The University of Newcastle, Australia
Available in 2019
Course code



10 units


3000 level

Course handbook


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

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.

Availability2019 Course Timetables


  • Semester 1 - 2019


  • Semester 1 - 2019

Learning outcomes

On successful completion of the course students will be able to:

1. Identify the basic issues in the scientific approach to the study of developmental psychology

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

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

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


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 factors 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

Callaghan and Ourimbah


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


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