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: At the end of this course students will be able to:
    • Define the term ‘Human Development’ and grasp the basic terminology, concepts, and principles of the Life-Span Development.
    • Gain a deeper understanding of the nurture-nature issue and of the many interacting forces acting on, and being acted on by, the developing person.
    • Explore the complex process that grows out of transactions between a changing person and a changing world and out of dynamic relationships among biological, psychological, and social influences.
    • Gain knowledge of scientific methodology in life-span development—understand the ways in which psychological data is gathered and evaluated.
    • Fuse the broad range of knowledge about developmental psychology, to emphasize research methodology and to encourage comprehensive understanding on human development.
  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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