PSYCHOL 4203 - Advanced Developmental Psychology

North Terrace Campus - Semester 1 - 2016

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.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    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)
    Assessment Mid-semester exercise, final examination
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Lynn Ward

    Course Timetable

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

  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    At 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)
    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
    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
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    None required
    Recommended Resources
    Reading 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 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 Learning
    Material 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:  
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    This 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
    Disclaimer: This program is provisional and subject to change
  • 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 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 Detail
    The 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:
    Assessment 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.
    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.

  • Student Feedback

    The University places a high priority on approaches to learning and teaching that enhance the student experience. Feedback is sought from students in a variety of ways including on-going engagement with staff, the use of online discussion boards and the use of Student Experience of Learning and Teaching (SELT) surveys as well as GOS surveys and Program reviews.

    SELTs are an important source of information to inform individual teaching practice, decisions about teaching duties, and course and program curriculum design. They enable the University to assess how effectively its learning environments and teaching practices facilitate student engagement and learning outcomes. Under the current SELT Policy ( course SELTs are mandated and must be conducted at the conclusion of each term/semester/trimester for every course offering. Feedback on issues raised through course SELT surveys is made available to enrolled students through various resources (e.g. MyUni). In addition aggregated course SELT data is available.

    The School of Psychology and the members of academic staff are committed to listening to and understanding the perspectives of students in relation to our teaching programs. Feedback to the School teaching staff can be given via the Student-Staff Consultative committee. Year level representatives for this committee are nominated at the beginning of each year and the contact details of the representatives can be obtain from the School of Psychology office:
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