HDFS 312 - Adult Development - Middle Age and Aging

  • 3 credits

Developmental issues and processes pertaining to middle and later adulthood. Contexts in which adult development and aging occur are emphasized.

Using the lifespan perspective, this course introduces students to developmental issues and processes that occur across middle and older adulthood. The course investigates developmental changes across multiple systems, including biological and physiological, cognitive, psychological, and social processes, and evaluates how adult development and aging impacts various contexts of life (e.g., work, family). Basic concepts and methods for studying aging are discussed.

Course Learning Objectives

  • Examine the principal processes and core developmental theories related to both typical and atypical middle and later adult development and aging.
  • Identify, examine, and understand contextual frameworks and ecology that influence middle and later adult development and aging.
  • Demonstrate and apply theory and empirical research relevant to middle and later adult development and aging.
  • Access, critically evaluate, and apply multiple forms of information (e.g., websites, Internet sources, parenting information, and other media sources) related to middle and later adult development and aging.
  • Acknowledge, differentiate, and analyze multiple points of view, including diverse and multicultural influences and perspectives relevant to middle and later adult development and aging.
  • Demonstrate effective written and/or oral communication skills appropriate to theoretical, practical, and/or ethical situations related to middle and later adult development and aging.
  • Demonstrate an understanding of professional skills, including ethical and culturally sensitive standards of conduct, as relevant to middle and later adult development and aging.

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.

The cost for online proctoring through ProctorU is included in the cost of the course for students enrolled in Division of Continuing Education course sections. Students are responsible for purchasing any software that may be needed for exams taken with ProctorU, including a webcam and microphone.

See http://www.online.colostate.edu/current-students/proctoring.do. for detailed instructions. For full system specifications, please visit: http://proctoru.com/tech/php. If you have any questions, please call the proctor line at 205-870-8122.

This course requires the use of electronic proctoring ProctorU or ProctorTrack as determined by the course faculty. The course syllabus will provide information on the approved electronic testing service. 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 can be applied towards:


HDFS 101 (Individual and Family Development) or PSY 100 (General Psychology); completion of 30 credits.

Important Information

All prerequisites must be completed or consent from the instructor given prior to enrollment.

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, you ensure you 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.


  • Publication Manual of the American Psychological Association, 6th Ed. (2010)
    American Psychological Association
    ISBN: 978-1433805615
  • The Journey of Adulthood as packaged with REVEL*, 8th Ed. (2016)
    Bjorklund, Barbara R.
    ISBN: 978-0133973754

*IMPORTANT: Do NOT purchase this material through a third-party vendor such as Amazon.com, as there is no way to obtain a refund for problematic or already-used access codes.


Dr. Allyson Brothers
Dr. Allyson Brothers