challenge: Death and Dying

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