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 has exams that require the use of electronic proctoring through ProctorU. Please see https://www.proctoru.com/students. for detailed instructions. The cost for online proctoring through ProctorU is included in the cost of the course for students enrolled in CSU Online course sections. Students are responsible for purchasing any hardware that may be needed for exams taken with ProctorU, including a webcam and microphone, and for scheduling proctoring appointments at least three days in advance (otherwise, a late fee is charged, which is the student’s responsibility). For students requiring accommodations, please contact http://www.rds.colostate.edu/.
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 toward:
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.
Textbooks and Materials
Textbooks and materials can be purchased at the CSU Bookstore unless otherwise indicated.
- Development Across the Life Span - Section 801*, 8th Ed.
Feldman, Robert S.
Not available at the CSU Bookstore
- Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association
Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
American Psychological Association
Human Development: A Cultural Approach, Books a la Carte Plus NEW MyLab Psychology – Access Card Package, 3rd Ed. (2019)
REVEL for Human Development: A Cultural Approach is required for this course; this is an inclusive package from CSU and includes access to the MyVirtualLife programs.
Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 7th Ed. (2020)
American Psychological Association
Dr. Ortega is an assistant professor in the HDFS department. She has been at CSU for two years but previously taught at the University of Maine and CU Boulder. Dr. Ortega’s research interests include evaluation of prevention and intervention programs for high-risk youth and restorative justice approaches.