BEH1041 - Human development and health across the lifespan - 2018

6 points, SCA Band 2, 0.125 EFTSL

Undergraduate - Unit

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Medicine, Nursing and Health Sciences

Organisational Unit

Department of Community Emergency Health and Paramedic Practice

Chief examiner(s)

Ms Chantal Perera


Ms Chantal Perera

Not offered in 2018


Must be enrolled in course 3445.


This unit uses the framework of human development throughout the lifespan to identify health and, specifically, emergency health issues at various stages of the lifespan. Students will investigate the roles of paramedics and allied health professionals in assessing human development and maintaining health across the lifespan and will explore issues relating to death and grieving. Included in this unit will be clinical visits to selected agencies to provide clinical context to the theoretical background.


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

  1. Describe the physical, personal, psychological and social milestones of human development throughout the lifespan.
  2. Identify the social and cultural determinants that impact upon human development.
  3. Communicate effectively with individuals across the lifespan within an appropriate developmental framework.
  4. Identify common acute and chronic health issues that occur across the lifespan.
  5. Apply contemporary theories of development to specific health issues across the lifespan.
  6. Identify essential activities and information regarding health promotion to meet the needs of individuals across the lifespan.
  7. Summarise theoretical perspectives on grieving and loss.


  • Written assignment (2,000 words) (25%)
  • Portfolio (30%)
  • Community placement portfolio (Pass / Fail)
  • Examination (2 hours) (45%) (Hurdle)

To pass this unit the student must attend community placements AND successfully complete the community placement portfolio. 80% attendance at tutorials is required to pass this unit.

Workload requirements

6 hours per week involving lectures, tutorials, small group exercises, and field trips.

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