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Psychology: Human Development (PSY247)

Organisational Unit School of Psychology and Exercise Science
Credit Points 4
Availability KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Description This unit examines human development from conception through to death. At each broad stage of the lifespan the biosocial, cognitive and psychosocial influences on the individual are studied and integrated to understand the developing person.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures/tutorials/laboratories/seminars: 3 hours per week.
Other Learning Experiences Students are required to undertake group work; this involves self-directed project management and team work with peers.
Assessment Students complete Diagnostic Learning Exercises (DLE; 5%) during scheduled tutorials, these exercises will be guided by the tutor and are designed as a springboard for learning, to enhance students' understanding of the topics covered in the unit, and guide their study.

Students are also required to give a group Oral Presentation (20%) to classmates and write a research essay (35%). Students will develop the ability to research and critique relevant empirical psychological literature, and translate this into a more accessible format to enhance the understanding of themselves and their classmates.

Students are also required to sit a theory based exam (40%). The exam is designed to test students overall understanding of the unit subject matter using recognition and recall tasks.
Prerequisites PSY141 Introduction to Psychological Science OR PSY171 Introduction to Applications of Psychology OR PSY173 Introduction to Psychological Research Methods.
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY143 Introduction to Developmental Psychology may not enrol in this unit for credit.
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Appears in these Minors Developmental Psychology
Internet Access RequirementsMurdoch units normally include an online component comprising materials, discussions, lecture recordings and assessment activities. All students, regardless of their location or mode of study, need to have access to and be able to use computing devices with browsing capability and a connection to the Internet via Broadband (Cable, ADSL or Mobile) or Wireless. The Internet connection should be readily available and allow large amounts of data to be streamed or downloaded (approximately 100MB per lecture recording). Students also need to be able to enter into online discussions and submit assignments online.


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