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Psychology: Family Relations and Social Development (PSY392)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Description Relationships play a key role in development. From a family life cycle perspective, this unit examines how individuals manage developmental tasks within dynamic and evolving social contexts.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of this unit, you should be able to demonstrate the following student learning outcomes that reflect these attributes:
1. Describe family functioning from family life cycle and family systems perspectives and understand some important aspects of social development within the family context (APAC GA 1).
2. Understand how research on families is conducted (APAC GA 2).
3. Critically evaluate current conceptualizations of families and social development against published research (APAC GA 3, GA 5).
4. Apply your understanding of family relationships and social development to practical problems and issues (APAC GA 4, GA 6).
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 The approach to learning in this capstone unit is to combine structured timetabled learning (lectures and tutorials) with self-directed learning tasks. Students have the opportunity to demonstrate and improve upon the skills they have learned across their course of study, integrating and synthesising their learning. Students will apply relevant research in the area of family relations and social development to current practical problems and issues through an exploration of a case study family and debate topics . Students work both independently and as small teams, compiling and summarising relevant research evidence, developing both individual and summary group analyses, and self-assessing their individual group contributions to the understandings of their case study.
Other Learning Experiences Students are required to undertake group work; this involves self-directed learning and team work with peers.
Assessment Assessment involves:
1. Online Activities (5 x 1%) - a series of 5 brief activities available on LMS2.
2. Case study Report + Reflection (35%) - a 2000-word selective case report, plus a 1-page reflection of no more than 500 words.
3. Case Study Conference (20%) - each case study family will be presented at a whole-of-class student conference that represents each tutorial group's problem-solving around the case study issues.
4. Final examination (40%) - 50 multiple-choice and 10 short-answer questions.
Prerequisites PSY247 Psychology: Human Development OR PSY286 Psychology: Human Development.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
see individual structures for context
Human Behaviour [New in 2019]
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Psychology (Kaplan, Singapore) (BA) [New in 2017]
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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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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