Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology

Description

It builds on basic knowledge of developmental psychology and psychopathology covered in PSYC1010 and provides in depth coverage of basic principles and theories of physical, cognitive, social and personality changes that occur across the lifespan, as well as specialised topics in these areas. The course implements the developmental psychopathology framework to help demonstrate the complex interaction of factors that affect both typical and atypical development. It covers issues in diagnosis and classification of childhood and adolescent mental disorders. It introduces methodological and ethical issues specific to research with children, and provides basic training in assessing and studying children.

The course is part of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence.

Availability

Callaghan Campus

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Ourimbah

  • Semester 1 - 2015

Learning Outcomes

1. Provide an introduction to the science of studying developmental psychology;

2. Provide an overview of the basic principles and theories that describe the physical, cognitive, social and personality changes that occur across the lifespan.

3. Demonstrate the links between theoretical assumptions and applied aspects of developmental psychology:

4. Develop skills in critical thinking relating to topical issues in lifespan psychology

5. provide training in the administration, scoring and interpretation of indices of cognitive and social development, which emphasises the importance of designing developmentally appropriate tests and of making valid conclusions on the basis of those tests;

Content

This course will generally:

  • Introduce methodological and ethical issues specific to research with children, and provide basic training in assessing and studying children;
  • Introduce methods for studying development at different life stages;
  • Examine changes in physical, cognitive, social and emotional processes that occur over the lifespan;
  • Review the theoretical explanations for such changes;
  • Use the developmental psychopathology framework to demonstrate complex interaction of factor affecting both typical and atypical development.
  • Cover issues in diagnosis and classification of childhood and adolescent mental disorders.

Assumed Knowledge

Students considering enrolling in this 3000 level course should have successfully completed all the first year units and at least half the second year units of the degree program in which they are enrolled, in order to have sufficient requisite knowledge, understanding and generic skills.

Assessment Items

Essay: Essay

Tutorial / Laboratory Exercises: Panel Discussion

Formal Examination: Exam

Quiz: Online Quiz

Contact Hours

Laboratory

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 Weeks

Lecture

Face to Face On Campus 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term