Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

  1. Module Title: Developmental Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 207
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description:This course covers the developmental changes, issues, and challenges in human development from birth to adolescence with special reference to the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional aspects of human growth and development. 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.

  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    Learning outcomes
    The learner will:
    Assessment criteria
    The learner can:
    1. Be provided with a solid foundation in the knowledge of human growth and life span development. 1.1 Students will have a fuller understanding of the science and scope of life span development.
    1.2 Appreciate individual differences throughout development.
    2. Learn about the contemporary research and theories on human development. 2.1 These features ask students to think critically about social & developmental Issues.
    2.2 Critically interpret theoretical and empirical foundations of developmental information.
    2.3 Examine contemporary concerns from young adulthood through old age.
    3. Be able to apply knowledge of human development in various sectors of human relationships. 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.
  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
    • Prenatal Development, Infancy & Early Childhood
    • Biological 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

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