To advance students’ knowledge and skills in becoming a developmentalist – equipped with the proficiency and understanding of the developing person, in particular the physical, cognitive, and psychosocial aspects of development at different periods in the lifespan. The focus is mainly on typical human development. The goals of this course are to enhance students’ skills and mastery of knowledge related to critically thinking about development, to provide a general awareness about cultural and ethnic influences upon development and family systems, and to increase students’ understanding of research and practice within the field of human development and family studies.
Course Learning Objectives:
• Identify and describe the physical, emotional, social, and cognitive changes that occur throughout the life span.
• Distinguish among various research strategies used in the study of human development.
• Explain major theories, concepts, and topics of interest to developmentalists.
• Find and summarize research articles in the field, and synthesize research with course material.
• Apply the knowledge and principles of life span development to improve the lives of others.
• Recognize the impact of cultural influence and the environment on human development.
• Write at least one technical paper that is in accordance with APA guidelines.
This course requires the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU, please see http://www.online.colostate.edu/current-students/proctoring.dot for detailed instructions. For students requiring accommodations, please contact Resources for Disabled Students (RDS); for consideration of exceptions outside the scope of RDS, please contact the University Testing Center.
This course meets the All-University Core Curriculum (AUCC) requirements for Social/Behavioral Sciences (Category 3C) and is approved under gtPathways in the content area of Human Behavior, Culture, or Social Frameworks (GT-SS3).
This course can be applied towards:
This course has online exams that require a proctor. Two proctoring options are available: 1) taking the exam on campus at the University Testing Center (UTC), or 2) using ProctorU, an online proctoring service, which allows you to take the exam from your home but requires that your computer has a webcam and a microphone. For full system specifications, please visit: http://proctoru.com/tech.php.
If you register for this course after the start of the term, please contact the instructor at the time of registration. By contacting the instructor, students ensure they are added to the CANVAS section as soon as possible and have access to the course and details about the class requirements.
Textbook and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Development Across the Life Span* (see note below), 8th Ed. (2017)
Feldman, Robert S.
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
American Psychological Association
*Purchaso REVEL for Development Across the Life Span (8th ed.), Instant Access e-book, ISBN 978-0134228877.
Dr. Julie Taylor