PSYCHOL 3021 - Health & Lifespan Development Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2014
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 3021 Course Health & Lifespan Development Psychology Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 2 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 3 hours per week Prerequisites PSYCHOL 2004, PSYCHOL 2005, PSYCHOL 2006 and PSYCHOL 2007 Incompatible PSYCHOL 3003 & PSYCHOL 3017 Course Description This course builds on the material of the foundation course. The underpinning theme is: the psychological, behavioural and social origins of lifespan development, illness, well-being and health enhancing behaviours. Lectures will focus on advanced topics in child development, mental health and physical health, and will include developing skills in critical evaluation and knowledge applications.
Course Coordinator: Dr Diana Dorstyn
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesThe following learning outcomes will be achieved on successful completion of this course. These learning outcomes are consistent with the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) guidelines established for undergraduate training courses in the discipline of Psychology (see: http://www.psychologycouncil.org.au/standards-and-guidelines/)
At the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1. Demonstrate an advanced understanding of the theoretical underpinnings and methodological issues that inform contemporary research and practice in health psychology, mental health, neuropsychology and child development
2. Demonstrate the ability to write a standard research report using American Psychological Association (APA) structure and formatting conventions.
3 Write effectively in a variety of other forms (i.e. short answer question, essay) for the purpose of summarising and critically reviewing the health and lifespan literature.
University Graduate Attributes
This course will provide students with an opportunity to develop the Graduate Attribute(s) specified below:
University Graduate Attribute Course Learning Outcome(s) Knowledge and understanding of the content and techniques of a chosen discipline at advanced levels that are internationally recognised. 1, 2, 3 The ability to locate, analyse, evaluate and synthesise information from a wide variety of sources in a planned and timely manner. 1, 2, 3 An ability to apply effective, creative and innovative solutions, both independently and cooperatively, to current and future problems. 1, 2, 3 A proficiency in the appropriate use of contemporary technologies. 1 An awareness of ethical, social and cultural issues within a global context and their importance in the exercise of professional skills and responsibilities. 1
Required ResourcesHealth Psychology
Allen, F. (2010). Health psychology and behaviour in Australia. Sydney: McGraw-Hill Australia.
Morrison, V., Bennett, P., Butow, P., Mullan, B., White, K. (2012). Introduction to health psychology in Australia. Sydney: Pearson.
Steptoe A. (Ed). (2011) Handbook of behavioral medicine. Methods and applications. London: Springer.
Rieger, E. (Ed.). (2011). Abnormal psychology: leading researcher perspectives. 2nd ed. North Ryde: McGraw-Hill. Chapter 1.
Wright, J.H., Basco, M.R., & Thase, M.E. (2006). Learning cognitive-behavior therapy: An illustrated guide. Arlington, VA, USA: American Psychiatric Publishing Inc. Chapter 1.
Gregory, R. J. (2010). Psychological testing: History, principles, and applications. Sixth edition: Boston: Allyn & Bacon.
Kolb, B., & Wishaw, I.Q. (2009). Fundamentals of human neuropsychology. Sixth edition. New York:Worth.
Hoffnung, M., Hoffnung, R. J., Seifert, K., Burton Smith, R., Hine, A., Ward, L., et al. (2010). Lifespan Development. Milton, QLD: John Wiley & Sons.
For additional information regarding required resources please refer to the relevant Program Handbook at the following link:
Recommended ResourcesBarr Smith Library – Psychology on the Web
The Library is a major resource centre for students. The Research Librarian for Psychology, Maureen Bell, provides some useful information through the Internet at http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
The following resources are available to assist students with the written components of this course:
American Psychological Association. (2010). Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association (6th ed.). Washington, DC: American Psychological Association
O’Shea, R. P., Moss, S. A., & McKenzie, W. A. (2007). Writing for psychology (5th ed.). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning. Or similar texts.
Smith, T.R., LeCouteur, A. (2012). The principles of writing in psychology. Victoria, Australia: Macmillan Education Australia
For additional information regarding recommended resources please refer to the relevant Program Handbook at the following link:
Online LearningThis course will use MyUni for:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of assessment
- Access to lecture recordings
- Access to tutorial materials
- Additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
- Exam preparation materials
Link to MyUni ;
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesLectures will be supported by interactive discussion related to the lecture content. This will include clinical case scenarios to guide and trouble-shoot the application of different evidence-based treatments (e.g. Cognitive Behavioural Therapy) and theoretical models (e.g. biopsychosocial model) across the lifespan.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.Lectures: 23 lectures over 12 weeks = 23 hours
Tutorials: 4 tutes x 1 hour each = 4 hours
Mid-semester exercises: 4 SDLs x 1 hour each = 4 hours
Minor assignment: 20 hours
Major assignment (includes data collection and analysis): 42.5 hours
Independent reading: 2 hours per week = 24 hours
Exam preparation: 24 hours
Exam: 2.5 hours
Total: 144 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Lectures Week 1 Health Psychology Health Psychology & Mental Health Week 2 Health Psychology Health Psychology & Mental Health Week 3 Health Psychology Health Psychology & Mental Health Week 4 Health Psychology Health Psychology & Mental Health Week 5 Health Psychology Health Psychology & Mental Health Week 6 Health Psychology Health Psychology & Mental Health Week 7 Health Psychology Health Psychology & Child Development Week 8 Clinical Neuropsychology Clinical Neuropsychology & Child Development Week 9 Clinical Neuropsychology Clinical Neuropsychology & Child Development Week 10 Clinical Neuropsychology Clinical Neuropsychology & Child Development Week 11 Clinical Neuropsychology Clinical Neuropsychology & Child Development Week 12 Clinical Neuropsychology Clinical Neuropsychology & Child Development
Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change
Small Group Discovery ExperienceNot applicable
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Assessment SummaryAssessment for the Health and Lifespan Developmental Psychology consists of the following:
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Minor (Essay) Assignment Summative 15% 3 Major (Practical) Assignment Summative 30% 2 Tutorial attendance and participation Summative 5% 1 Exam Summative 50% 1, 3
Assessment DetailAssessment for Health and Lifespan Developmental Psychology (HLDP) consists of the following:
A minor assignment that allows the student to demonstrate written communication skills, including skills in critical writing. The assignment will involve summarising and critiquing an empirical paper (i.e. a journal article) related to a key theoretical framework in health and lifespan developmental psychology: the biopsychosocial model.
A research report that allows the student to demonstrate psychology writing skills, in accordance with APA formatting. Students will collect data to test a specific research hypotheses on a set topic.
A short answer exam. Students will be required to answer one question from each of the four topics offered in this course. The exam will assess students’ ability to apply key principles taught in Health and Lifespan Developmental Psychology course.
Please refer to the relevant Program Handbook and the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for further details relating to assessment:
SubmissionPlease refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the link below) for details on submission process/requirements, penalties for late submission, the process of applying for extensions, and the staff “turn-around” timeline on assessments and the provision of feedback and policy relating to re-submission/redemptive work.
Grades for your performance in this course will be awarded in accordance with the following scheme:
M10 (Coursework Mark Scheme) Grade Mark Description FNS Fail No Submission F 1-49 Fail P 50-64 Pass C 65-74 Credit D 75-84 Distinction HD 85-100 High Distinction CN Continuing NFE No Formal Examination RP Result Pending
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