Details for Brain Development

The purpose of this subject is to provide Teacher Education Students (TES) with an overview of how the brain develops and the critical aspects of this development that foster optimal learning.


Quick Info

  • Currently offered by Alphacrucis: Yes
  • Course code: CRS115
  • Credit points: 10
  • Subject coordinator: Philip Fitzsimmons

Prerequisites

The following courses are prerequisites:

Awards offering Brain Development

This unit is offered as a part of the following awards:

Unit Content

Curriculum Objective

The purpose of this subject is to provide Teacher Education Students (TES) with an overview of how the brain develops and the critical aspects of this development that foster optimal learning. Key foci of this subject is brain development from conception, the role of experience in developing plasticity, and the key role of relationships and how social interactions shape development. As well, the effects of stress on brain development, and the impact of adverse childhood experiences on physical and mental health outcomes, including addiction will be considered. Also evidence-based approaches for children in the prevention, intervention, and treatment of childhood trauma.

Outcomes

  1. Describe brain architecture and brain development and summarise in detail factors that shape the developing brain in terms of plasticity;
  2. Explain the phases of school aged children’s psychosocial development and the key role of relationships and social interactions;
  3. Describe and indicate the importance of building Executive Functions that enable children to self-regulate and operate optimally.

Subject Content

  • Structures of the Brain
  • Gene Signatures
  • Tox Stress
  • Stages of Physical and Cognitive Development
  • How Social Interactions Shape Brain Development
  • Psychosocial Development
  • Building Executive Functions

This course may be offered in the following formats

  • Face to face (onsite)
  • eLearning (online)

Please consult your course prospectus or enquire about how and when this course will be offered next at Alphacrucis College.

Assessment Methods

  • Minor Essay (30%)
  • Presentation (30%)
  • Major Project (40%)

Prescribed Text

  • References will include the most current curriculum requirements for schools.

Check with the instructor each semester before purchasing any prescribed texts or representative references