Students are introduced to developmental psychology: the branch of psychology devoted to the
study of human development and change. As change and development are an intrinsic part of the
human experience, this course is designed to foster a lifetime interest in the process of
human development, as students explore key issues, methods, theories and research findings in
this field. The content of the course is organized chronologically-beginning at the point of
conception and following the trajectory of human development through to the teen years. The
interconnectedness of developmental processes is a major theme, and includes the
interrelations between a child's physical, cognitive, social, and emotional development. The
intricate relation between children and the contexts that support their development are also
emphasized, such as family life, peers, and culture.
- Differentiate amongst and critically compare the major theoretical perspectives and
research strategies researchers employ in the scientific study of human development.
- Explain the major physical, cognitive and socioemotional developmental changes that occur
across development from conception up to and including adolescence.
- Discuss the bidirectional interplay (Interaction) of genetic (Nature) and environmental
(Nurture) factors upon children's development.
- Discuss the impact of developmental contexts such as family life, schooling, and peer
groups upon children's development.
- Identify key content found in scholarly research in child development.
- Apply what you have learned about human development to child-related issues found in your
community, the media, and/or the broader social environment.
- Module 1: Basic Concepts and Methods used in the Study of Human Development
- Module 2: Theories of Development
- Module 3: Prenatal Development and Birth
- Module 4: Infancy: Physical, Sensory, and Perceptual Development
- Module 5: Infancy: Cognitive Development
- Module 6: Infancy: Social and Personality Development
- Module 7: Early Childhood: Physical and Cognitive Development
- Module 8: Early Childhood: Social and Personality Development
- Module 9: Middle Childhood: Physical and Cognitive Development
- Module 10: Middle Childhood: Social and Personality Development
- Module 11: Adolescence: Physical and Cognitive Development
- Module 12: Adolescence: Social and Personality Development
Required text and materials
Students require the following e-textbook, which can be purchased directly from the TRU
bookstore site at: https://thebookstore.tru.ca/site_digital.asp
- Boyd, D., Johnson, P. and Bee, H. (2021). Revel for Lifespan Development, 7th Cdn
Type: E-textbook. ISBN: 9780135413326
Note: To utilize this e-text after purchase, students will need to register a Course
Invite Link specific to this textbook by following the REVEL Student Registration
Instructions. These instructions are found in the Course Guide after course registration is
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To successfully complete this course, students must achieve a passing grade of 50% or higher
on the overall course and 50% or higher on the final mandatory exam.
|Final Exam (mandatory)
Open Learning Faculty Member Information
An Open Learning Faculty Member is available to assist students. Students will receive the necessary contact information at the start of the course.