Psychology (PSYC) 323
Developmental Psychology (Revision 7)
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Area of Study: Social Science
Prerequisite: PSYC 290 is strongly recommended but not required.
Precluded Course: PSYC 228 (PSYC 323 may not be taken for credit if credit has already been obtained for PSYC 228.)
PSYC 323 has a Challenge for Credit option.
PSYC 323 studies the basic concepts and mechanisms inherent in the process of human development from conception to adolescence. This course describes the nature and context of development, as well as the research methods used to study human development. The course examines the biological, cognitive, social, emotional, and moral aspects of development through various theoretical models. The major emphasis is on typical growth and development.
Unit 1: The Nature of Child Development
- Chapter 1: Introduction
Unit 2: Biological Processes, Physical Development, and Perceptual Development
- Chapter 2: Biological Beginnings
- Chapter 3: Prenatal Development and Birth
- Chapter 4: Physical Development and Health
- Chapter 5: Motor, Sensory, and Perceptual Development
Unit 3: Cognition and Language
- Chapter 6: Cognitive Development Approaches
- Chapter 7: Information Processing
- Chapter 8: Intelligence
- Chapter 9: Language Development
Unit 4: Socioemotional Development
- Chapter 10: Emotional Development
- Chapter 11: The Self and Identity
- Chapter 12: Gender
- Chapter 13: Moral Development
Unit 5: Social Contexts of Development
- Chapter 14: Families
- Chapter 15: Peers
- Chapter 16: Schools and Technology
To receive credit for PSYC 323, you must complete the course quizzes, assignments, a major project, and a final examination. You must achieve a course composite grade of at least D (50 percent) and a grade of at least 50 percent on the final examination. The weighting of the composite grade is as follows:
|Four Unit Quizzes (6% each)||24%|
|Two Tutorial Quizzes (3% each)||6%|
|Three Q&A Assignments||10%|
To learn more about assignments and examinations, please refer to Athabasca University's online Calendar.
Santrock, J. W., Conrad, N. J., & Closson, L. M. (2015). Child development (Canadian ed.). Whitby, ON: McGraw-Hill Ryerson.
A print version of the eText can sometimes be purchased 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.
All other learning resources will be available online.
The Challenge for Credit process allows students to demonstrate that they have acquired a command of the general subject matter, knowledge, and 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.
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 7, June 20, 2018.
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Updated January 11 2019 by Student & Academic Services