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Psychology: Human Development (PSY286)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
DUBAI-ISC: TMD-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description This unit examines human life span development from conception through to death. The developmental theories are presented and the biosocial, cognitive and psychosocial influences on the individual are studied and integrated to understand the developing person. The unit aims to; 1) provide overview of the nature and scope of developmental psychology, including theories, research methodologies and applications; 2) promote understanding of the developing person at different periods in the lifespan; 3) develop analytical skills regarding the application of human development research.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate the following student unit learning outcomes that reflect these attributes:
1. Discuss the major theoretical frameworks used in the study of developmental psychology from conception to the end of life (APAC GA1);
2. Explain how various research methodologies are used to study the development of children, adolescents and adults, in line with relevant theories and principles of developmental psychology (APAC GA2);
3. Critically evaluate current issues in developmental psychology against published research (APAC GA3 and GA5);
4. Apply your learning to a practical problem or issue in developmental psychology with a focus on description, prediction/explanation, and optimisation for communication to a relevant audience (APAC GA4, GA5 and GA6).
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 1.5 hours per week; Tutorials: 5 x 1.5 hours per teaching period.
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Lectures provide students with an overview of the learning objectives for each topic covered throughout the unit, and a sufficient amount of information to form a well-grounded understanding of each topic. Students are presented with information such as theory, definitions, research results and videos to enhance their understanding of each topic. The tutorials complement the lectures in two ways; 1) the review exercises (REs) are completed in each tutorial which aim to enhance students' recall and recognition of the unit topics presented in lectures and their unit readings. The REs are also used as a springboard for group discussion around each topic; 2) Tutorial activities are also set for each tutorial, these activities are designed to encourage students to think deeper into the topics covered in the unit, and allow students to draw on their own knowledge base and experiences to enhance overall understanding of various topics. Students are also given suggested readings in their unit learning guide as well as various key words to search using the 'Search Me' application provided by the online resources of the textbook. These are designed to enhance students' research skills and help them prepare for the essay assessment component
Other Learning Experiences Group work involving self-directed project management and team work with peers.
Assessment Students complete Review Exercises (RE;s 5%) during scheduled tutorials,. These exercises, guided by the tutor, 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 develop a Client Pamphlet (20%) for a specific client group 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 their understanding of human development and communicate this understanding to others.

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 OR PSY101 Introduction to Cultural and Community Psychology OR PSY172 Introduction to Psychological Health and Wellbeing
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY247 Psychology: Human Development may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Human Behaviour [New in 2019]
Psychology (BA)
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Psychology (Kaplan, Singapore) (BA) [New in 2017]
Appears in these Co-Majors Human Behaviour
Appears in these Minors Social and 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.


Unit Coordinator
Dr Shu Yau

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6488
e: Shu.Yau@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.1.025 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
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MURDOCH: S1-Internal
Dr Shu Yau

Murdoch Campus
t: 9360 6488
e: Shu.Yau@murdoch.edu.au
o: 440.1.025 - Building 440, Murdoch Campus
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