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COURSE SYLLABUS

Developmental Psychology 7.5 credits

Utvecklingspsykologi
First cycle, P0034A
Version
Course syllabus valid: Spring 2023 Sp 3 - Present
The version indicates the term and period for which this course syllabus is valid. The most recent version of the course syllabus is shown first.


Education level
First cycle
Grade scale
U G VG *
Subject
Psychology
Subject group (SCB)
Psychology
Main field of study
Psychology

Entry requirements

In order to meet the general entry requirements for first cycle studies you must have successfully completed upper secondary education and documented skills in English language + Swedish upper secondary school courses Mathematics 1a or 1b or 1c, Social Studies 1b or 1a1+1a2.


More information about English language requirements


Selection

The selection is based on final school grades or Swedish Scholastic Aptitude Test.



Course Aim
Knowledge and comprehension
After passing the course, the student should be able to:
  • Describe and explain human development with respect to physical, cognitive, social and personal development, from the prenatal period to aging and death.
  • Describe and explain various theoretical perspectives on human development.

Skills and abilities
After passing the course, the student should be able to:  

  • analyze cases and scenarios by means of theories within the field of developmental psychology
  • investigate human development through labs
  • present scientific material within the field of developmental psychology in oral/written form

Appraisal and approach
After passing the course the student should be able to:  

  • Critically reflect on how knowledge within the field of developmental psychology can be applied in everyday situations.

Contents
The course focuses on three related areas of development in the human life cycle:
  • Physical development: What are the roles of nature and nurture? How do motor skills and the senses develop?
  • Cognitive development: How do memory, language and thinking develop? What is intelligence?
  • Social and personal development? Who am I? How do relationships with other people develop?

Within the three areas, the question of how and when development proceeds into decline will be addressed as well as the question of what is normal.


Realization
Each course occasion´s language and form is stated and appear on the course page on Luleå University of Technology's website.
The teaching typically consists of lectures, seminars and laboratory work as well as self-studies. The mandatory labs allow students to apply theories and methods within the field of cognitive psychology. 
Some teaching materials are accessed and some communication between students and teachers is made possible in the internet-based course platform on Canvas.

Parts of the course may be in English.

Examination
If there is a decision on special educational support, in accordance with the Guideline Student's rights and obligations at Luleå University of Technology, an adapted or alternative form of examination can be provided.
The course aims below will be specifically examined through the the laboratory work, 2,5 ECTS (and to a certain extent in the written exam). 
  • analyze cases and scenarios by means of theories within the field of developmental psychology
  • investigate human development through labs.
  • present scientific material within the field of developmental psychology in oral/written form. 

The labs are graded as U or G.
All other course aims are examined through the written exam (5 ECTS, Grades: U, G, VG).All course modules should be passed in order to receive the final course grade.


Remarks
Students must register for the courses themselves, or contact HLT educational administration eduhlt@ltu.se, not later than three days after the quarter commences. Failure to do so can result in the place being lost. This rule also applies to students with a guaranteed place.

Examiner
Malin Wass

Literature. Valid from Autumn 2021 Sp 1
Feldman, R. S. (2017). Development Across the Life Span, Global Edition (8th edition).
ISBN13: 9781292157955.

Other literature, such as scientific articles will be advised by the teachers

Course offered by
Department of Health, Education and Technology

Modules
CodeDescriptionGrade scaleCrStatusFrom periodTitle
0002Written examU G VG *5.00MandatoryS21
0004Laboratory workU G#2.50MandatoryA21

Study guidance
Study guidance for the course is to be found in our learning platform Canvas before the course starts. Students applying for single subject courses get more information in the Welcome letter. You will find the learning platform via My LTU.

Syllabus established
by 31 Jan 2007

Last revised
by Head of Department of Department of Health, Education and Technology 15 Feb 2021