PS811.406 Introduction to Psychology



Learning Outcomes

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

Unit Description

Human Lifespan Development introduces students to a range of Psychology discipline areas within the context of change and development. This unit has two broad themes. The first theme looks at specific discipline areas within developmental psychology. This unit commences with the embryology of the central nervous system. Issues such as: personality and emotional development, cognitive development (inc. intelligence and language), social development (including theory of mind) and moral/spiritual development across the lifespan are then introduced. The second theme sets out to identify critical times of life, from infancy to death, and for each integrates the above discipline areas. For each critical time of life the biological basis of behaviour is considered. As part of this second theme issues pertinent to normal vs. abnormal development are discussed. Clinical indicators of abnormal development and appropriate interventions for common issues/disorders will be discussed. Further, discussion will explore notions of the ‘good life’, self-actualisation and what it means to live and die with dignity.

Teaching Strategies

Teaching strategies include: lectures and tutorials; weekend schools; class discussions; role plays and practice of skills within class; presentation of instructional material in the form of printed documentation, DVD, video and audio tape and online interaction.

Unit offerings

Face to face:

Please note

The Unit Offerings listed above are a guide only and the timetable for any year is the final authority. The College may vary offerings based on demand or other conditions.

This unit may be available in different modes of delivery i.e. online and face-to-face as listed above. The unit content will not differ between these modes of delivery. There will possibly be a difference in the schedule and/or the prescribed assessment tasks, however both will cover and assess the same content.