PSYC181 Developmental Psychology - Lifespan

Department of Social & Behavioral Science: Psychology

I. Course Number and Title
PSYC181 Developmental Psychology - Lifespan
II. Number of Credits
3 credits
III. Number of Instructional Minutes
IV. Prerequisites
PSYC110 (C or better)
V. Other Pertinent Information
VI. Catalog Course Description
This course describes the intellectual, emotional, social, and physiological development of the human being. Development will be studied from conception through adulthood and aging.
VII. Required Course Content and Direction
  1. Course Learning Goals

    Students will:

    1. differentiate among biological, cognitive, learning, sociocultural, and psychoanalytical perspectives;
    2. analyze the interplay of nature and nurture factors on an individual's physical, social, intellectual, and emotional development; and
    3. explain how research contributes to the understanding of development and apply research methodologies to the investigation of a topic.
  2. Planned Sequence of Topics and/or Learning Activities

    The following topics are presented:

    1. the student of human development through the ages
    2. theories of human development, including biological, cognitive, learning, sociocultural, and psychoanalytic perspectives
    3. application of research methodologies within the field of developmental psychology
    4. heredity vs. environmental determinants within human development
    5. prenatal development and birth
    6. biosocial development through late adulthood
    7. cognitive development through late adulthood
    8. psychosocial development through late adulthood
    9. death and dying
    10. bereavement
  3. Assessment Methods for Course Learning Goals

    Exams, quizzes, classroom exercises, class or online participation, and/or projects as specified in the individual instructor's course format will be utilized.
  4. Reference, Resource, or Learning Materials to be used by Student:

    Students use educational resources as specified in the individual instructor's course syllabus.

Review/Approval Date - 3/99; Revised 4/2010; New Core 8/2015