PSYCHOL 3021 - Health & Lifespan Development Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 2 - 2023
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 and at least 3 more units of Level II Psychology Courses Course Description This course builds on the material of the Foundations of Health and Lifespan Development (PSYCHOL 2005) 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 Nicole NelsonSchool of Psychology Office
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Course Learning OutcomesOn 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.
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)
Attribute 1: Deep discipline knowledge and intellectual breadth
Graduates have comprehensive knowledge and understanding of their subject area, the ability to engage with different traditions of thought, and the ability to apply their knowledge in practice including in multi-disciplinary or multi-professional contexts.
Attribute 2: Creative and critical thinking, and problem solving
Graduates are effective problems-solvers, able to apply critical, creative and evidence-based thinking to conceive innovative responses to future challenges.
Attribute 3: Teamwork and communication skills
Graduates convey ideas and information effectively to a range of audiences for a variety of purposes and contribute in a positive and collaborative manner to achieving common goals.
Attribute 4: Professionalism and leadership readiness
Graduates engage in professional behaviour and have the potential to be entrepreneurial and take leadership roles in their chosen occupations or careers and communities.
Attribute 5: Intercultural and ethical competency
Graduates are responsible and effective global citizens whose personal values and practices are consistent with their roles as responsible members of society.
Attribute 6: Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural competency
Graduates have an understanding of, and respect for, Australian Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander values, culture and knowledge.
Attribute 7: Digital capabilities
Graduates are well prepared for living, learning and working in a digital society.
Attribute 8: Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
Graduates are self-aware and reflective; they are flexible and resilient and have the capacity to accept and give constructive feedback; they act with integrity and take responsibility for their actions.
Recommended ResourcesThe Library is a major resource centre for students. Library guides specific to psychology are available, and include a list of electronic databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
The following resources will also assist students with the written components of this course:
American Psychological Association. (2020).Publication manual of the American PsychologicalAssociation (7th ed.). https://doi.org/10.1037/0000165-000
Note: the library has a very helpful APA Referencing guide here.
Findlay, B., Kaufmann, L., (2018). How to Write Psychology Research Reports and Essays (8th ed.). Vic, Australia: Pearson Australia
Smith, T.R., & LeCouteur, A. (2012). The principles of writing in psychology. Vic, 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. Note for semester 2 2021 lectures will be available face-to-face and will be recorded, and tutorials will be face-to-face.
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: 6 tutes x 1 hour each = 6 hours
Self-directed learning and research = 56
Assignments: 68 hours
Final exam: 2 hours
Total: 156 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Lectures Week 1 Welcome, Essay and Research Proposal Brief Child Development Week 2 Child Development Child Development Week 3 Child Development Child Development Week 4 Neuropsychology Neuropsychology Week 5 Neuropsychology Neuropsychology Week 6 Neuropsychology Neuropsychology Week 7 Mental Health Mental Health Week 8 Mental Health Mental Health Week 9 No Lecture (Labour Day Holiday) Mental Health Week 10 Health Psychology Health Psychology Week 11 Health Psychology Health Psychology Week 12 Health Psychology Health Psychology
Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change
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Assessment SummaryAssessment for Health and Lifespan Developmental Psychology consists of the following:
Assessment Task Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Tutorial Participation 10% 1, 3 Discussion Board Posts 10% 1, 3 Course Quizzes 20% 1 Research proposal 30% 1, 2 Exam 30% 1
Assessment Related RequirementsPlease note that the research proposal 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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