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PSY4512

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Monash University Handbook 2011 Postgraduate - Unit

6 points, SCA Band 1, 0.125 EFTSL

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LevelPostgraduate
FacultyFaculty of Education
OfferedClayton First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Clayton Second semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Singapore First semester 2011 (Off-campus)
Coordinator(s)Associate Professor Helen Watt

Synopsis

This unit aims to increase student's understanding of human development across the lifespan through the study of biological, perceptual, cognitive, personality, social and emotional changes from infancy to adulthood. Deviations from normal development will be covered within the field of developmental psychopathology. The content of the unit will reflect the view that human behaviour throughout life is multiply determined by the interaction of both environmental and constitutional influences, and the context in which development occurs. Through student presentations and class discussion, students will be introduced to a number of current topics and contrasting developmental theories.

Objectives

On completion of this unit students will have:

  1. acquired knowledge of the contemporary research, theoretical and applied issues in developmental psychology;
  2. developed the skills necessary to critically appraise the current developmental literature and theories;
  3. gained an appreciation of the value of informed group discussion in evaluating psychological research and ideas; and
  4. further developed their oral and written communication skills.

Assessment

Presentation of discussion paper (2,000 words equivalent): 35%, Essay related to discussion paper topic (2,000 words): 40%, Participation in class discussion (25%).

Chief examiner(s)

Associate Professor Helen Watt

Contact hours

2 hrs contact per week of lectures

Prerequisites

Completion of an Australian Psychological Society (APS)-accredited major sequence in psychology