Course Title: Developmental Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Developmental Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00

Terms

Course Code

Campus

Career

School

Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)

BESC1179

Bundoora Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014

BESC1181

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Distance / Correspondence or Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2007,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010

BESC1181

Bundoora Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

BESC1182

City Campus

Undergraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015,
Sem 1 2016

BESC1182

City Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2018,
Sem 1 2019,
Sem 1 2020,
Sem 1 2021,
Sem 1 2022,
Sem 1 2023,
Sem 2 2023,
Sem 1 2024

BESC1374

City Campus

Postgraduate

150H Health Sciences

Face-to-Face

Sem 1 2006,
Sem 1 2008,
Sem 1 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 1 2011,
Sem 1 2012,
Sem 1 2013,
Sem 1 2014,
Sem 1 2015

BESC1541

RMIT University Vietnam

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Viet3 2022,
Viet3 2023

BESC1548

RMIT Vietnam Hanoi Campus

Undergraduate

173H School of Health and Biomed

Face-to-Face

Viet3 2023

Course Coordinator: Taylor Brown

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925

Course Coordinator Email: taylor.brown@rmit.edu.au


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

None


Course Description

Your learning associated with this course is designed to focus on a number of areas of human development throughout the lifespan. These areas include perceptual-motor, psychosocial and cognitive development. Historical issues, current perspectives, environmental factors and the major research designs used in developmental psychology will also be considered. During this course you will progress through the lifespan, addressing the major areas of development. You will commence with an emphasis on development from infancy through to adolescence. Issues related to adulthood, old age, death and dying will then be considered. This course will extend your knowledge of concepts as identified in the core content areas, your capacity to critique reporting of psychological research and your academic literacy and communication skills.


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes (PLOs):

PLO1: Apply breadth and depth of psychology theories, concepts and evidence in various real-world settings using a scientific approach.
PLO2:
Apply evidence-based knowledge to conceptualise safe and effective practice in a variety of contexts, independently and collaboratively, with emerging technological advancements. 
PLO3:
Demonstrate the ability to generate and evaluate solutions to all aspects of disciplinary practice while complying with ethical, legal and regulatory standards.


On successful completion of this course you should be able to:

  1. Describe, reflect about, and critique the nature of development and describe the major domains.
  2. Outline major developmental theories and discuss them in relation to fundamental issues and key questions within the field of developmental psychology.
  3. Demonstrate an understanding of human development within each of the developmental domains at various stages of the lifespan, and the role of context-related influences on development.
  4. Describe and discuss the application of research designs to specific research questions within the field of developmental psychology.
  5. Critically read and review research studies in developmental psychology, and do so with reference to conceptual and design principles that are characteristic of the field.


Overview of Learning Activities

You will be actively engaged in a range of learning activities such as lectorials, tutorials, practicals, laboratories, seminars, project work, class discussion, individual and group activities. Delivery may be face to face, online or a mix of both.

You are encouraged to be proactive and self-directed in your learning, asking questions of your lecturer and/or peers and seeking out information as required, especially from the numerous sources available through the RMIT library, and through links and material specific to this course that is available through myRMIT Studies Course.


Overview of Learning Resources

RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through myRMIT Studies Course.

There are services available to support your learning through the University Library. The Library provides guides on academic referencing and subject specialist help as well as a range of study support services. For further information, please visit the Library page on the RMIT University website and the myRMIT student portal.


Overview of Assessment

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task 1: Annotated Bibliography
Weighting 35%
This assessment task aligns with CLOs 1, 2 & 3 

Assessment Task 2: Research Proposal
Weighting 45%
This assessment task aligns with CLOs 1, 2 & 3

Assessment Task 3: Information Leaflet
Weighting 20%
This assessment task aligns with CLOs 1, 3, 4 & 5

If you have a long-term medical condition and/or disability it may be possible to negotiate to vary aspects of the learning or assessment methods. You can contact the program coordinator or Equitable Learning Services if you would like to find out more.