PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)
AvailabilityLocationMode
Not available in 2018UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 2 option in the Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 2 elective
Content
This unit introduces students to key issues and common research methods used in the study of human development. Major theories of development are described and evaluated. Ways in which environmental and biological factors influence development are considered. Descriptions of key changes across childhood and theoretical explanations of these changes are provided in relation to cognition, intelligence, language, literacy, numeracy, social skills, emotion and gender.
Outcomes
Students are able to (1) demonstrate an understanding of the many dimensions of psychological development (e.g. genetic, biological, cognitive and social); (2) describe current theories and research findings on the biological, cognitive, and social/contextual factors that influence development across the lifespan; (3) apply skills in research methods used in developmental psychology; (4) apply critical thinking skills; and (5) demonstrate good oral and written communication skills.
Assessment
Typically this unit is assessed in the following ways: (1) assignments; (2) in-class assessment; and (3) examination. Further information is available in the unit outline.

Supplementary assessment is not available in this unit except in the case of a bachelor's pass degree student who has obtained a mark of 45 to 49 overall and is currently enrolled in this unit, and it is the only remaining unit that the student must pass in order to complete their course.
Unit Coordinator(s)
Associate Professor Murray Maybery
Unit rules
Prerequisites:
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
or
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
Incompatibility:
PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (for 13 weeks); labs: 2 hours per week (for 4 weeks)
Note
Enrolled students can access unit material via the LMS (Learning Management System).

Students are exposed to topics in psychology units that may cause some discomfort or distress in certain individuals (e.g. depression, suicide, trauma, eating disorders). They also require to demonstrate skills across a variety of different formats and contexts (e.g. written assessments, participation in practical work, contribution to group discussions, oral presentations, examinations), and so it is important to carefully consider whether they are able to cope with the demands of studying psychology and whether there is anything that would impact upon their ability to complete the requirements of the unit. Refer to individual unit outlines for more detailed unit information.
Texts

Current textbook information is available in the School of Psychology textbooks list. 

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  • Books and other material wherever listed may be subject to change. Book lists relating to 'Preliminary reading', 'Recommended reading' and 'Textbooks' are, in most cases, available at the University Co-operative Bookshop (from early January) and appropriate administrative offices for students to consult. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.