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Administrative Unit: Psychology and Sociology
Course Prefix and Number: PSYC 330
Course Title: Lifespan Developmental Psychology
Number of:
Credit Hours 3
Lecture Hours 3
Lab Hours 0
Catalog Description: The study of physiological, environmental and interactive variables influencing human development from conception to death. Prerequisite: PSYC 101.
Prerequisite(s) / Corequisite(s): PSYC 101.
Course Rotation for Day Program: Offered Fall.
Text(s): Most current editions of the following:

Human Development.
By Papalia, D.E., Olds, S.W., & Feldman, R.D. (McGraw-Hill)
Course Objectives
  • To illustrate the life-long nature of human development.
  • To illustrate how changes at one developmental level affect development at subsequent levels.
    Measurable Learning
  • Describe and explain the major biological changes that occur across the lifespan, beginning in the prenatal period and extending to death.
  • Identify important developmental theories and be able to describe their range of explanatory power.
  • Identify the timing and nature of specific gains in cognitive ability over the lifespan, as well as losses (if any).
  • Identify the major psychosocial influences on and concerns of individuals across the lifespan.
    Topical Outline:
  • Course introduction
  • Developmental neuropsychology
  • Conception and prenatal development
  • Birth stages and neonatal development
  • Infancy and toddlerhood--physical development
  • Infancy and toddlerhood-cognitive development
  • Infancy and toddlerhood-personality and social development
  • Early childhood--physical development
  • Early childhood--cognitive development
  • Early childhood--personality and social development
  • Middle and late childhood--physical development
  • Middle and late childhood--cognitive development
  • Middle and late childhood--personality and social development
  • Adolescence--physical development
  • Adolescence--cognitive development
  • Adolescence--personality and social development
  • Young, middle and older adulthood
  • Changes during adulthood
  • Death and dying

    Recommended maximum class size for this course: 35

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    Prepared by: Chris Mazurek Date: March 23, 2006
    NOTE: The intention of this master course syllabus is to provide an outline of the contents of this course, as specified by the faculty of Columbia College, regardless of who teaches the course, when it is taught, or where it is taught. Faculty members teaching this course for Columbia College are expected to facilitate learning pursuant to the course objectives and cover the subjects listed in the topical outline. However, instructors are also encouraged to cover additional topics of interest so long as those topics are relevant to the course's subject. The master syllabus is, therefore, prescriptive in nature but also allows for a diversity of individual approaches to course material.

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