Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

  1. Module Title: Developmental Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 207
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description: Human Development (A Life-Span View) 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 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. Self-esteem, 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. Identify the development of becoming an adult. Students will have a closer look at the physical, cognitive and personality development in an adult. Further exploration is done in the area of relationship in the young adulthood and the middle adulthood. Students will be analyze 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

    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.

  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
    • The Study of Human Development
    • Biological Foundations: Heredity, Prenatal Development and birth
    • The Emergence of thought and language: Cognitive Development in Infancy and Early Childhood
    • Entering the social world: Socio-emotional Development in Infancy and Early Childhood
    • Off to School: Cognitive and Physical Development in Middle Childhood
    • Expanding Social Horizons: Socio-emotional Development in Middle Childhood
    • Rites of Passage: Physical and Cognitive Development in Adolescence
    • Moving into the Adult Social World: Socio-emotional Development in Adolescence
    • Becoming an Adult: Physical, Cognitive and Personality Development in Young Adulthood
    • Being with Other: Relationships in Young and Middle Adulthood
    • Making it in Middle: The bio-psychosocial Challenges of Middle Adulthood
    • The Personal Context of Later Life: Physical, Cognitive and Mental Health Issues
    • Social Aspects of Later Life: Psychosocial, Retirement, Relationship and Societal Issues
    • Dying and Bereavement

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