Course Title: Nursing Practice and Lifespan Development

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Nursing Practice and Lifespan Development

Credit Points: 12.00


Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011,
Sem 2 2012,
Sem 2 2013,
Sem 2 2014,
Sem 2 2015,
Sem 2 2016


Bundoora Campus


173H School of Health and Biomed


Sem 1 2017,
Sem 1 2018


Hamilton Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 1 2010,
Sem 2 2010,
Sem 2 2011


Sale Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 1 2009,
Sem 2 2009,
Sem 2 2010

Course Coordinator: Adam Searby

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7179

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: 201.07.009

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities


Course Description

This course will provide you with an overview of lifespan development from the perspective of a variety of theoretical frameworks. You will be challenged to consider the transition and adaptation of the person across the lifespan experience, along with the concepts of growth, diversity and social change. The relationship between stages of the lifespan trajectory and various nursing practice scenarios will be addressed. 

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

Program Learning Outcomes

This course contributes to the following Program Learning Outcomes for BP032  Bachelor of Nursing Program  in accordance with the Nursing and Midwifery Council of Australia, Registered Nurse Standards for Practice:

PLO 1: Thinks critically and analyses nursing practice

PLO 4: Comprehensively conducts assessments

Nursing and Midwifery Board of Australia. (2016) Registered nurse standards for practice. Melbourne, Australia.

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

  1. Consider the role of learning, social interaction and concept of self as the human person develops across the lifespan trajectory.
  2. Review contemporary theories of human development as they relate to nursing practice
  3. Consider the impact of growth, diversity and change on the development of the human person
  4. Analyse the transition and adaption of the human person across the lifespan
  5. Contextualise the role of the contemporary family within the social fabric of Australian society

Overview of Learning Activities

This course will use a range of learning activities including lectures, discussions and self-directed learning. Throughout the course you will be able to work both independently and in groups to aid development of your theoretical knowledge and its application to your knowledge of lifespan development.

Learning activities will include a variety of techniques and may include modalities such as lectures, Lectopia/Echo360 and Blackboard discussion board.

Lectures: Lectures and lecture notes are the principal mode of content delivery and will present you with the key concepts and information relevant to the understanding of lifespan development and its impact on nursing knowledge and practice. You will be expected to participate in classroom discussions and to contribute to the learning experiences of your student colleagues.

Self-Directed Learning: Self-directed learning activities associated with this course are designed to enable you to better develop independent learning skills to support your commitment to lifelong learning as a nursing professional and a university graduate. The self-directed learning activities will also support your knowledge of the material covered in the formal learning program and enhance the consolidation and application of that knowledge.


Teacher Guided Hours: 36 per semester - will comprise 2 hours of on campus/echo recorded lecture and directed activities, followed by a 1-hour tutorial each week.

Learner Directed Hours: 84 per semester minimum.

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. Where possible all selected material will be digitally available to you. Lecture material may be delivered using a variety of flexible learning modes such as Lectopia/Echo 360 and via the discussion board. These modes will be utilised at the discretion of your lecturer. RMIT will provide you with additional resources and tools for learning in this course through our online systems accessed via your myRMIT site.

Overview of Assessment

This course has no hurdle requirements.

Assessment Tasks 

Early Assessment Task: 40 x MCQ

Weighting 20%

This assessment task supports CLOs 2, 3 & 4 

Assessment 2: Individual in class presentation and group work using a provided case study

Weighting 30%

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

Assessment 3: Final Examination - MCQ and Short Answer

Weighting 50%

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