|Course||Course Title||Credit Hours|
|PSYCH 229||Life-Span Developmental Psychology||(4-0) 4 Cr. Hrs.|
Human development from conception through death is examined. Biological, cognitive and psychosocial development topics are explored with an understanding of the theories and research findings across the life-span.
(A requirement that must be completed before taking this course.)
Upon successful completion of the course, the student should be able to:
- Summarize the contributions and criticisms of the major developmental theories and theorists.
- Examine common mistakes made in the interpretation of research.
- Examine the benefits of prenatal care.
- Explain the nutritional needs of infants.
- Differentiate three theories of language learning, and current views on language learning.
- Explain the main developments in the emotional life, including attachment theory, of the child between 6 months and 2 years.
- Discuss the major characteristics of Piaget's stage of preoperational thought.
- Explain the symptoms and treatment of specific mental health related disorders affecting, children, adults and the elderly.
- Examine the special problems of bullies and their victims and possible ways of helping such children.
- Explain the development of the brain during adolescence.
- Interpret the use and misuse of prescription medications when treating children, adults and the elderly.
- Explain the psychosocial and biosocial development of adolescence, adulthood and the elderly.
- Interpret the relationship between health and certain lifestyle factors and measures for increasing health during middle adulthood.
- Examine changes in memory, attention and learning in adulthood.
- Evaluate changes in cognition, and emotion in adulthood.
- Evaluate religious and cultural variations in how death is viewed and treated.
- Examine the contributions of gerontology to changing views about old age.
Note: This course may not be offered every semester.
Please check the PSYCH section of the current course schedule for availability.