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ALLH11006 Life Course Development for Health Professionals
Life Course Development for Health Professionals
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General Information


This unit will describe and study changes, continuity and growth that occurs in human development from infancy to older age. It will give an overview of the complexities of development, including theoretical frameworks for understanding patterns of transition and constancy across the human life course. Biological, physical, psycho-social, cognitive, cultural and contextual factors affecting development will be discussed. You will be introduced to concepts and terminology used in life course development. Implications of life course development issues for health professional practice will be explored. This course will provide a sound foundation for understanding expected life course events. It will provide a basis for learning about atypical life course occurrences in subsequent courses.


Career Level: Undergraduate
Unit Level: Level 1
Credit Points: 6
Student Contribution Band: 8
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load: 0.125

Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

There are no requisites for this unit.

Important note: Students enrolled in a subsequent unit who failed their pre-requisite unit, should drop the subsequent unit before the census date or within 10 working days of Fail grade notification. Students who do not drop the unit in this timeframe cannot later drop the unit without academic and financial liability. See details in the Assessment Policy and Procedure (Higher Education Coursework).

Offerings For Term 2 - 2022


Attendance Requirements

All on-campus students are expected to attend scheduled classes – in some units, these classes are identified as a mandatory (pass/fail) component and attendance is compulsory. International students, on a student visa, must maintain a full time study load and meet both attendance and academic progress requirements in each study period (satisfactory attendance for International students is defined as maintaining at least an 80% attendance record).

Class and Assessment Overview

Recommended Student Time Commitment

Each 6-credit Undergraduate unit at CQUniversity requires an overall time commitment of an average of 12.5 hours of study per week, making a total of 150 hours for the unit.

Class Timetable

Bundaberg, Cairns, Emerald, Gladstone, Mackay, Rockhampton, Townsville
Adelaide, Brisbane, Melbourne, Perth, Sydney

Assessment Overview

1. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 10%
2. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%
3. Online Quiz(zes)
Weighting: 10%
4. Written Assessment
Weighting: 40%

Assessment Grading

This is a graded unit: your overall grade will be calculated from the marks or grades for each assessment task, based on the relative weightings shown in the table above. You must obtain an overall mark for the unit of at least 50%, or an overall grade of ‘pass’ in order to pass the unit. If any ‘pass/fail’ tasks are shown in the table above they must also be completed successfully (‘pass’ grade). You must also meet any minimum mark requirements specified for a particular assessment task, as detailed in the ‘assessment task’ section (note that in some instances, the minimum mark for a task may be greater than 50%). Consult the University’s Grades and Results Policy for more details of interim results and final grades.

Previous Student Feedback

Feedback, Recommendations and Responses

Every unit is reviewed for enhancement each year. At the most recent review, the following staff and student feedback items were identified and recommendations were made.

Feedback from "Have your Say" Survey


The method of content delivery, whereby weekly lecture content is broken into multiple brief lectures and interspersed with learning activities, was enjoyable and beneficial to student learning.


It is recommenced that that lectures continue to be delivered in multiple shorter lectures, interspersed with formative activities, as opposed to one large lecture.

Feedback from "Have your Say" Survey


The discussion-based tutorials, building on content delivered in the weekly lectures, was enjoyable and beneficial to student learning.


It is recommenced that that tutorials continue to be discussion-based, providing students with opportunities to ask questions and contribute to discussions, to enhance understanding and student learning.

Feedback from "Have your Say" Survey


The weighting of the assessment tasks was considerably higher for the written tasks compared to quizzes, and further detail on the written assessment tasks could be provided in the task descriptions to improve clarity for students.


It is recommended that assessment task weighting be reviewed, and if possible, revised to provide a more even weighting across tasks; however, it is recommended that well-developed authentic assessment tasks continue to be more highly weighed than online quizzes. It is also recommended that the written assessments be reviewed and task sheets be revised to more clearly outline the required tasks.

Unit Learning Outcomes
On successful completion of this unit, you will be able to:
  1. Describe changes that occur across the human life course: infancy, early and middle childhood, adolescence, adulthood and older adulthood.
  2. Explain the impact of physical, biological, cognitive, psychosocial, cultural and contextual factors that relate to life course development.
  3. Create case reports that integrate knowledge of life course development concepts for health professional practice.

The content of this unit will allow students to progress towards meeting The Australian Competency Standards for New Graduates (OT Australia 2010), ANZPAC Accreditation Criteria C.Curriculum and Assessment 2.2 Lifespan Physiological Changes, Australian Standards for Physiotherapy (APC, 2006) and Standard 5.1 for Clinical Best Practice (APA 2011). The learning outcomes will contribute to the foundation knowledge required for the Competency Assessment in Speech Pathology (COMPASS®) and the Competency Based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathologists (CBOS, 2011). Unit Learning outcomes link directly to:

Competency Based Occupational Standards for Speech Pathology (CBOS, 2011):

  • Unit 1 Assessment- Elements 1.1

Competency Assessment in Speech Pathology (COMPASS®) Generic Professional Competencies:

  • Unit 1 Reasoning- Elements 1.2
  • Unit 2 Communication- Elements 2.1 and 2.2
  • Unit 3 Learning- Elements 3.1, 3.2 and 3.3
  • Unit 4 Professionalism- Elements 4.1

World Federation of Occupational Therapy guidelines (2004) suggest that the order of units in occupational therapy courses should ensure the student learning journey is sequential. Unit learning outcomes link directly to Occupational Therapy Australia competencies for Professional Attitudes and Behaviours as listed below:

1.4 Promotes and facilitates occupation though application of professional knowledge, skills, attitudes and evidence appropriate to the practice context

1.5 Incorporates best available research evidence and professional reasoning into occupational therapy practice

1.7 Demonstrates professional knowledge, skills and attitudes appropriate for the working environment

Alignment of Learning Outcomes, Assessment and Graduate Attributes
N/A Level
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Professional Level
Advanced Level

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes

Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
4 - Written Assessment - 40%

Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes

Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
5 - Team Work
6 - Information Technology Competence
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
9 - Social Innovation
10 - Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultures

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes

Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10
1 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
2 - Written Assessment - 40%
3 - Online Quiz(zes) - 10%
4 - Written Assessment - 40%
Textbooks and Resources



Lifespan Development, 4th Australasian Edition

Edition: 4 (2018)
Authors: Michele Hoffnung, Robert J. Hoffnung, Kelvin L. Seifert, Alison Hine, Cat Pausé, Lynn Ward, Tania Signal, Karen Swabey, Karen Yates, Roseanne Burton Smith
ISBN: 9780730363484, 9780730355069
Binding: eBook

Additional Textbook Information

This book is available to read online through the Library website. If you would like your own copy, you can purchase either paper or eBook copies at the CQUni Bookshop here: http://bookshop.cqu.edu.au (search on the Unit code).

IT Resources

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