Psychology (PSYC) 228

Introduction to Human Development (Revision 8)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online

Credits: 3

Area of Study: Social Science

Prerequisite: None

Precluded Course: PSYC 257 and PSYC 323 (PSYC 228 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for PSYC 257 or PSYC 323.)

Faculty: Faculty of Humanities & Social Sciences

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PSYC 228 has a Challenge for Credit option.

Téluq equivalency: PSY 1200

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PSYC 228 studies the basic concepts and mechanisms inherent in the process of human development from birth to old age. The course examines the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional aspects of development through the lifespan. The major emphasis of the course is on normal growth and development. Basic issues are approached through a variety of theoretical models.

Students considering an introductory psychology course for general transfer should take PSYC 289 and PSYC 290.


The course consists of the following six units.

  • Unit 1: Lifespan Psychology: Theory and Research
  • Unit 2: Infancy
  • Unit 3: Childhood
  • Unit 4: Adolescence
  • Unit 5: Early and Mid Adulthood
  • Unit 6: Late Life


To receive credit for PSYC 228, you must successfully complete all quizzes and the assignment and must achieve a composite course grade of at least “D” (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:

6 Quizzes (5% each) Assignment Final Exam Total
30% 30% 40% 100%

To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.

Course Materials


Belsky, J. (2013). Experiencing the Lifespan (3rd Edition). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

Hagar, L. (2013). Study Guide to accompany Belsky's Experiencing the Lifespan (3rd Edition). New York, NY: Worth Publishers.

Other Materials

Other course materials are available online. These include a course syllabus, study manual, assignment manual, and student manual.

Challenge for Credit Course Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, intellectual and/or other skills that would normally be found in a university level course.

Full information for the Challenge for Credit can be found in the Undergraduate Calendar.

Challenge Evaluation

The challenge requirement for PSYC 228 is a written invigilated examination. To receive credit for the PSYC 228 challenge registration, you must achieve a grade of at least "D" (50 percent) on the examination.

Undergraduate Challenge for Credit Course Registration Form

Athabasca University reserves the right to amend course outlines occasionally and without notice. Courses offered by other delivery methods may vary from their individualized-study counterparts.

Opened in Revision 8, January 15, 2014.

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Updated May 26 2016 by Student & Academic Services