PSYCHOL 6502OL - Developmental Psychology

Online - Online Teaching 3 - 2021

What is human development and does it ever stop? In what ways do people change and stay the same, as they get older? This course will provide you with a multidimensional understanding development across the lifespan. We will consider established and emerging theories, along with contemporary research and applications, in both child and adult development.

  • General Course Information
    Course Details
    Course Code PSYCHOL 6502OL
    Course Developmental Psychology
    Coordinating Unit Psychology
    Term Online Teaching 3
    Level Postgraduate Coursework
    Location/s Online
    Units 3
    Contact 1 to 2 hour online tutorial
    Available for Study Abroad and Exchange N
    Prerequisites PSYCHOL 6500OL and PSYCHOL 6501OL
    Restrictions Graduate Diploma in Psychology or Graduate Certificate in Psychology
    Course Description What is human development and does it ever stop? In what ways do people change and stay the same, as they get older? This course will provide you with a multidimensional understanding development across the lifespan. We will consider established and emerging theories, along with contemporary research and applications, in both child and adult development.
    Course Staff

    Course Coordinator: Dr Christopher Bean

    Course Timetable

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

    Full details of each week's activities can be found in MyUni.
  • Learning Outcomes
    Course Learning Outcomes
    1 Explain key concepts in psychological developemnt across the lifespan.
    2 Reflect on key methodological, ethical and safety issues that impact on research and practice across the lifespan.
    3 Apply an ecological perspective to development across the lifespan
    4 Critically evaluate theory and research related to developmental psychology.
    5 Communicate evidence-based approaches to address issues in developmental 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)
    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
    Teamwork and communication skills
    • developed from, with, and via the SGDE
    • honed through assessment and practice throughout the program of studies
    • encouraged and valued in all aspects of learning
    Career and leadership readiness
    • technology savvy
    • professional and, where relevant, fully accredited
    • forward thinking and well informed
    • tested and validated by work based experiences
    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
    Self-awareness and emotional intelligence
    • a capacity for self-reflection and a willingness to engage in self-appraisal
    • open to objective and constructive feedback from supervisors and peers
    • able to negotiate difficult social situations, defuse conflict and engage positively in purposeful debate
  • Learning Resources
    Required Resources
    Students require access to the internet to access course content, assessments, readings, and to engage in online tutorials. All required readings, including the online textbook, will be listed within course modules. The University Library has a limited number of licences for the online version of the textbook used in this course. We advise that students purchase their own copy of this textbook to ensure uninterrupted access to the resource when needed. If you wish to purchase a copy of the textbook (either digital or hard copy), please find the citation details in ‘Recommended Resources’.

    Recommended Resources
    Hoffnung, M., Hoffnung, R. J., Seifert, K. L., Hine, A., Pause, C., Ward, L., Signal, T., Swabey, K., Yates, K., & Burton Smith, R. (2018). Lifespan development (4th Australasian ed.). Wiley.

    Online Learning
    This is a fully online offering. Myuni will be used for all course materials, communication, links to curated resources, online tutorial support and assignments, including submissions, feedback and grading.
  • Learning & Teaching Activities
    Learning & Teaching Modes
    Engagement with course content is facilitated by online presentations, interactive online activities, curated readings and resources, and self directed research and study supported by weekly online tutorial sessions. There are 6 Weekly Modules with learning scaffolded across the modules to ensure that students develop deep discipline knowledge as well as the academic literacy, research skills and capacity to apply and communicate their understanding as specified for an AQF8 level offering.

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

    This course is a 6-week intensive, accelerated learning offering. Students should expect to spend around 24-25 hours per week engaging with the online content, in private study, attending online tutorials and completing the assignments for this course.

    Hours per Week:
    1.5 Hours - Tutorial
    1 Hour - Tutorial Preparation
    9 Hours - Assessment related tasks
    10 Hours - Engaging with online content including video presentations, podcasts, directed research activities, discussions, interactive tasks
    3 Hours - Readings
    Learning Activities Summary
    Modules in the course cover:

    1. Introduction to Developmental Psychology
        -Key concepts
        -History of developmental psychology
        -Theoretical approaches to lifespan development
        -Research methods in developmental psychology
        -Intergenerational effects

    2. Early Childhood
        -Neurobiological development
        -Language development
        -Sociocognitive development
        -Attachment theory

    3. Middle Childhood to Adolescence
        -Physical and cognitive development
        -Social development: influence of family and peers
        -Cognitive development in adolescence
        -Psychosocial development: risk taking, identity formation, social influences

    4. Early-Mid Adulthood
        -Key features
        -Emerging adulthood
        -Psychosocial development
        -Continuity and change in midlife
        -Competing role demands

    5. Late Adulthood
        -Physical ageing and longevity
        -Cognitive development and dementia
        -Psychosocial wellbeing and optimal ageing
        -Emotional functioning and resilience
    Specific Course Requirements
    Small Group Discovery Experience
  • 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 Task Type Due Weighting Learning Outcome
    Written short answer:
    1. Critical commentary
    2. Reflection on group work 
    Formative & Summative

    Sunday 11:59pm weeks 2 & 3

    Briefing document with case study  Summative Sunday 11:59pm Week 4 40% 1,3,5
    Community grant application Summative Sunday 11:59pm Week 6 40% 1,2,4,5
    Assessment Related Requirements
    Submission via Turnitin. All assignments are due by 11:59pm on the Sunday at the end of the week in which they are due. A penalty of 5% per day applies for late submissions.

    Extensions are granted on medical, compassionate or other special circumstances recognised under the University’s Modified Arrangements for Coursework Assessment Policy. The completed extension application form and any documentation (such as a medical or counsellor's certification) should be emailed to the course coordinator and submitted before the due date. The course coordinator will consider the request in the light of the case made and University deadlines, and may grant an extension of up to three days.
    Assessment Detail
    Assessment 1: Short answer: two parts (20%)
    Part 1: (10% due week 2, 350 words) Critical commentary on attachment in young children.
    Part 2: (10% due week 3, 350 words) Reflection on your participation in a group work task in which you developed a case-study scenario.

    Assessment 2: Report (40% due week 4, 1250 words)
    In this task you will prepare a briefing document outlining Bronfenbrenner's ecological perspective and illustrating it's application by analysing  a case study that will be provided.

    Assessment 3: Community grant: (40% due week 6, 1500 words). You will complete a proforma grant application for funding to support a community intervention program that would facillitate successful ageing. You will need to describe and justify your intervention providing an evidence-base.
    Fully online course - esubmission and marking
    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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    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.

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