PSY 121 - Developmental Psychology Credits: 3
Lecture Hours: 3
Lab Hours: 0
Practicum Hours: 0
Work Experience: 0
Course Type: Core
The study of factors that affect human development from conception to death, with emphasis on topics such as physical, cognitive and social changes, methods of study and current issues.
- Distinguish the lifespan developmental perspective, including developmental issues, processes, and periods from conception to death.
- Describe the biological processes, physical development, and health, its concepts and theories, including neuroscience, prenatal development, motor skills, the senses, and behavioral genetics.
- Describe the cognitive processes, its concepts and theories, including learning, cognition, intelligence, language, and memory.
- Describe the socioemotional processes, its concepts and theories, including moral reasoning, identity, personality, gender, temperament, attachment, familial relationships, race and culture.
- Use scientific reasoning to examine developmental psychological phenomena.
- Describe major research methods, including descriptive, correlational, experimental, cross-sectional, longitudinal, and sequential.
- Explain developmental research findings.
- Explain how individual and sociocultural differences can influence the applicability/generalizability of research findings.
- Apply ethical standards to evaluate developmental psychological science and practice.
- Describe psychology-related issues of global concern, including, poverty, health, euthanasia.
- Summarize how interaction across racial, ethnic, gender, and class divides can challenge conventional understanding of psychological processes and behavior.
- Describe key regulations in the APA Ethics Code for protection of human or nonhuman research participants.
- Use developmental psychological concepts to strengthen relationships and build community.
- Explain how individual differences, identity, and worldviews may influence beliefs, values, and interpersonal relationships.
- Describe developmental psychology’s role in developing, designing, and disseminating public policy.
- Show respect for members of diverse groups with sensitivity to issues of power, privilege, and discrimination.
- Develop competence in writing and/or verbal communication skills.
- State ideas in written formats that reflect basic developmental psychological concepts and principles.
- Construct questions about developmental psychological content.
- Apply developmental psychological content to personal and career goals.
- Demonstrate understanding of the value and application of scientific research and problem-solving skills in providing evidence beyond personal opinion to support proposed solutions.
- Describe how developmental psychological content applies to business, health care, educational and other workplace settings.
Competencies Revised Date: 2020
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