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PSYU2235 – Developmental Psychology

2021 – Session 2, Special circumstances

Session 2 Learning and Teaching Update

The decision has been made to conduct study online for the remainder of Session 2 for all units WITHOUT mandatory on-campus learning activities. Exams for Session 2 will also be online where possible to do so.

This is due to the extension of the lockdown orders and to provide certainty around arrangements for the remainder of Session 2. We hope to return to campus beyond Session 2 as soon as it is safe and appropriate to do so.

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General Information

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Unit convenor and teaching staff Unit convenor and teaching staff Convenor
Josephine Paparo
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Consultations by appointment only
Wayne Warburton
Kay Bussey
Nora Trompeter
Credit points Credit points
10
Prerequisites Prerequisites
((PSYC104 or PSYU1104 or PSYX104 or PSYX1104 or PSYU1101 or PSYX1101) and (PSYC105 or PSYU1105 or PSYX105 or PSYX1105 or PSYU1102 or PSYX1102)) or ((PSYC104 or PSYU1104 or PSYX104 or PSYC1104 or PSYU1101 or PSYX1101) and admission to (BPsychLLB or LLBBPsych(Hons) or BEd(Prim)BPsych or BSpHScBPsych or BSpHScBPsych(Hons) or DipSphComm)
Corequisites Corequisites
Co-badged status Co-badged status
Unit description Unit description
This unit involves the study of how humans grow and change across the life span from conception until death. The unit consolidates and extends topics introduced in the developmental section of PSYX1105. We explore developmental continuities and changes that are normative and common to most people, but also ways in which people differ from one another. In particular we focus on theories that seek to explain development and the extent to which development is influenced by genes, the physical environment, social relationships, and the context in which the individual lives. We survey major theories, research findings, and contemporary issues in physical, cognitive, social-emotional, and personality development across the life span. The tutorial sessions complement the lectures and focus on developmental research methodologies and practical applications of developmental theory.

Important Academic Dates

Information about important academic dates including deadlines for withdrawing from units are available at https://students.mq.edu.au/important-dates

Learning Outcomes

On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:

  • ULO1: Recall, recognise and describe key concepts of the major developmental theories.
  • ULO2: Describe the processes of development from conception through pregnancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
  • ULO3: Apply developmental theories to various real-life scenarios to explain or predict observed human behaviour at different stages across the lifespan.
  • ULO4: Collect, integrate and critically evaluate a body of developmental research literature on a specified developmental topic.

General Assessment Information

All extensions need to be formally requested via ask.mq.edu.au in line with the special consideration policy. Late submissions, without an approved extension, will receive a 5% per day penalty including weekends and public holidays. If you submit the assessment task 10 days or more beyond the due date, you will be awarded a maximum of 50% of the overall assessment marks. No further submissions will be accepted after the marked assignments are returned and feedback is released to students.

For word count penalties, 5% of the possible mark will be deducted per 100 words over the word limit for the assessment task. An additional 99 words beyond the limit can be written without penalty.

It is Psychology policy that letter grades, not numeric marks, are released for written assessment tasks. Any requests for remark need to follow the Psychology process and must be applied within 2 weeks of the assessment task being returned. Information will be provided on iLearn.

The final exam for this unit is currently scheduled to occur on Macquarie University campus. Students are expected to make themselves available for the exam, at the date and time set by the University, in line with the Assessment Policy and Procedure.

All assessments for this unit are compulsory in order to be eligible to pass the unit. Any student who does not attempt an assessment in this unit will be granted a Fail Absent grade. Supplementary assessment tasks will only be provided following an approved Special Consideration application, and only when appropriate. Supplementary assessment tasks, including supplementary exams, can be in a different format to the original assessment task.

Assessment Tasks

Name Weighting Hurdle Due
Open Quiz 10% No During Week 7 (available until 5pm Friday 10 September)
Literature Review 40% No Thursday 23 September 10am
Final Examination 50% No Final Exam Period

Open Quiz

Assessment Type 1: Quiz/Test
Indicative Time on Task 2: 8 hours
Due: During Week 7 (available until 5pm Friday 10 September)
Weighting: 10%

 

Open book multiple choice quiz of 20 questions completed online in 45 minutes

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Recall, recognise and describe key concepts of the major developmental theories.
  • Apply developmental theories to various real-life scenarios to explain or predict observed human behaviour at different stages across the lifespan.

Literature Review

Assessment Type 1: Literature review
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Thursday 23 September 10am
Weighting: 40%

 

Students complete a 1500 word literature review on theory and research related to a particular developmental phenomenon.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Describe the processes of development from conception through pregnancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
  • Apply developmental theories to various real-life scenarios to explain or predict observed human behaviour at different stages across the lifespan.
  • Collect, integrate and critically evaluate a body of developmental research literature on a specified developmental topic.

Final Examination

Assessment Type 1: Examination
Indicative Time on Task 2: 40 hours
Due: Final Exam Period
Weighting: 50%

 

Final examination held within the University’s formal exam period, in accordance with relevant requirements.

 


On successful completion you will be able to:
  • Recall, recognise and describe key concepts of the major developmental theories.
  • Describe the processes of development from conception through pregnancy, childhood, adolescence and adulthood.
  • Apply developmental theories to various real-life scenarios to explain or predict observed human behaviour at different stages across the lifespan.

1 If you need help with your assignment, please contact:

  • the academic teaching staff in your unit for guidance in understanding or completing this type of assessment
  • the Learning Skills Unit for academic skills support.

2 Indicative time-on-task is an estimate of the time required for completion of the assessment task and is subject to individual variation

Delivery and Resources

This unit will run with lectures delivered online, subject to the ongoing guidance of the University. Lecture recordings will be released on iLearn on the Monday of each week. 

Tutorial classes are held fortnightly, with both on-campus and online class options. Please attend your scheduled tutorial. At the time of publishing this unit guide, most tutorial classes are scheduled to be held on campus. Class availability can be seen via eStudent class enrolment: the location of the class indicates if it is an online class or an on-campus class. However, in line with Public Health guidelines, this approach will be revised if and when necessary due to the COVID pandemic, in alignment with University policy. Changes or updates will be communicated via iLearn and/or emails sent to student email accounts. Students should stay up to date with the latest University advice at the following website: https://www.mq.edu.au/about/coronavirus-faqs/information-for-students.

Unit Schedule

*Subject to Change  

MODULE 1 INTRODUCTION AND EARLY DEVELOPMENT

Introduction to the Unit, Approach to Writing a Literature Review, and Overview of theory – Dr Josephine Paparo

CHAPTER 1 White, F., Hayes, B., & Livesey, D. (2016). Developmental psychology: From infancy to adulthood (4th ed., pp. 2–33). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

Week 1 starting 26th July

No Tutorial

Prenatal Development, Genes, and Environment – Dr Josephine Paparo

CHAPTER 2 White, F., Hayes, B., & Livesey, D. (2016). Developmental psychology: From infancy to adulthood (4th ed., pp. 34–65). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

Week 2 starting 2nd August

Tutorial 1A

Motor and Perceptual Development – Dr Josephine Paparo

CHAPTER 3 White, F., Hayes, B., & Livesey, D. (2016). Developmental psychology: From infancy to adulthood (4th ed., pp. 66–100). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

CHAPTER 4 White, F., Hayes, B., & Livesey, D. (2016). Developmental psychology: From infancy to adulthood (4th ed., pp. 102–137). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

Week 3 starting 9th August

Tutorial 1B

MODULE 2 COGNITIVE DEVELOPMENT

Cognitive Development A – Dr Josephine Paparo

CHAPTER 5 White, F., Hayes, B., & Livesey, D. (2016). Developmental psychology: From infancy to adulthood (4th ed., pp. 138–178). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

 

Week 4 starting 16th August

Tutorial 2A

Cognitive Development B – A/Prof Wayne Warburton

CHAPTER 6 White, F., Hayes, B., & Livesey, D. (2016). Developmental psychology: From infancy to adulthood (4th ed., pp. 180–223). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

Week 5 starting 23rd August

Tutorial 2B

MODULE 3 SOCIAL AND EMOTIONAL DEVELOPMENT IN A FAMILY CONTEXT

Temperament and Emotion Regulation – Dr Josephine Paparo

CHAPTER 5 Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed., pp. 133–164).  Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

Week 6 starting 30th August

 Tutorial 3A

Attachment and Emotion Regulation – Dr Josephine Paparo

No additional readings

Week 7 starting 6th September

Tutorial 3B

PLEASE NOTE THE ONLINE QUIZ COVERING MODULES 1 & 2 IS TO BE COMPLETED IN WEEK 7

Mid-Session Break 13 September – 26 September

PLEASE NOTE THE LITERATURE REVIEW IS DUE THURSDAY 23 SEPTEMBER AT 10.00AM (i.e., during the break)

Contexts for Development: Parenting, Siblings, Families – Dr Josephine Paparo

CHAPTER 8 Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed., pp. 243–256). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

Week 8 starting 27th September

No tutorial

MODULE 4 GENDER AND MORAL DEVELOPMENT

Gender Development – A/Prof Kay Bussey

CHAPTER 8 Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed., pp. 256–269). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

Week 9 starting 5th October (after the Public Holiday on Monday 4th October

No tutorial  

Moral Development – A/Prof Kay Bussey

CHAPTER 11 White, F., Hayes, B., & Livesey, D. (2016). Developmental psychology: From infancy to adulthood (4th ed., pp. 394–427). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

Week 10 starting 11th October

Tutorial 4A

MODULE 5 ADOLESCENT AND ADULT DEVELOPMENT

Adolescence/Adult Development –A/Prof Wayne Warburton & Dr Josephine Paparo

CHAPTER 2 Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed., pp. 50–53). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

CHAPTER 10 Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed., pp. 318–332). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

CHAPTER 11 Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed., pp. 347–349). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

CHAPTER 12 Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed., pp. 386–397). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

Week 11 starting 18th October

Tutorial 4B

Adult Development Continued – Dr Sue Ferguson

CHAPTER 14 Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed., pp. 456–458). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

CHAPTER 15 Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed., pp. 490–494). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

CHAPTER 16 Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed., pp. 517–530). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

CHAPTER 17 Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed., pp. 571–574). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

Week 12 starting 25th October

Tutorial 5A

 

Death and Dying – Dr Sue Ferguson

CHAPTER 18 Peterson, C. (2014). Looking forward through the lifespan: Developmental psychology (6th ed., pp. 580–612). Melbourne: Pearson Australia.

Week 13 starting 1st November

Tutorial 5B

 

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