The course surveys physical, cognitive, and psychosocial human development across the lifespan. Development is a lifelong process that both influences and is continually influenced by biological, environmental, and socioemotional factors. Through reading, online discussion, and completion of assignments, participants will gain a broad understanding of how various age groups differ and explore normative development and non-normative issues across the lifespan. Discussions are structured to facilitate the application of developmental concepts to work in the health professions.
What to Expect in this Course
This course is fully asynchronous – there are no required meeting times.
Course activities are organized into modules that are usually 1 week in length.
Our format allows flexibility so you can fit the learning activities into your own schedule.
While instructors make regular course updates to enhance your experience as a learner, the table below provides a general idea of what you can expect from a typical week.
|Course Activity||Hours Per Week|
Self Directed Learning
- Basics of developmental research
- Processes and conditions that precede conception, the course of gestation and fetal development, and birth
- Physical, cognitive, and psychosocial development from a lifespan perspective, including during:
- Early childhood
- Middle childhood
- Late childhood
- Emerging and young adulthood
- Middle adulthood
- Late adulthood
- Death and bereavement
|Lab Kit / Supplies||Not needed|
|Web-Based Learning Application||Required|
|Standard word/ data processing capabilities||Required|
|Ability to Video conference||Recommended|
|Ability to upload images/videos||Required|
D2L: All of our online prerequisite courses use the learning platform software called Desire2Learn (D2L). D2L integrates text, video, and audio. You can check your system compatibility by reviewing the D2L system recommendations.
Textbook: If a textbook is required, every effort is made to choose high-quality, low-cost materials that students can buy and sell, rent and return, or buy and use again in future courses.
Lab Kit / Supplies: Lab kits/supplies allow students to conduct hands-on experiments at home. Information about ordering lab kits and/or supplies will be provided to registered students approximately 6 weeks before the start of the semester.
Web-Based Learning Application: Web-based applications often serve as an alternative to a traditional textbook or lab kit. Most require students to register for a separate application that will integrate seamlessly with the D2L platform.
Standard word and data processing: Technology that allows the student to create, edit, and save documents and files.
Ability to videoconference: Technology that allows live, visual connection between individuals who are in different locations.
Ability to upload photos/videos: Technological capabilities through which a student could record a short video or still image and upload it to an online learning system.