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Psychology: The Developing Mind (PSY393)

Organisational Unit Psychology, Counselling, Exercise Science and Chiropractic
Credit Points 3
Availability MURDOCH: S1-internal
KAPLAN-SGP: TJA-internal, TMA-internal, TSA-internal
Teaching Timetables Murdoch S1
Description Between birth and adulthood, dramatic changes take place in an individual's understanding of the world and in many of his/her cognitive skills and abilities. This unit will examine these changes and theories offered to explain them. Developmental insights into the functioning mind will be explored, with specific application to formal and informal learning. The unit will address patterns of development common to most humans, the extent and nature of individual differences within age groups and factors contributing to these.
Unit Learning Outcomes On successful completion of the unit you should be able to:
1. Describe cognitive development from a normative perspective.
2. Compare and contrast major theories of cognitive development and of individual differences.
3. Critically evaluate the evidence for and against these theories.
4. Apply your understanding of cognitive development and individual differences to theoretical issues and to practical problems.
Timetabled Learning Activities Lectures: 2 hours per week; 1 hour tutorial occurring in 6 weeks
All offerings of this unit include the equivalent of 30 hours of structured learning.
Unit Learning Experiences Activities in this unit are designed to develop your capacity to formulate and articulate your own views on a range of issues in the area of cognitive development using logical argument. Lectures are intended to equip you with knowledge of a range of ideas and relevant observations that will inform your views. Tutorials and associated readings complement lectures by providing an opportunity for you to participate in in-depth discussion of issues, to integrate ideas from lectures, and apply these to specific topics in cognitive development.
Assessment Breadth of knowledge will be assessed through a multiple choice section in the final exam. Depth of understanding will be assessed through a series of writing tasks. The first task will focus on critical reading of an article from the psychological literature (20%). The second task will embed critical thinking skills in the context of developing an argument in answer to a question about an important issue in cognitive development (40%). The final exam (40%) will include an essay section, encouraging you to draw on the knowledge base and the skills in logical argument construction that you have developed in the unit. Feedback from your tutor and/or unit coordinator will be supplied on each writing task before you submit the next.
Prerequisites PSY286 Psychology: Human Development OR PSY247 Psychology: Human Development
Exclusions Students who have successfully completed PSY249 Psychology: The developing mind may not enrol in this unit for credit.
Appears in these Courses/Majors:
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Human Behaviour
Psychology (BA) [New in 2017]
Psychology (BSc) [New in 2017]
Psychology (Kaplan, Singapore) (BA) [New in 2017]
Appears in these Co-Majors Psychological Studies
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.


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