Developmental Psychology (PSYC207)

Developmental Psychology (PSYC207)


This course aims to provide students with the fundamental understandings and theories of human development. The module place emphasis on the complexities and authenticity of individual’s life experiences, the biopsychosocial model, and address the old nature vs nurture agreements throughout human development through the theories that are covered. Through the course of this module, students will gain an understanding of crucial stages of a person’s life from infancy to adulthood, and eventually end of life.


Learning Outcomes:

Learning Outcomes
The learning 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 development and birth. Students will comprehend the emergence of thought and language in infancy and early childhood. 1.1 Investigate the recurring issues in human development and measurement in human development research

1.2 Discuss developmental theories and the issues they raise

1.3 Explore in-depth the heredity, prenatal development, and birth

1.4 Identify the emergence of thought and language in infancy and early childhood

1.5 Analyze the socio-emotional development in infant and early childhood.

2. Exploration is done on cognitive and physical development using influential theorist such as Piaget, Vygotsky, and Erickson’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. Selfesteem, romantic relationship, and sexuality is explored in development of the adolescence. 2.1 Identify the cognitive and physical development in middle childhood

2.2 Understand the socio-emotional development in middle childhood

2.3 In-depth understanding of physical and cognitive development in adolescence

2.4 Understand the socio-emotional development in adolescence

3. Identity the development of becoming an adult. Students will have a closer look at the physical, cognitive and personality development in and adult. Further exploration is done in relationship in the young adulthood and the middle adulthood. Students will be analyzing the bio-psychosocial challenges in middle adulthood. An in-depth understands the developmental problems and disorders and examines how humans of different ages cope with dying and bereavement. 3.1 Discuss the becoming of an adult: physical, cognitive and personality development.

3.2 Explore the relationships in young and
middle adulthood.

3.3 Analyze the bio-psychosocial challenges in middle adulthood.

3.4 Understand the personal context of later life: physical, cognitive and mental health issues, psychosocial, retirement, relationship and societal issues.

3.5 Identify and discuss dying and bereavement.


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 Outline

  • The Study of Human Development
  • Biological Foundations: Heredity, Prenatal Development, and 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
  • The Final Passage: Dying & Bereavement
  • Group Presentations
  • Examination

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