Developmental Psychology

Developmental Psychology

  1. Module Title: Developmental Psychology
  2. Module Prefix/Number: PSYC 207
  3. Credit Hours: Three (3)
  4. Description:
    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.
  5. Student Learning Outcomes:
    Learning outcomes
    The learner will:
    Assessment criteria
    The learner can:
    1. Knowledge and understanding of personality with regards to: 1.1 Understanding the major concepts and theories that helps to define the different stages of lifespan development.
    1.2 Understanding crucial phase of life changes as a person goes through life, from infancy to old age.
    1.3 Examining how individual differences in social, cultural and historical context may influence one’s development.
    2. Develop and apply critical-thinking skills within the domain of human development, enabling students to: 2.1 Demonstrate an ability to utilise critical-thinking that includes open-mindedness and the scientific process.

    2.2 Demonstrate an attitude of receptivity to new knowledge and intellectual engagement.

    2.3 Identify cultural and situational factors that impact lifespan development.

    3. Learn how research has supported current findings of human development, enabling students to: 3.1 Able to prioritize evidence-based approaches to understanding and explaining issues within 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
    • 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
    • Dying & Bereavement

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