Year of entry: 2020
Course unit details:
Intoduction to Developmental Psychology
|Unit level||Level 1|
|Teaching period(s)||Semester 1|
|Offered by||Division of Psychology and Mental Health|
|Available as a free choice unit?||No|
The course material will be delivered via lectures (with associated e-learning resources) and will be supported with 4 lab-based sessions
Provide students with an overview of human development from infancy to late childhood.
Introduce students to the developmental perspective of psychological research.
Familiarise students with the major theories of human psychological development, emphasising the fundamentally interactive nature of developmental processes.
Prepare students for the more detailed treatment of developmental topics in the second year.
Teaching and learning methods
This course is delivered via the following:
18 hours of lectures
4 x 2-hour practical sessions
E-learning provision: Lecture content, supplementary reading and resources, and a monitored discussion board will be provided via Blackboard.
Knowledge and understanding
Appreciate the importance of the study of development to the understanding of human behaviour
Read and evaluate current research literature
Recognise the limitations imposed by particular design decisions
Understand how knowledge accumulates in developmental psychology
Compare theoretical predictions and empirical findings in the field of development
Objectively interpret the results of analyses in the context of the research design
Review a commonly used methodology in developmental psychology
Transferable skills and personal qualities
Present information, ideas and arguments in written form with due regard to the target audience and discipline conventions
Sustain and develop cogent and coherent arguments
Work in a group to solve problems
A 90 minute multiple choice exam worth 70% and a research review worth 30%
|Scheduled activity hours|
|Practical classes & workshops||8|
|Independent study hours|
|Jennifer McBride||Unit coordinator|