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TPP7170 Human Development: Childhood to Adolescence

Semester 2, 2012 External Toowoomba
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Open Access College
School or Department : Open Access College
Version produced : 30 December 2013

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Examiner: David Bull
Moderator: Jessamyn Clarke


The study of developmental psychology provides a background understanding of human functioning in a variety of important areas (e.g.) physical, social, emotional, and intellectual). Knowledge about child and adolescent development should be considered by anyone wanting to provide the best opportunities for enhancing the development of young people.


The three goals of developmental psychology are to describe, explain, and optimise human development. This course provides students with the knowledge necessary to achieve these goals. The course takes a life-span approach, but concentrates on the earliest phases, from conception through adolescence, introducing students to the challenges, achievements, and difficulties encountered at each phase.


On completion of this course, students should be able to demonstrate an understanding of:

  1. the origin and meaning of developmental psychology, and the concept of life-span development;
  2. the determinants of human development-genetic and environmental;
  3. the important theoretical approaches in developmental psychology and the major theorists;
  4. the phases of human development;
  5. the major challenges, achievements, and difficulties encountered at each of the following phases-prenatal, infancy, toddlerhood, childhood, and adolescence, in the following realms of interest: physical and perceptual development, cognitive development, language development, learning and intellectual development, personality and emotional development, gender roles and sexuality, motivation and moral development, social development, family role changes and lifestyle changes;
  6. the three goals of developmental psychology and ways of achieving these goals;


Description Weighting(%)
1. What is Life-Span Development? 5.00
2. The Science of Life-Span Development 5.00
3. Theories of Human Development 5.00
4. Genetic Determinants of Development 5.00
5. Environmental Determinants of Development 5.00
6. Prenatal Human Development, Birth, and the Neonatal Period 5.00
7. The Physical Self 5.00
8. Development of Perceptual Skills 5.00
9. Development of Cognitive Skills and Language Skills 10.00
10. Learning and Information Processing 10.00
11. Mental Abilities 5.00
12. Personality and Emotional Development 5.00
13. Gender Roles and Sexuality/Motivation and Moral Development 5.00
14. Social Development 5.00
15. Family Role Changes and Lifestyle Changes 5.00
16. Life Span Psychological Disorders 5.00
17. Summary of the Course 5.00
18. Phases of life-span development 5.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • Sigelman, C. & Rider, E 2009, Life-span human development, 6th edn, Wadsworth/Thomson, California.

Reference materials

Reference materials are materials that, if accessed by students, may improve their knowledge and understanding of the material in the course and enrich their learning experience.

Student workload requirements

Activity Hours
Assessments 35.00
Directed Study 90.00
Private Study 38.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
ASSIGNMENT 1 5 5 20 Jul 2012
ASSIGNMENT 2 20 20 03 Aug 2012
ASSIGNMENT 3 15 15 24 Aug 2012
ASSIGNMENT 4 25 25 14 Sep 2012
ASSIGNMENT 5 35 35 19 Oct 2012

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    There are no attendance requirements for this course. However, it is the students' responsibility to study all material provided to them or required to be accessed by them to maximise their chance of meeting the objectives of the course and to be informed of course-related activities and administration.

  2. Requirements for students to complete each assessment item satisfactorily:
    To complete the assessment satisfactorily, students must obtain at least 50% of the total marks available for the course. Students may be required to resubmit an assignment or complete extra work for each assignment that is unsatisfactory.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    If students submit assignments after the due date without prior approval then a penalty of 5% of the total marks available for the assignment may apply at the discretion of the examiner for each working day late.

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of a passing grade, students must demonstrate, via the summative assessment items, that they have achieved the required minimum standards in relation to the objectives of the course by attaining at least 50% of the total marks available for the course.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the weighted aggregate of the marks obtained for each of the summative assessment items in the course.

  6. Examination information:
    There is no examination in this course.

  7. Examination period when Deferred/Supplementary examinations will be held:
    There is no examination in this course.

  8. University Student Policies:
    Students should read the USQ policies: Definitions, Assessment and Student Academic Misconduct to avoid actions which might contravene University policies and practices. These policies can be found at

Other requirements

  1. In accordance with the University Policy and Guidelines (Regulation 5.6.1), an Examiner may grant an extension of the due date of an assignment in extenuating circumstances.

  2. Students must retain a copy of each item submitted for assessment. This must be produced within five days if required by the Examiner.

  3. The course extends for 16 weeks and involves reading from the textbook, student activities and preparation of assignments. Eight (8) hours per week is recommended on the course requirements.

  4. Students who for medical, family/personal, or employment-related reasons, are unable to complete an assessment item at the scheduled time may apply to defer an assessment in a course. Such a request must be accompanied by appropriate supporting documentation. The temporary grades of IDM (Incomplete Deferred Make-up) may be awarded.