Developmental Psychology (PSYC207)

Developmental Psychology (PSYC207)

  1. Module Title: Developmental Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 207
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)

Course Description:

This course provides an overview of developmental processes that influence the growth of the physical, cognitive, and socio-emotional aspects of the person throughout the lifespan. It explores the extent of continuity and change in a person’s life trajectory. This perspective actively involves growth, maintenance, and regulation.

The course will also examine contemporary concerns from birth through late adulthood. Presented in depth and breadth, and supplemented with interactive, hands-on tutorial activities and online forums, this course will provide the students with a solid foundation in the knowledge of human growth and life span development as they prepare for a career in the helping profession. The course also discusses developmental issues and social concerns related to the various stages of the life-span such as issues on parenting children and adolescents, child-abuse, juvenile, eating disorder, policies and practices. The content is drawn from research and theories in developmental psychology. Implications for parenting, education, and social policy-making will be discussed so that students can apply course information to meaningful problems.


Student Learning Outcomes:


Learning Outcomes
The learning will:
Assessment Criteria
The learner can:
1. Demonstrate knowledge of the basic processes of growth and physical change in each era of the lifespan 1.1 Appreciate individual differences throughout development

1.2 Apply knowledge of human development in various sectors of human relationships

2. Evaluate contemporary research and theories on human development. 2.1 Critically interpret social & developmental Issues.

2.2 Critically interpret theoretical and empirical foundations of developmental information.

2.3 Examine contemporary concerns

3. Integrate personal experiences, knowledge of developmental psychology, and their observations of human development with the content of this course. 3.1 Illustrate the everyday applications of life span developmental issues.

3.2 Demonstrate connections between the laboratory and life and the dynamic science of human development.


Delivery and Study Plan

24 hours of lecture-cum-discussions over 9 weeks.

This module requires a mixture of lecture and self-study activities to assimilate the information covered. As per most institutes offering tertiary education, students should engage in an appropriate amount of self-study each week involving critical reflections.


Assessment summary

Form of assessments include Class Participation, Individual Reflective Essay, Group Presentation, Quizzes, Term Paper and Examination.


Course Schedule


Lesson Topics
  • Prenatal Development, Infancy & Early Childhood
  • Biolgical Foundations: Heredity, Prenatal Development & Birth
  • Tools for Exploring the World: Physical, Perceptual, & Motor Development
  • The Emergence of Thought & Language: Cognitive Dev. in Infancy & Early Childhood.
  • Entering the Social World: Socioemotional Development in Infancy & Early Childhood
  • Off To School: Cognitive & Physical Development in Middle Childhood
  • Expanding Social Horizons: Socioemotional Development in Middle Childhood
  • Rites of Passage: Physical & Cognitive Development In Adolescence
  • Moving into the Adult Social World: Socioemotional Development in Adolescence
  • Becoming an Adult: Physical, Cognitive & Personality Development In Young Adult
  • Being with Others: Relationships in Young & Middle Adulthood
  • Working & Relaxing
  • Making It in Midlife: The Bio psychosocial Challenges of Middle Adulthood
  • The Personal Context of Later Life: Cognitive, & Mental Health Issues
  • Social Aspects of Life: Psychosocial, Retirement, Relationship, & Social Issues
  • Dying & Bereavement
L9 Group Presentations
L11 Examination


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