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Course Description

Psychology - PSYCH 229

Life-Span Developmental Psychology (4-0) 4 Cr. Hrs.

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:

  • Explain the symptoms and treatment of specific mental health related disorders affecting, children, adults and the
  • Interpret the relationship between health and certain lifestyle factors and measures for increasing health during
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • 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

 CourseSectionCourse TitleModeCredit HoursInstructorsFeeSeats Available ⁄Capacity ⁄WaitlistStatusDays-Time-Room

Spring; 2018; PSYCHOLOGY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 5/7/2018

 229122110Life Span Developmental Psych 4White-Underwood R$12.0031/31/0OpenT R  12:30 PM-04:43 PM LA270
 229122304Life Span Developmental PsychOnline4Burke D$12.0031/31/0Open 
 229122328Life Span Developmental PsychOnline4Jackson L$12.0031/31/0Open 

Summer; 2018; PSYCHOLOGY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 7/2/2018

 229132923Life Span Developmental PsychOnline4Burke D$12.0031/31/0Open 
 229132927Life Span Developmental PsychOnline4Pilgrim C$12.0031/31/0Open 

Winter; 2018; PSYCHOLOGY; No of Weeks : 7; Begins : 3/12/2018

 229112727Life Span Developmental PsychOnline4Pilgrim C$12.002/31/0Open 

Winter; 2018; PSYCHOLOGY; No of Weeks : 12; Begins : 1/29/2018

 229112417Life Span Developmental PsychOnline4Burke D$12.000/31/0Closed 
 229112486Life Span Developmental PsychOnline4Burke D$12.007/31/0Open 

Winter; 2018; PSYCHOLOGY; No of Weeks : 15; Begins : 1/8/2018

 229017716Life Span Developmental PsychOE/OE4Morgan T$12.0016/31/0Open 
 229112130Life Span Developmental Psych 4Burke D$12.002/31/0OpenT R  12:30 PM-02:24 PM BTC100
 229112131Life Span Developmental Psych 4Riha L$12.006/28/0OpenT R  04:00 PM-05:54 PM LA475
 229112132Life Span Developmental Psych 4Burke D$12.003/24/0OpenT R  09:00 AM-10:54 AM LA230
 229112155Life Span Developmental Psych 4Schulz-Perez K$12.0016/28/0OpenT  06:00 PM-09:54 PM LA360
 229112305Life Span Developmental PsychOnline4Burke D$12.003/31/0Open