PSYC12010 - Introduction to Human Development
Term 1 - 2017


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Overview

This unit introduces students to the characteristics and processes of human development throughout the entire lifespan and within the physical, cognitive and psychosocial developmental domains. The theoretical perspectives and concepts that guide thinking and study in the field of developmental science are introduced. A key emphasis throughout the unit is that developmental changes are the result of the complex interplay between nature (genetic endowment, biological influences and maturation) and nurture (environmental influences, experiences and learning). Both the universalities and diversities in human development are explored. The unit is designed to facilitate a critical and applied understanding of theory and research in the field of developmental science.

Details

Career Level Undergraduate
Unit Level Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

PSYC11008 and PSYC11009

Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Offerings

Term 1 - 2017
  • Bundaberg
  • Distance
  • Rockhampton

Website

This unit has a website, within the Moodle system, which is available two weeks before the start of term. It is important that you visit your Moodle site throughout the term. Go to Moodle

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Assessment Overview

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Examination 30%

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Procedures for more details of interim results and final grades.

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Students appreciated the ease of navigation of the Moodle site Course evaluation scores Retain READ, WATCH, PRACTICE headings or similar clear instructions on Moodle site
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. describe the key developmental characteristics and changes within each of the major stages of the lifespan.
  2. describe the areas and processes of development within the physical, cognitive and psychosocial domains.
  3. discuss and evaluate the theories, concepts and methods in the field of developmental science.
  4. discuss and evaluate social, historical and cultural considerations that influence developmental change and the study of developmental science.
  5. discuss and apply bioecological perspectives to explain developmental changes and concerns.
  6. apply theory, concepts and research findings from the field of developmental science to the tasks of describing, explaining and proposing how to optimise human development.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
1. Communication
2. Problem Solving        
3. Critical Thinking    
4. Information Literacy            
5. Team Work            
6. Information Technology Competence            
7. Cross Cultural Competence    
8. Ethical practice      

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

  • Introductory Level
  • Intermediate Level
  • Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
1 - Online Quiz(zes)            
2 - Written Assessment  
3 - Examination          

Prescribed Textbooks

Lifespan Human Development
Author/s: Sigelman, C., Rider, E. & De George Walker, L. Year: 2015
Edition: 2nd Ed. Publisher: Cengage Learning
City: South Melbourne State: Vic
Country: Australia
View textbooks at the CQUniversity Bookshop
Note:

Optional student resources CourseMate and SearchMe! are automatically bundled with new textbook purchases. Those who purchase second hand textbooks without these resources may purchase these resources separately by directly contacting the publisher Cengage.

IT Resources

You will need access to the following IT resources:
  • CQUniversity Student Email
  • Internet
  • Unit Website (Moodle)
  • Word processing software (e.g. Microsoft Word)
All submissions for this unit must use the American Psychological Association (APA) referencing style (details can be obtained here). For further information, see the Assessment Tasks below.
Unit CoordinatorDoreen Canoy (d.canoy@cqu.edu.au)
Note: Check the Term-Specific section for any additional contact information provided by the teaching team
Week Begin Date Module/Topic Chapter Events and Submissions
Week 1 06-03-2017

Introduction to Life Span Human Development

Textbook: Chapters 1 & 12 pp. 431-436

Lecture and Tutorial
Week 2 13-03-2017

Theories of Human Development

Textbook: Chapter 2

Lecture and Tutorial

Quizzes 1, 2 & 3 open Monday 13 March 2017 8:00AM AEST

Week 3 20-03-2017

Genes, Environment, and the Beginnings of Life

Textbook: Chapter 3

Lecture and Tutorial

Week 4 27-03-2017

Physical Growth, Motor Development, and Health

Textbook Chapter: 4

Lecture and Tutorial

Week 5 03-04-2017

Cognitive Development

Textbook: Chapter 5

Lecture

ITEMS DUE:

QUIZ 1 Closes Friday 7 April 2017 5:00PM AEST

Vacation Week 10-04-2017

No scheduled classes or activities.

Week 6 17-04-2017

Information Processing: Perception, Attention, and Memory

Textbook: Chapter 6

Lecture

Week 7 24-04-2017

Intelligence and Creativity

Textbook: Chapter 7

Lecture

Week 8 01-05-2017

Language and Education

Textbook: Chapter 8

Lecture

Week 9 08-05-2017

Self and Personality

Textbook: Chapter 9

Lecture - this will include discussion about Exam

ITEMS DUE:

Written Assessment (Report): Due Monday 8 May 2017 5:00PM AEST

QUIZ 2 Closes Friday 12 May 2017 5:00PM AEST

Report Due Monday (08 May 17) 05:00 PM AEST
Week 10 15-05-2017

Social Cognition and Moral Development

Textbook: Chapter 10

Lecture

Week 11 22-05-2017

Social Relationships and Attachment

Textbook: Chapter 11

Lecture

Week 12 29-05-2017

Death and Dying

Textbook: Chapter 13

Lecture

ITEMS DUE:

QUIZ 3 Closes 2 June 2017 Friday 5:00PM AEST

Review/Exam Week 05-06-2017
Exam Week 12-06-2017

1 Online Quiz(zes)

Assessment Title Online Quizzes
Task Description

This assessment task comprises three (3) quizzes to be completed and submitted online via the unit Moodle site.

QUIZ 1 assesses topics 1 to 4; QUIZ 2 assesses topics 5 to 8; and QUIZ 3 assesses topics 9 to 12.

Each quiz will consist of 40 questions (10 questions per topic), with a maximum of 120 minutes in which to complete each quiz. The quiz questions will be in multiple choice format. Only one attempt per quiz is permitted.

All three quizzes have the same opening date (Monday, Week 2) to allow students to work ahead of the schedule if they wish. The three quizzes each are due (close) at different times throughout the term as detailed below.

Further information about the format/conditions and administration of the quizzes is provided in the Information Sheet for Assessment Task 1 available from the unit Moodle site.

Number of Quizzes 3
Frequency of Quizzes Other
Assessment Due Date QUIZ 1 due/closes Friday of Week 5 at 5:00pm AEST. QUIZ 2 due/closes Friday of Week 9 at 5:00pm AEST. QUIZ 3 due/closes Friday of Week 12 at 5:00pm AEST.
Return Date to Students Quiz total marks will be returned to students immediately after each quiz is submitted. Marks for each quiz question will be available after each quiz closes.
Weighting 30%
Assessment Criteria

For each quiz, one (1) mark will be awarded for each quiz question answered correctly, and there will be no negative marking penalty for incorrect answers.

Each quiz is marked out of 40 and weighted at 10% of the final unit grade.

Submission Online

All quizzes are to be completed and submitted on the unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. describe the key developmental characteristics and changes within each of the major stages of the lifespan.

2. describe the areas and processes of development within the physical, cognitive and psychosocial domains.

3. discuss and evaluate the theories, concepts and methods in the field of developmental science.

4. discuss and evaluate social, historical and cultural considerations that influence developmental change and the study of developmental science.

5. discuss and apply bioecological perspectives to explain developmental changes and concerns.

6. apply theory, concepts and research findings from the field of developmental science to the tasks of describing, explaining and proposing how to optimise human development.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

3. Critical Thinking

7. Cross Cultural Competence



2 Written Assessment

Assessment Title Report
Task Description

For this assessment task, students will prepare a 1750 word report that focuses on a selected topic around the three main goals of the study of lifespan developmental science—to describe, explain, and optimise human development across the lifespan.

More specifically, in the report students will describe a developmental concern and the implications; explain the causes and origins of the concern; and then provide broad recommendations about how to prevent or respond to the concern to optimise development.

It is expected that the bioecological model and relevant elements of a modern lifespan perspective will be integrated throughout the report.

The report topic choices and further task details will be available from the Information Sheet for Assessment Task 2 on the unit Moodle site.

Assessment Due Date Week 9 Monday (08-May-2017) 05:00 PM AEST
Return Date to Students Week 12 Friday (02-Jun-2017)
Weighting 40%
Assessment Criteria

The following aspects of the report will be marked using a rubric which provides detailed criteria for performance at each grade level for each aspect. The marking rubric will be available from the Information Sheet for Assessment Task 2 on the unit Moodle site.

  1. Part A: Introduction & Background (10 marks)
  2. Part B: Origins and Causes (10 marks)
  3. Part C: Recommendations (10 marks)
  4. Quality of literacy and written communication skills (5 marks)
  5. Adherence to APA referencing/ presentation style (5 marks)

The report will receive a total mark out of 40.

Referencing Style American Psychological Association (APA)
Submission Online

The report is to be submitted to the Assignments submission area of the unit Moodle site.

Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. describe the key developmental characteristics and changes within each of the major stages of the lifespan.

2. describe the areas and processes of development within the physical, cognitive and psychosocial domains.

3. discuss and evaluate the theories, concepts and methods in the field of developmental science.

4. discuss and evaluate social, historical and cultural considerations that influence developmental change and the study of developmental science.

5. discuss and apply bioecological perspectives to explain developmental changes and concerns.

6. apply theory, concepts and research findings from the field of developmental science to the tasks of describing, explaining and proposing how to optimise human development.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

2. Problem Solving

3. Critical Thinking

4. Information Literacy

6. Information Technology Competence

7. Cross Cultural Competence

8. Ethical practice



Examination

Outline Complete an examination
Date During the University examination period
Weighting 30%
Length 180 minutes
Details Dictionary - non-electronic, concise, direct translation only (dictionary must not contain any notes or comments).
No Calculators Permitted
Closed Book
Learning Outcomes Assessed
This section can be expanded to view the assessed learning outcomes

1. describe the key developmental characteristics and changes within each of the major stages of the lifespan.

2. describe the areas and processes of development within the physical, cognitive and psychosocial domains.

3. discuss and evaluate the theories, concepts and methods in the field of developmental science.

4. discuss and evaluate social, historical and cultural considerations that influence developmental change and the study of developmental science.

5. discuss and apply bioecological perspectives to explain developmental changes and concerns.

6. apply theory, concepts and research findings from the field of developmental science to the tasks of describing, explaining and proposing how to optimise human development.

Graduate Attributes
This section can be expanded to view the assessed graduate attributes

1. Communication

3. Critical Thinking

7. Cross Cultural Competence


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