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PSY 110 - Lifespan Development - Textbook

Course Learning Outcomes

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Course Description       

The student will learn the major psychological perspectives of human development from prenatal development and birth, infancy, early childhood, middle and late childhood, adolescence, and early adulthood to middle and late adulthood. Students will also become well acquainted with the behavioral, cognitive, emotion, environmental, genetic, physiological, and sociocultural aspects of development across the lifespan.


Course Objectives

This class will focus on the physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development of humans from the prenatal period up to adulthood. The course will require students to examine the theories and research methodology encompassing familial, genetic, and socio-cultural influences on human development. At the end of this course, students who have fully participated should be able to:

  1. identify the major concepts, principles, controversies and research findings in developmental psychology.
  2. describe and understand the major research methods used to study developmental processes, including the advantages and disadvantages of each approach.
  3. comprehend and use the key constructs employed in evaluating research: principally, internal and external validity and reliability.
  4. analyze and critically evaluate information from a variety of sources.
  5. work collaboratively.
  6. apply their understanding of development to everyday life experiences.

The reading and written assignments will ensure that students in this course will satisfy the following flexible core learning outcomes:

  1. Gather, interpret, and assess information from a variety of sources and points of view
  2. Evaluate evidence and arguments critically or analytically.
  3. Produce well-reasoned written or oral arguments using evidence to support conclusions.
  4. Identify and apply the fundamental concepts and methods of a discipline or interdisciplinary field exploring the relationship between the individual and society.
  5. Examine how an individual’s place in society affects experiences, values or choices.
  6. Articulate ethical uses of date and other information resources to respond to problems and questions.