PSY-253: Lifespan Development

School
Liberal Arts
Department
Psychology
Academic Level
Undergraduate
Course Subject
Psychology
Course Number
253
Course Title
Lifespan Development
Credit Hours
3.00
Instructor Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Student Contact Hours Per Semester
47.00 (for 15-week classes)
Grading Method
A-E
Pre-requisites
PSY-131 with a C grade or higher
Catalog Course Description

Covers the processes of change and stability in human development from conception through death. Course begins with the study of prenatal concerns and progresses through the years of infancy, childhood, adolescence, adulthood and aging. Discusses theory, research, and application associated with the biological, cognitive, affective, and social domains of development.

Goals, Topics, and Objectives

Goal Statement

This course emphasizes development across the lifespan.  Students will gain knowledge and perspective of the interrelatedness of the biological, cognitive, affective, and social domains as they examine how and why people change or remain the same over the course of a lifetime.

Core Course Topics

Upon successful completion of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Lifespan development basics
  2. Developmental research designs
  3. Heredity and environment in the development process
  4. Theories of development
  5. Pregnancy, prenatal development, and birth
  6. Infancy and toddlerhood: Physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development: Major developmental issues
  7. Early and middle childhood: Physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development: Major developmental issues
  8. Adolescence: Physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development: Major developmental issues
  9. Emerging, early, middle, and late adulthood: Physical, cognitive, emotional, and social development: Major developmental issues
Core Course Learning Objectives (Separated)

  • Define lifespan development and summarize basic developmental issues.
  • Compare and contrast developmental research designs (cross-sectional, longitudinal, and sequential) and apply research findings.
  • Explain the influence of genetics and environment on development. 
  • Differentiate the current major theoretical perspectives of development.
  • Describe the stages of pregnancy, prenatal development, and birth.
  • Explain and analyze the major domains of development (physical, cognitive, emotional, and social) and major developmental issues of infancy and toddlerhood.*  
  • Explain and analyze the major domains of development (physical, cognitive, emotional, and social) and major developmental issues of early and middle childhood.
  • Explain and analyze the major domains of development (physical, cognitive, emotional, and social) and major developmental issues of adolescence.
  • Explain and analyze the major domains of development (physical, cognitive, emotional, and social) and major developmental issues of emerging, early, middle, and late adulthood.*
  • Assessment and Requirements

    Assessment of Academic Achievement
    Each instructor will implement appropriate methods for assessing the achievement of the learning objectives of the course. These methods may include, but are not necessarily limited to, objective and/or written examinations, papers, Internet assignments, and library projects.

    In addition, each student will be required to produce a critical thinking paper/project relevant to lifespan development.  The assignment must include one (or a combination) of the following listed areas.  The details of the assignment are at the discretion of the instructor. 

    Self-analysis:  apply critical thinking skills to analyze and assess their own growth in the four developmental domains (physical, cognitive, emotional, and social).
    Article/Chapter analysis: apply critical thinking skills to analyze and assess the work of a developmental theorist or researcher.
    Societal/Cultural analysis:  apply critical thinking skills to analyze and assess a contemporary societal or cultural issue and its impact on development.

    Texts

    Textbook selection is determined by the department. 

    Credit for Prior College-Level Learning

    Options for Credit for Prior College-Level Learning
    Other
    Other Details

    Determined by department

    Approval Dates

    Effective Term
    Fall 2014
    ILT Approval Date
    03/21/2014
    AALC Approval Date
    04/07/2014
    Curriculum Committee Approval Date
    04/07/2014