PSYC3313 Psychology: Lifespan Development

6 points
Not available in 2020UWA (Perth)Face to face
Details for undergraduate courses
  • Level 3 option in the Psychological Science; Psychology in Society; Psychology major sequences
  • The area of knowledge for this unit is Life and Health Sciences
  • Category B broadening unit for students
  • Level 3 elective
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.
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.
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
PSYC1101 Psychology: Mind and Brain
PSYC1102 Psychology: Behaviour in Context
PSYC2203 Introduction to Quantitative Methods in Psychology
PSYC2213 Psychology: Lifespan Development
Contact hours
lectures: 2 hours per week (for 12 weeks); labs: 2 hours per week (for 4 weeks)
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.

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

  • 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.
  • 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 via the Booktopia Textbook Finder, which has the functionality to search by course code, course, ISBN and title, and may also be posted or available at the appropriate school's administrative offices. Where texts are listed in the unit description above, an asterisk (*) indicates that the book is available in paperback.