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2022-2023 Course Catalog 
2022-2023 Course Catalog
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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.
  1. Distinguish the lifespan developmental perspective, including developmental issues, processes, and periods from conception to death.
    1. Describe the biological processes, physical development, and health, its concepts and theories, including neuroscience, prenatal development, motor skills, the senses, and behavioral genetics.  
    2. Describe the cognitive processes, its concepts and theories, including learning, cognition, intelligence, language, and memory. 
    3. Describe the socioemotional processes, its concepts and theories, including moral reasoning, identity, personality, gender, temperament, attachment, familial relationships, race and culture. 
  2. Use scientific reasoning to examine developmental psychological phenomena. 
    1. Describe major research methods, including descriptive, correlational, experimental, cross-sectional, longitudinal, and sequential. 
    2. Explain developmental research findings.    
    3. Explain how individual and sociocultural differences can influence the applicability/generalizability of research findings.
  3. Apply ethical standards to evaluate developmental psychological science and practice. 
    1. Describe psychology-related issues of global concern, including, poverty, health, euthanasia. 
    2. Summarize how interaction across racial, ethnic, gender, and class divides can challenge conventional understanding of psychological processes and behavior. 
    3. Describe key regulations in the APA Ethics Code for protection of human or nonhuman research participants.
  4. Use developmental psychological concepts to strengthen relationships and build community. 
    1. Explain how individual differences, identity, and worldviews may influence beliefs, values, and interpersonal relationships. 
    2. Describe developmental psychology’s role in developing, designing, and disseminating public policy. 
    3. Show respect for members of diverse groups with sensitivity to issues of power, privilege, and discrimination. 
  5. Develop competence in writing and/or verbal communication skills. 
    1. State ideas in written formats that reflect basic developmental psychological concepts and principles. 
    2. Construct questions about developmental psychological content. 
  6. Apply developmental psychological content to personal and career goals. 
    1. Demonstrate understanding of the value and application of scientific research and problem-solving skills in providing evidence beyond personal opinion to support proposed solutions. 
    2. Describe how developmental psychological content applies to business, health care, educational and other workplace settings.

Competencies Revised Date: 2020

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