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PSY5060 Practice Across the Lifespan

Semester 2, 2016 On-campus Ipswich
Units : 1
Faculty or Section : Faculty of Health, Engineering and Sciences
School or Department : School of Psychology and Counselling
Student contribution band : Band 1
ASCED code : 090701 - Psychology

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Examiner: Crystal McMullen


Pre-requisite: Students must be enrolled in one of the following Programs: PDPP or MPPS or be undertaking the course as professional development


Psychologists work with a diversity of clients that differ in their age, gender, cultural and ethnic background, and life issues. In order to cope with this diversity psychologists must be aware of the different issues, concerns, and methods that apply in the treatment and assessment of people across the lifespan. This course aims to focus on the different knowledge base, techniques, and issues that apply to clients across the lifespan from infancy, through childhood, adolescence, adulthood, and old age. The course is taught from a developmental focus with an emphasis on the provision of psychological services in the context of the major issues with which each group must cope.


Students will be introduced to the practice of psychology across the lifespan from a biopsychosocial perspective. Each phase of development from infancy through to old age must cope with different challenges through which professional psychology seeks to provide support. This requires an extensive knowledge of the physical and emotional development associated with each phase along with psychological and social pressures encountered by people in different stages of their life. A developmental approach will be taken in this course that focuses on the distinct types of issues confronted by psychologists in working with clients of differing ages, gender, and cultural background that examines the differing influences of physical and emotional development, social roles, cultural influences, and life crises.


On successful completion of this course students will be able to:

  1. Demonstrate an extensive knowledge base regarding the developmental and clinical issues associated with infancy and early childhood (assessed in assignments 1 and 2)
  2. Demonstrate an extensive knowledge base regarding the developmental and clinical issues associated with middle and late childhood (assessed in assignments 1 and 2)
  3. Demonstrate an extensive knowledge base regarding the developmental and clinical issues associated with adolescence (assessed in assignments 1 and 2)
  4. Demonstrate an extensive knowledge base regarding the developmental and clinical issues associated with adulthood (assessed in assignment 1 and 2)
  5. Demonstrate an extensive knowledge base regarding the developmental and clinical issues associated with old age (assessed in assignment 1 and 2)
  6. Demonstrate appreciation for and sensitivity to the influences of culture on human behaviour across the lifespan (assessed in assignments 1 and 2)


Description Weighting(%)
1. Workshop 1 - Early childhood; clinical and developmental issues 20.00
2. Workshop 2 - Middle childhood; clinical and developmental issues 20.00
3. Workshop 3 - Adolescence; clinical and developmental issues 20.00
4. Workshop 4 - Early and middle adulthood; clinical and developmental issues 20.00
5. Workshop 5 - Old age; clinical and developmental issues 20.00

Text and materials required to be purchased or accessed

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  • All materials required for the completion of this course will be posted to the course StudyDesk or will be distributed in class.

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.
  • Students will be notified of recommended readings as appropriate throughout the semester.

Student workload expectations

Activity Hours
Private Study 138.00
Workshops 32.00

Assessment details

Description Marks out of Wtg (%) Due Date Notes
CASE STUDY 100 50 13 Jul 2016
KNOWLEDGE TASKS 100 50 13 Jul 2016

Important assessment information

  1. Attendance requirements:
    It is the students' responsibility to attend and participate appropriately in all activities (such as lectures, tutorials, laboratories and practical work) scheduled for them, and 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 satisfactorily complete an individual assessment item a student must achieve at least 50% of the marks or a grade of at least C-.

  3. Penalties for late submission of required work:
    Students should refer to the Assessment Procedure (point 4.2.4)

  4. Requirements for student to be awarded a passing grade in the course:
    To be assured of receiving a passing grade a student must submit each assessment item, and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for each assessment item and achieve at least 50% of the total weighted marks available for the course. All courses in the PDPP are approved by the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council (APAC), which requires that students pass all assessment items in all courses. Where a student fails any assignment, the student will be allowed one opportunity to re-submit their work following feedback from the course examiner. If a student fails any assignment a second time, he or she will be deemed to have failed the course and will be required to undertake the course again at its next offering. This rule applies regardless of whether or not the aggregated marks for remaining assessment in a course are higher than 50% overall. Where illness, bereavement, or circumstances of similar gravity affect a student?s ability to meet the high standards expected in the PDPP, the student should meet with the course examiner or PDPP Program Coordinator to negotiate suitable management of the person?s individual needs.

  5. Method used to combine assessment results to attain final grade:
    The final grades for students will be assigned on the basis of the aggregate of the weighted marks (or grades) 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 will be no Deferred or Supplementary examinations 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. Students will require regular access to e-mail and internet access to UConnect for this course. Reliable access to the internet is a requirement of this course as the course contains elements that are managed electronically via USQ StudyDesk. In order to avoid internet issues, on-campus students should access the student computer laboratories to complete assignment work. External students who knowingly do not have reliable access to the internet should actively seek alternative internet access (e.g., Internet cafes, local libraries, or work places) for assessment submission and electronic assessment attempts. External students are able to use the on-campus student computer laboratories once access has been enabled. To be granted access, external students need to contact ICT and ask to have a student account enabled so that they can work on-campus.