PSYCHOL 4203 - Advanced Developmental Psychology
North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016
General Course Information
Course Code PSYCHOL 4203 Course Advanced Developmental Psychology Coordinating Unit Psychology Term Semester 1 Level Undergraduate Location/s North Terrace Campus Units 3 Contact Up to 2 hours per week Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N Restrictions Available to students in the BPsychSc (Honours) and Honours year of BPsych(Hons) Course Description The aim of this course of seminars is to encourage students to develop an advanced and critical knowledge of developmental psychology. Discussions will reflect the interplay between biological, psychological and social factors in development across the lifespan including childhood, adolescence and late adulthood. Students will be given advanced insights into the role of psychology in understanding developmental issues, including how theoretical developments and methodological concerns inform both research and professional practice.
Course Coordinator: Dr Lynn Ward
The full timetable of all activities for this course can be accessed from Course Planner.
Course Learning OutcomesAt the successful completion of this course students will be able to:
1 Demonstrate an understanding of traditional and contemporary theoretical models in select areas of developmental psychology. 2 Review and critique select topics in psychosocial and cognitive development across the lifespan. 3 Critically evaluate developmental research and methodological approaches. 4 Demonstrate an understanding of the application of psychology to evidence-based practice across the lifespan.
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)
1,2,3,4 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 Intercultural and ethical competency
- adept at operating in other cultures
- comfortable with different nationalities and social contexts
- Able to determine and contribute to desirable social outcomes
- demonstrated by study abroad or with an understanding of indigenous knowledges
Required ResourcesNone required
Recommended ResourcesReading lists will be provided for each seminar topic; these will predominantly be journal articles.
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 http://libguides.adelaide.edu.au/psychology. The website contains a list of databases, links to tutorials and help with searching methods.
For additional information regarding recommended resources please refer to the Honours Program Handbook at the following link:
Online LearningMaterial from the seminars offered during the semester will be made available on MyUni.
This course may also use MyUni for one or more of the following:
- Communication with students via Announcements and Discussion Board
- Submission of summative assessment
- Access to lecture recordings
- Access to tutorial materials
- Additional readings
- Self-directed learning activities
- Exam preparation materials
Link to MyUni: https://myuni.adelaide.edu.au/
Learning & Teaching Activities
Learning & Teaching ModesThis course is based on face-to-face lectures, with students expected to undertake extensive independent reading. Learning will also occur via class discussions and activities.
The information below is provided as a guide to assist students in engaging appropriately with the course requirements.
Lectures: 6 x 2 hours = 12 hours
Mid-semester assessment: 1 hours
Final exam: 2.5 hours
Independent reading and study: 95 hours
Exam preparation: 45 hours
Total = 155.5 hours
Learning Activities Summary
Week Topic Week 1 Health and development Week 2 Intergenerational Relationships Week 3 Intergenerational Relationships Week 4 Psychosocial development Week 5 Health and development Week 6 Psychosocial development
The University's policy on Assessment for Coursework Programs is based on the following four principles:
- Assessment must encourage and reinforce learning.
- Assessment must enable robust and fair judgements about student performance.
- Assessment practices must be fair and equitable to students and give them the opportunity to demonstrate what they have learned.
- Assessment must maintain academic standards.
Assessment Task Assessment Type Weighting Learning outcome(s) being addressed Mid-semester assessment Summative 30 1-4 End of semester examination Summative 70 1-4
Assessment DetailThe course is examined by 2 written exams. Each involves answering essay questions. Learning outcomes for seminars 2-3 are examined in the first exam; learning outcomes for seminars 1, 4,5, 6 are examined in the second exam. Please refer to the Honours Program Handbook and the General Handbook for Undergraduate Psychology students (available at the links below) for further details relating to assessment:
SubmissionAssessment is by written examination. Please 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
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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