PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development

Credit
6 points
Offering
(see Timetable)

If this unit does not have an online alternative, then students who are presently unable to enter Western Australia and whose studies would be delayed by an inability to complete this unit, should contact the unit coordinator (details given on this page) to ascertain, on an individual case-by-case basis, if alternate arrangements can be made to support their study in this unit.

AvailabilityLocationMode
Semester 1UWA (Perth)Face to face Predominantly face-to-face. On campus attendance required to complete this unit. May have accompanying resources online.
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 core unit in the Psychological Science major sequence
  • Level 3 option in the Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
  • Level 3 elective
Content
This unit provides a comprehensive introduction to psychological approaches to the study of human development across childhood and adolescence. Current theories about the biological, cognitive and contextual factors contributing to development are considered and methods for studying development are reviewed. Topics covered include the development of memory, reasoning and intelligence, and social, emotional and moral development. Research on sex differences and on the development of literacy and numeracy is also reviewed.
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 advanced skills in research design and analysis in developmental psychology; (4) apply critical thinking skills when appraising published research and when interpreting developmental data; (5) demonstrate well-developed oral and written communication skills; (6) understand research methodologies used to identify causal factors in psychosocial development; and (7) develop experimental designs and data analytic strategies appropriate to research questions in developmental psychology.
Assessment
Indicative assessments in this unit are as follows: (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 and PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context and PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
Incompatibility:
PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (for 12 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 are also required 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.
  • The availability of units in Semester 1, 2, etc. was correct at the time of publication but may be subject to change.
  • All students are responsible for identifying when they need assistance to improve their academic learning, research, English language and numeracy skills; seeking out the services and resources available to help them; and applying what they learn. Students are encouraged to register for free online support through GETSmart; to help themselves to the extensive range of resources on UWA's STUDYSmarter website; and to participate in WRITESmart and (ma+hs)Smart drop-ins and workshops.
  • Unit readings, including any essential textbooks, are listed in the unit outline for each unit one week prior the commencement of study. The unit outline will be available via the LMS and the UWA Handbook. Reading lists and essential textbooks are subject to change each semester. Essential textbooks can be purchased from the commercial vendors to secure the best deal. The Student Guild can provide assistance on where to purchase books if required. Books can be purchased second hand at the Guild Secondhand bookshop (second floor, Guild Village), which is located on campus. Copies of textbooks and other readings will be made available for students to access from the Library, online wherever possible as well as in print.