Psychology (PSYC) 228

Introduction to Human Development (Revision 9)

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Delivery Mode: Individualized study online (with eTextbook)

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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In PSYC 228: Introduction to Human Development, you will study the basic concepts and mechanisms inherent in the process of human development from birth to old age, with an emphasis on the physical, cognitive, and socioemotional changes associated with each life stage. In this course, we will consider the basic issues at each stage using 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 eight units.

  • Unit 1 – Theories, Approaches, and Biological Foundations
  • Unit 2 – Infancy
  • Unit 3 – Early Childhood
  • Unit 4 – Middle and Late Childhood
  • Unit 5 – Adolescence
  • Unit 6 – Emerging and Young Adulthood
  • Unit 7 – Middle Adulthood
  • Unit 8 – Late Adulthood


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.

Activity Weighting
8 Quizzes (5% each) 40%
Critical Review Assignment (3% for approval, 12% for assignment)
Research Participation 5%
Final Exam 40%
Total 100%

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

Course Materials


Registration in this course includes an electronic textbook. For more information on electronic textbooks, please refer to our eText Initiative site.

Tanner, J.L., Warren, A.E.A., Bellack, D., & MacQuarrie, C. (2017). Visualizing the Lifespan, Canadian Edition. USA: John Wiley & Sons Canada.

A print version of the eText may be available for purchase from the publisher through a direct-to-student link provided on the course website; you can also acquire the textbook on your own if you wish.

Other Resources

Other course materials are available online.

Challenge for Credit Overview

The Challenge for Credit process allows you to demonstrate that you 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 about 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 9, October 3, 2017.

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