PSYCHOL 3021 - Health & Lifespan Development Psychology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2016

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 2004, PSYCHOL 2005, PSYCHOL 2006 and PSYCHOL 2007
    Assessment Written reports, tutorial, tutorial attendance, written exam
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Associate Professor Diana Dorstyn

    School of Psychology Office: Ph - +61 8313 5693; Email - 

    Course Timetable

    The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    The 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.

    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)
    Deep discipline knowledge
    • informed and infused by cutting edge research, scaffolded throughout their program of studies
    • acquired from personal interaction with research active educators, from year 1
    • accredited or validated against national or international standards (for relevant programs)
    Critical thinking and problem solving
    • steeped in research methods and rigor
    • based on empirical evidence and the scientific approach to knowledge development
    • demonstrated through appropriate and relevant assessment
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Health 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.   

    Mental Health
    A list of select references, including journal articles and chapters from the following texts, will be made available on MyUni.
    Rieger, E. (Ed.). (2014). Abnormal psychology: leading researcher perspectives. 3rd 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. (2015). Fundamentals of human neuropsychology. Seventh edition. New York:Worth.

    Child Development
    A list of select references will be made available.

    For additional information regarding required resources please refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology
    Recommended Resources
    Barr 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 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 General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology.
    Online Learning
    This 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 Modes
    This course is taught in 20 face-to-face lectures supplemented by 3 online modules for the Health Psychology and Mental Health subjects and 4 face-to-face tutorials related to the lecture content.

    Lecture content will include clinical case scenarios to guide and trouble-shoot the application of different evidence-based treatments (e.g. Cognitive Behaviour Therapy) and theoretical models (e.g. biopsychosocial model) across the lifespan. Engagement in self-directed learning activities and additional reading is expected.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.

    The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with course requirements.

    Lectures: 2 x 1 hour lectures each week for 12 weeks = 24 hours
    Tutorials: 4 tutes x 1 hour each = 4 hours
    Final exam: 2.5 hours
    4 x self-directed learning activities, course reading, exam preparation, two assignments (125.5 hours)

    Total: 156 hours
    Learning Activities Summary

    Week Lectures
    Week 1 Minor Assignment brief & Mental Health
    Week 2 Major Assignment brief & Mental Health
    Week 3 Neuropsychology & Mental Health
    Week 4 Neuropsychology & Mental Health
    Week 5 Neuropsychology & Mental Health
    Week 6 Neuropsychology & Mental Health
    Week 7 Health Psychology & Developmental
    Week 8 Health Psychology & Developmental
    Week 9 Health Psychology & Developmental
    Week 10 Health Psychology & Developmental
    Week 11 Health Psychology & Developmental
    Week 12 Health Psychology & Developmental

    Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change
    Small Group Discovery Experience
    Not applicable
  • Assessment

    The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:

    1. Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
    2. Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
    3. Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
    4. Assessment must maintain academic standards.

    Assessment Summary
    Assessment 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 Detail
    Assessment for Health and Lifespan Developmental Psychology (HLDP) consists of the following:

    A minor (essay) assignment that allows the student to demonstrate written communication skills, including skills in critical writing. 

    A major research report that allows the student to demonstrate psychology writing skills, in accordance with APA formatting. 

    A short essay 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 General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology  for further details relating to assessment.

    Please refer to the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students 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.

    Course Grading

    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

    Further details of the grades/results can be obtained from Examinations.

    Grade Descriptors are available which provide a general guide to the standard of work that is expected at each grade level. More information at Assessment for Coursework Programs.

    Final results for this course will be made available through Access Adelaide.

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