DEVELOPMENTAL PSYCHOLOGY

PSY2DEV

2015

Credit points: 15

Subject outline

In this subject we will explore the discipline of developmental psychology from the earliest period of prenatal development through infancy, childhood, adolescence, and into adulthood and old age. Examining research undertaken using a variety of different methods will enable students to develop critical thinking skills for interpreting research results. Students will be encouraged to appreciate the interconnectedness of various domains of development; sensation and perception, motor coordination, emotional, social and cognitive development. Throughout, we will examine the ways in which very early milestones and features of development in each of these domains sets the scene for the later development of more complex processes such as adult personality, identity, moral reasoning, and the establishment and maintenance of supportive interpersonal relationships. In this way, we will explore the way in which infants come to develop into independent and socially-connected adults.

SchoolSchool of Psychology & Public Health

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorKristelle Hudry

Available to Study Abroad StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 2 - UG

Exchange StudentsYes

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites (One of PSY1EFP or PSY1PYA) and (One of PSY1CFP or PSY1PYB) or by approval from the subject coordinator.

Co-requisitesN/A

Incompatible subjects PSY2PYA, PSY2PYB, PSY3PYA, PSY3PYB

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

01. Students will be able to outline the major milestones and stages of human lifespan development.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises. Summative: Examination Questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

02. Students will be able to explain key concepts important to adopting a developmental approach to psychology.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises. Summative: Examination Questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

03. Students will describe, apply, and evaluate the research methods used to address a variety of developmental research questions with individuals at different stages of the lifespan.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises. Task 1: Students work in pairs/small groups to contribute to data collection and complete a draft ethics application for a specified project. Analysis of data will be done by the coordinator/assistant. Task 2: Data summaries are returned to students who then work independently to write Laboratory Report Part 1: Method and Results. Task 3: Following receipt of feedback on Laboratory Report Part 1, students independently write Laboratory Report Part 2: Introduction and Discussion on the same topic. Formative and Summative: 20% Laboratory Report Part 1 (Method and Results) provides feedback directly applicable to 30% Laboratory Report Part 2 (Introduction and Discussion). Summative: Examination Questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Writing (Writing)

04. Students will collaborate with colleagues to contribute to a data collection/ethics application drafting activity, considering pragmatic issues such as effective team work and time management in the process.

Activities:
Formative: See Task 1 above regarding Data Collection/Draft Ethics Application for Contribution to Group Analysis (Hurdle). Tutorial Class Exercises will also prepare students for this.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)

05. Students will show scientific inquiry and critical thinking in interpreting the results obtained from developmental data collected to answer a specific research question.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises. Formative and Summative: 20% Laboratory Report Part 1 (Method and Results) provides feedback directly applicable to 30% Laboratory Report Part 2 (Introduction and Discussion). Summative: Examination Questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Creative Problem-solving (Creative Problem-solving)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

06. Students will be able to undertake a comprehensive literature review to determine the extent of existing scientific knowledge on a given topic and inform a novel research question along with a logical hypothesis.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises. Summative: Laboratory Report Part 2.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

07. Students will be able to write a coherent and original laboratory report in APA style, including a review of existing literature on the topic, clear description of the methods undertaken for data collection, presentation of the results obtained, and critical discussion of the implications.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises. Summative: Laboratory Report Parts 1 & 2.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Writing (Writing)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)
Inquiry/ Research (Inquiry/ Research)
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)

08. Students will demonstrate ethical awareness with respect to appropriate citation in written work, scientific integrity in data collection, and professional conduct in interactions with colleagues and families/children participating in research.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises around Data-Collection/Draft Ethics Application for Contribution to Group Analysis (Hurdle) and Turnitin. Formative and Summative: 20% Laboratory Report Part 1 (Method and Results) provides feedback directly applicable to 30% Laboratory Report Part 2 (Introduction and Discussion).
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Ethical Awareness (Ethical Awareness)
Writing (Writing)

09. Students will be able to apply principles of Developmental Psychology to their own life experiences, including their tertiary and life-long learning experiences.

Activities:
Formative: Tutorial Class Exercises. Summative: Examination Questions.
Related graduate capabilities and elements:
Critical Thinking (Critical Thinking)
Discipline-specific GCs (Discipline-specific GCs)

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Start date between: and    Key dates

Albury-Wodonga, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKristelle Hudry

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

Tutorial Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Exam (2 hours)Hurdle requirements: Tutorial attendance (75%) and data collection/draft ethics application for contribution to group analysis50 01, 02, 03, 05, 09
Laboratory Report Part 1: Methods & Results (500 words)20 03, 05, 07, 08
Laboratory Report Part 2: Introduction & Discussion (1500 words)30 03, 05, 06, 07, 08

Bendigo, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKristelle Hudry

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

Tutorial Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Exam (2 hours)Hurdle requirements: Tutorial attendance (75%) and data collection/draft ethics application for contribution to group analysis50 01, 02, 03, 05, 09
Laboratory Report Part 1: Methods & Results (500 words)20 03, 05, 07, 08
Laboratory Report Part 2: Introduction & Discussion (1500 words)30 03, 05, 06, 07, 08

Melbourne, 2015, Semester 2, Day

Overview

Online enrolmentYes

Maximum enrolment sizeN/A

Enrolment information

Subject Instance Co-ordinatorKristelle Hudry

Class requirements

Lecture Week: 31 - 43
Two 1.0 hours lecture per week on weekdays during the day from week 31 to week 43 and delivered via video conference.

Tutorial Week: 32 - 43
One 2.0 hours tutorial every two weeks on weekdays during the day from week 32 to week 43 and delivered via face-to-face.

Assessments

Assessment elementComments% ILO*
Exam (2 hours)Hurdle requirements: Tutorial attendance (75%) and data collection/draft ethics application for contribution to group analysis50 01, 02, 03, 05, 09
Laboratory Report Part 1: Methods & Results (500 words)20 03, 05, 07, 08
Laboratory Report Part 2: Introduction & Discussion (1500 words)30 03, 05, 06, 07, 08