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PSYC12010 - Introduction to Human Development

General Information

Unit Synopsis

This unit introduces students to the characteristics and processes of human development throughout the entire lifespan and 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. 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 SCA Band 4
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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Residential School No Residential School

Unit Availabilities from Term 3 - 2016

Term 1 - 2017 Profile
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Term 3 - 2017 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2018 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Distance
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2018 Profile
Distance
Term 1 - 2019 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2019 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2020 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2020 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2021 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2021 Profile
Online
Term 1 - 2022 Profile
Adelaide
Bundaberg
Cairns
Online
Rockhampton
Townsville
Term 3 - 2022 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 - 2021 : The overall satisfaction for students in the last offering of this course was 4.6 (on a 5 point Likert scale), based on a 44.09% 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
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
Regularly spaced online quizzes were retained.
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
Lecture and tutorial content was combined into workshop delivery this term, with an incorporation of more activities and interactive discussions. This was well-received by students.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
Students enjoyed the interactive workshop style of the unit but requested a workbook to record their responses and use as a study aid.
Recommendation
Continue use of workshops as the class delivery modality, and develop a workbook to accompany the workshops.
Action Taken
Nil.
Source: Student feedback
Feedback
On-campus students commented that they enjoyed the use of Huddle Spaces over the use of lecture or tutorial rooms.
Recommendation
Request that the unit continues to be timetabled in Huddle Spaces for on-campus delivery.
Action Taken
Nil.
Unit learning Outcomes

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

  1. describe the key developmental characteristics and changes within each of the major stages of the lifespan.
  2. describe the areas and processes of development within the physical, cognitive and psychosocial domains.
  3. discuss and evaluate the theories, concepts and methods in the field of developmental science.
  4. discuss and evaluate social, historical and cultural considerations that influence developmental change and the study of developmental science.
  5. discuss and apply bioecological perspectives to explain developmental changes and concerns.
  6. apply theory, concepts and research findings from the field of developmental science to the tasks of describing, explaining and proposing how to optimise human development.

Alignment of Assessment Tasks to Learning Outcomes
Assessment Tasks Learning Outcomes
1 2 3 4 5 6
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 4 5 6
1 - Communication
2 - Problem Solving
3 - Critical Thinking
7 - Cross Cultural Competence
8 - Ethical practice
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)