Advanced Developmental Psychology and Developmental Psychopathology

Course code PSYC3700Units 10Level 3000Faculty of Science and Information TechnologySchool of Psychology

The course PSYC3700 is part of the Australian Psychology Accreditation Council's accredited sequence and is a core course in the BPsych.

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.

Available in 2014

Callaghan CampusSemester 1
OurimbahSemester 1
Previously offered in 2013, 2012, 2011, 2010, 2009, 2008, 2007, 2006, 2005
ObjectivesThis course will:
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 during various developmental periods.
3. develop critical abilities in the application of the theoretical assumptions of developmental psychology.
4. provide training in the conduct of systematic observation and recording of child, adolescent and adult behaviour;
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;
ContentThis course will generally:
* Examine the important changes in physical, cognitive, social and emotional processes that occur over the lifespan.
* Examine cognition development related of course to physical change,
* Review the theoretical explanations of such changes
* Introduce methods for studying development at different stage of life.
* Examine social development, including the development of early attachments, the social changes that take place in adolescence and the important relationships likely to occur in adulthood.
* Provide an understanding of human development in a variety of contexts: at school, in the family and in relationships with other people.
Replacing Course(s)PSYC3130
TransitionStudents who have completed PSYC2100 or PSYC3130 will not be required to complete PSYC3700. Not to count with PSYC2100 or PSYC3130.
Industrial Experience0
Assumed KnowledgeStudents 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.
Modes of DeliveryInternal Mode
Teaching MethodsLecture
Assessment Items
Essays / Written Assignments
Examination: Formal
Other: (please specify)Group project and presentation.
Quiz - On-line
Contact HoursLecture: for 2 hour(s) per Week for Full Term
Laboratory: for 2 hour(s) per Week for 12 weeks
Timetables2014 Course Timetables for PSYC3700