Life-Span Developmental Psychology

Course Description

Human development from conception through death is examined. Biological, cognitive and psychosocial development topics are explored with an understanding of the theories and research findings across the life-span.


(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)

Course Competencies

Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:

  • Summarize the contributions and criticisms of the major developmental theories and theorists.
  • Examine common mistakes made in the interpretation of research.
  • Examine the benefits of prenatal care.
  • Explain the nutritional needs of infants.
  • Differentiate three theories of language learning, and current views on language learning.
  • Explain the main developments in the emotional life, including attachment theory, of the child between six months and two years.
  • Discuss the major characteristics of Piaget's stage of preoperational thought.
  • Explain the symptoms and treatment of specific mental health related disorders affecting, children, adults and the elderly.
  • Examine the special problems of bullies and their victims and possible ways of helping such children.
  • Explain the development of the brain during adolescence.
  • Interpret the use and misuse of prescription medications when treating children, adults and the elderly.
  • Explain the psychosocial and biosocial development of adolescence, adulthood and the elderly.
  • Interpret the relationship between health and certain lifestyle factors and measures for increasing health during middle adulthood.
  • Examine changes in memory, attention and learning in adulthood.
  • Evaluate changes in cognition and emotion in adulthood.
  • Evaluate religious and cultural variations in how death is viewed and treated.
  • Examine the contributions of gerontology to changing views about old age.

Course Schedule

  No of Weeks   Begins   
 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

PSYCHOLOGY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 09/22/2015

 229142323Life Span Developmental Psych Online4Burke D$30.0018/31/0Open
 229142325Life Span Developmental Psych Online4Chaudhery M R$30.0027/31/0Open
 229142409Life Span Developmental Psych Online4Burke D$30.0021/31/0Open

PSYCHOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 08/31/2015

 229142133Life Span Developmental Psych 4Burke D 2/31/0Open
T R 12:30PM-02:24PMBTC100
 229142134Life Span Developmental Psych 4Burke D 0/28/0Closed
T R 08:30AM-10:24AMLA360
 229142154Life Span Developmental Psych 4White-Underwood R 4/28/0Open
M W 06:00PM-07:54PMLA260
 229142308Life Span Developmental Psych Online4Burke D$30.000/31/0Closed
 229142330Life Span Developmental Psych Online4Burke D$30.001/31/0Open

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