Course Title: Developmental Psychology

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Developmental Psychology

Credit Points: 12.00


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 2017

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

Course Coordinator: Dr Alexander De Foe

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 3294

Course Coordinator Email: alexander.defoe@rmit.edu.au

Course Coordinator Location: 06.05.007


Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

To be eligible to enrol in this course you must have successfully completed:

  • BESC 1123, BESC 1380, BESC 1122; BESC 1121 Principles of Psychology
  • BESC 1126, BESC 1381, BESC 1125; BESC 1124 Foundations of Psychology

Contact your course coordinator if you think you may be eligible for recognition of prior learning. For further information go to:

www.rmit.edu.au/students/enrolment/credit/he


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.


This course is one of four offered at second-year level in a program of study accredited by the Australian Psychological Society (APS).


Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

This course contributes to the development of the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP 154 Bachelor of Applied Science (Psychology):

  • PLO 1:  Understand appropriate and relevant fundamental and applied evidence based knowledge and undertake lifelong learning to improve personal and professional practice
  • PLO 2: Demonstrate a capacity to employ a variety of approaches and procedures to research to permit judgements and decisions to be supported by appropriate evidence that places practice within a global and local context.
  • PLO 3:  Applies knowledge to diagnose and solve problems in a wide range of diverse situations, with an ability to work independently or with others and incorporate the analysis of evidence based scientific literature to solve psychological problems.
  • PLO 4: Engage in dialogue with a diverse range of people and communicate in a broad range of forms (written, electronic, graphic, oral) to meet the circumstances of the situation and the capabilities of the audience.
  • PLO 5: Maintains tolerance and respect for individuals and  groups from diverse backgrounds, holding diverse values, adhering to professional expectations and demonstrating  ethical behaviour.


At the conclusion 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.
  6. Provide examples of applied implications of developmental research in domains where health professionals find work.


Overview of Learning Activities

Your learning activities associated with this course are primarily focused on lectures and tutorials. These face-to-face interactions are supplemented by online and text material. Through participation in lectures you will acquire a framework of relevant knowledge and an understanding of underlying theoretical / conceptual material. Tutorial participation provides you an opportunity to engage in critical analysis of relevant knowledge and underlying theoretical / conceptual material, and application of theories and concepts to real-world settings. In completing laboratory research you will apply conceptual material to field settings, develop critical thinking skills in research methods, and  develop skills in effective communication (verbal & written) of research findings to relevant academic/community members.

Teacher Guided Hours: 48 per semester

Learner Directed Hours: 72 per semester


Overview of Learning Resources

The learning resources associated with this course will include targeted readings taken from a range of both primary and secondary sources. Material chosen may be digitally available to you. Lecture material will be delivered via Lectopia, and Discussion Board interaction. Practice learning activities will be provided in a variety of ways. RMIT will provide you with resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems.


Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks:

Early Assessment Task: Empirical Research Quiz

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLOs 3, 4, 5 & 6

Assessment Task 2: Blog Post (1,000 words or 10 min podcast/video)

Weighting 15%

This assessment task supports CLO 1

Assessment Task 3: Case Study Analysis (1,500 words)

Weighting 20% 

This assessment supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4 & 5

Assessment Task 4: Exam

Weighting 50%

This assessment task supports CLOs 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 & 6 

 

The assessments associated with this course will comprise both formative and summative assessments. Your diagnostic and formative assessments will include quizzes and a laboratory report. Your summative assessment will take the form of a written examination.

Assessments completed in the first half of the semester will provide feedback on your progress. Ongoing feedback on your skills will be provided from staff.