Course Title: Psychological Problems Across the Life Span

Part A: Course Overview

Course Title: Psychological Problems Across the Life Span

Credit Points: 12.00

Course Code




Learning Mode

Teaching Period(s)


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006


Bundoora Campus


150H Health Sciences


Sem 2 2006

Course Coordinator: Dr Sharynn Schuster

Course Coordinator Phone: +61 3 9925 7364

Course Coordinator Email:

Course Coordinator Location: Bundoora

Pre-requisite Courses and Assumed Knowledge and Capabilities

All third year APS approved psychology courses

Course Description

The course will address the concepts of a range of psychological problems in the developmental context. Psychological problems will include those relating to childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and the elderly, and the impact of these problems will be examined across the lifespan. Major theoretical approaches to the explanation and management of selected psychological problems will be described, in the context of criteria for evaluating the scientific standing of such theories. Evidence for the effectiveness of the most prominent intervention approaches for the psychological problems will be evaluated.

Objectives/Learning Outcomes/Capability Development

At the conclusion of this subject, students will be expected to be able to:
1. demonstrate an organised and coherent understanding of selected psychological problems informed by reading and discussion.
2. recognise signs and symptoms of selected psychological problems.
3. describe the presumed causes, assessment and management of selected psychological problems.
4. describe the impact of these psychological problems as they relate to lifespan issues.
5. demonstrate an ability to critically analyse research literature, form a persuasive and logical argument relating to a controversial topic in relation to lifespan issues, and communicate and disseminate this information.

Overview of Learning Activities

Lectures: Students will acquire a framework of relevant knowledge and underlying theoretical and conceptual bases of the subject through attending lectures (objectives 1, 2, 3, & 4).
Personal study: As part of the learning process and after being provided with frameworks through lectures, students will acquire a deeper and broader understanding of the subject by engaging in a program of recommended reading (objectives 1, 2, 3, 4, & 5).
Class debate: Students will present and critically analyse independently researched material. Through class debates, students develop effective communication skills, and expose themselves to the experience of public speaking and conference presentation (objectives 4, 5).

Overview of Learning Resources

Students will be guided to the current journal publications.

Overview of Assessment

One two-hour exam 
One class debate
One 2000  word debate paper