PSYC12010 - Introduction to Human Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit will introduce you to the characteristics and processes of human development across the lifespan within the physical, cognitive and psychosocial developmental domains. The theoretical perspectives and concepts that guide thinking and study in the field of developmental science are introduced. A key emphasis throughout the unit is that developmental changes are the result of the complex interplay between nature (genetic endowment, biological influences and maturation) and nurture (environmental influences, experiences and learning). Both the universalities and diversities in human development are explored across diverse contexts and culture. The unit is designed to facilitate a critical and applied understanding of theory and research in the field of developmental science.

Details

Level Undergraduate
Unit Level 2
Credit Points 6
Student Contribution Band 1
Fraction of Full-Time Student Load 0.125
Pre-requisites or Co-requisites

PSYC11008 and PSYC11009

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).

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Unit Availabilities from Term 2 - 2020

Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online

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).

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.

Assessment Tasks

Assessment Task Weighting
1. Online Quiz(zes) 30%
2. Written Assessment 40%
3. Examination 30%

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

Past Exams

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Previous Feedback

Term 1 - 2020 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 34.62% response rate.

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.

Source: Student feedback via "have your say"
Feedback
Assessment/s using de-identified real life case scenarios would allow for the application of learnt theories and concepts from the unit, lecture discussions and text book by students.
Recommendation
Assessments for unit PSYC12010 to be reviewed with HOC and Discipline Lead - Undergraduate Psychology for proposed implementation of more case scenarios to be included in the assessments for this unit.
Action Taken
A case scenario was used in the final take-home examination, and case scenarios were incorporated into lecture content. However, students' performance and responses to this item on the final exam indicates that students need additional practice at the application of the unit content to a case study. Thus, more practice at this will be provided through tutorial discussions in 2021.
Source: Unit coordinator review of the unit
Feedback
Written assessment requirement to be reviewed and made more relevant and compatible with units attained in the first year of study for students.
Recommendation
Written assessment requirement to be reviewed and adjusted to better meet the skill level of students and the requirements of working in a clinical or therapeutic setting.
Action Taken
The written assessment task was changed from a government report to a research proposal. The task was designed to apply knowledge learned in the first-year research methods unit and in the first lectures of this unit to the planning of a research project. The skills of selecting, evaluating and synthesizing research literature to build an empirical argument, and designing a research project are skills that have broad applicability to many applied, professional domains of psychology (not just clinical or therapeutic settings). Students who go on to honours and postgraduate study will also need to write a research proposal, so early exposure and practice will be helpful for those students.
Source: Student feedback via "have your say"
Feedback
Cultural content to be more thoroughly discussed and culturally relevant resources examples provided in more depth throughout the unit.
Recommendation
Access Aboriginal knowledge and resources relevant to the unit and incorporate more thoroughly in all of the lecture material and tutorial discussions.
Action Taken
Cross-cultural research was incorporated into lecture content, along with reminders and prompts regarding the general developmental psychology evidence base and whether it applies universally to other cultures. However, this could be incorporated into tutorial discussions and more direct Indigenous content could be included.
Source: Student feedback via 'Have your say'.
Feedback
Students appreciated regularly spaced online quizzes throughout the term.
Recommendation
Continue to provide online quizzes spaced throughout the term to enable students to review content and consolidate their learning and track their personal progress in the unit.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback via 'Have your say'.
Feedback
Students commented that the tutorials were too heavily focused on the requirements of the written assessment task (research proposal) and did not provide further expansion or exploration of the lecture content.
Recommendation
Review tutorials to streamline content related to the written assessment into 2 tutorials, and incorporate activities and discussions into tutorials to enhance students' understanding of the topic area.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. Identify and describe key developmental characteristics and changes within each of the major stages of the lifespan
  2. Apply and demonstrate understanding of the theories, concepts and methods in the field of developmental science
  3. Critically analyse social, historical and cultural lifespan perspectives that influence developmental changes and concerns across diverse contexts and cultures.


Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Online Quiz(zes)
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
Alignment of Graduate Attributes to Learning Outcomes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Graduate Attributes Learning Outcomes
1 2 3
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
4 - Information Literacy
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Graduate Attributes
Introductory Level
Intermediate Level
Graduate Level
Assessment Tasks Graduate Attributes
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
2 - Written Assessment
3 - Examination
1 - Online Quiz(zes)