PSYCHOL 3021 - Health & Lifespan Development Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2017
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 Available for Study Abroad and Exchange Y Prerequisites PSYCHOL 2004, PSYCHOL 2005, PSYCHOL 2006 and PSYCHOL 2007 Course Description This course builds on the material of the Foundations of Health and Lifespan Development (Psychol2005) 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
School of Psychology Office: Ph - +61 8313 5693; Email - firstname.lastname@example.org
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Course Learning Outcomes
On 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 (e.g. essay, short answer) for the purpose of summarising and critically reviewing the health and lifespan literature.
These learning outcomes are consistent with the Australian Psychological Accreditation Council (APAC) guidelines established for undergraduate training courses in the discipline of Psychology.
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)
1,2,3 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
1,2,3 Career and leadership readiness
- technology savvy
- professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
- forward thinking and well informed
- tested and validated by work based experiences
Recommended ResourcesBarr Smith Library – Psychology on the Web
The Library is a major resource centre for students. Library guides specific to psychology are available, and include 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: APA
O’Shea, R. P., Moss, S. A., & McKenzie, W. A. (2007). Writing for psychology (5th ed.). South Melbourne, Vic: Cengage Learning.
Smith, T.R., & LeCouteur, A. (2012). The principles of writing in psychology. Victoria, Australia: Macmillan Education Australia
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 ModesThis course is taught in a combination of lectures, online modules, flipped classrooms and tutorials.
Lecture content will include clinical 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.
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 Essay brief & Mental Health Week 2 Practical Report 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 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 Essay Summative 20% 3 Research proposal/practical report Summative 30% 2 Exam Summative 50% 1, 3
Assessment Related RequirementsPlease note that the research proposal/practical report requires an understanding of research methodology and design in psychology. Students who have not completed PSYCHOL 2004 Doing Research in Psychology will need to take steps to ensure they have competency in this area.
Assessment DetailAssessment for Health and Lifespan Developmental Psychology (HLDP) consists of the following:
An essay that allows the student to demonstrate written communication skills, including skills in critical writing.
A major research report/proposal that allows the student to demonstrate psychology writing skills, in accordance with APA formatting.
An exam to assess students’ ability to apply key principles taught in HLDP.
SubmissionDetails on submission process/requirements, penalties for late submission, the process of applying for extensions, and policy relating to re-submission/redemptive work are discussed in the Introductory HLDP lecture in week 1.
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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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